Harford County Council
Council Legislative Meetings are held the first three Tuesdays of the month (in May, the Council meets every Tuesday) at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers located at 212 S. Bond Street, Bel Air, MD 21014
For more details regarding the Council Calendar please refer to the following link:
If you are interested in contacting your Harford County Councilman, please refer to the following link:
Some issues of interest in March were:
Bill 17-003, sewage disposal systems, passed unanimously on Mar. 7, and will be implemented immediately. This bill would require that Best Available Technology (BATs) septic system regulations in Harford County are similar to the State regulations, and no longer require BATs for property owners who wish to reduce the size of their existing septic field to 10,000 sq. ft. giving homeowners more flexibility in land use. Harford County Association of REALTORS supports this legislation and sent a letter to President Slutzky and Council members urging their support of the bill.
A public hearing was held for Bill 17-004, zoning code changes, on Mar. 21. Planning and Zoning Director Brad Killian discussed what he called minor changes in Harford County code to provide consistency. He did mention that he was uncomfortable having his office retain certain medical documents as they pertain to cottage housing, and felt the changes included in the bill would be more appropriate. This bill would change the medical documentation required to apply for cottage housing to a simple doctor’s note.
The results of the Broadband Feasibility Study were discussed at the Council meeting on Mar. 21st. This study was commissioned to determine the best way to provide broadband services to the North End of the County, District D, represented by Councilman Chad Shrodes, and cost Harford County $47,000. The overriding takeaway from the presentation was that due to the local topography and the low population density of the area construction and operating expenses would be exceedingly expensive, and the area faces an uphill battle to locate a provider under those circumstances.
As of this writing (end of March), all MD REALTORS should have responded to the MAR Call-For-Action stating opposition to SB266 expanding a BATs requirement for areas beyond the 1,000 ft critical areas. Originally the bill failed to pass the Senate. Later, it was pulled up again and amended to only prioritize grants for anyone trying to comply with the BATs requirement within the 1,000 ft critical areas. It passed the Senate, amended. It is unclear at this time whether or not the House will continue with their original language or amend its bill (HB281) to agree with the Senate version. No matter what happens, please rest assured that MAR and HarCAR will keep you informed.
The 2017 MD General Assembly session began on January 11 and is scheduled to adjourn on April 10th. For the complete 2017 “Dates of Interest” calendar, please follow this link: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/Pubs-current/current-session-dates.pdf
If you are not registered, or are simply looking to “catch-up” on all the latest with the Board of Elections, it’s as easy as following this link: http://www.harfordvotes.info
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Legislative Questions or concerns?
E. Veronica Rolocut
Government Affairs Director
As a REALTOR® you are already involved in politics both personally and professionally. Your clients and customers expect and deserve the best representation from you to protect their interests in real estate.
What you do or do not do determines how well you fulfill your duties and responsibilities as a citizen and as their professional REALTOR®.
Harford County Association of REALTORS, Inc.
2227 Old Emmorton Road #117
Bel Air, MD 21015