Earlier this week, the Baltimore County Council acted on my recommendation to downzone 417 acres of land in the Fifth District. This initiative lightens future development on 79 acres in Carney and Satyr Hill. About 42 acres received the newly-created open space zoning, which prohibits any future development.
Of the 81 acres that changed in Carney and Satry Hill during the zoning process, 79 acres were downzoned. Two acres were upzoned, or increased in development potential. That means that 98 percent of the zoning changes, measured by acreage, lowered future development.
The downzoned acreage includes land near Cromwell Bridge Road, Northwing Road, and Magledt Road. At Magledt Road, the downzoning eliminated a convenience store that was planned near the snowball stand.
I doubt you will read about these changes in the future newsletter of a certain community organization, just like you may not have read about some of the other work we have done to limit growth in Carney and Satry Hill.
Last year, I blocked a Planned Unit Development that would have allowed dense apartment buildings at Northwind and Harford Roads. And this spring, I cosponsored a bill with Councilwoman Cathy Bevins and Councilman Todd Huff that eliminates panhandle lots in the Carney area. It is the most restrictive limit on panhandle lots in Baltimore County.
I would like to thank those community leaders and residents who worked with me on these initiatives, especially Meg O'Hare from the Carney Improvement Association and Glen Gischel from the North Winds of Cub Hill. I look forward to working with them on future efforts to improve the area.