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Marks Proposes Additional Perry Hall Downzoning

Development could be limited near Perryvale Road, east of Perry Hall High School.

' downzoning streak in the Perry Hall area continues. Marks announced on Sunday a proposal to limit future development in nearly 12 acres near Perryvale Road.

The property included under zoning issue 5-051 was once planned as an extension of Perry Hall Boulevard, connecting sections near Silver Spring Road and Chapel Road. East of , it stretches from Ebenezer Road to Kings Place off East Joppa Road and is owned by Baltimore County, according to Marks.

Marks has proposed downzoning more than 11 acres of the property to DR 1, the lowest possible zoning permitted in a residential area. Currently, it is zoned at DR 5.5, which would allow for more than five homes per acre. He has also proposed more than half an acre of the property, closest to East Joppa Road, to be designated as , DR 1 NC, which essentially prevents virtually all future development.

"There are no plans to sell off this land, but the lower zoning will hopefully provide some peace of mind for the community that little development could ever take place," Marks stated in an email.

Downzoning has been a theme of the councilman's first term in office.

He has recommended about 98 acres of property for downzoning as part of the 2012 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, which reexamines zoning designations every four years. Marks has also proposed about in Perry Hall, which virtually prevents any future development of those properties.

Previous efforts by Marks to have been met with resistance from the Baltimore County Office of Planning.

"It devalues the property," said Donnell Zeigler, the 5th district's community planner, adding that the county could potentially use county-owned properties in future land swaps.

"For the most part, the county rarely sells property. Even if it does, it must go through a long process with the county executive and County Council ... it's still protected," Zeigler said.

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

Community feedback, the Office of Planning, the Planning Board, Marks' stance and the opinions of other councilmembers are each factored into the CZMP. The full County Council will vote on the rezoning proposals on Aug. 28.

Community members with questions about proposed zoning changes are encouraged to contact Marks' office at dmarks@baltimorecountymd.gov or by calling 410-887-3384.

Editor's Note: A portion of the text from this article appears in about proposed downzoning in Perry Hall.

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