Zoning code rewrite is more than just simplification

Montgomery County’s rewrite of its zoning code not only simplifies the tome, it also alters zoning policies.Montgomery is overhauling the code, primarily to make a document that many have called cumbersome more user-friendly. But while the county’s main objective might be to modernize the law by eliminating redundancies, cutting clutter and incorporating footnotes, it also is using the rewrite to fix parts of the law that are not working. (Gazette)

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Lab oversight report to state delayed until August

Recommendations expected from a Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene working group tasked with identifying weaknesses in state oversight of laboratories that handle hazardous materials are delayed until at least August. Beth Willis, a member of the group and chairwoman of the Containment Lab Community Advisory Committee, said Tuesday that those recommendations are delayed as a draft is still being compiled. (News-Post)

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Sandy Spring property owners await fate from county

Property owners along a decades-old gravel path in Sandy Spring known as “Farm Road” should have an answer from the county planning department by the end of the week on whether the department can provide addresses for their property. Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus, made up of African-American legislators in the General Assembly, tasked planners last month with determining if a collection of affidavits was enough to end years of struggle for the property owners and assign addresses to their land. (Gazette)

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Myersville council ponders solar energy farm

Myersville officials are considering a solar energy farm that would provide electricity for the town’s public buildings. The officials are talking to a consultant to determine if the project would be feasible on any of three sites being considered for the undertaking. (News-Post)

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Montgomery Co. hoping to add personal living quarters in new Progress Place

A proposal to add two floors of housing to a county project that will provide support services for the homeless could come at a $10 million price tag. Progress Place was planned as a three-story building, but because the facility could be built to five floors, the Montgomery County Council has tasked county officials with finding a way to add about 20 units each on the fourth and fifth floors, which is projected to cost about $5.6 million and $4.6 million, respectively, said Greg Ossont, deputy director of the county’s Department of General Services. He said the units would be targeted at low-income residents. (Gazette)

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Board to prevent homelessness passes new action plan

The board fighting to end homelessness in Carroll County passed its second annual action plan, a list of strategies to help accomplish the group’s overarching mission. Similar to the 2012 to 2013 plan, the Circle of Caring Homelessness Board has a list of five objectives — promote collaborative leadership, increase access to stable and affordable housing, enlargen economic security and self-sufficiency, improve health and stability and retool the homeless crisis response system. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Annapolis council adopts citywide signs plan

For years, Annapolis merchants and tourism professionals have said visitors need a better grasp of the lay of the land, with signs directing them to attractions and parking. Advocates of a plan adopted by the City Council say a new network of signs is needed to de-clutter Annapolis’ current hodgepodge. (Capital)

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Aberdeen's fire dept. wants new station, police want SWAT team

Aberdeen's fire department wants to replace one of its fire stations and get new equipment, while the city's police department wants a "multijurisdictional SWAT team" that pools resources with Bel Air and Havre de Grace. (Aegis)

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