Proposed changes to Loch Raven commercial district would tighten design standards

County Councilman David Marks on Wednesday announced a bill that would reform and tighten design standards for new projects in the Loch Raven commercial revitalization district.

"Community leaders have talked about reducing some of the visual clutter along Joppa Road and Loch Raven Boulevard for years, and now is the time to do it," Marks, whose 5th District stretches from Towson east to Perry Hall, said in a statement.

Bill 13-13, which was introduced Tuesday, reduces the district's size east of Loch Raven Boulevard so resources and efforts can be focused on the area around Joppa Road and Loch Raven Boulevard, Marks said in the statement.

According to Marks, the remaining area would comprise three sub-districts: Baynesville near Joppa Road and Loch Raven Boulevard, Hillendale near Loch Raven Boulevard and Taylor Avenue, and Satyr Hill near Joppa Road and Perring Parkway.

In Hillendale and Baynesville, new construction would require approval from the county's Design Review Panel, which consists of architects and engineers, Marks said.

"When new construction occurs in these areas, it will be subject to tighter standards so we can hopefully have much more attractive buildings," Marks said in the statement. "We will have to live with new construction for 40 or 50 years, so let's make it look better."

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