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Two parcels on Charles Street to be rezoned to deter development

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The lawn in front of Baltimore County schools’ headquarters, which is a popular sledding hill, will be “downzoned” to deter future development on it, said Councilman David Marks. He also plans to downzone a strip of land on the western edge of GBMC along Charles Street.

Marks will recommend applying Neighborhood Commons zoning to 12 acres at the Greenwood Mansion, which is owned by the school system.  The zoning will prohibit any development at the lawn that slopes downward to Charles Street.  Should the school system sell any part of the property, the zoning would need to be changed before development could occur.

A 100-foot buffer at the edge of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center property would be downzoned to DR 1, the lowest development potential for regions within the urbanized part of the county.  This will affect 15 acres. 

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“The Charles Street corridor is arguably the most scenic state route in Central Maryland,” Marks said in a statement. “These actions will limit future growth and help protect the beauty of this corridor.” 

The zoning maps will be voted on at the August 30th County Council meeting.

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Woo hoo! These efforts are all in the tradition of the conservationist and parks enthusiast President Teddy Roosevelt…my favorite Republican, even though I’m a Dem. Green space is for everyone 🙂