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Councilman Marks’ open space legislation now protects nearly 4,000 acres

PERRY HALL, MD—In 2012, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks created a zoning category, Neighborhood Commons, to protect land as open space.

Thanks to that legislation, approximately 4,000 acres has now been designated as Neighborhood Commons, Councilman Marks announced on Monday.

The new estimate includes decisions based on the adoption of the 2016 Comprehensive Zoning Map.

Much of the land is located in Towson, Carney, and Perry Hall.

Land zoned for Neighborhood Commons includes public property and that owned by nonprofits and homeowners associations.

“The law creating Neighborhood Commons zoning was groundbreaking in that land was protected from almost all type of development,” said Councilman Marks. “Over the past three zoning cycles, Councilmembers from both parties have used this designation to protect thousands of acres throughout Baltimore County.”

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