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 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: http://md-harfordcounty.civicplus.com/193/Councilmanic-Districts
Some issues of interest in September were:
Every eight years, the County goes through a comprehensive rezoning process where anyone who wants the zoning on their property changed can apply to have this done.
-From December of last year until February, Planning & Zoning accepted applications.
-In April, the County's Planning Advisory Board held public hearings on the applications.
-During the Summer, Planning & Zoning evaluated the applications and worked on their recommendations.
-In August, Planning & Zoning presented their recommendations to the Planning Advisory Board, who then voted on their own recommendations.
-The last step in this process is for a final bill to come before the County Council. The Comprehensive Rezoning bill (17-015) was introduced on Sept. 5, and the public hearings will be held on Monday Oct. 2 at 6:30 pm at Aberdeen High School, and Thursday Oct. 5 at 6:30 pm at Bel Air High School.
Interested in seeing the interactive map created by the County to keep the process transparent? Just click on the following link:
During the Summer, the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) issued a Call For Action (CFA) regarding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP was set to expire on September 30, 2017, and NAR asked that REALTORS alert their federal representatives to extend the program. Congress passed legislation to extend the NFIP until December 8, 2017, and, on Friday, September 8, 2017, President Trump signed the bill into law.
NAR asks that all REALTOR Associations try to reach the 20% response rate to keep our voice strong. While overall MD reached almost 22%, unfortunately, Harford County REALTORS did not reach the 20% rate. This is terribly disappointing for a number of reasons: 1. It is our responsibility as REALTORS to look out for our industry and homeownership; 2. Hurricane Harvey and Irma showed everyone across our country the tragic consequences of severe flooding; and, 3. Harford County has flood plains that are affected by NFIP. We need to do better. We should do better. We can do better.
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
Are you receiving mobile alerts for federal Calls For Action? Don’t count on others to act on your behalf. To sign up, follow this link: http://www.realtoractioncenter.com/realtor-party/get-involved/mobile-app-1.html or text the word REALTORS to 30644.
Legislative Questions or concerns?
E. Veronica Rolocut
Government Affairs Director
Harford County Association of REALTORS, Inc.
2227 Old Emmorton Road #117
Bel Air, MD 21015