From Healthy Harford:
The Harford County Government’s Department of Planning and Zoning (PNZ) is beginning the process of rewriting and consolidating all of their land use plans into one document called Harford NEXT and is looking for public input. Last time PNZ rewrote their land use plans, Healthy Harford partners were excited that health was even mentioned as a planning issue. In the new Harford NEXT plan, the idea of utilizing Planning and Zoning to create a healthy community is front and center. Harford NEXT talks about issues such as access to healthy foods, reducing “vehicle miles traveled” by making it safer to walk/bike, and improving connectivity (i.e. making it easier to walk/bike/take pubic transit to stores, groceries, libraries, schools, etc.).
Planning and Zoning is looking for public input on this plan via an Open House comment session – Wednesday, April 29th from 6-8 at Harford Community College, Chesapeake dining room. We urge you to attend this meeting and show your support for the healthy community initiatives. If are unable to attend, please comment on their public input website – see link below
As a note, this meeting is not the forum to discuss or complain about specific zoning issues from the past or present (Walmart, EvaMar, etc.) but a key meeting to express the kind of community we would like to create going forward – safe bike routes connecting downtown Bel Air to the College, a more walkable/bikable community, slower traffic in certain areas, better pedestrian crossings, improved access to healthy foods, etc. Even if you are only able to attend for a few minutes, your opinion will be registered. If you aren’t able to attend that night, please go on their website and enter a comment. http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/PlanningZoning/index.cfm?ID=4053