From Morita Bruce, President, Friends of Harford:
As announced by Harford County Government in the Dagger on February 3 and 7, all Harford Countians are invited to provide their input to Harford’s Master Plan (see their announcement at the end of this article). Friends of Harford wants to remind you how essential the Master Plan is in preserving your community and your quality of life.
The Master Plan sets policy for land use for everything in the county — housing, businesses, farms, schools, roads, parks, emergency services, libraries, water & sewer infrastructure, etc. This Plan says which land is to be developed, what kind of development, and how intense development should be, and also what land will be reserved for farms and parks. It impacts road congestion, school redistricting, loss of farmland, quality of life, and even your taxes.
The County has begun updating the Master Plan, so now is the time to speak up for what’s important to you! We urge you to show up at the county’s Master Plan meeting, below. If you’re unable to attend, please be sure to write your ideas on the County’s Master Plan website before the March 13 deadline.
Stay up to date at http://friendsofharford.com/master_plan.html
Anouncement from http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/PlanningZoning/index.cfm?ID=673:
Harford County has announced the start of the 2011/2012 Master Plan and Land Use Element Plan Update. The public participation process will provide opportunities for interested parties to express their ideas about what issues should be addressed in the 2011-2012 Land Use Element Plan and to respond to the draft plan prior to its submittal to the County Council. Utilizing a combination of meetings and technology based communication options, citizens will be able to participate and follow the plan development process.
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Harford Community College, Chesapeake Center Dining Room
Snow Date for the Kickoff Meeting is February 23rd, HCC, Edgewood Hall E132
The kickoff meeting will include a presentation by Planning and Zoning staff, followed by a public participation session in a roundtable environment. Participants will be asked to answer a series of questions on four topical areas (1. land use, 2. economic prosperity, 3. public facilities, services, and safety, and 4. sustainability). Comments and results will be recorded and posted on this website to allow for additional public input. The information from these meetings and the online responses will become the foundation for the next public input meeting on April 7th.
Opportunity for online and written input will continue through March 13, 2011.