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In 2016 CZMP, Councilman Todd Crandell reduced the former Fort Howard Veterans Administration Medical Center zoning density from from  DR-5.5 (5 1/2 houses per acre) to DR-1 ( one house per acre) .

This 2020 Baltimore County Comprehensive Zoning Mapping Process (CZMP) Fort Howard Community Association articulated to Baltimore County Councilman Todd Crandell,  the Council, and the Planning Department its unwavering support of the 2019 CZMP DR-1 zoning decision, that it is maintained, and the 2020 CZMP  Log Issue 7-015 petition to increase the former medical center zoning to DR-5.5 is DENIED in the following letter..

November 23, 2019

Baltimore County Council

Historic Courthouse

400 Washington Avenue

Towson, Maryland 21204                                               

                                                                            Re:  CZMP Issue Number 7-015 Request

Baltimore County Councilman Todd Crandell, Council Members & Planning Department:

The residents of Fort Howard, Maryland oppose approval of Baltimore County 2020 Comprehensive Mapping Process (CZMP) Log of Issues-District 7 Issue Number 7-015 where petitioner Himmelrich Associates Inc. requests the existing 96.69 acreage DR 1 zoning, located at the  Intersection of Gettysburg and Blank Avenue  (known as the Fort Howard Veterans Administration Property) be changed to DR 5.5; and furthermore, in light of this Issue Number 7-015  public opposition, that the County Council raise a zoning request to the Baltimore County Planning Department on or before Friday November 29, 2019 opposing that CZMP Issue Number 7-015  zoning petition.

Kindly note time is of the essence in this matter as technically the closing date for County Council requests is Friday November 29, 2019, the day after Thanksgiving Holiday, leaving this Monday the 25th, Tuesday the 26th, and Wednesday the 27th time to submit your request.

Thank you in advance for your representation in this CZMP Issue Number 7-015 matter. 

Most respectfully yours,

Scott Pappas

President, FHCA

You can show your  support  maintaining the  DR-1 zoning designation at https://www.change.org/p/planning-baltimorecountymd-gov-fort-howard-va-property-zoning 

Categories: General

2 Comments

Larry DiLegge · November 25, 2019 at 4:56 pm

This zoning change request on this federally owned land will, if passed, forever change the character of thIs beautiful area. Both the adjoining Fort Howard Park, donated to Baltimore County for public use. and North Point State Park with its surrounding agricultural easement lands create one of the last open space corridors in the county for wildlife including being a major mid-Atlantic birding destination. The lease should have been terminated by the VA after the first development fiasco, instead it gets passed on for one developer to another in the hope that the wrong county administration will finally approve it. Back In 2016 the County County reaffirmed the existing DR-1 zoning. I’m waiting to see how our new county administration will view this zoning request: as an opportunity for developers or for the enjoyment of the citizens of this state. Fort Howard should never be redeveloped as residential housing, it’s too important historically and would be an affront to the service men and women who worked and died there.

BILL JOHNS · November 26, 2019 at 9:16 am

IF FORT HOWARD IS DEVELOPED INTO A CROWDED COMMUNITY ,IT WILL BE BECAUSE OF THE GREED OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. JUST LOOK AT SHAWS DISCOVERY. FAMILY SOLD LAND FOR PEANUTS, JOHNNY O AND KAMENENTZ TURNED IT INTO GOLD FOR THEMSELVES………………….

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