Anne Arundel executive proposes changing process for long range development planning

September 18, 2017

County Executive Steve Schuh has submitted legislation cutting the time between updates to the general development plans from 10 to eight years.

Schuh had discussed cutting the time period to six years. In recent months he shifted to eight, calling it a balance between giving every two-term county council member a say on the underlying growth plan and development and the realities of getting the massive project done in time.

A spokesman for Schuh said the legislation has been submitted to the council but has not been scheduled for a hearing.

The general development plan is the comprehensive plan to guide land use in the county. Once adopted by the council, the plan establishes policies and recommendations to guide land use decisions for 20 years.

The plan is scheduled to be completed by December 2019, followed by comprehensive re-zoning legislation that also must be approved by the council that will be elected in 2018. Three of the council members are at the end of their final terms.

The reform proposal comes a week after the Schuh administration announced a schedule of sessions to give the public an opportunity participate in the 18-month general development plan. Officials from land use departments will be on hand to hear the ideas and perspectives of residents.

Sessions are scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m. starting this month:

Sept. 25 at North County High School.

Oct. 17 at Broadneck High School.

Nov. 30 at Old Mill High School.

Dec. 11 at Arundel High School.

Jan. 11 at Annapolis High School.

Jan. 29 at Northeast High School.

Feb. 8 at Southern High School.

Feb. 22 at Brooklyn Park Middle School.

For more information, visit aacounty.org/Plan2040.

The County Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday to hold hearings on a justice department grant resolution and a new capital project called the Venice Beach Shore Erosion Control District.

The resolution regarding the U.S. Department of Justice grant is the council’s approval of the county’s application for the grant. The grant is for $164,273 and requires no matching funds. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant would allow the county to offer treatment and family intervention programs funded through the grant. The money will be used for the Community Conferencing Program, which targets juveniles within the justice system.

The Venice Beach Shore Erosion Control District is a project for the Venice Beach community and will total $228,640 which will be remitted to the Department of Natural Resources. Since Venice Beach is a specially taxed district, it will pay for the project through those tax assessments. The county is the stakeholder of that money and has to approve its use.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St.

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