According to this story by Larry Carson in The Sun today, the Columbia Council took five hours last night to reach essentially the same non binding recommendation they made back in December.
“After a nearly five-hour, two-part meeting that lasted until 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night featuring testimony, discussion and a little bickering, the board adopted a slightly altered version of its December 2008 position on the issue, delivered then to the county planning board.”
Despite calls by CoFoCoDo spokesman Alan Klein for “community-based gatekeeper” and by Lloyd Knowles for “a master plan outlining specifics such as allowed building heights, density and minimum facilities be adopted by each village,” the board essentially settled on agreeing to the removal of General Growth Properties as the gatekeeper for any proposed changes to the village centers. This is the main premise of Council Bill 29 (ZRA 102). The County Council will begin holding public hearings on this bill on Monday.
I remain hopeful that some day, the Columbia Councils relevance will be equal to its rhetoric.