Barbara Joan Biller, Republican: Balancing property rights, appropriate economic development, preserving the rural/agricultural landscape and preventing sprawl is managed through county zoning designations. Land use and zoning regulations are stipulated in the Code of Public Local Laws and Carroll County has a well-performing structure of government departments and commissions that allow for public interaction to manage the development process. Monitoring, review and control of the processes with appropriate oversight insure that the county growth is in concert with what the community wants. Each opportunity for changing the landscape (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.) must go through the development process and be reviewed and approved prior to dirt being moved. There are appropriate checks and balances in place between the public and local government to resolve any issues of property rights.
Richard Rothschild, Republican, incumbent: This is a delicate issue. The people of District 4 want to KEEP CARROLL COUNTRY. For me, PROPERTY RIGHTS means STABLE ZONING, and it means that government does not use its police powers to accelerate growth, nor prevent growth. It is not government's job to pick winners and losers. Of course, in District 4, water limitations are the number 1 "throttle". More water means more growth, more business, and more higher density residential development. Less water creates increased dependencies on well and septic. This helps maintain "large-lot" development that is less intensive. If you are a business, you probably want more water and more growth. If you are a homeowner, you probably want less growth. My job is to discern the correct balance while respecting everyone's constitutional property rights. At times, this is very difficult to do.
Sean Shaffer, Republican: See my answer regarding Ag Preservation. While I support the property owner's rights, once the land is sold to a developer it then becomes an issue of the developer's rights. The rights of the private landowner and the corporate developer is not the same and growth must be restrained.