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Councilman Marks recommends downzoning of 95 acres on Silver Spring Road

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Wednesday morning that he would recommend the downzoning of more than 95 acres along Silver Spring Road to limit future development along this older, heavily forested corridor.

The actions occur as the Baltimore County Council concludes the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, during which period every land’s development potential can be modified. That vote is set to take place in August.

The land is currently zoned for DR 3.5 and DR 5.5 development. The DR 5.5 zoning allows for apartments, condominiums, and townhouses under certain circumstances.

“I want to preserve the lightly-developed character of the Silver Spring Road corridor, and wherever possible, require thoughtful development that involves input from neighbors,” Councilman Marks said. “At the current level of zoning, investors could piece together the properties and construct apartments along a large stretch of the corridor.”

Councilman Marks added that he is aware of a proposal for a Planned Unit Development southwest of Torpoint Road, and has been discussing options with neighbors. A church is also reportedly eyeing the property.

Information about the Magnolia PUD property can be found here:

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