From Jeff Dinger of the Bel Air South Community Foundation:
We as citizens, expect to have some say, some choice, in what land is developed and how it is developed in our communities. These choices effect our lives, our quality of life, our enjoyment of our environment, and ultimately our pocketbook. When balanced develop practices are followed, the community benefits. When it is not, traffic congestion, crime, and lack of enjoyment (due to loss of open-spaces, parks, and fields to play sports on) quickly follow.
So what can we do?
1) On April 7th, County Executive David Craig will host a review (Phase II) of the Master Land Use Plan for Harford County. PLEASE ATTEND!! This is one of the few chances that we have citizens can offer a clear, concise voice about how we do love our homes, our county, we understand changes will occur and development can be managed to benefit us all positively but only if you attend.
Here is a link to the meeting which will be up at HCC, Chesapeake Hall: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/PlanningZoning/index.cfm?ID=673
FOLLOW UP MEETING
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Harford Community College Chesapeake Center Dining Room
We also encourage you to register on the website, as comments will re-open on April 8th, and will allow you to register/comment on the process further after the meeting.
For a review of the past meeting, go here: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/PlanningZoning/Documents/259.pdf
2) If you live in the Bel Air zipcode, you may have heard about Wal-Mart considering the site bordered by 924/Plumtree/24. This is a real possibility. I along with a group of other concerned citizens have formed the Bel Air South Community Foundation, Inc.
Our mission is centered on the guiding principles of serving our local community. Our long-term focus is to help build a community where local residents and local businesses have a vested and mutual interest in each others well being and common goals to ensure an enjoyable and safe community for present and future generations.
Where is our focus (land): If you are an HOA board or a business owner, or resident and live near just North of Ring Factor Road down to Singer Road (south), from Rt 152 (West) over to Rt 543 (east) , this is our chief area of focus that has been under-represented and split apart by the Master Land Use Plan into different regions.
We have several HOA’s devoted to our cause and are underway with contacting each HOA within this region of Harford County and you can help by volunteering your time and effort to have your voice heard and help shape the future of Harford County. We will be at the Master Land Use Plan meeting and you are welcome to email us directly at BelAirSouthCommunityFoundation@gmail.com or by going to our FaceBook page (a website will be re-launched soon).
It is only with your assistance that we can help educate the County Council to the importance of keeping “B1/B2/B3” zoning out of Residential areas. This ENTIRE issue is a result of under-represetation and misunderstood consequences by not being involved in Zoning appeals. If we as citizens do not speak up individually and through organized, charitable, foundations, then we do not provide the “balancing voice” that can help keep aggressive development at bay and our community character intact.