Business, Politics

Baltimore County Council lightens development on more than 557 acres of residentially-zoned land in Perry Hall, Carney

PERRY HALL, MD—With the adoption of the 2020 Comprehensive Zoning Maps, the Baltimore County Council has downzoned more than 557 acres of land in the Fifth District, acting on recommendations from Councilman David Marks. Approximately 88 percent of residentially-zoned land considered by the Council was downzoned this year. By contrast, about 40 acres were increased in development intensity, and 30 …


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Councilman Marks to recommend downzoning Fullerton lot containing historic Dowden Chapel

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Councilman David Marks will recommend that the lot containing a historic chapel in Overlea/Fullerton be downzoned. Tucked off of Ridge Road is Dowden Chapel, which was built around 1849. Dowden Chapel and Cemetery is a unique 19th century church that also served as a school. Deeded to five African-American Trustees by Nicholas Gatch in 1853, the intent was to …


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 …

County Council passes Marks’ legislation to prohibit water shutoff, address school overcrowding

PERRY HALL, MD—At its meeting on August 3rd, the Baltimore County Council passed five pieces of legislation sponsored by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks: Legislation that prohibits a county contractor from shutting off water in hot temperatures unless notice has been provided to affected residents 72 hours in advance. This bill was prompted by a water shutoff in early June …

Councilman Marks reminds residents of storm-related resources

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks on Monday reminded residents of resources as hurricane season begins in earnest. To report storm-related issues such as downed wires, visit https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/publicworks/StormFighter/. To receive automatic outage alerts from BGE, sign up at https://secure.bge.com/Outages/CheckOutageStatus/pages/EnrollOutage.aspx. If outages do occur, customers can track outages on the BGE outage map: https://www.bge.com/Outages/CheckOutageStatus/Pages/OutageMap.aspx. “As we prepare for the remnants …

Diverse coalition supports Councilman Marks’ Adequate Facilities Ordinance

PERRY HALL, MD—Organizations representing Baltimore County’s educators, principals, and homebuilders all submitted testimony supporting legislation sponsored by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks that would review the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. The League of Women Voters also submitted a letter of support. The ordinance regulates development in school districts. Councilman Marks has argued that the ordinance needs to be reformed to …

Councilman Marks introduces bill to designate a Baltimore County Inspector General

PERRY HALL, MD— Baltimore County Councilman David Marks has introduced legislation to designate the Office of Ethics and Accountability as the Office of the Inspector General, as well as amend the title of Executive Director to Inspector General. The bill would change the name of the Office of Ethics and Accountability, the organization responsible for identifying fraud, abuse, and illegal …

Councilman Marks introduces bill to look at Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks will introduce legislation to update the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, the statute designed to govern development in school districts. The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Councilmembers Izzy Patoka and Wade Kach, would establish a task force to look at changes to the APFO. The task force would include representatives from the Board of Education, …