Roland Park residents are planning to rally at City Hall today to urge City Council members to adjust zoning to limit the number of homes any future developer could build on property now owned by the Baltimore Country Club.
The Council’s Land Use and Transportation Committee is holding a public meeting at 5 p.m. in council chambers to hear testimony about Transform Baltimore, a citywide rezoning process.
No votes will be taken at the meeting, but members of the Roland Park Civic League and others say they are planning to go to the hearing to encourage council members to limit zoning on a 32-acre parcel that is owned by the country club and stretches from Falls Road to the organization’s clubhouse.
City planners have recommended open space zoning of R-1-E, which allows one home for every 9,000 square feet of the land. The Civic League is asking for the land to be zoned R-1-D, which allows one home for every 14,420 square feet. Current zoning is R-1, which allows one home for every 7,300 square feet.
This week, Civic League President Ian MacFarlane sent an “urgent” email message to members of the community organization, asking them to contact their elected representatives about the rezoning decision. He warned that the R-1-E zoning would permit “well more than 100 homes” on the land, whereas R-1-D zoning would permit half that number.
Laurie Feinberg, assistant director of the city planning department, said staffers have estimated that a homebuilder could get approximately 52 homes on the Baltimore Country Club property with R-1-E zoning, not more than 100, because the land slopes, some portions of it cannot be built on, and roads would take up part of the property, leaving less land for home sites.
The council is expected to take final action on the rezoning effort next month.
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