The preservation of Lutherville, one of Baltimore County's oldest settlements, received a boost yesterday when the county planning board accepted a blueprint to guide development in the community.
It outlines recommendations on maintaining the neighborhood's historic district, studying traffic woes, encouraging more open space and monitoring commercial projects within the residential area.
"It's not the end-all, be-all in itself," said Eric Rockel, president of the Lutherville Community Association. But it is a start in getting the county to look at issues faced by the community, he said.
The plan is subject to the approval of the the County Council, but if adopted, it will be a guide to the community association, residents and businesses.
"The objective is to provide a framework to allow reasonable development in the future and retain Lutherville as a nice residential area," said Bob Vaughan, owner of Twin Gates Bed and Breakfast.
The community's historic district -- several streets of stately Victorian homes -- is listed on the National Historic Register and as a Baltimore County Historic District. The community, founded in 1852, includes other neighborhoods, some featuring pre-20th century American architectural styles such as Federal and Georgian.
"Because of our ideal location with good access to the Beltway and I-83 and downtown Baltimore, it generated pressure to develop lots for higher density usage," said Mr. Vaughan, adding that the community plan will limit development.
The central location also has led to increased traffic through neighborhood streets, triggering concern that some roads, including Seminary Avenue, will become busy thoroughfares like York Road. The community plan calls for a transportation study.