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Draft Comprehensive Critical Area Legislation Needs More Time for Public Input and Review

Introduction of legislation will be delayed

Annapolis (July 18, 2006) - The Anne Arundel County Land Use Office, in cooperation with the Office of Law, Office of Planning and Zoning and the Department of Inspections and Permits, has concluded the first series of public meetings regarding the draft Comprehensive Critical Area Legislation. As a result of these public meetings, the citizens have made it very clear more time for review and comment is needed.

"I want to thank everyone who has taken time to attend the public meetings and offer comments on the draft legislation," said Linda Schuett, County Attorney. "The input we have received has been invaluable and points directly to the need to allow more time to adequately craft this important bill. As a result of the comments received, significant revisions to the draft legislation will be made and a revised draft brought back before the public for additional input."

The deadline for introducing legislation to the County Council is September 18, 2006. An earlier introduction date would be required if the County Council sought to amend the bill, an event that seems likely for a bill relating the Critical Area. By delaying the introduction of the bill, the Office of Law and Land Use agencies will have more opportunities to get feedback from the public and environmental organizations. Under the current administration, time will be devoted to putting together a draft bill that will take into consideration extensive public comment, leaving a more complete draft for the next administration.

The general public may continue to review the Draft Critical Area Bill on-line and forwarding comments in writing to criticalarea@aacounty.org or to the Anne Arundel County, Office of Law, 2660 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. However, the draft bill will be removed from the County‚Äôs website on August 15. It is anticipated that a revised draft bill will be posted in the Fall for further public comment.

  


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