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Councilman Marks proposes 31-acre greenway along Perry Hall Boulevard

PERRY HALL, MD—As part of the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks will propose that approximately 31 acres of publicly-owned property along Perry Hall Boulevard be downzoned to Neighborhood Commons, or open space zoning.

The 31 acres, owned by the state and Baltimore County, is currently zoned a blend of RAE 1, DR 10.5, DR 5.5, and DR 1 zoning.

If sold by either the state or Baltimore County, the land could be developed at some of the highest levels allowed.

RAE zoning, for example, allows for apartments.

The land stretches from the Southfield community along Perry Hall Boulevard to near the White Marsh police station.

Much of the property is across from White Marsh Mall.

“Neighborhood Commons zoning prevents development,” said Councilman Marks. “If the state or county were to ever sell the land, they would first need to get it rezoned. This is an insurance policy for the community. That green space will not easily be developed.”

The green space is also the site of the future Northeast Trail, which is envisioned to connect Perry Hall’s Indian Rock Park with Linover Park.

Councilman Marks already downzoned the green space along Perry Hall Boulevard near Beaconsfield Road and Silver Spring Road.

This zoning change, Issue 5-059, is one of 79 being considered in the Fifth District.

The Planning Board will hear testimony on all issues on Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at Perry Hall High School (4601 Ebenezer Road).

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