If Baltimore County performs any regular task that can be described as “epic,” it’s probably the once-every-four-years zoning overhaul known as CZMP, which stands for Comprehensive Zoning Map Process. The process is gearing up now, set to culminate in September 2016 when the County Council will vote on a revised zoning map.
The ensuing 15 months will see hundreds of rezoning requests submitted for review, ranging from the frivolous to the serious, with most falling in between. Developers with pet projects that do not currently conform to zoning designations for the land where the project is proposed will be petitioning the council to rezone the parcel. Community associations and property owners will be alert for rezoning proposals with the potential for unpleasant encroachment on their suburban communities. County planners will review each one and flag them as conforming or nonconforming as they relate to the county’s growth goals.
It might be assumed that a petitioner must “qualify” in some respect to submit a CZMP request. Nope. Anyone can do it, although the usual participants are individual landowners, contract participants, community organizations, county staff, the planning board and County Council itself.
Source: Property owners take note: again time for epic rezoning – Baltimore Sun
The July GTCCA meeting has been moved to the Minnegan Room at Johnny Unitas Stadium of Towson University. Enter via Auburn Drive from Osler Drive. Parking available in Lot 20 next to SECU Arena.
Towson University will present their Master Plan Update.
Thursday, July 16
7:30 – 9:00 PM
See the Calendar section for map.
Message from Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP):
On National Night Out, August 4, 2015, a special Baltimore County Police-escorted motorcade of Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP) volunteers will drive through Towson’s 25 COP neighborhoods, casting the spotlight on crime prevention in Towson. Every year, this National Night Out motorcade attracts hundreds of residents who turn on their lights, walk their neighborhood streets, interact with the police, cheer the motorcade and applaud TACOP’s community crime fighting initiatives.
National Night Out is celebrated across the country on first Tuesday of August. This year’s event will begin with a rally on Tuesday, August 4th at 5:30 PM. Towson residents, TACOP volunteers and representatives of the Police and Community Relations Council (PCRC), Providence Volunteer Fire Company and the Baltimore County Police will gather for the rally at Towson Marketplace, in front of Toys R Us on Putty Hill Avenue. At the conclusion of the rally, the police-escorted motorcade will lead the Fire and Police Vehicle Parade.
All National Night Out rally attendees are asked to bring 2-3 non-perishable items of food or travel size toiletries to the rally, which will be donated to the Assistance Center of Towson Churches to help Towson residents in need.
TACOP volunteers patrol the streets of Towson neighborhoods to keep residents, businesses and students safe. Working in partnership with the Baltimore County Police, they monitor crime activity in Towson neighborhoods and immediately call 911 to report suspected criminal activity they observe while on patrol. TACOP is a 501c3 organization founded in 2000 to help Towson Area neighborhoods start COP programs and is solely supported by donations.
For more information, refer to http://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/about/.
The Loch Raven fireworks scheduled for Saturday July 4th have been postponed to Sunday, July 5th.
July 2, 2015
From: Greater Towson Council of Community Associations
The 101 York Project and Open Space
There is much confusion about the current state of the 101 York student housing project. GTCCA would like to clarify the situation.
- The original 101 York Planned Unit Development (PUD) project is still going through the County development process and has not changed or been withdrawn. The GTCCA and American Legion had filed appeals challenging the PUD and county’s review process of the project in January. The developer is now appealing the $1.3 million Open Space Waiver fee imposed by an Administrative Law Judge with a Board of Appeals hearing scheduled for July 18.
- In parallel with the plan using the PUD process, the developer recently submitted a new plan using an alternate development process that increased the height of the building to 20 stories, increased the number of beds, and decreased the number of parking spaces.
The developer was not able to use this process until the County Council passed Resolution 37-15 in May of this year, introduced by Councilman Marks which eliminated height and setback restrictions that are key elements of this alternate process. There were strict requirements for using this process because there are no Community Input Meetings or Administrative Law Judge hearings — basically no opportunity for community concerns to be heard. The Resolution circumvented these requirements.
- Due to community objections to the new plan, Councilman Marks asked the developer on Monday to withdraw the second development plan. The original plan is still alive and has not been affected. This event was recently reported by the Sun and Towson Times with a misleading headline. “Developer agrees to withdraw 101 York project, for now.”
- A bill that will revise the open space fees paid by developers will be introduced in the County Council on Monday, July 6. We have no details and have not been asked for input or feedback.
- Downtown Towson is the only place in the county where developers are not required to pay Open Space Waiver fees (if they are unable to provide Open Space in their project). Towson is one of the most deficient areas in the county for Open and Recreational Space in the county. Our Rec Councils are spending $50,000 plus annually to rent private school fields.
- Resolution 37-15 should be repealed to restore the integrity of the alternate development plan that was an outgrowth of the Urban Design Principles and Walkable Towson Plan. The Walkable Towson Plan was developed with extensive input from the residential and business communities and County government.
- Open space fees should be revised to ensure that adequate funds are raised to obtain badly-needed new open space in Towson and improve existing recreational and open space. We feel that the fees in the Towson Core need to be substantial enough that needs would be adequately funded. That rate should be comparable or higher than the current DR-16 rate of $5.74 per square foot, otherwise the County taxpayers are being disproportionately burdened with the cost to provide and improve Towson’s Recreation and Open Space.