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Baltimore County Council members attempt to protect parks in rezoning process

Baltimore County Council members attempt to protect parks in rezoning process

When the white signs started going up on parks and playgrounds in Baltimore County, the phones started ringing in County Council offices.

All seven council members are using a new maneuver to try to protect public parks and open spaces from being developed during the county's once-every-four-years rezoning process. But many residents have been confused by the rezoning signs and the official notification letters, and in some cases, council members say, they have spread incorrect information about the future of the parks.

"We've received a lot of calls," said Councilman Todd Crandell, a Dundalk Republican. "A lady came up to me in church asking me to explain...

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