December 28, 2012
It is unusual for me to side with developers, but your article about the Chestnut Ridge property being re-zoned to accommodate nine houses instead of the more lucrative zoning that currently exists is just wrong ("Developer sues Balto. Co. Council," Dec. 24).
I understand the issue with the Greenspring Valley Association, but the proper time to change the zoning is during the Comprehensive Zoning Map. This allows residents time to air their views and get a fair hearing. Residents cannot be expected to go to meetings every time a councilperson wants to change zoning.
This is not the first time Councilwoman Vicki Almond has changed or attempted to change zoning for a special interest group. She has also attempted zoning changes to Foundry Row in Owings Mills, to the detriment of the Owings Mills Mall.
These attempts are right out of the playbook of the councilman she replaced, Kevin Kamenetz. Mr. Kamenetz was known to introduce legislation to benefit developers when the community was in the process of court action to prevent overdevelopment in the Pikesville area.
This type of legislation will only stop when the other councilman stop adhering to councilmanic courtesy and have the guts to say it is wrong to change zoning outside the Comprehensive Zoning Map.
J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown
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