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Marks: Land Transfer to Protect Honeygo Wooded Property

The Baltimore County Council approved a transfer that will produce a net gain of about three acres of parkland for Perry Hall.

On Monday, July 2, the Baltimore County Council approved a land transfer that will allow the county to acquire a large wooded property next to the Maryland Fish and Game Protective Association, as well as a small parcel next to the Perry Hall public library. Both parcels are situated along Honeygo Boulevard. 

With this transfer, Baltimore County will create an almost-uninterrupted chain of forests and parks from Joppa View Elementary School to Joppa Road.

The larger piece is a triangular property adjacent to the Maryland State Fish and Game Protective Association and Honeygo Park. It includes 10.8 acres of environmentally sensitive, forested property. It was once the proposed site for a gymnasium, and construction of an access road had started off Honeygo  Boulevard. That land, seen to the right, will now be added to Honeygo Park and protected from all future development. 

The second piece is a rectangular, 1.2 acre property immediately south of the Perry Hall library. A committee I appointed has recommended a playground and ampitheatre at that site. 

The county will trade 9.3 of land with a developer to acquire the 12-acre sites. 

I supported this plan because there was a net gain of parkland for the residents of Perry Hall; because the plan preserves a particularly sensitive area from development; and because the transfer was supported by local community organizations, including the Tremper Farms and Northgate Hall homeowners associations.

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Paul Amirault July 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Two party trade - developer purchased the Sokol property and exchanged it and a 2.36 acre parcel next to library for the County owned property. County wins - developer wins. Good deal for both. Good job by Councilman Marks.
Steve Redmer July 07, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Thanks for the info Paul...and do you know if the property that the county traded the county-owned land west of Cross Road/ between Honeygo & Forge?
Paul Amirault July 07, 2012 at 02:05 PM
The County owned acreage next to the library and behind the corn field. Thus property that separated the corn field from the homes on Forge Road. At the PH Rec Council we thought we could use it for a future gymnasium, but it was too narrow. With the trade we have the real possibility of a playground (similar to Annie's in Harford County and an amphitheater for summer concerts) immediately adjacent to the library.
Steve Redmer July 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Can somebody help me, I'm kinda confused as to why this Land Swap is a good thing for Perry Hall... If what we want is to stop development, and preserve open spaces, then why is trading county-owned land to a developer celebrated as a success? Isn't it pretty much assured that a Developer will build homes on this property? If what we want is to preserve open spaces, why wouldn't we just designate the land the county already owns as open space? I looked at the zoning map, and it seems to me that the 9.3 property that the county traded to the developer is zoned at DR 3.5, which means roughly 30 new homes could be built on Cross Rd. The 10.6 acre property that we got in the trade is zoned DR 1, and it was stated that it is environmentally "Sensitive"...so at a maximum how many homes could have been built?? by property size I would say 10 homes max, but I would assume that there would be environmental restriction if it is "Sensitive"...so realistically it would be less than 10 homes so what did we get? a net gain of 2 acres? 3 acres?
Steve Redmer July 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Is 3 acres of "Extra" open space worth having 30 Brand new homes, in a brand new development really worth it? that's an extra burden on traffic, infrastructure, water, sewer...not to mention our over-crowded schools... Couldn't we have just kept the 9.3 acres, preserved it as open space and called it a day? Do you really think developers would have been salivating over that 10 acre lot? zoned DR 1? in an environmentally sensitive area? doesn't sound like a whole lot of profit incentive to me...

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