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Work Sessions to be Held via Live-Stream

Due to the public gathering restrictions associated with the coronavirus, Baltimore County Planning Board’s CZMP 2020 public hearings were canceled. On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 the Planning Board will live-stream a meeting summarizing the comments and materials that were submitted for issues in each Council District prior to April 10, 2020.

Beginning Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the Planning Board will begin holding the CZMP 2020 Planning Board work sessions. The work sessions will also be live-streamed. Traditionally, the work sessions have had very limited public input, with the virtual setting the public may only observe the Planning Board’s discussion.

Reports listing comments received by the Planning Board are posted online.

To access the upcoming live meetings:

Date and Time

Topic

Virtual Meeting Details

Tuesday, April 21
6 p.m.

Planning Board Public Meeting

  • View the live-stream
  • Call in to listen: 1-415-655-0001, access code 471 583 921

Wednesday, April 22
5:30 p.m.

Work Session Districts 1 and 2

  • View the live-stream
  • Call in to listen: 1-415-655-0001, access code 474 064 966

Thursday, April 23
5:30 p.m.

Work Session Districts 3 and 4

  • View the live-stream
  • Call in to listen: 1-415-655-0001, access code 479 484 160

Tuesday, April 28
5:30 p.m.

Work Session District 5

  • View the live-stream
  • Call in to listen: 1-415-655-0001, access code 473 038 030

Wednesday, April 29
5:30 p.m.

Work Session Districts 6 and 7

  • View the live-stream
  • Call in to listen: 1-415-655-0001, access code 476 277 517

Thursday, April 30
5:30 p.m.

Work Session Wrap Up

  • View the live-stream
  • Call in to listen: 1-415-655-0001, access code 475 328 418

County is Nationally Recognized for Effective Growth Management Zoning

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz highlighted the County’s 50 years of success in preserving rural and agricultural lands by directing growth to areas inside the Urban Rural Demarcation Line (URDL), which has held up virtually intact since it was established by the Planning Board in 1967. The URDL, one of the first of its kind in the nation, channels new development in a way that concentrates commercial and residential growth into the existing built environment to protect open space, water quality, agricultural land, scenic views and the natural environment.

“By preserving the integrity of the URDL over the past five decades, we have enhanced the quality of life for everyone in Baltimore County, rather than allowing unchecked suburban sprawl to overtake our rural areas while leaving older communities behind,” Kamenetz said. “We know that preserving forests and rural land is one of the most effective ways to protect our waterways and the drinking water supplies for 1.8 million people in our region.”

A History of Thoughtful Planning and Environmental Preservation

Baltimore County has long been recognized nationally and internationally for its comprehensive land use planning, zoning and preservation programs that preserve open space by guiding development into designated areas within the URDL, resulting in a minimum of costly suburban sprawl and the preservation of environmentally and economically valuable farmland and rural open space.

The URDL benefits existing communities by investing County resources in a cost-effective manner and guiding capital investment into the urban parts of the County and siting costly public amenities like schools, roads, public water and sewer mostly inside the URDL.

In 1965, just prior to the establishment of the URDL, the Valleys Planning Council developed the Plan for the Valleys. That was a precursor to the County’s first Comprehensive Plan in 1975, which identified growth areas in Windlass (now better known as the greater White Marsh area), Mays Chapel, Liberty and Owings Mills. Also in 1975, the County created rural land conservation zoning, designed to protect agriculture and watersheds while allowing some limited growth in rural areas.

“The best outcomes come from collaboration like what took place at the time of the Plan for the Valleys, and we’re still reaping the benefits of that really high-quality planning back when most of the state and country were not thinking about long-range land use planning,” said Teresa Moore, Valleys Planning Council Executive Director.

The URDL set the stage for stabilizing the County’s rural lands and there has been only minimal change to the original demarcation line, even with the open Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) every four years. 90 percent of Baltimore County’s population still lives inside the URDL, and two-thirds of its land remains rural. Agriculture is still the largest business land use and Baltimore County is the leading equine county in the state of Maryland. 

“The County Council is ultimately responsible for land use decisions, and my colleagues and I take very seriously our responsibility to be stewards of the land, balancing the need for homes and businesses with critical environmental protections,” said County Council Chair Tom Quirk.

Baltimore County’s first Maryland Environmental Trust land preservation was purchased in 1974, and today, the County is ranked in the top ten jurisdictions nationally in agricultural land preservation with preserved lands and parkland forming a green network that stretches from the Chesapeake Bay to the Piedmont border with Pennsylvania. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017