Council vote limits development potential at Green Spring Station

A vote by the Baltimore County Council on Monday will bar new development at Green Spring Station in Lutherville for the near future.

Developers cannot build near intersections graded "F" under the county's "basic services maps," which identify deficiencies in public infrastructure throughout the county. The council approved the maps Monday.

The intersection of West Joppa and Falls roads near Green Spring Station — which has shops, restaurants and offices — had been labeled failing for about a decade, and the planning board recommended "F" again this year. But the county Department of Public Works measured traffic there in late March, bumping the grade up to "D." Some residents questioned the accuracy and timing of the test, and on Monday the council approved an amendment by Councilwoman Vicki Almond that keeps the "F" recommendation in place.

The amendment by Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat, is also meant to ensure that the county tests three intersections in the area simultaneously when school is in session.

Council members also approved an amendment by Councilman David Marks that he said would allow a vacant property near the intersection of Loch Raven Boulevard and East Joppa Road in Parkville to be redeveloped, even though that intersection is considered failing. He said the property is about equal distance between the failing intersection and one that received a passing grade.

Marks said he discussed the amendment with four community groups, and none opposed the change.

"It is a derelict site that needs to be redeveloped," said Marks, a Perry Hall Republican.

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