Baltimore County News
Planning Process to Update 2003 Revitalization Plan, Consider Possibilities for Enhancing this Busy Corridor
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Councilwoman Vicki Almond announced that the Baltimore County Department of Planning will undertake an 18-month comprehensive study of the Pikesville commercial corridor to develop recommendations for revitalizing this area of Baltimore County. County planners will assess existing conditions and trends in Pikesville and seek broad community input to help identify opportunities for positive change in the area from the City/County line to the Beltway.
“Having grown up in the area and representing it on the County Council for 16 years, I know this area well and recognize that people have a strong affinity with this historic town center,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I was actively involved in the 2003 revitalization plan, which helped create design guidelines to promote high-quality redevelopment, and the area could certainly benefit from some focused attention again.”
“I am excited about the potential for enhancing the Pikesville business district and look forward to collaborating with the planners and area residents and businesses to bring a fresh burst of energy to this popular destination,” said 2nd District Councilwoman Vicki Almond.
“We are thrilled that the County is undertaking this review,” said Pikesville Chamber of Commerce President Mark Pressman, who also works as the Business Development and Strategy Director for the North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville. “This is a great example of businesses, community organizations and local government getting together to figure out what is best for the Pikesville community.”
About the Study
The three-phase project will begin with a thorough evaluation of the area including a review of demographics, zoning, pending and proposed development projects, transportation and parking, environmental issues, historic resources, housing, general real estate market conditions, businesses, public facilities and more. This initial background survey, expected to be completed by the end of 2017, will incorporate other relevant guidelines and designations including the status of recommendations in the 2003 Pikesville Revitalization Plan Update, Pikesville Commercial Revitalization Guidelines and Baltimore County Master Plan designations.
The second phase of the study will involve meetings with an extensive list of community stakeholders in the area including community groups, business owners, institutional and non-profit organizations and local and state government agencies. While there will be general community-wide input meetings, most will be with the individual groups of stakeholders to ensure a meaningful dialogue where information can be exchanged and discussed and all perspectives get a chance to be heard. The Department of Planning anticipates publishing draft/interim summaries to be available for public review by the spring of 2018.
A final document will be generated containing the findings and prioritized recommendations for action that identifies which entity will have primary responsibility for implementing each recommendation. The target date for publishing this final study document is the summer of 2018.
Part of statewide effort to strengthen services
Baltimore County has joined a statewide effort to contact and survey young people who are homeless or struggling with serious housing issues. The statewide effort, known as Youth Reach Maryland, has engaged 10 regional partners and seeks to strengthen knowledge of and services to youth under age 25 who are not living with a parent or guardian and face an unstable housing situation that may be viewed as homelessness. The County's effort to contact this constituency will continue through April 2.
The County Department of Planning and the non-profit Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless (BCCH) are leading the County effort, working closely with service providers and institutions, including soup kitchens, homeless shelters, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The County and its partners have assembled a network of people, including youth ambassadors, who will visit key locations, reach out and survey the select youth population over the two-week period.
Homeless youth may often go uncounted
Advocates for the homeless believe that independent youth and young adults under age 25 who are struggling with housing are often a hidden population that goes uncounted. Youth Reach Maryland seeks to improve the count and deepen knowledge of a unique, challenging constituency.
Maryland's effort to improve outreach to homeless youth began in 2013, when the legislature made it a priority to improve the frequency and accuracy of counting the state's unaccompanied homeless youth. It established the Task Force to Study Housing and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, which recommended a Youth and Young Adult Count of Unaccompanied Homeless. This later became the initiative known as Youth REACH (Reach out, Engage, Assist, & Count to end Homelessness) MD. The state effort is now led by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and coordinated by the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Learn more about Youth REACH Maryland
Those interested in learning more about Baltimore County's Youth Reach effort are encouraged to contact Terri Kingeter at email@example.com or visit the following web links:
Youth Reach Maryland: http://www.youthreachmd.com/
@CleanGreenBaltCo is a “one-stop shop” for news and information on County programs and services that support sustainable living
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the launch of a new Facebook page promoting the County’s commitment to making our communities more sustainable. Clean Green Baltimore County serves as a resource for residents seeking to become better environmental stewards while also highlighting environmentally-friendly achievements throughout the county.
“We have such a good story to tell in terms of Baltimore County’s commitment to restoring streams and waterways, anti-litter programs, recycling, forest sustainability, land preservation and more,” said Kamenetz. “I’m excited about this new platform highlighting the work our dedicated employees do every day to protect the environment. The page is also a great resource for residents and businesses, featuring tangible steps to help people reduce their environmental impact. Please consider sharing the Clean Green Baltimore County page with your family members, friends and Facebook followers. We look forward to connecting with you!”
Clean Green Baltimore County posts useful information and resources related to various Baltimore County agencies, including, but not limited to:
- Department of Environmental Protection & Sustainability
- Department of Permits, Approvals & Inspections
- Department of Planning
- Department of Public Works
- Department of Recreation & Parks
- Office of Budget & Finance, Property Management Division, Energy Management & Sustainability Section
Visit facebook.com/CleanGreenBaltCo and “like” the page to see tips and strategies to help you “go green,” as well as sustainable success stories from around the County and noteworthy environmental initiatives from across the globe. Sign up for Facebook notifications from @CleanGreenBaltCo to stay up-to-date on our continued pursuit toward a cleaner, greener Baltimore County.