The Principles of Howard County Republicans:
1. In keeping with principles of our Founding Fathers, Howard County Republicans believe in individual liberty, public safety, and support policies of limited taxation and responsible government.
2. We, as Republicans, support equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for all.
3. Howard County Republicans respect the principles and values that have made our county a prosperous and desirable place to live and raise a family.
4. Howard County Republicans support all family values that promote a strong cohesive community.
5. Howard County Republicans believe every child should have access to an excellent public education that is challenging and attuned to the individual student to promote critical thinking, invention, community cohesion, and a rewarding career.
6. Republicans believe in self-sufficiency while we recognize the need in Howard County for a limited public safety net. We believe all people should be afforded the opportunity to improve their quality of life through education, jobs, business opportunities, and community support.
7. Republicans support public policies that encourage economic growth, provide opportunities for individuals to succeed, and promote local businesses in Howard County.
8. We support responsible growth and the preservation of open spaces while respecting the private property rights of all Howard County citizens.
9. We believe that good Howard County Government collectively respects individualism and the responsibilities of freedom while promoting community.
10. Republicans believe all should adhere to the rule of law.
There are 8 proposed amendments to CB1-2018 (APFO). Here's my take on all eight:
#1 - Limit the redistribution of residential units to final developments plans that are not using CEPPAs (community enhancements, programs and public amenities) - SUPPORT
#2 - Allow higher capacity limits for individual schools where such school's region is under 100% capacity or, in the case of high schools, the region is under 105% capacity - SUPPORT WITH MODIFICATION: The amendment limits the capacity increase to 5% for individual elementary and middle schools, but has no limit to the increase for high schools. I believe the 5% increase should apply to high schools as well.
#3 - Create a process to balance schools and affordable housing - OPPOSE: The process strikes me as quite subjective and potentially opens a huge loophole to APFO.
#4 - Increase re-testing provisions for school capacity from 3 years to 6 years - SUPPORT WITH MODIFICATION: I believe doubling the testing period in one feel swoop is too drastic. I support an increase to 4 years now.
#5 - Modify roads test provisions - MOSTLY OPPOSE: this amendment has four major components (1) increase the limit for the lowest level of review from 50 peak hour trips to 99 (NO); (2) decrease the area limits for traffic analysis from 2 miles to 1.5 miles (NO); (3) changing the intersections to be analyzed from signalized intersections to intersection of two major collector or higher level roads (NO); (4) develop a procedure where the DPZ may extend or reduce the traffic impact study area after a meeting with the developer (YES, BUT, there needs to be some process to allow community input in any such decision).
#6 - Delays application of the capacity test for high schools for 4 years - OPPOSE
#7 - Lowers school capacity limits for elementary schools to 100% (from 105%), middle schools to 105% (from 110%) and high schools to 110% (from 115%) - SUPPORT WITH MODIFICATION: I consistently testified in favor of racheting down the limits over time. I believe this provision should have an effective date 4 years in the future.
#8 - Include police, fire and health care in APFO analysis - SUPPORT WITH MODIFICATION: I have consistently testified in favor of expanding APFO to police and fire; they are provided by County government. Howard County General Hospital is not a government agency, and we should not cede government decisions to a non-governmental agency, so the health care component should be deleted.
I just got home from the Howard County Council legislative work session on the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. The first part of the work session was a review of the Economic and Fiscal Analysis report prepared by the Economic Development Authority https://cc.howardcountymd.gov/…/HoCo%20APFO%20Presentation%…..
The authors did not do a good job in explaining their report, and admitted to confusion about Howard County budgeting procedures in their fiscal analysis. Several Council members (including Greg Fox) and, later, Board of Education members, criticized the report for focusing on lost revenues without considering cost savings.