The public will have the chance to see site plans for the proposed new Walmart in Bel Air South and ask questions about the project during the county's Development Advisory Committee meeting at 9 a.m. today (Wednesday).
The Abingdon Community Council laid out requests to Walmart for the proposed Bel Air location on Plumtree Road during a recent meeting between the council, retail giant and Harford County Government officials.
A most welcome step in the right direction, the move protects not only the interests of the residential community in the immediate neighborhood of the proposed Walmart store, but as part of the larger effort to deny Walmart permission to open a new store in Bel Air, it also supports responsible business practice in the County.
Howard County is one of six jurisdictions chosen from 17 applicants around the country to be included in the "Transition from Jail to Community" program established by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit, and the National Institute of Corrections, an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice.
The other night, I was listening to Harford County Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti describe the notorious site of a proposed Walmart (the Route 924 and Plumtree Road area) as a "traffic nightmare" and watching Councilman Jim McMahan point at a video of traffic steadily piling up, light after light, at the 924 intersection with the Festival shopping center.
The Harford County Council passed a resolution Tuesday asking the State Highway Administration to deny road access to Route 924 for a controversial new Walmart planned for Bel Air because "of the unsafe conditions it would create for the surrounding communities."
In an effort to prevent a large scale trash transfer station from being opened on a county-owned site on Route 7 in Joppa, Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie has been shopping around a new version of a proposal first broached earlier this year: shipping county garbage directly to a disposal site outside the county.
Once the zoning classifications are established for a parcel, and the property owner makes an arrangement that's in keeping with those zoning laws, it begins to upset the balance of rights if the government then injects itself into the process to change the law.
Now that the Traffic Studies and site plan for the Wal Mart Super Store have been submitted, here is what I would expect that my elected representatives will do: Review it with the appropriate County office, e.g., Planning and Zoning; Determine if 10,000 more cars a day will have an impact on our ALREADY overcrowded traffic infrastructure; Take ALL of the appropriate steps necessary to mitigate our danger and loss of quality of life.
At least two members of the Harford County Council, one who made public his plan and the other who is keeping his private, say they are working to stop the controversial Walmart proposed for between Routes 924 and 24 in the Plumtree Road area south of Bel Air.
Walmart was again the hot topic at Tuesday's Harford County Council meeting, with about 30 residents coming out to make their opposition to the project at Plumtree Road and Route 924 clear to the council members, who had a light agenda that night.
There's nothing wrong with Walmart or other stores in Eldersburg, mind you — they're fine, she says. But Target, she says, "takes it up a notch" when it comes to household goods, clothing and "natural" products.
Baltimore City schools, despite tightening budgets and a perpetual rallying cry for more funding, administrators spent roughly $500,000 over the last year and half on expenses such as a $7,300 office retreat at a downtown hotel.
Two weeks after Vi Ripken was abducted at gunpoint, fans of the Aberdeen IronBirds were glad to have her back to her routine Wednesday night — taking in a game at the stadium named for her famous baseball family.