If the Howard County Council passes the Columbia Town Center redevelopment legislation on February 1st as is widely expected, the opponents are preparing to launch a petition drive in an attempt to overturn that decision by referendum.
Despite the incessant caterwauling by the same folks about the injustice of the rules governing referendum petitions, these anti development activists are so dead set on derailing General Growth’s plans that they are willing to try once more to enlist this process to get their way.
Though much has been made of the stringent requirements for petition signatures, the hurdle is still relatively low. All that is required is 5,000 signatures of registered voters in Howard County to subject this legislation to referendum.
Even if they are ultimately unsuccessful at the ballot box, they will have prevailed by creating even further delay in the process.