Proposed regulations by the Maryland Department of the Environment continue to be a hot policy issue in Annapolis. Legislation has been introduced to delay and curtail the proposed regulations, even while the Department is “on notice” from legislative leaders to pursue a compromise with the affected communities. MACo has been among several interested parties raising concerns with the regulatory effect on “downtown” redevelopment projects, and the potential for interference with multi-step projects already underway but planned to conform to regulations in current law, rather than the proposed higher standard.
From MACo’s previous coverage of this issue:
(At a January 26 briefing) Committee Chairman Maggie McIntosh … gave MDE four weeks to complete its guidance documents. She warned that if the guidance did not show adequate flexibility, “you will have bills.”