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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1995
Their roads are snarled, their schools are overcrowded and their patience is wearing thin. So more than two dozen Eldersburg area residents decided last night that now is the time do something about it. "We needroll.The citizens' group invited representatives of other south county organizations to join them in finding a way to curb the rapid commercial and residential development that has transformed the Eldersburg area from a rural outpost into a full-fledged suburb.Last night, Mr. Hughes and others vowed to push county leaders to implement community planning councils so that residents can have a direct effect on when and where development can occur.
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September 22, 2014
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sept. 15 for Chapel Springs, a new senior community to be built behind the Safeway at the Perry Hall Marketplace Shopping Center. The project includes 127 one- and two-bedroom apartments with a range of affordable units.   Tenants will be seniors aged 62 years and older.  The $23 million project will include a multipurpose community room, health suite, billiards and game room, internet cafe, fitness room, beauty salon, outdoor patio and dog park.
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By Staff Reports | August 16, 2011
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced Tuesday the formal consolidation of two community planning and support offices in county government that will now fall under one director - Andrea Van Arsdale, who was named as the county's director of planning in April. Kamenetz said the merger combines the former Office of Community Conservation with the Office of Planning, while eliminating one director and one senior staff level position through attrition. The new agency will be known simply as the Department of Planning.
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February 26, 2014
Kudos, once again, to Craig Witzke. I moved to Baltimore, 27 years ago, to start a distribution/construction business. By accident, I ended up living in Catonsville; it was the town at the end of I-70. I never regretted that decision. It is a wonderful community of which I am very proud to a member, even if I'm not really considered a Catonsvillian by some. I've never met anyone that cared for and did as much for Catonsville as Craig Witzke.  I am honored to have called him a friend for nearly 20 years.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2001
Finksburg residents would like the state to change their planning designation from a community planning area (CPA) to a rural village to be eligible for farmland preservation grants and other money. It sounds like semantics but, for many residents, the difference is vital to maintaining quality of life in the unincorporated area along Route 140. Residents have said a community planning area is an invitation to development. "Rural village designation would free up state rural legacy funds to preserve farms in Finksburg," said Neil Ridgely, spokesman for the Finksburg Planning Area Council, referring to state money used to preserve land with historic, environmental and agricultural significance.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | January 8, 1997
A South Carroll citizens' group will ask the planning commission tonight to reject a county plan and instead adopt its proposal for greater public participation in the county's development review process.The citizens' group, which represents 17 neighborhood and business associations, wants the Planning and Zoning Commission to choose its proposal, rather than one the commission will receive tonight from Franklin Schaeffer, chief of the Bureau of Development Review.The government plan -- first aired in a meeting last month of the County Commissioners, county planners and members of the county Economic Development Commission -- would allow public participation at Subdivision Advisory Committee meetings when concept or preliminary plans are reviewed.
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July 1, 1997
FINKSBURG IS a prime area for economic growth in Carroll County, lying along Route 140 next to Baltimore County and near the Interstate 795 spur of the Baltimore Beltway. The county commissioners are considering rezoning land in that area for a 530-acre industrial park, part of an intensive effort to boost the business tax base.But Finksburg is still mostly a community of single-family homes and open fields, and highway businesses that serve local residents.The transformation would greatly affect the lives of residents who fear that Finksburg would become, as one homeowner put it, "the service entrance of Carroll County."
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff writer | October 11, 1992
Architecture critic and historian Kenneth Frampton will kick off the fall lecture series of the University of Maryland's School of Architecture with an address Wednesday at 7 p.m.Mr. Frampton will be followed by Peter Eisenman, Oct. 23; Richard Meier, Oct. 28, Michael Graves, Nov. 4, and Charles Gwathmey, Nov. 11. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the School of Architecture auditorium and are free and open to the public.Community planningNorman Krumholz, professor of urban affairs at Cleveland State University and past president of the American Planning Association, will deliver the third annual Carl N. Ruskin Lecture on community planning Tuesday at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1997
Since its founding six months ago, the Freedom Area Community Planning Council has asked for a voice in planning South Carroll, the county's second most populous area, with nearly one-third of all new development.Members have testified before the Planning and Zoning Commission and taken their case to the County Commissioners. As a result, the county planning department drafted a proposal this month that would allow public input at its Subdivision Advisory Committee meetings, an early step in the development review process.
