YOU TELL US: What's So Bad About New Perry Hall Homes?

Patch readers have differing views on the impact of development in Perry Hall neighborhoods.

It started with a by about public hearings for a planned next to the .

It's turned into a debate over planning, crowding and construction in the larger community.

While communities across America have spent the last five years struggling through foreclosure and housing crises, in Perry Hall has barely skipped a beat. In general, developments generate tax revenue and new homeowners stimulate the local economy.

Of course, not everyone is pleased. Complaints range from school overcrowding to traffic issues. A is even scheduled to discuss ' for the of hundreds of acres of Perry Hall—effectively preventing housing developments from being built in several neighborhoods.

Check out this selection of and tell us what you think about development in Perry Hall. 

The charm that was Perry Hall Is gone forever. And for what?
Someone is making huge money at the expense and objections of the current and long time residents.
They're turning our quaint community into a mega-opolis, where no one will want to live.
We must stop it!!!


I'm part of the 1% and I just built a home in Perry Hall. Enjoy my tax dollars. The attitude of "I was here, I'm happy...now the rest of you stay out" is a real turn off.

I do have an honest question - where are all of these vacant homes that are attributed to overbuilding?

I thought that our children were our future? How about another middle school and high school to alleviate the over crowded PHMS and PHHS issues? Can anyone push for schools around this lovely town? And yes, schools with a/c!!! Why are more family homes being built and no more schools? This is NOT making sense here.

Is development a sign of economic prosperity, or is it causing a negative impact on Perry Hall? Tell us in the comments.

Gary Staab March 18, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I don't think anyone in Perry Hall is against building all together. But when we have discussions about what to put on a piece of property here and there, it begs to me, why leaving it undeveloped can't be an option. It seems that the thinking is that we must develope every square inch of land. My main problem with development is the destruction of the old and historic buildings. Of course there all gone now, so I guess the argument is mute. Those of us that have lived here all our lives were recently bombarded with a HUGE amount of changes and we just think it's time to stop or at least slow down and consider what the future will look like.
Paul Amirault March 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
As the only "greedy" developer who appears willing to post on the Patch, I am compelled to respond to some of the comments which are indirectly headed my way. I am in the business of developing real estate in accordance with the underlying zoning that was put in place by politicians many years ago. We were invited to build and develop and now we are lepers? I have never requested the rezoning of a parcel of property so I could build homes on the property. The homes I built and the property I developed in Perry Hall are amongst the most desirable homes people wanted to buy. That list includes properties in Perry Hall Farms, Glenside Farms, Shadowcreek, Parkside, Perry Hall Crossing I & II, Forge Reserve, and several more. The people in those communities pay a substantial amount of the tax burden, both property and income taxes, levied by Baltimore County and the state of Maryland. These people, many of which send their children to private schools, pay a large portion of the taxes that support the public schools our children attend (yes, my children attended public schools in Perry Hall and Kingsville). Being called "greedy" is very offensive when what I and other developer/builders do is comply with the laws in existence when doing real estate development. Folks, the population is continuing to grow, people continue to have children, if you don't have a place where young people wish to live, our community will slowly disintegrate.
David Marks March 19, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I really don't think I would have proposed downzoning 480 acres if I wasn't serious about it.
John Doe March 19, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I understand development to an extent, but if you want to see a good example of what not to do - drive on Rossville Blvd. towards Franklin Square - look at the 4 houses thrown up along the right side of road with a little open area out front. It is totally out of place. The houses ar beautiful, but obviously not built with the future owner in mind.
Gary Staab March 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM
The future population can move into all the vacant housing that is available. Unless it gets torn down before they get here.


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