Planning panel supports Key Highway rezoning effort

A six-year effort by city officials and others to rezone certain industrial properties along the South Baltimore waterfront to permit more mixed-use development was endorsed Thursday by Baltimore's Planning Commission, which approved two City Council bills drafted to bring about the changes.

The pending legislation would alter the boundaries of an urban renewal plan for Key Highway and create a new renewal area called Key Highway South. It would replace an area in which only industrial uses are permitted at present.

Planners say the legislation would allow commercial and residential development to co-exist with industrial operations such as the Domino Sugar plant.

The bills must be approved by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the full City Council before they could take effect.

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