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Marks Announces Final Perry Hall Downzoning Proposal

County Councilman David Marks announced his support for the downzoning of an additional 69 acres near the corner of Chapel Road and Joppa Road.

Following months of planning, paperwork and hearings, Baltimore County's 2012 is nearing a conclusive County Council vote on Aug. 28.

, a Perry Hall resident and Republican, has used the process to propose hundreds of acres of downzoning in Perry Hall—an effort to in the swelling community.

This week, Marks released his final formal announcement in support of downzoning 69 acres near the corner of Chapel Road and Joppa Road. In total, he has announced support for downzoning about 265 acres in Perry Hall.

Currently, the Chapel Road and Joppa Road property is zoned for commercial and medium residential uses, including BL, DR 3.5 H and DR 5.5. A portion is owned by the county, while the rest is privately owned. Marks has proposed rezoning 10.1 acres of the area into near the Meadows at Perry Hall neighborhood—a move that would virtually prevent any future development in that area. Under Marks' plan, the roughly 59 remaining acres would be downzoned to DR 1, one house per acre, the councilman announced.

"In making this decision, I considered the impact that future development will have on Chapel and Joppa Roads," Marks stated in his announcement. "This is one of the more lightly-developed parts of Perry Hall, and I would like it to retain a semi-rural character."  

Rick Stecker, president of the nearby Honeygo Falls Homeowners Association, also announced his approval, stating, "This helps preserve a very special part of Perry Hall, while still giving propertyowners the ability to subdivide their land for lighter density development."

The 2012 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process examines zoning designations every four years. Issues considered for rezoning were first submitted between September and November 2011, and all property owners were notified of proposed changes over the past year. A series of have also been held.

Marks has repeatedly stated that he feels confident that all of his proposals related to rezoning will be approved by the County Council on Aug. 28.

Community feedback, the Office of Planning, the Planning Board, Marks' stance and the opinions of other councilmembers are each factored into the final vote.

The main resistance to many of his proposals has flowed from the Baltimore County Office of Planning. Donnell Zeigler, the 5th district's community planner, has claimed that , especially those owned by the county, can cause them to become needlessly devalued for resale. 

The volunteer citizen advisory , however, has given its approval to nearly all of Marks' recent downzoning proposals, according to county logs.

"What I continue to hear from people in Perry Hall is they’re very concerned about schools and roads," Marks Patch this month.

"I look at the high school which is overcrowded, Joppa View [Elementary] is at capacity, and I look at financial situation in the county—downzoning is the responsible thing to do," he said.

Are you in favor of lowering Perry Hall's development potential? Tell us in the comments.

PerryHallParent August 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM
You already have hundreds of cars moving along that road, in tiny lanes most don't bother staying in. The infrastructure is NOT designed to keep adding more houses on top of houses on top of developments throughout this area with tiny country roads supporting them. Enough with the development!
You August 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Agree! We have been a suburban area with some rural parts for a very long time. The past 10 years we have become dense suburbs with limited open space. If developers would have it their way they would cram homes, condos, and apartments on every dam 1/4 acre and "we" the taxpayers would pay for the road expansion and new infrastructure.
Stacey Schantz August 24, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Does anyone know how this affects the DR Horton homes that are probably going to be built at the corner of Chapel and Cross? Is this downzoning changing the plans that are on record that 40 homes be put here? There are lots as small as .20 acres in the proposed plans. I have called DR Horton, but no one answers the phone or returns calls. And when I have spoken to someone they tell me they cannot release information.
David Marks August 24, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Stacey, this is not part of the proposal. That development was already approved under the zoning in place before I was elected. I have had no contact with this builder.

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