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February 2013 Archives

Could new zoning change one community's landscape?

Residents of Cooksville, a rural community about an hour away from Annapolis, are concerned that the development of an Islamic community center could drastically change the way their community looks. Dar-us-Salaam, the Muslim community interested in purchasing the property, says they have outgrown their current facilities. Their plans include building a school and worship center for the close to 800 families they serve.

Neighborhood asks officials not to double down on group homes p2

We are picking up the discussion from our Jan. 6, 2013 post. Residents of an Eastport neighborhood are asking Maryland state officials to postpone or cancel the opening of a planned group home. It will be the second group home for residents with psychiatric disabilities on the street, and homeowners are concerned that the problems they have had with the existing home will only escalate when the proposed site opens.

Merriweather Pavilion hopes for harmony on noise ordinance

The Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, has been a popular venue for outdoor concerts for more than 40 years. The amphitheater seats about 19,000 and is nestled in 40 acres of forest, according to its website. You would think it would be quiet.

Maryland lawmaker receives official reprimand for real estate law

Real estate transactions are governed by strict laws, and we trust our lawmakers to protect all parties in a real estate deal by passing fair and balanced laws. And for the most part, they do. But a in a recent move, the Maryland House of Delegates took the unusual step of reprimanding one of its members, a man they accuse of attempting to pass real estate legislation for his personal benefit.

Maryland growth law: Counties' plans a mixed bag in compliance review

The Maryland Department of Planning issued a report recently summing up how counties were faring under the new septic system law. Of the counties that have adopted land development plans so far, two were clearly not in compliance, the report said. Eight counties were in "substantial compliance," and a few are somewhere in between. Anne Arundel County is one of a dozen counties that have not adopted a development plan.