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Residents Can Provide Feedback on CZMP 2020 Rezoning Issues

The Baltimore County Department of Planning has launched a new application on its website to accept public comments on the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) 2020 rezoning issues. The application includes an interactive map with information about each issue broken down by council district.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings, the in-person Planning Board public hearings were cancelled; however, the Planning Board will review all information and input collected and hold a live-streamed meeting on April 21, 2020 at 6 p.m.

During the meeting, which can be viewed and heard online by the public, the Planning Board chairman will summarize the comments and materials that were submitted for issues in each Council District.

Deadline for Comments

The comment period for both submitting written material and using the online application to make comments will end on April 10, 2020. Comments can be emailed to, or mailed to:

Baltimore County Department of Planning
Attn: CZMP Coordinator
Jefferson Building
105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 101
Towson, Maryland 21204

Planning Board Work Sessions

Beginning April 22, 2020 the Planning Board will begin holding the CZMP 2020 Planning Board work sessions. The work sessions will also be live-streamed. The Planning Board work sessions have always been open to the public for observation, but have never allowed public comment. Due to restrictions for public gatherings at the current time, the public will also not be allowed to attend the work sessions.

Actions Taken to Protect Against COVID-19

Baltimore County has taken a number of steps to protect employees and members of the public and minimize the spread of COVID-19, and to provide residents with necessary resources. Olszewski has issued an Emergency Declaration and taken the following actions:

  • Mandatory Employee Telework: Baltimore County has mandated telework for all employees who are able to do so.

  • Department of Recreation and Parks Providing Meals: The Department of Recreation and Parks will be offering limited meal distribution to children 18 and under through the Maryland Food Bank and Healthy Food Access St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. The Department will offer the take-away meals from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Meals will be distributed on a first come first serve basis at the following locations:

    • Dundalk PAL Center, 15 Commerce Place, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
    • Mars Estates PAL Center, 1498 East Homberg Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21221
    • Shady Spring PAL Center, 8876 Goldenwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21237
    • Hillendale PAL Center, 1111 Halstead Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21234
    • Cockeysville PAL Center, 9836 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
    • Scotts Branch PAL Center, 3651 Rolling Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    • Winfield PAL Center, 8304 Carlson Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    • Woodmoor PAL Center, 7111 Croydon Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207
  • Water Shutoffs Halted: County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Mayor Young announced that neither municipality will turn off water service for failure to pay.

  • Evictions Suspended: All evictions have been suspended for the duration of the state of emergency in the County.

  • Fast-tracking Alcohol Delivery for Bars and Restaurants: Expediting approvals to temporarily allow establishments to deliver alcoholic beverages to residents in Baltimore County.

  • Government Building Restrictions: Directed County government buildings to be available to the public through appointment only

  • Baltimore County Health Department Hotline: The Baltimore County Department of Health has a hotline for residents to call with questions or concerns about COVID-19: the number is 410-887-3816. The hotline is open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Extension of licenses and permits: County Executive Olszewski issued an executive order providing an extension of all County licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations until 30 days following the end of the local state of emergency. This applies to suspensions concerning payments of late fees owed to Baltimore County.

  • Baltimore County Public Libraries Closed: All Baltimore County Public Library branch locations are closed through Sunday March 29, 2020.

  • Baltimore County Senior Centers Closed: All Baltimore County Senior Centers will be closed to the public beginning until further notice. Seniors can call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594. Calls are answered by a team of Certified Information and Assistance Specialists (CIRS), Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

  • Department of Recreation and Parks Buildings Closed: All Department of Recreation and Parks buildings are closed to the public until further notice. County parks, trails and open space remain open to the public. All dog parks, playgrounds, skate parks, comfort stations and portable toilets are closed.

  • CCBC Classes Canceled: All in-person CCBC classes are canceled through Friday, March 22, and will resume remotely via alternative teaching methods starting Monday, March 23. Online classes will continue to be held as scheduled.

  • Suspension of County Travel: Suspending all County government-related travel through April 30, 2020.

The latest updates from the Baltimore County School System, including information on school meals, is available on the BCPS website.

All County residents are encouraged to take the proper precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including regular hand-washing and social distancing as appropriate. All residents, and particularly those at high risk, should follow CDC guidance.

Survey Takes About Eight Minutes to Complete and Is Open To Responses Through March 19, 2020

Baltimore County residents can now participate in an online survey that will allow people to express their views regarding the needs and conditions of the community in which they live or work.

The Community Needs Survey will assist the county in identifying emerging trends and in establishing priorities for the use of federal funds to address the needs of low-income populations.

The survey takes about eight minutes to complete. The survey will remain open to responses through March 19, 2020.

The survey questions broadly cover community development issues, including:

  • The public service needs of low-income citizens in the areas of employment, child care, health, education and substance abuse
  • The need to prevent homelessness and provide housing, shelter and case management to people who are experiencing homelessness
  • The need for affordable housing and various community improvements, including infrastructure improvements

The survey results will help guide the county's writing of the Consolidated Plan, a forward-looking strategic plan covering county fiscal years 2021 to 2025.

The plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in May 2020.

The survey is available on the Department of Planning website.

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

Revised October 16, 2020               
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