Us­ing zon­ing changes to en­dorse poor de­vel­op­ment plans

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

The draft zon­ing text amend­ment will keep the Board of Ap­peals from ful­fill­ing its statu­tory man­date re­gard­ing ap­peals of ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ci­sions. If adopted by the county com­mis­sion­ers in its cur­rent form, the amend­ment will force the board to con­sider only the suf­fi­ciency of the

ev­i­dence heard by the ad­min­is­tra­tive body in ar­riv­ing at the de­ci­sion be­ing ap­pealed. The ac­cu­racy or scope of the ev­i­dence will not be a fac­tor and er­rors of omis­sion can’t be at­trib­uted to the ad­min­is­tra­tive body or used to mod­ify or re­verse the orig­i­nal or­der.

Ig­no­rance re­ally will be bliss, es­pe­cially for developers, as there will be no appeal re­course for bad growth de­ci­sions. Trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity will still be just filler for cam­paign speeches and the rest of the story will never be told.

Lisa Gar­lock, Bryans Road

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