Monday, April 15, 2013
County Councilman David Marks said he was delighted by the advances that will be made to local recreation.
Perry Hall is poised to see improvements at Gough Park, Perry Hall Elementary School and Indian Rock Park made possible by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's budget. The county cxecutive presented his budget Monday morning. Read: Kamenetz Holds The Line On Property, Income Taxes The elementary school will get upgrades to its lighting fixtures as part of a $1.5 million package for Jacksonville Elementary School and Hereford Middle School as well. Perry Hall's Gough Park will be getting a new gymnasium and the trail through Indian Rock Park will be extended, under the budget. Advances in recreational opportunities afforded in the budget "delighted" County Councilman David Marks. "I am delighted that these important recreation and park …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Maryland Recreation and Parks Association recognized the Perry Hall Councilman for his work in open space preservation.
Perry Hall Councilman David Marks’s open space efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association. Marks was honored with the 2013 Community Volunteer Award, it was announced Thursday, by the decades-old association. "We are delighted to honor Councilman Marks for his longtime work as a champion for open space and local recreation," Jeffrey W. Smith, the association’s vice president, said in a release. Full disclosure: Jeffrey Smith is a weekly Perry Hall Patch contributor. Read his latest column here. Marks was recognized by the association for his efforts in launching the pedestrian bike advisory committee, as well as his focus on protecting Perry Hall open space—49 acres to be exact—by creating a new zoning …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
County Councilman David Marks has advocated extensive downzoning in the Fifth District.
The County Council voted on Tuesday to limit the potential for new residential structures—including apartment complexes, town homes and single-family homes—in several Perry Hall neighborhoods. Councilman David Marks announced that a total of 417 acres had been downzoned in the Fifth District, which extends from Towson to Kingsville. Rezoning most impacted Marks' home area of Perry Hall, with limitations placed on 263 acres, including 72 acres zoned as open space. Track Patch's coverage on the Perry Hall Development page. Find the approved bill, a log, map and list of approved Fifth District issues in the gallery. The Tuesday vote marked a conclusive milestone in Baltimore County's Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, which allows officials …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The county-owned property near Seven Oaks Senior Center could be protected from future development.
A wooded property on Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall is being considered for downzoning—a move that would essentially prevent a housing development from taking its place. County Councilman David Marks announced on Monday his plan to downzone a 8.7-acre wooded property north of the Seven Oaks Senior Center from DR 3.5 to DR 1. "At the present level of zoning, more than 25 homes could be built at the property, irrespective of environmental conditions," Marks wrote in an email to constituents. "I am proposing to downzone the land to DR 1, which is the lowest level permitted for residential development." The property is owned by Baltimore County, and there are currently no plans to sell it for development, Marks stated. "I am talking to the …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Tell us about your favorite open space areas in Perry Hall.
You'd be surprised how many nooks of trees and farmland we have in Perry Hall. The above photo was taken off Rexis Avenue, near the Honeygo Boulevard and East Joppa Road intersection. Open space has become a hot topic in Perry Hall lately, with ongoing discussions among community members about the merits of protecting some spaces from future development. Are there any areas of open space in Perry Hall that you particularly enjoy? Tell us where they're located, and be sure to share your own photos in the gallery.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A proposal to downzone the Perry Hall Mansion property could further protect the property from development.
There are currently no plans to demolish the Perry Hall Mansion and replace it with a housing development—its four-acre lot on Meetinghouse Road remains Baltimore County-owned and the structure itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Still, downzoning the property from DR 2 (two houses per acre) to DR 1 (one house per acre) would further protect the area from future development, according to County Councilman David Marks. Marks first announced his proposal to downzone the Perry Hall Mansion property in December 2011, as part of widespread effort to lower the development potential of more than 280 acres of Perry Hall. He reaffirmed his support this week, associating the mansion's downzoning with his recent efforts to …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Three areas in Perry Hall are being reviewed for protection from virtually all future development.
What does open space look like? Three areas in Perry Hall, representing a total of about 55 acres, are being reviewed for a new open space zoning classification that would prohibit nearly all future development. County Councilman David Marks announced each of the proposals this month. See the above gallery for photos of the proposed spaces. Maps are also included above in PDF, showing the following issues: Baltimore Gas and Electric, Perry Hall Associates (same as Perry Hall, LLP, which owns Perry Hall Apartments), Baltimore County Marks was the principal sponsor of a bill, passed by the County Council in March, that created the classification known as Neighborhood Commons. Previously, the lowest a potentially residential area could be …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Recent proposals to sensibly down-zone remaining tracts of open space in Perry Hall are emblematic of the social contract that is the basis for democracy in America.
Recently, there have been two announcements of proposals to permanently limit the development potential of a series of properties in Perry Hall. Instead of these parcels potentially being available for dense residential or commercial redevelopment, they would be preserved as open space. These proposals, put forward by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, represent sound and sensible policy making. I have been mystified to read some of the caustic comments posted to Perry Hall Patch in response to these announcements. It seems that some people happily defend the "right" of individual property-owners to have the potential for unlimited profit. Of course, these naysayers cloak this view with the notion that a down-zoning of specific …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
County Councilman David Marks has proposed the protection of three Perry Hall areas from development, a total of more than 55 acres.
About six acres at Hines Road and Joppa Road could be barred from nearly all future development, according to a proposal by County Councilman David Marks. "It is a densely populated corridor, with almost no forest area left between Joppa and Belair roads, and I think it should remain undeveloped," Marks said. "Frankly, I think this is in the best interest of the community." Marks announced plans for the additional open space at Joppa Road about a week after he proposed 49 acres of open space along Honeygo Boulevard, also in Perry Hall. Marks was the principal sponsor of a bill, passed by the County Council in March, that created a new open space zoning classification known as Neighborhood Commons. Previously, the lowest a potentially …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
County Councilman David Marks has plans to protect two areas along Honeygo Boulevard from nearly all development.
At least 49 acres in Perry Hall neighborhoods could be designated as open space by the end of the summer, County Councilman David Marks announced on Tuesday. The classification would prohibit nearly all future development in those areas. Marks was the principal sponsor of a bill, passed by the County Council in March, that created a new zoning classification known as Neighborhood Commons. He first plans to apply it to two areas in Perry Hall: A map showing the designated areas is attached in PDF. “This will be the first time the open space zoning overlay will be used in Baltimore County, and we will use it to protect nearly 50 acres of land in eastern Perry Hall along Honeygo Boulevard,” Marks stated in a press release. “This is also the …