A bill that creates stricter development rules for the Parkville-Carney-Cub Hill area passed at Monday night's Baltimore County Council meeting.
The new legislation, co-sponsored by David Marks, Cathy Bevins and Todd Huff, will prevent a type of in-fill development called a panhandle lot in these neighborhoods.
A panhandle lot is one where a developer can "jam" an extra unit onto a property without building a new road. The Parkville-Carney-Cub Hill community plan, adopted by the council in 2010, calls to have panhandle lots restricted within the community.
"This legislation codifies a key recommendation of the Carney-Cub Hill-Parkville Community Plan," Councilman Marks said in a statement. "It will prevent units from being sandwiched into small properties throughout this part of northeastern Baltimore County."
As Patch previously reported, a memo from the County Auditors office to Councilman David Marks explains that 274 (or 1.4 percent) of the 20,140 lots within the Carney-Cub Hill-Parkville Communtiy Plan area are currently panhandle lots.
View the map of current panhande lots within the Parkville-Carney-Cub Hill community plan area in the map attached to this article.
Community leaders, like the Carney Improvement Association's Meg O'Hare, .
"I would like to thank Councilman David Marks for his leadership on this issue, and Councilmembers Cathy Bevins and Todd Huff for their support of our community as well," O’Hare said in a statement. "Both Councilmembers Marks and Bevins have appeared before our association and understand the development pressures in this part of Baltimore County."