Business, Opinion, Politics

Councilman Marks: more senior housing, less traditional development

The following is an op-ed piece from Councilman David Marks: Today, more than 25 percent of Baltimore County’s population is estimated to include senior citizens. Put another way, there are more seniors than school-age children. The growth of our senior population is occurring throughout the United States, but especially in Baltimore County. Our housing, unfortunately, does not reflect that dynamic. …


Education, Opinion, Politics

OPINION: For two years in a row, Annapolis blunders on school construction

The following is an op-ed piece from Fifth District Councilman David Marks. It’s Groundhog Day all over again. Baltimore County, like every other jurisdiction, has a long list of school construction projects. In my district, we desperately need to build the new northeastern middle and elementary schools, as well as the addition at Pine Grove Middle School. For two years …


Councilman Marks: No property tax increase in proposed budget

The following is an op-ed piece from Councilman David Marks… In April, County Executive Johnny Olszewski unveiled his Fiscal Year 2021 budget plan, which can be seen here. The budget proposal was shaped largely by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Baltimore County’s revenue has dropped by at least $40 million since the start of the shutdown. Since the budget …

Councilman Marks: Zoning allows apartments along Silver Spring Road; rezoning could change that

Editor’s note: The following is an op-ed piece by Councilman David Marks… By now, you have probably seen the many white signs along corridors in central and northeastern Baltimore County.  These signs advertise the Planning Board hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th at 6 p.m. at Perry Hall High School.   The Planning Board reviews changes related to the Comprehensive Zoning Map …

Councilman Marks: Affordable housing agreement hits northeast Baltimore County the hardest

UPDATE: The HOME Act has been signed into law. Original story below… —— The following is an op-ed piece from Baltimore County Fifth District Councilman David Marks… On November 5th, the Baltimore County Council passed the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act, on a party-line vote. I opposed this legislation, and here’s why. If this bill was simply about discrimination, …