On Tuesday night, the Harford County Council convened to consider amendments to the proposed update to the county Zoning Code. Early Wednesday morning, and 136 or so amendments later, the county council adjourned – leaving the rest of us with 105 pages of much-needed, controversial, long-time-coming, ill-conceived and incomprehensible amendments to sift through.
Highlights included the quelling of an amendments that would have delayed, if not killed off, passage of the county’s first real Transfer of Development Rights program and the introduction of this gem, which was one of my early personal favorites:
Amendment No. 85
On page 554 in line 16 after “PROPERTIES” insert “TO THE EXTENT PRACTICAL COMMUNICATION TOWERS SHALL BE DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED WITH MATERIALS SIMILAR TO THE NATIVE TREES AND LANDSCAPE OF THE AREA”
(to the extent possible requires towers to be designed and constructed with material similar to native trees and landscape)
Sadly, Amendment 85 was withdrawn – so we may never get to see a four-story faux evergreen tree sprouting up in a shopping center parking lot.
The rest of the amendments, including those that failed or were withdrawn, can be found on the county web site.
Has anyone else read through this? Any other humorous or dangerous amendments raising eyebrows out there?