Comp Lite Update
Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, December 6, 2006
From the Baltimore Sun
I don’t think I am any closer to the Guinness that Wordbones and I have riding on the outcome of the lawsuit challenging Comp Lite brought by COPE.
The county filed with the Court to dismiss the suit.
In a formal response, the county claims the residents lack legal standing and waited too long to contest the legislation authorizing the Comp Lite process.
Lack legal standing. This is just ridiculous. I do agree that they probably waited too long. I also don’t think Comp-Lite as it is written into the County Code is illegal. So I disagree with COPE on that point.
The filing, submitted by the Office of Law, also says that the residents challenging Comp Lite “must have an actual, real and justiciable property interest susceptible of protection through litigation. … There is no presumption of special damages for adjoining, confronting or nearby owners.”
Like I said, ridiculous. The County will not even argue the real heart of the complaint. The County Council violated the County Code by including additional properties that should not have been included. That is the crux of the case and the Court should here the case based on that complaint alone.