Area residents and cyclists alike attended a meeting of the Cecil County Planning Commission concerning the application to change zoning from residential to “Business General” for a parcel of land at the Valley and Barksdale Roads intersection. Despite lack of shoulders on either road, the area is favorable to cycling given low traffic volumes, and serves as a “gateway” west from Newark en-route to Cecil County, MD. The meeting commenced with a representative of the developer making the argument for change. They propose putting in a mixture of office buildings and shops – basically a shopping center – with entrances both on Barksdale and on Valley Roads. The impact on cycling in the area would be negative, as increased traffic could cause altercations and be a detriment to safe cycling in the area.