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Preserves Four Acres of Developable Land in Residential Area

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler and 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk announced to an enthusiastic group of area residents this morning that the County is preserving four acres of land in Lansdowne so that it will be preserved as environmentally beneficial open space rather than being developed into townhomes.

The County purchased the four acres, located in a neighborhood near the intersection of Hammonds and Hollins Ferry Roads from the Charles H. Gehringer Revocable Trust. Program Open Space acquisition funds will be applied to reimburse the full $415,000 purchase price.

“Preserving this open space helps to retain the character of the neighborhood, while also protecting the water quality of the Patapsco River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay,” Mohler said.

The seller had proposed building townhomes on the property. When the community expressed concerns, Councilman Quirk suggested that the County use POS funds to preserve it as passive open space.

“It's great to see Program Open Space money being used for this property,” said Quirk. “Our office worked very closely with the County Executive's office to make this important open space project happen. We had dozens and dozens of community leaders and activists ask us to preserve this land as passive open space and I'm delighted to see this transaction completed.”

Preserving passive open space in neighborhoods adds to the quality of life for the community, reducing traffic congestion. This site has the added benefit of being near the Patapsco River, so keeping it undeveloped helps filter stormwater run-off and improves water quality in the Patapsco and the Bay.

Program Open Space acquisition funds will be applied to reimburse the full purchase price.  The POS covenants will preserve this area as open space in this established area of the County.

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By Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Baltimore County Department of Public Works, Recycling Division

Throughout his career with Baltimore County, the late County Executive Kevin Kamenetz demonstrated a steadfast commitment to protecting the environment. He understood that governments, businesses and citizens must work together to find solutions that help us live and conduct business more sustainably.

With the help of many other county employees, County Executive Kamenetz built a legacy of environmental stewardship that will have an impact on our region for generations to come.

  • Almost two billion dollars invested in water and sewer projects to provide safe, clean drinking water and responsible waste management.
  • More than $137 million in stream restoration, shoreline stabilization, reforestation and other water quality projects to preserve and restore the County’s natural infrastructure, including nearly 50,000 trees planted on 466 acres.
  • Building a new single-stream recycling facility.
  • Establishing energy efficiency and renewable energy policies to reduce the County’s carbon footprint.
  • More than $68 million invested in new parks, recreation facilities and community centers.
  • Seventeen Small Watershed Action Plans developed to clean up streams and rivers and send healthier waters to the Bay.
  • Twenty four TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Implementation Plans developed in nine county watersheds to reduce waterway pollutants such as trash, bacteria, sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen and mercury.
  • Creating the environmentally-focused Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page.

Baltimore County has earned a number of recent awards for its environmental programs, including:

  • National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Awards every year from 2010 to 2017
  • Maryland Recycling Network’s Outstanding Government Leadership Award
  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge
  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for the County’s Single Stream Recycling facility
  • Maryland Recycling Network Extraordinary Achievement Award for the Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page

By his leadership and actions, County Executive Kamenetz saw a sustainable future for our county and state, with cleaner air and water, green open spaces, abundant forests, healthy wildlife and a thriving Chesapeake Bay.

He also had faith that we, the citizens, employees and institutions of Baltimore County, would do our part to make this vision a reality.

The question is, what can we do today to make ours a cleaner, greener county? Find tips and resources at baltimorecountymd.gov/CleanGreenBaltCo.

 

 

 

                  


More than 160 acres will add to the open space in Essex as the County prepares to acquire properties off Barrison Point Road. The property, in a Resource Conservation Critical Area, includes eight parcels of land that will be maintained as passive open space.

“I am pleased to add this significant open space in Essex to help ensure that we, and future generations, can continue to be good stewards of our environment,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

With approval by the County Council at a November 6 legislative session, the property will be purchased with $1 million in County capital and State Program Open Space funds.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017