Howard Citizens Meet Zoning Bill Referendum First Requirement

An October 21 Baltimore Sun article reports that a Howard County citizens’ group has cleared the first requirement in taking the County’s comprehensive zoning bill to referendum in November 2014 by securing at least half of the signatures needed.

[Howard County Board of Elections Director Guy] Mickley said the group, Citizens Working to Fix Howard County, had more than  half of the 5,390 signatures required to submit a second and final round of  signatures.  The group has until Nov. 1, a little less than 30 days after  they submitted the first batch on Oct. 4. …

Among the decisions the group considers problematic are increased density in  Maple Lawn, plans for development at the Rosa Bonheur pet cemetery in Elkridge  and new regulations on farming through the county.