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By DARREN M. ALLEN and DARREN M. ALLEN,SUN STAFF | October 6, 1995
Agreeing that residents often are left out of the loop when it comes to development, the county planning commission last night agreed to study neighborhood-based planning councils."
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 2, 2013
A continuing care retirement community with as many as 700 living units and another 120-160 single family homes are being proposed for what is one the few large undeveloped properties left on the east side of Bel Air. According to a concept plan filed with the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning, the continuing care retirement community will be affiliated with Presbyterian Home of Maryland, a Towson-based nonprofit that abandoned a...
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Ian Kennedy's short walk to lunch from his office in Columbia's Town Center takes him through shopping mall parking lots and a parking garage - or along a sidewalk where lampposts block the way. It's enough to make him feel that as a pedestrian in a car-centric community, he's in an "alien environment. ... A man on the moon, there are times you feel that way. Almost like you're trespassing," he said. Perhaps that's not what Columbia founder James W. Rouse had in mind in his quest to create a new breed of city to nurture the human spirit.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
K. Hovnanian Homes is planning to develop a community of townhomes in Dundalk on the land that used to be the North Point Drive-In theater, which closed three decades ago, and more recently served as an outdoor flea market. The 108-unit development will be called The Townes at North point, according to St. John Properties Inc., which in partnership with N.P. Investment LLC, sold K. Hovnanian the 11-acre parcel of land at 4001 North Point Boulevard for $2 million. K. Hovnanian, one of the nation's largest home builders, plans to break ground on The Townes later this year.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2012
Columbia will develop by June a vision for a network of interconnected pathways that will allow residents to ditch their vehicles and use nearly 100 miles of trails to walk, bike or run to their destinations. Some 130 community members turned out this week to a couple of public meetings to provide feedback to the Toole Design Group as the Hyattsville-based engineering firm drafts the "Active Transportation Action Agenda" to coincide with Howard County's forthcoming bicycle master plan.
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By Staff Reports | August 16, 2011
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced Tuesday the formal consolidation of two community planning and support offices in county government that will now fall under one director - Andrea Van Arsdale, who was named as the county's director of planning in April. Kamenetz said the merger combines the former Office of Community Conservation with the Office of Planning, while eliminating one director and one senior staff level position through attrition. The new agency will be known simply as the Department of Planning.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2011
Fort Howard, the once-bustling military hub on a Baltimore County peninsula, saw its last major activity end nearly a decade ago, when the veterans hospital there closed in 2002. Aside from a still-operating outpatient clinic, the 95-acre expanse has been left to time and the elements, and today is a rundown, desolate site — if one with stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay and the Patapsco River. But if plans by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which owns the site, and private developers come through, Fort Howard will become a veterans community with mixed-income housing, health care and amenities such as restaurants and museums.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2001
Ellicott City activists want a plan to call their own. Sure, the community of 50,000 is mentioned in Howard County's recently updated General Plan, a guide to managing growth and other issues over the next 20 years. But the General Plan is, well, general. "It's definitely a big-picture document," said Marsha McLaughlin, deputy director of the Department of Planning and Zoning. Community association leaders envision an Ellicott City master plan with specific goals and suggestions - ones tailor-made for an area with small-parcel development pressures, traffic problems and the U.S. 40 commercial strip.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | May 14, 1995
County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann and zoning officials are looking for a few good citizens to join seven new community planning councils that are forming this month.Members of the councils -- all volunteers -- will represent the needs, concerns and interests of their individual communities in the planning and zoning process, particularly as Harford County begins to revise its 1988 master land-use plan and implement comprehensive rezoning later this year.Last year, Mrs. Rehrmann chose three communities to form "pilot" councils.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2011
Baltimore County police have named the 18-year-old charged with beating a transgender woman at Rosedale McDonald's, amid demands from some community members that the incident be investigated as a hate crime. Teonna Monae Brown of the 2000 block of Kelbourne Road in Rosedale was charged in the attack on Chrissy Lee Polis. The incident was videotaped and went viral online late last week, with hundreds of thousands of views on various websites. The video shows Polis, 22, being kicked and punched in the head by two people until she appears to have a seizure.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | March 13, 2009
Land-use plans that officials consider crucial to the future of two Baltimore County communities are likely to be delayed or scaled back until the county Office of Planning completes its mandatory comprehensive master plan. The queue for various community plans, including Middle River and Rosewood in Owings Mills, is growing so long that one Planning Board member suggested last week that the office accept no more requests until the 2010 completion of the master plan. The board delayed action on that recommendation.
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