Zoning Opponents Deliver 16,000 More Signatures

First deadline for turning in signatures closes at the end of business Monday.

Two groups that are attempting to force some zoning changes to the 2014 ballot submitted an addition 16,000 signatures Monday.

The groups, the Committee for Zoning Integrity and the Committee for Zoning Transparency, delivered the additional signatures to the Baltimore County Board of Elections.

On Friday, the total signatures—34,000 signatures for the petition on the 6th district zoning issues and another 36,662 on the 2nd Council District.

The additional signatures delivered Monday come as the first deadline passes for the referendum effort.

Opponents of the bills, backed by developers including David Cordish and David S. Brown Enterprises, must submit at least 28,826 verified signatures of Baltimore County voters. The group can buy itself an extra 30-days if they can reach at least 9,513.

The signatures will take several days to verify.

Chuck Burton October 16, 2012 at 05:58 PM
One thing I'm not clear on: does this referendum even apply to zoning decisions already made? If it does, every zoning decision in Districts 2 and 6 is at risk and must be referred to the public of the county as a whole for a final decision (except then it can go to the courts and make the lawyers happy).
Michael October 16, 2012 at 06:11 PM
That is what is unclear. The referendum would not be until the November 2014 election. How can they stop 2+ years of work that has already been done on the projects that they are objecting to?
Buck Harmon October 16, 2012 at 09:28 PM
O, and by the way....the lawyers DO love it...Smith clan included..
Tom Kiefaber October 23, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Yada, yada. So many fervent opinions expressed with sound and fury, yet so little awareness of the complex, interrelated issues involved.
Chuck Burton October 23, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Things are really not that complex. 1. Owings Mills, despite being named a growth area in the Baltimore County Master Plan, has been in decline for some years. 2. Wegmans, a grocery chain with an excellent reputation, has identified the former SOLO cup factory as a desireable location for a store which would help improve the image and reputation of Owings Mills, and a reputable developer has purchased the property and wants to accomodate Wegmans, along with other retailers and offices. 3. Several other developers do not wish that competition with their own plans, and have mounted a campaign to sidetrack it, using, in part legitimate concern about traffic in and around the property. 4. The would-be developer of the property has come up with plans that would, at his own expense, at least largely alleviate the traffic problems, and has satisfied the concerns of the zoning authorities and the County Council, which have given their go-ahead. 5. The other developers have now mounted a political campaign to halt, or seriously delay the development of the property in question, whether the people of the neighborhood want it or not, and even though it would tend to further the decline of the region. 6. SOMETHING will eventually go into that property. Will it be as desireable as Wegmans It's only as complex as people make it out to be.


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