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Perry Hall Community Plan on Track for Council Approval

The Perry Hall Improvement Association president testified in favor of the plan during Tuesday night's public hearing.

A sparsely attended Baltimore County Council Tuesday evening set the Perry Hall Community Plan on track for final approval.

"I'm almost 100 percent sure it will be approved," said Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association, following the hearing. Robinson was the only member of the Perry Hall community to testify.

Discussion over the approval of two other community plans—the Greenspring East Pikesville Community Plan and the Ruxton-Riderwood-Lake Roland Area Improvement Association Community Plan 2010—largely dominated the meeting, held in the Old Courthouse in Towson.

Robinson took the PHIA's lone presence as a sign of encouragement and an indication that community members largely favor the plan. "It demonstrates how residents, businesses and government all came together," he said. 

During his testimony, Robinson explained the plan's major goals related to development, the environment and cultural preservation. He also acknowledged Councilman David Marks' contribution to the final plan.

"I wrote most of the plan that I now get to vote on," said Marks, following the hearing. Prior to becoming a councilmember, Marks chaired the plan's steering committee as then-president of the PHIA.

Marks added that over the course of two years, more than 70 people, including county community planner Donnell Zeigler, have actively contributed to the plan's final form.

He speculated that bad weather may have prevented more Perry Hall community members from attending the hearing.

Councilwoman Cathy Bevins of District 6, which includes a portion of Perry Hall, joined with Marks in sponsoring a resolution that the county council adopt the plan into law.

The plan's final vote will most likely be scheduled for the end of February or early March, said Marks. 

Nate Evans January 19, 2011 at 05:45 PM
This plan is well done and will serve as a guide as Perry Hall develops and redevelops. Now the community just needs to get regional businesses on board to help
Norma Secoura January 19, 2011 at 05:55 PM
The more than 70 people who actively contributed to the Perry Hall Community Plan have confidence that Councilman David Marks knows and understands the plan because Mr Marks was the Chairman of the Plan's Steering Committee. Councilmanic courtesy usually allows legislation that affects the area within a district to be approved without objection by the other council members. Other people, such as myself, attended the Baltimore County Council Hearing in support of the plan. I am interested and active in the neighborhoods along the Belair Road corridor (for over 2 decades) and participated in the Perry Hall Community Plan. Dennis Robinson, Jr., President of Perry Hall Association, was the lone public speaker for the Perry Hall plan.
Jim21236 January 19, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Kudos to Councilwoman Bevins on all her hard work on this plan!
Jim21236 January 19, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Kudos to Councilwoman Bevins and Delegates Bromwell + Boeteler for their hardwork here!
chuck marks January 19, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Having served on the Baltimore County Board of Appeals for 9 terms, 2 of which were as Chairman,I saw many community plans come across the Board's jurisdiction where some sort of appeal was being raised.or where zoning issues were present.Having been a proud participatant in the design of this plan,along with many other interested individuals,this plan is one of the most through and comprehensive designs I have viewed in many years.Considerable credit must go to Donnell Zeigler and his staff for their long hours and assistance in the final preparation of this document.It will serve the residents of Perry Hall very competently in the years to come.Chuck Marks
Teresa Steeb January 23, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Kudos to all the people that took time out of their busy schedules to take part in this process. Every community needs people to be good stewards of their community. Our communities need to be safe, viable, prosperous places for families to live work and play... Bringing back walkable communities encourages villages to raise children, encourages healthy lifestyles and allows senior citizens to interact with community members. When senior citizens stay in their own communities they are able to share their wealth of knowledge during teachable moments, and continue to be engaged for the remainder of their lives.

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