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Councilman David Marks' Accomplishments and Initiatives

Since taking office, County Councilman David Marks has worked across party lines to reform Baltimore County, preserve open space, and strengthen our schools and neighborhoods.

Reforming Government

  • Was a lead sponsor of legislation that creates the Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (Bill 2-11);
  • Was the lead sponsor of legislation that requires a Community Input Meeting for a new development to be closer to an affected neighborhood (Bill 3-11);
  • Cosponsored legislation that extends the time frame for submission of a concept plan for certain Planned Unit Developments (Bill 10-11);
  • Was a lead sponsor of Resolution 29-11, which directs the Planning Board to review whether zoning regulations can better stimulate Transit-Oriented Development;
  • Was a lead sponsor of amendments to legislation that require community input and agency reviews before the formal start of a Planned Unit Development process (Bill 36-11);
  • Cosponsored legislation that requires online posting of proposed regulations (Bill 46-11);
  • Was a lead sponsor of an amendment to the county’s binding arbitration legislation (Bill 66-11) that requires an arbitrator to look at salaries in comparable jurisdictions in Maryland, not simply those adjacent to Baltimore County;
  • Sponsored legislation that lightens license posting requirements for taxicab drivers (Bill 73-11);
  • Cosponsored legislation that requires a Planned Unit Development proposal to be posted on-line (Bill 4-12);
  • Cosponsored legislation that extends the public notice period for a proposed variance or special exception, and sponsored an amendment that now requires proposed variances and special exceptions to be posted on-line (Bill 15-12);
  • Sponsored the amendment that puts the county’s Basic Services Maps online (Bill 20-12);
  • Was a lead sponsor of legislation that expands the type of homes that can qualify for a property tax credit if the homes meet certain environmental standards (Bill 23-12);
  • Sponsored legislation that requires meeting minutes and agency reviews for a Planned Unit Development to be posted on-line; that clarifies the process for a material amendment to a PUD; and that specifies which agencies review a proposed PUD (Bill 42-12); and
  • Joined with three other County Councilmembers in support of a partially-elected Board of Education; and
  • Cosponsored legislation that standardizes lot widths in South Perry Hall (Bill 74-12);
  • Sponsored legislation that established the first-ever bike parking requirements in Baltimore County, for Downtown Towson (Bill 38-13), and extended these requirements to Loch Raven and Perry Hall (Bill 48-13);
  • Sponsored the resolution that directed the Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee to examine the feasibility of a bike share program (Resolution 51-13);
  • Was the lead sponsor of an amendment to the animal services legislation that more than doubled the fine for animal cruelty (Bill 68-13);
  • Cosponsored the resolution that implemented a Complete Streets policy in Baltimore County (Resolution 126-13).

Preserving Open Space

  • Was a lead sponsor of Resolution 17-11, which designates the Northeast Trail;
  • Sponsored Resolution 18-11, which redesignates the abandoned Gunview Road alignment in Perry Hall as the Gunpowder View Trail;
  • Was a lead sponsor of legislation that gives the county greater authority to control wildlife on parkland (Bill 21-11);
  • Was a lead sponsor of legislation that qualifies NeighborSpace of Baltimore County as a community benefit under Planned Unit Developments (Bill 64-11);
  • Was a lead sponsor of Resolution 4-12, which encourages Baltimore City to work collaboratively with the mountain biking community and other partners to expand the trail network at Loch Raven Reservoir;
  • Was a lead sponsor of legislation that establishes the first-ever open space zoning designation in Baltimore County, “Neighborhood Commons” (Bill 7-12);
  • Was a lead sponsor of the legislation that bans panhandle building lots in Carney, Cub Hill, and Parkville (Bill 21-12);
  • Worked to protect the buffer between Southland Hills and the new Towson University Public Safety Building;
  • Helped broker a tree planting agreement between the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy and residents near Deltom Court in Carney;
  • Secured funding for more than 60 new trees at Kenilworth Drive and Bosley Avenue, replenishing the green buffer between the Morningside community and the Baltimore County Detention Center;
  • Obtained funding to extend the trail at Indian Rock Park in Perry Hall;
  • Helped raised private sector funding and secured approval for a family dog park at Honeygo Run Regional Park in Perry Hall;
  • Sponsored Resolution 43-12, which adds the Western Towson Trail to the Eastern Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan, and secured $30,000 to stabilize the trail
  • During the 2012 rezoning process, lowered the development potential of 417 acres of land in the Fifth District, applying open space zoning to 175 acres throughout every part of the district.
  • Helped create the Seven Oaks Environmental Conservation Area and the Indian Rock Environmental Conservation Area, protecting an additional 38 acres of open space in Perry Hall;
  • Helped secure an alternative location for the new Towson Fire Station, preventing the loss of Towson Manor Village Park;
  • Successfully advocated for funding to complete Gough Park in Perry Hall;
  • Cosponsored amendments to legislation which improve the review process for open space waiver fees, require the fee system and method of computation to be put on online, and provide NeighborSpace of Baltimore County with 20 percent of fees collected (Bill 31-13);
  • Got the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks to install a new pathway to the artificial turf field at Honeygo Park and “skin” the fields at Honeygo Park and Perry Hall Elementary School;
  • Arranged for an $80,000 donation from the Baltimore County Savings Bank Foundation toward the construction of a playground south of the Perry Hall library;
  • Sponsored Resolution 6-14, which names Gwynn-Harvey Park, Soukup Park, Susquehannock Trail Park in Perry Hall;
  • Was the lead sponsor of Bill 4-14, which bans smoking in playgrounds, tot lots, ballfields, and other public park areas frequented by children.

