Developers in some parts of northeastern
The bill, set for a vote next month, would ban new "panhandle lots" in
Panhandle lots feature long driveways and let developers fit new construction onto existing lots that would ordinarily have only one property, Marks said.
"They're often unpopular for people in existing communities," Marks said, because they increase density.
Banning such lots was a recommendation of the Carney-Cub Hill-Parkville Area Community Plan, a nonbinding set of proposals developed by community and business leaders and adopted by the County Council in 2010.
The lots are barred in the South Perry Hall growth area, Marks said. They are allowed in Perry Hall's Honeygo district and in Middle River only under certain circumstances, he said.
Also Monday, Marks introduced a bill to allow mountain biking around Loch Raven Reservoir. The reservoir is owned by Baltimore City but is located in Baltimore County, and recreational use has been a source of dispute between the two. Cyclists have faced fines from the city for riding there. A vote is set for May.
In addition, council members also voted unanimously to give the public five extra days' notice for zoning hearings and to require such notices to be posted on the county website.
The bill — sponsored by Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat, as well as Marks, Huff and
In other council action, members also unanimously approved a bill by Huff that is meant to prevent casinos from being built at the state fairgrounds in