Councilman Marks to recommend 18 acres for open-space zoning near Gunpowder River

Baltimore CountyBaltimore County Councilman David Marks on Monday announced that he would recommend that 18 acres of state-owned property along Interstate-95 near the Gunpowder River be zoned as Neighborhood Commons, or open space.

The land straddles I-95 and bisects Forge Road and Bangert and Bush Streets.

Councilman Marks will recommend that the residential land in this area be zoned DR 1H, or one house per acre, to retain the rural character of this area.

“As we conclude the rezoning process, we have announced decisions that preserve green space and lower the intensity of development throughout the Fifth District,” Councilman Marks commented.


The zoning issue is 5-154. The County Council will vote on the zoning maps on August 30th.


Councilman Marks acts to preserve open space in northern Perry Hall

Fox Farm RoadOn Wednesday, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced that he will recommend downzoning a large area of northern Perry Hall to preserve open space and lighten the impact of future development on school overcrowding.

5-056 and 5-072 include 150 acres of land stretching from the Klausmier Road area east to Schroeder Avenue and Belair Road. Presently zoned for a blend of commercial uses, single-family homes and townhouses, Councilman Marks will recommend that much of the undeveloped property be downzoned to preserve open space and lighten school overcrowding.

Councilman Marks will recommend that Neighborhood Commons zoning be applied to 27 acres, blocking any development whatsoever. The seven acres of land that was once planned for the Gunview Road alignment would be zoned RC 7, the most restrictive type of zoning reserved for rural parts of Baltimore County.


More than 96 acres would be zoned one house per acre, the lightest residential development allowed in the county’s urbanized area.

“With the adoption of the 2016 zoning maps, we are taking steps to preserve the character of northern Perry Hall, protect green space, and lighten school overcrowding,” Councilman Marks commented. “I am particularly pleased that with this rezoning cycle, we will zone much of the old Gunview Road alignment for the most restrictive land use in Baltimore County, and that we will limit future growth in pastoral area near Schroeder Avenue.”

Councilman Marks acts to preserve green space across from St. Joseph Church

Plumer AvenueBaltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Tuesday that he will support downzoning 29 acres across from St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church to lighten future development in that area of Perry Hall. The land is presently zoned for commercial development and townhouses.

Under Councilman Marks’ proposal, the publicly-owned land along Belair Road would be downzoned to Neighborhood Commons, which prohibits any development whatsoever. The Maryland State Highway Administration currently owns this property, zoned for commercial use.


The remaining land would be downzoned to a blend of DR 1 (or one house per acre) or DR 3.5 (single-family-homes). This is the wooded property accessed from Plumer Avenue and near Columbus Gardens.

“This rezoning will not only preserve one of the largest green areas along Belair Road in southern Perry Hall, but it will lighten the impact of future development on Joppa View Elementary and Perry Hall Middle Schools,” Councilman Marks commented. Earlier, Councilman Marks announced plans to preserve the green property near Ridgelys Choice Drive.

The County Council will vote on the zoning maps on August 30th.

Councilman Marks acts to preserve wooded land near Joppa and Magledt Roads

Joppa RidgelyBaltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Monday that he would act to block intense development on wooded property near the intersection of Magledt Road and Joppa Road.

Councilman Marks will recommend that three acres of land between Oakdale and Oak Summit Avenues be rezoned from DR 5.5, which allows townhouses, to DR 1, or one house per acre. He will recommend that another nine acres of property owned by Baltimore County be downzoned from DR 1 to Neighborhood Commons, which blocks any development whatsoever.

If the Baltimore County Council acts on the Councilman’s recommendation on August 30th, the move would preserve one of the largest undeveloped tracts along the Joppa Road corridor in Carney.

“There is no need for intense development here, particularly when Carney Elementary School has crowded classrooms,” Councilman Marks commented.

“The Carney Improvement Association applauds this rezoning move, which will preserve a major undeveloped parcel at a busy intersection,” added CIA President Meg O’Hare.

In 2012, Councilman Marks downzoned the eastern corner of Magledt and Joppa Roads to prevent commercial development near the snowball stand.

Councilman Marks endorses ‘open space’ at 12 acres for unbuilt Walther Boulevard property

Walther Open SpaceBaltimore County Councilman David Marks has announced that he will endorse open space zoning for 12 acres of land originally purchased by Baltimore County for the extension of Walther Boulevard.

The land is currently undeveloped, but still carries a development potential that would allow for single-family homes or townhomes. It is north of Joppa Road between Scotts Haven Drive and Golden Road Lane.

“Baltimore County has never extended Walther Boulevard north of Joppa Road, and I don’t support it ever being constructed,” Councilman Marks commented. “That land should remain as open space and not be sold off for development.”

Councilman Marks is proposing that the 12 acres be zoned for Neighborhood Commons.

Councilman Marks is reviewing the development potential of thousands of acres in the Fifth District in an effort to preserve green space and reduce school overcrowding.

The zoning maps will be adopted by the Baltimore County Council on August 30th.