The Howard County Council had a very interesting nomination and vote for Howard County Zoning Board for 2020. This has been discussed a bit in certain circles and I thought it would be a good idea to share the video of the nomination, discussion and vote.
A reporter for the Howard County Times used the word “contentious” when talking about the discussion that happened that evening and Elevate Maryland Podcast discussed this vote in their latest episode (episode 75).
Here is the video of the nomination, discussion and vote (a little over 18 minutes long)
- The nomination process was odd and seemed rushed early on in the video
- The discussion about “qualifications” was interesting to hear and I thought it took an odd turn throughout the discussion
- The final vote was not the norm for selecting Chairs and Vice Chairs for the positions the council members hold (the lone Republican on the Council ended up being the swing vote for Chair of the Zoning Board)
I have my own opinions about all of this…but I wanted to provide the video so you can watch the discussion happen and make your own opinions.
A bit of history…previous Chair’s of the Zoning Board include (information based on the documents on this page: https://cc.howardcountymd.gov/Zoning-Land-Use/Zoning-Board/DecisionsAndOrders):
2019: Liz Walsh
2018: Jen Terrasa
2017: Jen Terrasa
2016: Jen Terrasa
2015: Calvin Ball
2014: Mary Kay Sigaty (information provided from blog reader)
2013: Courtney Watson
2012: Jen Terrasa
2011: Jen Terrasa
2010: Jen Terrasa
2009: Calvin Ball
2008: Jen Terrasa
2007: Mary Kay Sigaty
2006: Guy Guzzone
2005: ??? (I am not sure…no decision documents listed for 2005)
2004: Ken Ulman
Here is a listing of all assignments made for the next year relating to the Howard County Council: https://scotteblog.com/2019/12/03/howard-county-council-elects-new-officers-on-december-2-2019/
Have thoughts…let me know in the comments.