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LIVE BLOG: PHIA, Zoning Official Talk Development

Attendees asked questions about Perry Hall zoning issues during the Perry Hall Improvement Association's monthly meeting.

The Perry Hall Improvement Association hosted a meeting with Donnell Zeigler of the Baltimore County Office of Planning on April 12 at the . He provided information about in Perry Hall in connection with the .

The following updates were recorded live during the meeting.

7:34 p.m.

"If anything gets people riled up, it's development in Perry Hall," said Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association.

"Every peice of dirt in Baltimore County has zoning attached to it," he said.

Robinson explained the CZMP process or reviewing zoning in the county. He said the PHIA is active making zoning recommendations.

7:37 p.m.

"A lot of people in Perry Hall want to stop development all together ... it's important to remember that no one in Perry Hall would live here is somebody didn't decide to build a new house," Robinson said.

He introduced Donnell Zeigler of the Baltimore County Office of Planning.

7:38 p.m.

Zeigler explains how the CZMP process works, It starts with an open filing where people can make recommendations.

The Planning Board holds a hearing and a work session. They will make a recommendation and vote, the County Council will review and hold a vote.

He shows a graphic of development in Perry Hall. Perry Hall has about 20 issues, 5 from private entities and 15 from the County Council.

5-002 - A private owner is looking to increase his business along Belair Road, between Klausmier Road and Baker Lane. Owner requested upzoning, office planning requested it to stay the same.

5-003 - Belair Road, north of Silver Spring, vacant land but owner would like to see it changed from smaller retail to heavier commercial zone, from babrer shops to a restaurant. Owner requested upzoning, office planning requested it to stay the same.

5-004 - 19845 Philadelphia Road, the owner is requesting upzoning for an office building where it is residential or offices that look residnetial. Owner requested upzoning, office planning requested it to stay the same.

5-009, related to issue 5-052 - Interscetion of Perry Hall Boulevard and 43, owner proposes that lane be converted from dense residential (16 homes per acre) to intense commercial use, for bank or retail pad. "It's a very internse intersection," he said. The state is proposing a park and ride at the site, he said. Staff has requested that zoning stay the same. 

5-022 - Belair Road and India Avenue, it's a residential area. Owner is requesting to go from residential to commercial. Office recommends it stay the same.

Councilman David Marks made several requests for zoning changes, mostly downzoning.

5-031 - Joppa Road, between Oakdale and Summit, currently community business, request to stay the same, office recommends it stay the same.

5-034 - Marks requested green spaces at Cedar Chip Court and Ceder Cone Court, to be downzoned. Office has recommended that the area, owned by a homeowners association, stay the same. Marks requested it just in case the land is sold to a private owner, this would protect the green space.

5-035 - 55 acres at Silver Spring Road and Ebenezer, all private properties. Property owners do not plan to develop land. Marks has requested downzoning. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-038 - Marks requested downzoning west of Honeygo and Joppa. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-040 - Marks raised Joppa Road and Chapel Road as an issue but did not recommend a change. Office of planning requested it to stay the same. This is county owned land, so it could only be developed if it were sold.

5-044 - Joppa Road and Hines Road, Marks raised it as an issue, but did not recommend a change. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-048 - Perry Hall Mansion, Marks requested downzoning. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-051 - North of Perryvale, Ebenezer, Marks requested downzoning. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-052 - Corner of 43 and Perry Hall Boulevard, Marks raised it as an issue, but did not recommend a change. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-054 - North of Dundawan Road and Loch Carrow Road, owned by county, Marks raised it as an issue, but did not recommend a change. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-055 - North of Seven Oaks Senior Center, Marks raised it as an issue, but did not recommend a change. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-056 - South sides of Ebenezer Road, Honeygo, Marks requested downzoning to make entire area DR 1. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-057 - Open lot on Bush Street, Marks raised it as an issue, but did not recommend a change. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-058 - North of Forpoint Road, Lagan Court, Marks requested downzoning. Office does not believe it will be developed. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

5-059 - Klausmeier Road, west of Gunview, Marks raised it as an issue, but did not recommend a change. Office of planning requested it to stay the same.

8:06 p.m.

"It's not too late to comment on this, we haven't voted yet," he said.

8:07 p.m.

"What is the county's reluctance to downzone areas they own or don't think will be developed," Robinson asked. 

"These lands could possibly be traded in the future .. if you downzoing land the county owns, you reduce its resale value ... the price we can trade for it gets lower ... that's one of the reasons and just to protect the county's interest ... the county wants the most options available," Zeigler said.

A woman said a peice of land she was originally told was next to government property and would never be developed -- then it was sold to a private compnay and developed. She asked if downzoning land currently owned by the county could prevent that from happening again.

Zeigler said that the land's use may have changed because it was sold to a private entity.

8:12 p.m.

An attendee asked if it's an easy process to find out how land is zoning.

Zeigler said the zoning office gives out that information, it's available by phone and online.

Robinson asked how people can have input. They can call or email Zeigler at dzeigler@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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If you've ever wondered why some areas of Perry Hall gets housing developments, some get parks and some get shopping centers, consider attending this month's .

The PHIA is scheduled to host Donnell Zeigler of the Baltimore County Office of Planning at 7:30 p.m. on April 12 at the . He is expected provide information about in Perry Hall in connection with the .

"The PHIA is carefully analyzing these proposals and plans to announce the organization's recommendations in the next couple of weeks," stated Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association.

More information on proposed zoning changes in the Perry Hall area and throughout District 5 of Baltimore County can be found on the county website.

How has development changed the face of Perry Hall over the last 20 years? Tell us in the comments.


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