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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sometimes it takes a woman, or maybe four women.

Something I noticed in the 4/25/08 edition of the Examiner.

“We urge you ... to ask the Department of Planning and Zoning before the end of the year to produce a design manual,” Grace Kubofcik, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Howard County, told the council council at a recent hearing.

The issue of a Route 40 design manual was raised as the council is considering a bill to create a design advisory panel, which would review developments in areas where an approved design manual exists.
Without a manual, planners can’t enforce certain design elements, such as reducing sign clutter or planting trees.

Angela Beltram, a member of the Route 40 task force, echoed the sentiment, saying it was her “wishful thinking” that a design manual would be released.

Council Chairwoman Courtney Watson, D-District 1, said the council would take up the issue during budget work sessions.

County planners have their hands full with several other initiatives, such as infill legislation, downtown Columbia redevelopment and the Design Advisory Panel, said Kim Flowers, deputy director for the Department of Planning and Zoning.
“We really would like to bring some of those to completion so once we resume work on Route 40, we can give it the proper attention it deserves,” Flowers said.
Although she couldn’t give an exact date for release, she said Route 40 is “definitely still on our radar.”
“We would have loved to have been able to tackle this earlier, but currently we are in the situation we are with a number of endeavors we really want to bring to completion,” she said.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is good reason to be glad if you aren't a resident of Columbia (besides escaping the CPRA taxes). While Columbia may be getting preferential treatment in library funds, its children have the dubious honor of being sentenced to some of the lowest performing schools in the county (with the exception of River Hill).

Check out these videos:

(full length)

Click on the "On Demand" button below the TV screen, scroll down to "Choice Denied documentary" and click on the clip that comes up.

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