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Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore City, has sponsored a bill that broadens who has the ability to file circuit court challenges made through comprehensive planning or rezoning action by a local legislative body.

Md. General Assembly keeps NAIOP busy

It’s been a busy start to the Maryland General Assembly session for NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Maryland.

The organization’s legislative committee has already taken stances on 113 bills by the 30-day point of the session, which started last month. At the same point in last year’s session the committee had taken stances on 37 bills, according to an electronic newsletter sent to members.

The top bill the organization wants to quash broadens who has the ability to file circuit court challenges made through comprehensive planning or rezoning action by a local legislative body.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore City in the Senate and Del. Stephen Lafferty in the House of Delegates, has raised red flags for developers.

“It raises major concerns and puts the stability of the planning process in question in a major way,” Tom Ballentine, NAIOP Maryland’s vice president for policy and government relations said earlier this month.

The group is also watching out for a bill that would require the installation of an electric car charging station at the behest of a tenants (Senate Bill 168). NAIOP is also tracking the cross-filed Senate Bill 366 and House Bill 913, which would require Maryland Department of Planning permit review for development within a half-mile of the state’s 2,400 miles of scenic byways.