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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 cnevy@baltimorecountymd.gov.


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.


$200,000 in Funding to Leverage Grants for New Bike Trails and Bike Lanes

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced a plan to jump-start the development of new bike trails and bike lanes linking neighborhoods, parks and schools around the County. This funding initiative supports a county-wide master planning process for improving bicycle and pedestrian access and safety intended to add to the livability and sustainability of Baltimore County communities.

“People want to live in communities where they have easy access to bike trails and bike lanes so they can safely pedal to work and school and can enjoy a weekend bike ride with family and friends,” Mohler said. “Our BaltCoBike 2030 initiative is a planning and grant-making process that will prioritize funding for recreational off-road bike trails and bike lanes that will be strategically located to help provide more transportation options for residents in the County and surrounding jurisdictions.”

The initiative will allocate $200,000 in County funding that would supply matching funds as required by state, federal and private grant programs including, but not limited to, the Maryland Bikeways Program; the federal Recreational Trails Program; and the Transportation Alternatives Program. The program could leverage as much as $1 million in funding for County projects. The initial funds will be identified in the existing budget in the Department of Public Works. Beginning in FY20, we are hopeful that there will be a line item in the County’s budget to support this program. “I am pleased that for the first time we will actually identify funding to expand biking opportunities in Baltimore County,” said Mohler.

 “Creating environments that support biking and walkability is increasingly important to maintaining the County’s attractiveness and quality of life for our residents,” said Planning Director Andrea Van Arsdale. “Promoting walking and bicycling also helps to address the national obesity problem, supports environmental sustainability and helps to strengthen people’s sense of connection to their neighbors and communities.”

“Dedicated public funding is key to delivering bike and pedestrian projects that our residents can enjoy,” said Public Works Director Steve Walsh.

“This is a very positive initiative because I know that community leaders around the County are interested in having more bike trails and bike lanes as desirable amenities that offer great opportunities to ride for fun and for getting around,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.

“This is a very generous and proactive step by the County that will be put to good use in providing safe accommodations for people to walk and bike, providing   multiple benefits including recreation, fitness and easing traffic congestion,” said Sheldon Epstein, the Chair of the County’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. “We are seeing national trends where walking and riding a bike are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to driving for short trips.”


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017