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Councilman Marks: PHIA distributes inaccurate development plan for Gerst Farm

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks criticized the Perry Hall Improvement Association for distributing inaccurate information about the Gerst Farm.

In their email blast, the organization attached an old development plan that does not represent changes to the property.

“As the former nine-term president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association, it pains me to see this venerable organization distributing false information,” said Councilman Marks. “Not only that, but the PHIA was silent last month when the County Council set in motion a process to tighten the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, which regulates development in school districts. They were nowhere to be found.”

Councilman Marks has worked for the past five months to reduce the size of the development and increase the amount of open space. Because of his work, 72 percent of the project will include age-restricted villas. No one below 18 years of age will be allowed to live there, which should address concerns about school overcrowding.

None of the project will advance until two new schools move forward.

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More than 40 percent of the entire parcel will be open space.

“I look forward to continuing conversations about this project, which is why I will require additional community input and county review of this proposal,” added Councilman Marks. “The Perry Hall Improvement Association’s leaders can be part of the solution, if they want.”

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