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Residents say changes to Howard County’s ‘outdated’ growth policy don’t go far enough

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Residents say changes to Howard County’s ‘outdated’ growth policy don’t go far enough

At the direction of an advisory group convened for the first time in nearly 14 years, Howard County will consider updating an ordinance that manages development as the fast-growing suburban county outpaces statewide population growth.

The measure, the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, attempts to ensure roads, sewers and schools can handle pressure from new development by stalling, but not halting, projects.

The Howard County Council will review the ordinance this year based on the Department of Planning and Zoning’s recommendations, outlined in a Feb. 2 report. The policy has been tweaked since a committee reviewed the ordinance in 2002.

Critics worry the ordinance has outlived its use and lacks the teeth to ensure development matches public facilities. The latest recommendations do little to address the development law’s basic flaws, residents said Thursday at a planning board meeting.