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Bill would ease parking standards for Towson Circle property – Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore County Council on Feb. 9 was expected to consider a bill by Councilman David Marks aimed at easing parking limitations at what is currently Towson Circle.

Marks’ bill would revise the front, rear and side yard setback requirements, the floor area ratio requirements and the building height requirements for “certain buildings” in the current CT (Commercial, Towson Core) zoning district. Marks said he introduced the bill mainly to help Retail Properties of America Inc., which owns and plans to redevelop Towson Circle, a property now anchored by Trader Joe’s, Pier 1 Imports and Barnes & Noble bookstore.

Retail Properties of America, an Illinois-based, shopping center-oriented real estate investment trust purchased Towson Circle in 2004. It now plans to add a 400-unit apartment tower and hotel. The property sits near the traffic circle at what was once the site of a Hutzler’s department store.

Source: Bill would ease parking standards for Towson Circle property – Baltimore Sun

Petition seeks to leave Towson Triangle out of overlay district – Baltimore Sun

Concerned about high-density development in downtown Towson — especially within the so-called Towson Triangle — some residents are circulating a petition asking Baltimore County to limit the geographic area of a proposed special overlay zoning district for the commercial core to north of Towsontown Boulevard.

In August, County Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, introduced legislation to create an overlay district specifically for downtown Towson as the county’s urban center, in keeping with the county’s Master Plan 2020, which calls for making the downtown a more walkable commercial center that encourages compatible mixed-use projects and promotes redevelopment opportunities.

According to Marks’ resolution, which has not yet been approved by the County Council, legislative efforts to achieve those goals have been enacted in “a piecemeal fashion” through numerous amendments to the county’s existing CT (Commercial, Town Center Core) district since 1993, necessitating the creation of an overlay district.

A report by the county Planning Department, which has endorsed a special district, states that the Towson Urban Center (or TUC) overlay district would be design-oriented and aimed at “refining the urban character of Towson,” with design guidelines for evaluating new development and redevelopment projects.

Source: Petition seeks to leave Towson Triangle out of overlay district – Baltimore Sun

Off-track betting at Timonium racetrack

A message from our friends at the Greater Timonium Community Council:

In case you have not heard, the Timonium Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Maryland Jockey Club is proposing to have a year-round off track betting facility. They are also planning an extensive restaurant facility, with liquor service. If you could ask members of the GTCCA to go to Change.org and search for “No off track betting at Timonium” to sign a petition it would be appreciated. We also see this OTB facility as the first step towards a full casino at the Fairgrounds, although that would require referendum approval.

Finally, a public meeting held by the Racing Commission is scheduled for Feb. 11 at 6PM at the Mosner-Miller Bldg. on the Fairgrounds (next to the 4 H building) if any of your members are interested in attending.

Eric Rockel, President, Greater Timonium Community Council

Social Host Ordinance/Unruly Gatherings legislation

The GTCCA website has been updated to add a one-page summary, text of the bill as amended, and maps of the pilot program for the new Baltimore County Social Host Ordinance/Unruly Gatherings law. Information is in the Resources->Social Host Ordinance section of the website.

State legislators seek Radebaugh bond bill – Baltimore Sun

Two state legislators are filing bond bills to help Baltimore County buy property owned by Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses, in Towson, for use as a county park.

Meanwhile, community leaders and environmental activists are stepping up pressure on the county to acquire the land, including testifying and holding signs of support at a County Council meeting on Monday night.

State Sen. James Brochin said last week he filed a bill in the General Assembly seeking up to $200,000 “at the request of the community,” and that the legislation would require matching funds from the county or the community. Brochin’s bill authorizes a state loan called the Radebaugh Park Loan of 2016, and the issuance and sale of bonds.

Brochin’s bill stipulates that the money would be used as a grant to the county executive’s office and the County Council. Turning the site into open space is important in “land-locked” Towson because, “To have another park and another place for parents to play with their kids doesn’t come up every day,” he said.

Del. Steve Lafferty said Monday he has requested that a similar bill be crossed-filed in the House of Delegates.

Source: State legislators seek Radebaugh bond bill – Baltimore Sun