April 18, 2013

Recap of Planning Board on 4/15/13

Howard County's Planning Board met on Monday in a public work session to review proposed text amendments as part of the comprehensive zoning process. The current Planning Board members are Dave Grabowski, (Chair), Paul Yelder (Vice-Chair) Josh Tzuker, Bill Santos, and Jacqueline Easley.

While there are many proposed text amendments considered by the Planning Board, a few have been particularly interesting:
  1. Allow chicken keeping on properties where the lot is greater than 10,000 square feet and there is a single-family detached dwelling, which is occupied as a residence. Residents can have up to 8 hens, and no roosters. This has been well followed in the local news.
  2. Require permits of businesses run out of a person's home.
  3. Allow granny pods on certain residential properties. Granny pods are portable, temporary housing units which are outfitted with medical monitoring devices. The proposed amendment would allow a second dwelling unit on a lot for the use of an elderly or disabled immediate family member of the principal dwelling unit.
The next scheduled work session is Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:00pm, in the George Howard Building, 3430 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043.