The Baltimore County Council was wrong to allow developer Howard Brown to be exempted from development regulations at the Metro Centre development ("Balto. County Council OKs Owings Mills project bill," July 3).

This project went through a community input meeting and the zoning commissioner. The southwest corner of the parking garage is currently in the 100-year flood plain, but the commissioner allowed construction anyway.

This is a slap in the face to the communities to allow Mr. Brown to use the county council to get preferential treatment and increase the building envelope.

Mr. Brown says that "that the legislation would help move it along." What would have helped the project move along is him actually working on the project instead of working on new projects, like the stadium at Stevenson University.

We need a county council that looks out for the communities, not developers' profits.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown