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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Sachs Is Right - County Council As Zoning Board Is A Problem

As reported in the Howard County Times, Adam Sachs, Democratic Candidate for County Council seat in District 2, has suggested that the County Council should not also serve as the Zoning Board. I agree. And the County Council should not serve as the Liquor Board either. Both boards should be nonpartisan and appointed by the County Council. The council could have the ultimate veto over any action by these boards and have the ability of removing members from these boards, but the boards should be allowed to operate openly and transparently, outside the political arena of the County Council. Political pressure and campaign contributions from wealthy supporters could cloud the judgment of Council members who are making these important decisions for all of us in Howard County. Until some change occurs, I think Sachs’ comment reflects what many people are feeling right now about the Council’s decisions when it comes to zoning.
“There's no question that the public does not have full faith in the
impartiality of this process."

3 Comments:

Blogger Evan said...

I could not disagree more. There is no such thing as impartiality this such things as zoning decisions, but we can have accountability. That is if the zoning board is elected the voters can hold them accountable. That is the only way the public can have a voice in this very important process.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that changing the Liquor Board will require action by the General Assembly. But won't changing the Zoning Board require a Charter change?

10:24 PM  
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