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Pledges to Advocate for County Governments in Annapolis

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski was elected Treasurer of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) for the 2019 to 2020 term today during the organization’s winter conference in Cambridge, Maryland.

As treasurer, County Executive Olszewski will guide the finances and long-term fiscal planning for MACo, a nonpartisan statewide organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

“I am proud to join my colleagues on the Executive Committee, where we will work together to find common ground and support the needs of communities across our state,” said Olszewski. “I’m honored to represent Baltimore County and looking forward to serving Marylanders as MACo’s next treasurer.”

Olszewski, who took office a year ago this week, will serve on the MACo statewide leadership team for a one-year term along with Sharon Green Middleton, Baltimore City Council (president); Wilbur Levengood, Caroline County Commissioner (first vice president); Laura Price, Talbot County Council (second vice president); Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive (secretary); and Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive (past-president).

Olszewski previously served on the 2019 MACo’s Board of Directors.


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.


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 czmp2020@baltimorecountymd.gov.

View the Zoning Dashboard.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017