Plus, we think it's a bit of a 14th amendment violation (such cases are difficult to win), because neighborhoods of high income households have a greater likelihood of being able to retain or provide quality representation, and low income neighborhoods are less likely to have such resources, and therefore have less or minimal representation in comparable situations.
I suggested that a model be created for this, in the manner in which People's Counsels represent citizen interests.
Hearings are held during working hours of most citizen's. Maybe we give consideration to lobbying for a "People's Advocacy Counsel", to represent the community concerns in land development issues?
Prince George's County People's Zoning Counsel
"There's just such a big gap between the developer, who can afford the different fees and representation, and those of us who are part of community associations who can't afford that, the people's zoning counsel is to act on the part of the public."
Many are of the opinion that at the zoning examiners and the people's counsel for whom we as county residents pay there salaries sometimes oversteps its role and gives developers a boost. "It is responsible for the county to defend its decision. It is irresponsible for them to take the posture of directly attacking the environmentalists and communities who are protesting,".
Whether the developer is right should be irrelevant, because it should be up to the developer's attorneys to make their own case.
In past experiences of such request before the Honorable Samuel J. Parker, Jr., Chairman Prince George’s County Planning Board, Chairman the Commissioners never denied such requests.
Therefore we are of the opinion that this Commission lacks the "Transparency" and the welcoming of "Community Input", but waiver towards ones own self-serving interest.
Prince George's County Zoning Attorney & Lobbyist
Registered LOBBYISTS • Miscellaneous (in a MISCELLANEOUS organization entry.)
Stan Brown (People’s Zoning Counsel)
Andre’ Gingles, Calverton +1 301-572-5009
Wayne K. Curry
Marvo Jo Camp
Suellen Ferguson (Municipal Atty)
Derick Berlage, Rockville (Former Chair Mont CO. Council & MNCPPC)
Good Examples of People's Zoning Counsel
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