Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Updates to the Community Review Panel

 What is the CRP (Harford Road Community Review Panel)?

  • A committee made up of neighborhood and business association representatives 

  • Reviews the development and re-development projects along the Harford Road Corridor as part of the Urban Renewal Plan (URP) - a City Ordinance.

  • The ordinance requires CRP approval on all permits for the corridor,

  • CRP decisions impact zoning & planning outcomes, though limited to providing review and guidance 


What is the URP (Urban Renewal Ordinance - Master Plan)?


  • A Baltimore City ordinance  

  • Defines each zoning area of the Harford Road Corridor from Argonne Drive to Echodale Avenue

  • States the goals and preferences for the mix of businesses in the corridor 

  • Lists the prohibited and conditional uses and design standards for the corridor, which are more specific than the overall zoning code

  • Supersedes the zoning code and is adhered to by Zoning & Planning

  • Any modifications have been passed by City Council: introduced by Councilman Dorsey

  • The process requires community review


Why the URP Update ?


  • In 2017 a new Zoning Code went into effect, 

  • Ordinance needs to align with the new zoning code

  • Items in the URP are outdated &/or duplicated in the new zoning code


Why the URP Update is Important ? 

  • Gives us the opportunity to better reflect the corridor moving forward through zoning criteria & design standards

  • Allows us to 

    • Keep elements of the existing URP that are not in the current zoning code

    • Keep non-permitted uses that are allowed in the zoning code

    • Add new zoning categories and fine tune existing ones 

    • Be more restrictive than the zoning code in certain circumstances


PLEASE LET US KNOW YOUR QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THE UPDATE

PLEASE TELL US WHAT YOU DO/DON’T WANT TO SEE IN THE COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR


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