Ruling Could Lead To Land Use 'Anarchy'

Ruling over "critical area" case could have wider land use impact in Maryland.
August 5, 2003, 2pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"In a ruling that critics worry could threaten Chesapeake Bay protections - as well as a host of other zoning laws - Maryland's highest court ruled yesterday on the side of a wealthy sportsman's bid to keep a hunting lodge and cabins that he built without permission on a remote Nanticoke River island. [Some fear] that the ruling could be applied to all sorts of zoning regulations and other administrative law, forcing local governments to defend every land use decision. Large urban counties, he noted, might handle 1,000 or more zoning requests a year."

Thanks to C. P. Zilliacus

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Published on Friday, August 1, 2003 in The Baltimore Sun
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