Support Carney Improvement Association to preserve quality of life

October 18, 2011

Councilman David Marks has stood with the citizens of Carney in refusing to introduce a planned unit development (PUD) for the former Bill Bateman property located north of the Harford and Northwind roads intersection in Cub Hill. This is the last property south of the URDL (Urban Rural Demarction Line). This decision was an important one.

Marks told me about the PUD and the meeting of the Northwind Townhomes Home Owners Association (HOA) and I attended the meeting with permission of HOA. The PUD proposed by Kirby as presented to the HOA board was to build 160 apartments on the site. You may recall that Kirby was the builder for the proposed PUD in Cockeysville. Councilman Todd Huff also sided with the community and did not introduce that PUD.

The PUD process is one that allows developers to operate outside the regular development process. The development process typically gives citizens the ability to monitor the development from proposal to completion. The PUD process is intended to increase quality-of-life in a community, and is supposed to be of some benefit to the community. In Baltimore County, however, PUDs have been used many times to increase density without engaging true community input and without real benefit to the community.

This Kirby PUD proposal is a good example. Rather than contacting the Carney Improvement Association (CIA), which is the community association or the Greater Parkville Community Council (the umbrella group for the Parkville corridor),Kirby called on only one adjacent homeowners association, the Northwind Townhomes HOA.

This was done despite Councilman Marks giving Kirby the contact information for Carney Improvement Association. This is the second time that this approach has been taken.

You may recall that a PUD was introduced several years ago by Marks' predecessor, Councilman Vince Gardina for townhouses on the former Bateman property. That builder also limited his contact to the Northwind Townhomes HOA. However, Ruth Baisden found out about the meeting and inserted the input of the Greater Parkville Community Council and advised Carney Improvement Association so that broad community input could occur.

We are about trying to preserve the quality-of-life in Carney and Cub Hill and for all communities within our boundaries. We are already challenged by being the "crossroads" of Baltimore County. "Crossroads" is a nice way of saying that our community roads are used by drivers from north and east of Carney to avoid using highways (such as I-95, I-695, and Joppa Road.)

Our next meeting of Carney Improvement Association will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 at Carney Elementary School. Our program will be Law and Order in Carney; Baltimore County State's Attorney and Captain Tom Busch will be presenters. We need your support to keep the quality-of-life in Carney.

Check out our website at http://www.carneymaryland.

Meg O'Hare, president

Carney Improvement Association

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