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7:30 pm September Monthly GTCCA Meeting @ Pickersgill Retirement Community
September Monthly GTCCA Meeting @ Pickersgill Retirement Community
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2:00 pm WTMD’s Towson Rock Block @ WTMD
WTMD’s Towson Rock Block @ WTMD
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Olympic Place between York Road and Dulaney Valley Road will be closed for the 1st WTMD Towson Rock Block. Music: The Districts, Stone Senate, Grizfolk Food trucks! Beverages available! FREE!Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppMorePrintTelegramGooglePocketRedditLinkedInTumblrSkypeLike this:Like Loading...
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19
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7:30 pm Monthly GTCCA Meeting @ Pickersgill Retirement Community
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Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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7:30 pm Monthly GTCCA Meeting @ Pickersgill Retirement Community
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7:30 pm Monthly GTCCA Meeting @ Pickersgill Retirement Community
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With fall semester near, Towson University’s neighbors say ordinance continues to curb unruly student gatherings – Baltimore Sun

As Towson University students prepare to head back to campus this week, university officials say complaints of loud, unruly gatherings near the campus are down by as much as 50 percent in some neighborhoods since the Baltimore County Council passed an ordinance to deter problem behavior.

After numerous neighborhood complaints of public urination, property damage and excessive noise in residential neighborhoods, the council passed the Social Host–Unruly Social Gatherings ordinance in January 2016 to target problem landlords and renters through their pocketbooks.

The two-year pilot, which was introduced by County Councilman David Marks, will expire in January.

With a full school year having passed since the enactment of the ordinance, neighbors, Towson University officials and county police officials say it is working to curb problem behavior.

Marks said he will seek reauthorization of the legislation.”I think it’s having the effect we wanted and it’s had, more than anything, a deterrent effect,” said Marks, a Republican who represents Towson. “Renters understand there are consequences.”

Read full article: With fall semester near, Towson University’s neighbors say ordinance continues to curb unruly student gatherings – Baltimore Sun

Negotiators: New plan for Towson parcel likely will have no Royal Farms, gas pumps – Baltimore Sun

A revised development plan for the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue in Towson likely will not include a Royal Farms store or gas pumps — two features that some neighbors of the parcel vehemently oppose in the existing plan for the site — according to Baltimore County Council Chairman Tom Quirk and officials of the site’s Towson-based developer, Caves Valley Partners.

“I think we have a deal on the table right now where there will be no Royal Farms — no gas station,” Quirk said this week. Quirk has been leading negotiations on a new plan for the site that involves input from neighbors, community activists and Caves Valley officials.

Caves Valley has a contract to purchase the 5.8-acre, county-owned parcel in Towson for $8.3 million. However, its proposal to develop the parcel into commercial retail centered around a Royal Farms gas station stirred vocal and organized opposition from community members who say the plan is wrong for the site and will increase noise, crime and pollution in the area.

Quirk said in an interview this week that the county’s contract with the developer would have to be amended and a lower purchase negotiated to make up for the lack of the gas station. From there, a revised plan for the project would be sent to the county’s Development Review Committee, which is responsible for reviewing and approving development in the county.

“In other words, we’re going to throw it right back to the people again and let the people work through it,” said Quirk, a Democrat who represents Catonsville.

Read full article: Negotiators: New plan for Towson parcel likely will have no Royal Farms, gas pumps – Baltimore Sun

Towson Royal Farms dispute far from resolved, residents say – Baltimore Sun

The head of a group that represents dozens of community associations in the Towson area said this week that the group might take its fight to stop construction of a Royal Farms gas station proposed for the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue to court, if necessary.

“We would prefer to not have to do that,” said Bryan Fischer, president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, adding that he presumes that the developer of the project, the Towson-based Cave Valley Partners, would rather avoid a legal battle. “But it’s certainly not something we’re going to rule out.”

Fischer and others who have a stake in the project’s future spoke this week in the wake of the County Council’s Aug. 7 party-line vote to quash a resolution by Republican Councilman David Marks that, had the council approved it, likely would have killed the project.

In voting to table Marks’s measure, the council’s Democrats said they hope to convince Caves Valley officials to come up with a new plan for the parcel. The council voted 4-3 to table the resolution, with the four Democrats voting to set the resolution aside and the body’s three Republicans voting to approve it.

Read full article: Towson Royal Farms dispute far from resolved, residents say – Baltimore Sun

Kamenetz: Caves Valley has 30 days to mediate new plan for Towson corner – Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is setting a 30-day deadline for a developer to meet with residents and devise a new proposal — likely without a gas station — for a high-profile site in downtown Towson.

Kamenetz said Friday that officials with Caves Valley Partners have agreed to meet with neighbors to consider a new proposal for the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue after residents opposed plans for a Royal Farms convenience store and gas station and a retail center.

“We’ll see if we can reach a resolution,” said Arthur Adler, a partner with Caves Valley. “Hopefully it will work out.”

Caves Valley’s initial proposal for the 5.8-acre property, dubbed Towson Station, has roiled the local community and the Baltimore County Council for months.

The council gave the go-ahead in December for Towson Station to enter the county’s planned-unit development process — a review that could allow for a gas station to be approved.

But after months of community opposition, Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, asked the council to modify its approval to remove the possibility of gas pumps at the site. Among residents’ complaints had been that a gas station was not suitable for a property many consider the “gateway” to Towson.

But the council tabled Marks’ resolution at its meeting on Monday after receiving promises that Caves Valley would rethink its plan.

Read full article: Kamenetz: Caves Valley has 30 days to mediate new plan for Towson corner – Baltimore Sun

The Royal Farms that won’t die – Baltimore Sun

The latest twist in the Towson Royal Farms saga arrived at the County Council Monday with all the trappings of a classic Baltimore County development dispute — throngs of protesting constituents, accusations of deep pocketed developers buying county officials, debates about the tradition of councilmanic courtesy and intimations that the county executive was encroaching on the council’s authority over land use.

Baltimore County Council tables vote on Towson Royal Farms MondayAnd the matter was dispatched with all the usual Baltimore County efficiency. Council Chairman Tom Quirk — who represents Catonsville, not Towson — announced to the crowd that he had been in extensive talks over the weekend with the developer, Caves Valley Partners, Royal Farms and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s administration and that all sides are willing to renegotiate in hopes of a “win-win.” He moved to table a resolution to kill the development by Councilman David Marks — who actually does represent Towson — and noted that such a motion is not debatable under the council’s rules. From the time Council Secretary Thomas Peddicord read the number and title of the resolution until Mr. Quirk pronounced the motion to table passed 4-3 (with the Democrats voting in favor and the Republicans voting against), all of 1 minute and 31 seconds had elapsed.

But this issue is far from over. Rather than delivering a win to Mr. Kamenetz, whose brainchild this deal was in the first place, his fellow Democrats have placed themselves, the executive and the developers in a bind to make whatever gets built on the corner of York and Bosley roads more palatable to the community. Mr. Quirk now owns this controversy, and in the process he’s eliminated any pretense that Mr. Kamenetz isn’t directly involved.

Read full editorial: The Royal Farms that won’t die – Baltimore Sun