Counties Express Concern About Proposed Report’s Intent

On February 22, 2022, Associate Policy Director Dominic Butchko submitted a Letter of Information to the House Environment and Transportation Committee in regards to HB 705 – Land Use – Reporting – Annual Reports and Development of New Housing. This bill would require counties to begin reporting certain housing information to the state.

From the MACo Letter of Information

The administrative burden of compiling and submitting the information required under
HB 705 is likely material but did not drive MACo to oppose the bill on those grounds. The
need and eventual use for the envisioned report is not readily clear.

Historically, the General Assembly has also played an essential role in enabling the sensible growth of Maryland’s communities. State legislation has helped to set a broad vision, with the community-level execution left to local decision-makers. Counties are concerned that the proposed information-gathering mandates represent a potential prelude to more comprehensive legislative action that may eventually be at odds with each jurisdiction’s locally driven land use planning structure. One-size-fits-all solutions rarely turn out to be an appropriate answer to complex problems.

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