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Johnny O and his family.

"I grew up in the shadow of a steel mill. I saw firsthand the detrimental effects the mill’s closure had on my friends and family. But like so many in Baltimore County, I didn’t give up, I went to work."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

Johnny O and his family.

"I spent 7 years teaching in the Baltimore County Public School System. I know what needs to happen to bring our children’s schools into the 21st century."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

Johnny O and his family.

"For nearly a decade I served in the state legislature working to improve education, bring jobs to Maryland, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

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  1. Separate Yard Materials Collection Ends for 2019

    Separate Collections Will Resume in April 2020

    The separate collection of yard materials (for Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their collection schedules) will be halted for the winter in December and will resume in April 2020.

    The date of the last 2019 “Y” day varies among County collection schedules. Residents must refer to their particular schedule for details (the final “Y” day will occur within the first two weeks of December).

    Please note that after the last “Y” day occurs on a particular schedule, yard materials can be placed out with trash on a scheduled trash collection day. Residents with no “Y” days on their schedule should continue to place yard materials out with trash on scheduled trash collection days.

    Residents may view their trash and recycling collection schedule on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website. Collection schedules can also be obtained by calling 410-887-2000, or by downloading the County’s BaltCoGo app, for use on mobile phones. The app is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users and is available on the Google Play and Apple app stores.

    Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves into the gutter or street is illegal.

    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 18:29:00 GMT
  2. Baltimore County Announces Grant Opportunities, Public Input Meeting on Community Development

    Public Hearing on December 9

    Baltimore County invites non-profit organizations, government agencies and the general public to a meeting to discuss upcoming funding opportunities and spending priorities for community development programs. A public hearing will be led by the Department of Planning and will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, in the Towson Room (ground level) of the Towson Public Library, 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland, 21204.

    The focus of the public hearing will be the public service needs of low-income citizens in the areas of employment, child care, health, education, substance abuse and welfare; homeless service needs in preventing homelessness or assisting those currently homeless; and community development efforts, including housing efforts, that address the needs of low- to moderate-income citizens.

    Following the public hearing the Department will hold a pre-bid conference at which it will provide detailed instructions on the following Requests for Proposal (RFP): Capital; Homeless Services; and Public Services.

    Citizen Engagement

    The County is interested in engaging citizens in the determination of existing and emerging needs over the next year as it seeks to utilize funds provided to the County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). State funds and county funds are also dedicated to community development needs.

    In addition, the County is initiating its development of a five-year Consolidated Plan that will discuss community development needs, priorities and strategies to be considered in county fiscal year 2021 through county fiscal year 2025. In the months ahead. the Consolidated Plan process will offer additional opportunities for public comment and engagement. 

    County staff will also invite interested citizens to learn about and consider joining the Homeless Roundtable, the County's advisory group that helps guide policy on homelessness. Through the Baltimore County Continuum of Care, roundtable members participate in the determination of local funding decisions and assist in the development of performance standards and the evaluation of federally-funded homeless program outcomes.

    The grant funding opportunities are targeted to:

    1. Homeless Services—projects that prevent homelessness or assist those who are currently homeless.
    2. Public Services—projects that address the needs of low-income citizens in the areas of employment, crime prevention, child care, health and welfare, education, substance abuse, energy conservation or recreational needs.
    3. Capital Projects—projects involving a physical improvement or modification that serve the needs of individuals with disabilities; and projects that meet a general community development need.

    Generally, one-year grants will range in size from $15,000 to $200,000. Applications are due by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. To learn more, visit the Grants Administration page.

    Reasonable Accommodations

    The Baltimore County Department of Planning is dedicated to ensuring that all services provided by this office are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided if requested at least four days prior to the meeting. Please contact Colleen Nevy at 410-887-3317, fax 410-887-5696 or by email at

    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:30:00 GMT
  3. Baltimore County Announces Zoning Request Dashboard

    Interactive Portal Shares Information About Comprehensive Zoning Map Process

    Baltimore County’s Department of Planning has launched a new interactive web dashboard displaying zoning issues raised during the 2020 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP), making the process more accessible to county residents.

    Every four years, Baltimore County residents may review the zoning classifications of any property in the county and request changes. Spanning 12 months, the process seeks input from residents, property owners, the Planning Board, county staff and the County Council. Ultimately, the County Council decides on whether to change a property’s zoning, taking a final vote in September 2020.

