Councilman David Marks' Accomplishments and Initiatives
Since taking office, County Councilman David Marks has worked across party lines to reform county government, preserve open space, and strengthen our schools and neighborhoods. Here are some of the initiatives that Councilman Marks has championed since taking office.
Councilman Marks has championed reforms that make government more efficient, accountable, and bipartisan. David Marks:
- Has never voted for a tax increase.
- Sponsored legislation that expands a property tax credit for energy-efficient homes.
- Sponsored legislation that would enact a three-term limit for County Councilmembers—the first time the County Council ever considered term limits for politicians.
- Supported the toughest ethics package in Baltimore County history, banning sports tickets and other perks for politicians.
- Passed legislation that requires input meetings for new housing developments to be close to the neighborhoods they will impact.
- Reformed the Planned Unit Development process by requiring agency review and a Community Input Meeting before a County Councilmember initiates a PUD resolution.
- Cosponsored legislation that standardizes, throughout the entire South Perry Hall-White Marsh area, a 75-foot minimum setback for single-family homes.
- Cosponsored legislation that requires on-line posting of proposed regulations.
- Supported reforms to the county’s animal control division, and sponsored the amendment that more than doubled the fine for animal cruelty in Baltimore County.
- Passed legislation creating the Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee.
- Passed a resolution that requires the Baltimore County Planning Board to develop lighting standards at outdoor athletic areas.
- Sponsored the legislation that requires the County Council to approve parking meter rate changes – helping to reverse the parking rate increases in Towson in 2014.
- Sponsored legislation that will create a Charter Review Commission to make government more efficient and accountable.
- Appointed qualified men and women of all political backgrounds to county boards and commissions.
Preserving Open Space
For more than 15 years, County Councilman David Marks has fought to preserve open space in our communities. As Councilman, David Marks:
- Downzoned more than 417 acres to protect our communities from overdevelopment—the most ambitious plan in two decades in this part of Baltimore County, and the most land ever downzoned in Towson, Carney, and the Cromwell Valley.
- Secured funding to build four parks in Perry Hall, two parks in Towson, and a new park along the Loch Raven Boulevard corridor.
- Helped create two greenways in Perry Hall—the Indian Rock and Seven Oaks Environmental Conservation Areas—that include 54 acres of protected land.
- Blocked plans to widen Chapel and Forge Roads, saving private property and preserving the character of this local route in Perry Hall.
- Supported a land transfer that protected 11 acres of wooded property on Honeygo Boulevard and an acre of open space next to the Perry Hall library, allowing Angel Park to be built.
- Passed legislation that bans panhandle building lots in Carney, Cub Hill, Parkville, and Perry Hall’s Honeygo area.
- Stopped a proposed apartment complex that would have brought traffic and congestion to Cub Hill.
- Added “Little Valley” off Rushley Road in Parkville and the Onion-Rawl House in Kingsville to the list of Baltimore County’s historic properties.
- Helped preserve the green buffer between Towson University and the Southland Hills neighborhood.
- Helped stop the relocation of the Towson fire station to Towson Manor Village Park.
- Sponsored legislation to create a new, “no build” zoning classification to protect open space from development.
- Cosponsored legislation that qualifies NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, a land preservation organization, for funding when developers build a Planned Unit Development.
- Cosponsored legislation that made the process for reviewing open space waivers more transparent to the public, and boosted the percentage of funding received by NeighborSpace of Baltimore County to 20 percent.
- Sponsored legislation that bans smoking in playgrounds, tot lots, and other public parks frequented by children and their families.
Strengthening our Schools and Neighborhoods
Councilman David Marks has been a visible elected official, working with community and business leaders to improve communities throughout the Fifth District. David Marks:
- Worked with other county and state leaders to secure more than $114 million for schools that serve students from Towson to Perry Hall.
- Championed the construction of additions at Stoneleigh and Hampton Elementary Schools; a comprehensive renovation of Dumbarton Middle School; and a new northeastern elementary school for the Perry Hall area.
- Secured funding to air condition Carney, Pleasant Plains, Joppa View, and Seven Oaks Elementary Schools.
- Fought to maintain the “walker policy” for students near Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School so nearby children can attend this school, and helped delay disruptive changes to the magnet policy.
- Championed the redevelopment of derelict properties from Towson to Perry Hall, including areas along York Road, the Raytheon site on East Joppa Road, and Regester Square on Belair Road.
- Cosponsored legislation to ban electronic changeable copy signs from National Scenic Byways such as North Charles Street.
- Successfully advocated to restore full-service status to the Loch Raven public library.
- Brought together neighborhoods along the Loch Raven Boulevard corridor to resurrect the long-defunct Loch Raven Community Council.
- Secured funding to exterminate rats in eight neighborhoods in Towson and the Loch Raven Boulevard corridor.
- Sponsored legislation to create distinct Baynesville, Hillendale, and Satyr Hill commercial revitalization areas, and to require better design standards along the cluttered Joppa Road and Loch Raven Boulevard corridors.
- Cosponsored the Perry Hall Community Plan, a blueprint for future development in northeastern Baltimore County.
- Created a commercial revitalization district in the heart of Perry Hall, worked to fill vacancies at the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center, and sponsored legislation that will lead to better-designed buildings in Downtown Perry Hall.
- Sponsored an amendment to the accessory apartment legislation that deters the use of such apartments for student housing, a major issue in Towson.
- Supported lighting, traffic calming, road resurfacing, and sidewalk projects throughout the Fifth District.
- Secured funding to extend the Northeast Trail through Indian Rock Park in Perry Hall.
- Helped secure funding to develop a network of bike lanes throughout Towson.
- Sponsored legislation to require that new construction in commercial areas throughout the Fifth District have bike parking—the first requirement of its kind in Baltimore County—and that the county evaluate the feasibility of a bike share program.
Revised July 10, 2015