Perryman residents received bad news today upon learning of the County Executive’s Veto of 22-003, Perryman Peninsula Moratorium. For months the County Executive has been refusing to meet with residents about the proposed development of the Mitchell Farm Property. The development, an illegal freight terminal and distribution center, is a prohibited use in the light industrial zoning designation attached to the Mitchell Farm. Recognizing this problem, Harford County Council members passed the Moratorium Bill by a unanimous margin of 7-0.
The Bill authorizes a summer study to explore the concerns expressed by hundreds of community members about the project and impacts on infrastructure, public health & safety and disparate treatment. Community members made compelling arguments about water contamination in lieu of a migrating chemical spill from APG in the drinking water; air pollution and the cancer risks associated with concentrated industry among established residential neighborhoods; and, public safety considering the peninsula currently has one way ingress and egress. The community also stressed the historically significant landmarks in the area and the impropriety of further marginalizing the poor and minority living in Perryman.
According to Harford County Code, The County Council must vote to override the Bill at the next council meeting or the Veto will stand.
“While we are disappointed with the Veto, we recognize it as just another example of the failure of leadership the County Executive has displayed with regards to the Mitchell Farm Project,” said Paul Fallace. “Our Coalition of citizens believes the County Council will do the right thing by Perryman Tuesday night.”
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Thank you for your interest in supporting Perryman but the submission period has ended. On 5/3/2022, the Council decided not to take up a vote to override the veto. The Perryman Peninsula Moratorium Bill 22-003 is not adopted.