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Council Passes Anti-Panhandle Law for Parkville, Carney

The new legislation will help to prevent overdevelopment in the neighborhoods.

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."

galen wallace May 09, 2012 at 01:04 PM
NIMBY's strike again! The tyranny of the majority knows no bounds. So existing land owners in the area who may have been able to sell off some land for a new lot/house have had their property devalued and been relieved of a source of income. NICE! And any prospective buyer will now have to look for a house further out in Perry Hall/White Marsh/Harford County. And said prospective buyer will clog I-95 and pollute the air with car exhaust. Infill development should be PROMOTED. The infrastructure is there already. Hopefully some of the land owners who have lost out in this government taking will sue.
Ruth Baisden May 09, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Thank you County Council for passing this bill! The Office of Planning and community task force worked for years on the Carney, Cub Hill, and Parkville Community Plan. It addressed issues in our community such as infill development that is not compatible with surrounding homes, increase traffic, overcrowded schools, lack of open space and more. This new law gives teeeth to what the community worked hard to put into the plan.
Ruth Baisden May 09, 2012 at 03:02 PM
This is not a NIMBY Bill and not against all infill development. It just keeps people from developing backyards on top of the house facing the street. It came out of a community planning process with Baltimore County Office of Planning doing background studies of the area. The way things should be done. If you care strongly about these issues you should be a part of planning our future.
Ruth Baisden May 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Councilman Marks will be guest speaker at Thursday's (May 10th), Greater Parkville Community Council meeting, 7:00 PM, Parkville Recreation and Senior Center. He will discuss this bill in more detail. The meeting is open to the public.
CarneyGirl May 09, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Thank you to all who had a hand in making this happen! Best news I've heard today!
galen wallace May 09, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Sure Ruth, as long as it's not YOUR land that has been devalued. There are zoning laws on the books. If somebody's lot is large enough to subdivide, they should be able to do it. There are already a million zoning and building regulations in Baltimore County which all drive up the cost of new housing and force young people to move to Harford or Carroll County where the same house is 20% less expensive. If the community doesn't want another house to be built on a neighbors land, the community should simply buy the land and not build on it. This country was founded on property rights. Using the legislative system to relieve a property owner of his land use rights is simply theft.
Ruth Baisden May 09, 2012 at 07:04 PM
This area is reasonable price for young families so they will move here or in the city (they are less likely to afford to move to Harford and Carroll County). We have empty houses for sale here and they a welcome to this great neighborhood. There are also new houses being built in between houses on neighborhood streets and new development going in our area with mulitiple houses. You can still sub divide property if you have the enough room to build another house. But if you are looking to build a house a few feet behind another on a lot that is really meant for one house the new law says you can not. Our community has experiance negative impacts from this type "Pan Handle" development such as storm water that runs off to surrounding properties and causes wet back yards and erodes streams.
galen wallace May 11, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Ruth, there are zoning setback requirements all ready in place. These zoning laws make it impossible to build a new house 'a few feet behind another' so don't misrepresent. And runoff can come from any lot in any location. Being a 'Pan Handle' lot has absolutely nothing to do with where the water runs. And guess what Ruth, the people who lived in Parkville before YOUR house was built also experienced a negative impact when it was constructed - and probably bellyached about the new people despoiling the area.
Mike Pierce May 16, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Thanks, Council, for passing this one. Now we need an "anti-panhandling" law to get rid of the people standing in the middle of the road "begging" for money.
Smarter than you May 17, 2012 at 03:37 PM
How does my neighbor not having his or her own road affect me? It doesn't. What this does is screw developers who already had lots ready to go. Thanks for raising our taxes next year!

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