Baltimore County Council Halts New Apartment Construction East Of White Marsh Mall


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BALTIMORE COUNTY - The Baltimore County Council unanimously passed Bill 52-23 during its Monday session, halting the construction of new apartment buildings in designated zones east of White Marsh Mall.

The legislation overturns existing laws that have allowed residential development in these targeted areas. Specifically, the bill addresses the Manufacturing, Light (M.L.) Zone that borders certain C.T. Districts in White Marsh, effectively nullifying Section 253.1.I of the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations.

Of particular importance to residents, the legislation cancels plans for at least 320 proposed apartments and hinders the development of future large-scale residential projects in the vicinity.

"This bill serves as a short-term measure to mitigate the immediate impact of over 1,000 units proposed in the White Marsh Town Center just last year," said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks. "For a long-term strategy, we should look into adopting the recommendations of the White Marsh Town Center Task Force. The task force's report is available at I extend my gratitude to Chair Pat Keller and all task force members for their valuable input."

A community meeting to review the report is slated for Tuesday, September 26, at 6 p.m. The gathering will occur at Community Christian Church, located at 8009 Corporate Drive.

Councilman Marks further stated that the newly enacted legislation will substantially alleviate overcrowding issues at Overlea High School.

Bill 52-23 will not affect projects that began their concept plan discussions before June 1, 2023. The law will become effective on Monday, October 2.

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