Strengthening our Schools and Neighborhoods

  • Was a lead sponsor of Resolution 13-11, which adopts the Perry Hall Community Plan;
  • Was a lead sponsor of Resolution 19-11, which adopts the Ruxton-Riderwood-Lake Roland Area Plan;
  • Sponsored legislation to create the Perry Hall commercial revitalization district, which provides incentives for businesses in the heart of Perry Hall (Resolution 47-11);
  • Was a lead sponsor of legislation which increases the penalties for graffiti-related vandalism (Bill 4-11);
  • Sponsored Resolution 52-11, which amends the Honeygo Plan to shrink the expansion of Forge Road by 20 feet;
  • Persuaded the county to drop plans for a disruptive widening of Chapel Road, and got the already-approved development at Chapel and Cross Roads to adhere to the smaller footprint for Chapel Road;
  • Sponsored Resolution 53-11, which extends the Towson commercial revitalization district to accommodate the Towson Green project;
  • Sponsored legislation to adopt an alternative development review process in Downtown Towson (Bill 38-11 and Resolution 64-11;
  • Sponsored an amendment to the accessory apartment legislation that deters the use of such apartments for student housing (Bill 49-11);
  • Sponsored legislation that modifies the sign regulations in order to spur investment and development in Downtown Towson (Bill 74-11);
  • Sponsored Resolution 93-11, which will lead to a memorial at the Baltimore County Courthouse in honor of those who served in the Middle East conflicts;
  • Sponsored Resolution 106-11, which directs the Planning Board to develop lighting standards for outdoor athletic fields;
  • Championed the construction of new classroom space at Hampton and Stoneleigh Elementary Schools;
  • Worked with County Councilwoman Vicki Almond to get the electronic signs at West Towson Elementary School/Ridge Ruxton Elementary School removed in favor of more neighborhood-friendly signs, and cosponsored Bill 3-14 to ban electronic changeable copy signs along National Scenic Byways like North Charles Street;
  • Facilitated the demolition of derelict properties at 100 York Road in Towson;
  • Supported the construction of new sidewalks along Maryland Avenue in Towson; along Ebenezer Road and Honeygo Boulevard in Perry Hall; and on Darleigh Road near Dearborn Drive in Perry Hall;
  • Facilitated meetings that led to new sidewalks, curbs and gutters in Towson’s Burkleigh Square neighborhood;
  • Convinced Towson University to double the grant to Baltimore County for Tigerfest;
  • Cosponsored, with the Towson Chamber of Commerce, the Towson logo contest
  • Worked with other elected officials from Perry Hall to preserve the traffic signal at Forge and Belair Roads;
  • Worked with neighborhoods in East Towson to develop sidewalk and drainage improvements on Hillen Road;
  • Secured a $4,080 grant to repair the roof at the historic Elks Lodge on Pennsylvania Avenue in East Towson;
  • Brokered an arrangement in which Bozzuto Homes and The Shelter Group each donated $2,000 to plant trees and refurbish Burkleigh Square;
  • Accelerated an investigation of the suspected at problem at the Rodgers Forge tot lot;
  • Worked to get Verizon to allow Idlewylde residents to pick between Northwood and Towson as a selection for their local communications service;
  • Successfully encouraged the Maryland State Highway Administration to replant trees uprooted by drivers in the Harford Road median strip near the Baltimore Beltway;
  • Supported historic designation for the Anneslie community;
  • Established a Perry Hall High School Neighbors Committee, and successfully pushed for an expanded residential permit program near Perry Hall High School;
  • Blocked a proposed Planned Unit Development that would have led to a multi-storied apartment complexes in Cub Hill;
  • Brokered an agreement between Loch Raven Village and Calvert Hall College on lighting at the school’s baseball stadium;
  • Modified the parking along Burke Avenue to give motorists exiting the interior of Burkleigh Square more sight distance as they leave the neighborhood;
  • Got the county to place deed restrictions on the sale of a county property at 802 Overbrook Road in Idlewylde;
  • Worked with the Aigburth Manor Association and Baltimore County Code Enforcement to get the outbuildings torn down at Aigburth Vale near Towson High School;
