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Seven Courts Woods Proposed for Downzoning

The county-owned property near Seven Oaks Senior Center could be protected from future development.

A wooded property on in Perry Hall is being considered for downzoning—a move that would essentially prevent a housing development from taking its place.

announced on Monday his plan to downzone a 8.7-acre wooded property north of the from DR 3.5 to DR 1.

"At the present level of zoning, more than 25 homes could be built at the property, irrespective of environmental conditions," Marks wrote in an email to constituents. "I am proposing to downzone the land to DR 1, which is the lowest level permitted for residential development."

The property is owned by Baltimore County, and there are currently no plans to sell it for development, Marks stated.

"I am talking to the county administration about future options for this site, but for now, the zoning will give a peace of mind to Seven Courts residents who like this natural setting in their community," he added.

Nearly in Perry Hall is being considered for downzoning as part of the 2012 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, which reexamines zoning designations every four years. Marks has also proposed about in Perry Hall, which virtually prevents any future development of those properties.

Previous efforts by Marks to have been met with resistance from the Baltimore County Office of Planning.

"It devalues the property," said Donnell Zeigler, the Fifth District's representative of the Office of Planning, adding that the county could potentially use the Seven Courts property in a future land swap.

"For the most part, the county rarely sells property. Even if it does, it must go through a long process with the county executive and County Council ... it's still protected," Zeigler said.

The volunteer citizen advisory , however, has given its approval to nearly all of Marks' recent downzoning proposals, according to county logs.

Community feedback, the Office of Planning, the Planning Board, Marks' stance and the opinions of other councilmembers are each factored into the CZMP. The County Council is scheduled to vote on the final zoning map by Sept. 16.

Community members with questions about proposed zoning changes are encouraged to contact Marks' office at dmarks@baltimorecountymd.gov or by calling 410-887-3384.

Mike Fisher July 25, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I want the trees to stay, we need to stop cutting down trees. They are, after all, what keeps our planet full of oxygen not to mention them being nice to look at. I, too, would miss seeing this. There are too many people on this planet, period. There are no plans for population control and people can have as many kids as they want. We only have so much space. We NEED to keep trees around, it's part of the charm of this place. It's a nice mix of forested areas and houses. Save the trees, I say!
David Marks July 25, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Thank you!
Pete R. July 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I am happy to see Mr Marks has taken on this endeavor , who owns this property? Is it Baltimore County?
John Dingedahl July 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I hope that this parcel of land will be used for a park for us 'west side Perry Hall folks' I have mentioned this before, that the west side needs park space. I think Councilman Marks has mentioned that this land could be used for a park. If so, thank you Councilman Marks.
Mike Fisher July 29, 2012 at 05:14 PM
We need to stop cutting down trees, period. I know Perry Hall is a nice place to live, but there's plenty of nice places to live. Leave the trees alone, build houses somewhere else for people. Population in the world is getting out of control and we're running out of space, so what's the solution? We can't keep reproducing like we are and expect to still have enough space for everyone. I really don't know what the answer to that is, or maybe I do, but people wouldn't like it, so I suppose I'll just keep that one to myself for now.

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