Saving paradise from a parking lot

NeighborSpace has nine properties within the Urban Rural Demarcation Line, a line that separates Baltimore County into two pieces, an area closer to the city that has the infrastructure for development and a rural area that does not, helping to keep it for lower density residential development and agricultural use.

The line was established in 1967, according to a history of master planning in Baltimore County, to help manage growth while protecting the county's natural and agricultural resources.

Though the land between the URDL and the city makes up only 30 percent of the county's total area, it contains 90 percent of the county's population, according to a release from NeighborSpace.

According to a release from NeighborSpace, "Baltimore County has two distinct land management areas, an urban area bordering Baltimore City, where the provision of public water and sewer infrastructure is an incentive to development, and a rural area that lacks this infrastructure, in order to discourage development."

The Baltimore County branch of NeighborSpace started in 2002 and gained its nonprofit status in 2005.

"Our vision is that Baltimore County's established neighborhoods will preserve their green open space, creating more attractive and sustainable communities, and providing for cleaner air, water and natural areas," according to the group's website of NeighborSpace.

The nine properties in the county it wants to remain undeveloped are:

• Branchwood Preserve in Pikesville – 1 acre

• East Pennsylvania Avenue in East Towson - .5 acres

• Greenbrier Memorial Garden in Towson – .03 acres

• Gwynn Oak Avenue in Woodlawn – .28 acres

• Hampton Lane Pocket Park in Towson – 1 acre

• Reilman Lane Park in Carney — .5 acres

• Robin Hill Road in Lochearn – 1.5 acres

• Tollgate Wyndham Preserve in Owings Mills – 7 acres

• Volz Neighborhood Park in White Marsh – 14 acres

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