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October 17, 2018

There has been a lot of talk in the County Executive and Council races regarding development and how it is approved, regulated, and managed in this County. The Civic work I have been doing for almost a decade has informed me on this topic and I could talk about it for days, but I want to go over some of the comments I am hearing that really make me cringe.

1. "The Council doesn't do much zoning." 

NONSENSE. Th...

September 30, 2018

This Blog post has been edited, October, 2018, with more detail, due to mischaracterizations of this story, making the rounds, in this election cycle.

I first got involved in civic work around 2010, and not unlike many others, because something was going to happen next door. The Normandy Shopping Center was going to be redeveloped into a mixed use center with a large apartment building in the back. The problem we had was that, a...

August 30, 2018

Update:  September 17 - Since last blogging the County has presented more information at new meetings and I believe they have answered more questions, provided more data and been convincing that the full County EC Flood Mitigation Plan should be implemented. See testimony I gave at the the link below for an update, and click on Council Bill 62 (C), (x) Lisa Markovitz (third time name appears down the list), on the chart of avai...

August 5, 2018

GUEST BLOGGER TODAY - Julia A. McCready

village green/town² Blog 

https://villagegreentownsquared.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-most-precious-thing.html

(guest blogger request/reprint with permission)

I have not led a perfect life. I didn’t do particularly well in school. My first marriage crumbled. I had extreme difficulty making ends meet during my years as a single parent. My house is not ready for visitors at all times, shall we say...

July 27, 2018

This morning’s Council legislative session was a great one. I am beyond thrilled that the moratorium on development for one year, in two watersheds in Ellicott City passed unanimously, without grandfathering. 😊

I am also pleased the Bill to move the new courthouse project passed. There has been a lot of concern expressed about the new courthouse project. Some deal with fiscal budgeting priorities because of this expensive long-...

July 5, 2018

I put up a blog post in May about the upcoming legislation that annually updates the number of allowed new residential units in development, by region, across the County. At the public hearing on this issue, I testified that the Council should be using this chart and annual legislation as a development tool for planning because in APFO, allocations is TEST NUMBER ONE, and the wait to obtain allocations is unlimited.

I suggested...

May 9, 2018

Many understand that there is a regulation called (APFO), the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance that has tests in it to regulate timing of development. Many are familiar with the fact that schools being overcapacity temporarily halts nearby development. What many do not understand is that the School test is the second test in APFO, and the first test is for “allocations” and there is a lot of confusion about those.

In PlanHow...

April 1, 2018

Whenever I hear an elected official tell me that something cannot get done in an election year, it is so disheartening, and a reminder of how badly we need to do everything we can to get money out of politics. That's why I find it refreshing to see a significant number of candidates this year, pledging not to take special interest funds. Now, obviously, they mean conflicted interests, for example, there are perfectly commendabl...

February 5, 2018

Yes, APFO is back from the dead and being voted upon, most likely, Monday night, Feb. 5th. Will it eat us alive? It sure feels like it has for those of us who have been working so hard on this for literally years. What a long road it has been.

The People’s Voice Board’s unanimous position on CB1 and 2 was to have no substantive amendments because it was SUPPOSED to be just a technical fix. With 8 amendments filed, several that w...

January 27, 2018

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