Forums focusing on development start tomorrow County seek comments on land use policies


County officials will begin a series of forums tomorrow to discuss the goals and policies to guide Anne Arundel's land use for the next 25 years.

"We are trying to get as much feedback as possible," said Richard Josephson, long-range planning chief.

By state law, all jurisdictions must have revised land use or general development plans by 1997 that include provisions for economic growth, stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and development directed toward suitable areas.

A 33-member steering committee, working with county planners and elected officials, will look at issues such as whether certain areas should be off-limits to developers, where to add parks and how much traffic should be allowed on the county's roads.

L All meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The schedule is:

* Tomorrow: Southern High School.

* Thursday: Arundel High School.

* Oct. 10: Glen Burnie High School.

* Oct. 12: Anne Arundel Community College.

Planners expect to develop alternative land use plans for forums that will be held in the county in January. A detailed draft will be presented during a series of public hearings in March, Mr. Josephson said. The County Council would approve a plan in July.

The goals and policies fall into three categories: conserving the environment, managing development and meeting people's needs.

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