    The new 2020 CZMP dashboard monitors, tracks, and assesses zoning issue request data. This tool can be used to view zoning statistics of all areas in the County that are impacted by a zoning issue request. The statistics can be shown at the countywide level, council district level or by issue.

    “Since taking office, my administration has made it a priority to make county services more accessible and transparent,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “The Comprehensive Zoning Map Process is a critical step in determining land use and planning for our county, and we’re committed to making this process open and accessible to all of our residents.”

    The CZMP Process

    Since opening CZMP to public comment, the planning department has received 191 requests from individuals, community associations, landowners and others seeking to change the zoning classification of properties covering a total of 2,075 acres.

    “Already, the CZMP process has had extensive input from residents across our county, and we want to continue to be inclusive and transparent through this yearlong process,” said Planning Director Pete Gutwald. “We’re proud to launch this Zoning Dashboard, which will make this process more accessible to our residents.”

    Resident input began in August and ran through October 15. Over the next several months the Department of Planning, along with other key agencies, will be reviewing all of the requested changes to zoning. Planning Board Public Hearings begin in March 2020.

    A complete timeline is available online.

    Questions about the CZMP process can be directed to the Department of Planning at 410-887-3480 or at

    View the Zoning Dashboard.

    Tue, 03 Dec 2019 15:20:00 GMT
  4. Baltimore County to Host Annual Towson Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off Winterfest 2019

    Baltimore County will kick off the holiday season hosting the annual Downtown Towson Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6 p.m.

    The event, co-hosted by Baltimore County and the Towson Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Olympian Park, located at the corner of Allegheny Avenue and the traffic circle. The official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree will take place at approximately 6:22 p.m.

    Festivities will include a tree lighting ceremony, Santa’s arrival by fire truck, holiday music and dance performances. Immediately following the tree lighting, the Towson Chamber of Commerce will host free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as holiday musical performances. Parents should bring their own cameras if they'd like photos of their children with Santa.

    Temporary Road Closures and Free Parking

    To accommodate the event, Allegheny Avenue will be closed to traffic from Washington Avenue to the traffic circle on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m.

    Mid-Atlantic Properties will offer free parking from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at their parking garage located at 111 Allegheny Avenue.

    A Season of Celebrations in Towson

    The Christmas tree lighting kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s Winterfest 2019a series of holiday-themed events that serves as an open invitation for families to visit restaurants and shops while seeing the new development in the downtown Towson business district. Members of the community are encouraged to enjoy an array of events including a Fire and Ice family night with ice sculptures and decorated Christmas trees, ugly sweater happy hours, breakfasts with iconic Christmas characters and events at Towson Town Center.

    More information about Towson’s Winterfest 2019, a month-long series of holiday events, is on the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s website.

    The event is organized by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Baltimore County Government as part of Winterfest 2019. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, Mid-Atlantic Properties, Zerodraft, Wells Fargo Advisors Jim and Gretchen Pomfret, Towson Lifestyle Magazine, and Towson Town Center. Free refreshments will be provided by Charles Village Pub, Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, Palisades of Towson, and the Towson Chamber of Commerce. 

    Wed, 27 Nov 2019 17:00:00 GMT
  5. Baltimore County Encourages Residents to Shop Local with Free Parking Thanksgiving Weekend

    Look for "Seasons Greetings" Bags and Messages

    Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free metered and pay station parking.

    Parking will be free at over 1,500 meters and pay stations throughout Baltimore County Thanksgiving weekend, November 28 to December 1. There also will be free parking from December 21 to December 25.

    In a video released today, County Executive Johnny Olszewski is encouraging residents to take advantage of local shopping.

    “Our neighborhood businesses help support our local economy and we encourage everyone to get out and shop local on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and throughout the holiday season,” said Olszewski.

    Meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags and parking stations will display “Seasons Greetings” messages in Arbutus, Catonsville, Dundalk, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Parkville, Stoneleigh, and Towson.

    Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:00:00 GMT
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County Executive Biography

County Executive John A. Olszewski, Jr.

A lifelong Baltimore County resident, Johnny believes in the power of public service and giving back to the community that has done so much for him. Learn More.