Frederick lawmaker pushes bill to limit appeals of developer pacts

Subtitle: Anti-growth group calls proposal ‘outrageous’ attempt to negate safeguard
Source: Gazette
Author: Sherry Greenfield
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Date Published: 02/19/2013

A state legislative committee could make a decision as early as this week on a bill that would make it more difficult to undo binding agreements between developers and the Frederick Board of County Commissioners to build hundreds of new homes and businesses. The bill, proposed by Del. Galen R. Clagett (D-Dist. 3A) of Frederick, had its first hearing on Feb. 14 before the 24-member House Environmental Matters Committee in Annapolis. Clagett presented the bill to the panel, explaining that, if passed, the measure would prevent opponents from asking the five-member Frederick County Board of Appeals to overturn what are known as Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreements signed between the commissioners and a builder.