Land-use plans presented by the county have been quite controversial over the years, and updates to the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan has proven no different. That's what we applaud the actions county planning staff is taking to make sure residents are getting ample opportunity to comment and ask questions about the growth strategy.
Continuing the Obama administration's push to launch a U.S. offshore wind industry, federal officials announced Wednesday that they'll auction off the rights next month to build turbines off Maryland's coast.
Baltimore Housing has launched a marketing campaign for a selected group of so called "eclectic" properties, in an effort to highlight the value hidden in the sea of roughly 1,000 vacants listed for sale.
Several development issues remain on the Fallston community's radar, including a proposed commercial site at Route 1 and Milton Avenue and apartments slated for the historic Mt. Soma Farm near Route 1 and the Bel Air Bypass.
Harford County residents can often be seen speaking out against major development projects that are slated for their communities, but a local advocate for "responsible land use" stressed that residents must make their voices heard well before a specific project is proposed and plans are drawn up.
The new plan would concentrate 2,100 residential units, a 250-key hotel, 203,000 square-feet of retail, up to 4,360 parking spaces and 225,000 square-feet of civic uses – which would include a new county library, state-of-the-art swim center, conference center and concert hall – directly south of Merriweather Post Pavilion. In addition, the developer also plans to build 1,125,000 square feet of general and medical office space in three plots west of the pavilion.
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed state budget would be balanced in part with funds shifted from programs meant to buy parkland and protect farmland from development. Conservationists say the move short-changes land preservation, which they note has been a priority of the O'Malley administration.
Preliminary plans to build a hotel, at least 400 apartment units, retail and office space on approximately 23 acres of land on downtown Columbia's crescent property will be revealed at a pre-submission community meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Howard Community College.
Baltimore planners want to design corridors along mass transit stations where individuals and families can live, shop and commute without having to get behind the wheel of a car — part of a proposal to modernize the city.
Boarded-up and falling down, hundreds of Baltimore's vacant and blighted rowhouses are scheduled for demolition in the coming months in a stepped-up effort to rid the city of its most visible sign of decades of urban decay.
The Historical Society of Harford County and the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation will host a screening of the award winning documentary film "Greenfire" this Friday, Aug. 16th, at 7 p.m. at the society's headquarters in Bel Air.
The two-story mural on a north Baltimore house is the work of the city's "Wall Hunters," a group made of artists and a housing activist seeking to publicly shame absentee landlords and elected officials into addressing the issue of vacant homes. The visual vigilantes, who have put up about a dozen murals across the city the summer, risk trespassing and vandalism arrests because they act without the owners' knowledge or consent.
By By Justin George, Ian Duncan and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun
I hope everyone had a Happy Fourth of July as America celebrated her 237th birthday. As families enjoyed cookouts and fireworks, here's hoping they remembered America's past, including our Founding Fathers with the vision for a free country, and all the immigrants who sacrificed everything to travel to a new country for a better way of life.
Baltimore Free Farm, a Hampden-based organization that does urban farming and community gardening, has been running community gardens on Ash Street in Hampden, but now, the city wants to sell two of the lots that the group uses. Baltimore Free Farm iscomplaining about the sale, but has also put in a bid to buy those lots.
With plans to demolish 1,500 vacant houses in the next three years, Baltimore officials and the few remaining residents in largely vacant blocks are beginning the early stages of the most delicate of relationships.
As I have listened to the debate about the development of SW it has been pointed out that the plan must conform to the Howard County Planning Board input "passed but don't touch the trees." I find this very touching! Because I have seen the HC Planning Board pass plans that have stripped sites of 80 to 90 percent of their trees at Robinson Nature Center, Riverdale development and Gateway.
The Greater Homewood Community Corp. Neighborhood Institute shows how to make north-central Baltimore a better place to live. Topics on Saturday include using outdoor murals to make communities more attractive. We need cover and jump photo of Karen Stokes, executive director, standing in front of outdoor murals at Waverly Giant store. Also need a mural with passersby.
In its Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan, Harford County hopes to add recreational opportunities and facilities to meet the needs of the public, provide and healthy opportunities for county residents, acquire additional land for recreation purposes and incorporate sustainable development and conservation practices, the county's parks and rec director told members of the Darlington/Dublin Community Council at their meeting Wednesday night
The Darlington/ Dublin Community Council will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Conowingo Visitors Center. Arden McClune will give a presentation on the Parks & Rec Element of the Master Land Use Plan. The March meeting will feature Erin Ferriter, who will discuss sustainability programs in Harford County.
This Howard County movie has played before: the County Council considering laws to restrict rural land development, farmers staging a tractor parade protesting an attack on their property values, public officials saying preservation efforts would only push land owners into the arms of developers.
The new Aberdeen Corporate Park promises 269,000 square feet of LEED-certified office space off of Route 22. But defense contractors have been slow to set up shop at this and many other office projects in and around Aberdeen.
Whenever the bulldozers start plowing through farmland or forest, and the people living nearby are unaware something was in the works, it becomes a big issue in the neighborhood, albeit at a time when it's a little late in the game.