As the Baltimore Sun reports, the problem might lie in Baltimore County’s open space waiver fee system. To avoid providing open spaces in their development projects, developers can pay a fee, which goes to open spaces elsewhere. But it’s not just that developers can opt out of incorporating open spaces into their projects, “in the heart of Towson,” reports the Baltimore Sun, “those fees are often minimal or nothing at all.”
Some groups already feel the lack. The Towson Recreational Council told the Sun that they’re stuck renting field space from private schools for their programs because Towson has so little.
There’s no consensus in the County Council as to what should be done. Some want the rules to stay exactly as they are. Others want them to change, but they haven’t all revealed specific plans yet.
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