In response to Howard's homework assignment, I would like to offer my early thoughts on obstacles to public participation in land use processes. During Mina Hilzenrath's presentation on the process of updating the General Plan, I was struck by the incredible amount of time that is required in order to participate in the drafting and revision of the General Plan. Public input in this process occurs over the course of nearly a year. I wonder how many members of the public are in a position to make such a significant time committment. If you haven't already, please take some time to review the 2000 General Plan. It will give you an appreciation for the amount of work (and time) required to produce such an encompassing and well researched document. Are there any volunteers to serve on the next General Plan Task Force? I'm sure Mina is already looking for volunteers!
Link to General Plan http://www.co.ho.md.us/DPZ/dpzpublicationsreports.htm#gp2000