  • Got the Maryland State Highway Administration to erect new speed limit signage near West Towson Elementary School;
  • Worked to get the parking meters in Anneslie’s 6700 block of York Road shifted from a one- to two-hour period, at the request of local businesses;
  • Strongly supported traffic calming along Baker Lane and eastern Silver Spring Road in Perry Hall;
  • Supported legislation that added “Little Valley” on Rushley Road in Parkville to the list of protected historic landmarks (Bill 36-12);
  • Got eight neighborhoods targeted for rat eradication: Hillendale, Knettishall, Loch Raven Village, Ridgeleigh, Ridgely Manor, Ridgely Oaks, Towson Manor Village, and Towson Park;
  • Worked with residents to garner street lighting at Ebenezer Road and Kilkea Court;
  • Secured $11,000 to continue the Loch Raven Fourth of July fireworks;
  • Worked with the Fifth District Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee to secure $100,000 in state funding for bicycle lanes in Towson;
  • Helped mediate discussions between the Campus Hills Community Association and AMF Bowling Centers, leading to 20 new protections for the Campus Hills community at the bowling alley.
  • Sponsored legislation that subjects new buildings in the Perry Hall commercial revitalization district to the Baltimore County Design Review Panel, improving the quality of development (Bill 50-12) ;
  • Sponsored legislation that provides protections for those who have purchased lots in places like the Oakleigh Pet Cemetery (Bill 64-12).
  • Got Baltimore County to designate traffic lanes at Honeygo Park, reducing bottlenecks;
  • Secured approval of a new street light east of Perry Hall Middle School along East Joppa Road; and
  • Worked to eliminate truck traffic in Idlewylde;
  • Got signage erected along Miller Road in Perry Hall to warn drivers of hazardous conditions; and
  • Facilitated the donation of $15,000 to renovate the interior of the Perry Hall Mansion;
  • Secured funding for safety improvements at Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall near the Seven Oaks Senior Center;
  • Sponsored legislation to improve signage standards near Historic East Towson (Bill 8-13);
  • Sponsored legislation to restructure the Loch Raven commercial revitalization district and require better review of construction in Baynesville and Hillendale (Bill 13-13 and Resolution 11-13);
  • Worked with other elected officials to improve public safety at the Bender-Vogel development at Harford Road and Placid Avenue in Carney;
  • Sponsored legislation that provided parking and signage incentives for the redevelopment of Towson Commons (Bills 81-12 and 25-13);
  • Sponsored a resolution that established a property tax credit for the Bowerman-Loreley Beach Community Association in White Marsh (Resolution 31-13);
  • At the request of a Kingsville homeowners association, accelerated the activation of a red turn signal at Belair and Mount Vista Roads;
  • Worked with the Towson Chamber of Commerce and the Revenue Authority to resolve a confusing signage issue that was leading to multiple towings in Downtown Towson;
  • Intervened to have a 120-foot concrete curb erected on Chesapeake Avenue near Stone Manor Court, diverting stormwater from nearby condominiums;
  • Pushed for an engineering study to determine ways to improve the Herring Run near Towson’s Overbrook neighborhood;
  • Pushed for the Maryland State Highway Administration to require a left turn lane at Belair Road near the entrance to the new Gunpowder Overlook development;
  • At the request of the West Towson Elementary School PTA, advocated that the hours for the traffic signal at Charles Street be extended to accommodate traffic into the campus;
  • Successfully advocated for full-service status at the Loch Raven public library;
  • Helped obtain “no parking” signs along Jones Road in Kingsville to reduce the congested conditions from those visiting Gunpowder Falls State Park;
  • Secured funding to build a new sidewalk, pedestrian ramp, and traffic island at Stevenson Lane and Stanmore Road in Rodgers Forge; and
  • Sponsored legislation that clarifies where food trucks can operate throughout Baltimore County (Bill 76-13).

Revised February 18, 2014

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