Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The NEW Baltimore City Draft Zoning Code


In the name of sustainable living, I post an awful lot about growing and making your own food, with the occasional post about zines, bikes, and community activism thrown in.

But after reading the recent Urbanite article where architect Witold Rybczynski talks about urban planning, I'm realizing that city zoning codes are the hidden gears behind our daily life.

Looks like I'm going to have to do some reading on Jane Jacobs!

This realization lined up perfectly with an email that landed in my inbox a short while ago from the Baltimore Office of Sustainability.

It turns out that the city is looking for citizen involvement to help plan the new zoning codes. They posted their main objectives and are asking for comments on their new website. It's quite pretty!

www.rewritebaltimore.org


The new code outlines a more transparent and predictable process – one that simplifies and clarifies. It is shorter, more readable – using plain language and defines all terms – and easier to understand.

Some of the goals include maintaining the character of local neighborhoods through architecture, improving public transportation, greener landscapes, a strong commercial area downtown, and support for mixed use spaces.

The Baltimore Sun even wrote an article that the new code could be a boon to community gardens. ("City Farms Could Flourish Under New Zoning Code")

The always informative Baltidome was way ahead of me on scooping this sustainability issue. They posted a link to a smartplanet.com article about Tom Stosur's new plans to make Baltimore a more sustainable city.

(Tom Stosur is the director of the Baltimore City Department of Planning).

This question appears at the end of the article:

What about chickens?

The whole chicken thing is a growing issue. [As we rewrite the code] this would be the time to address that issue as well.


I'm liking the sounds of this new zoning code so far!

Here is the link if you'd like to comment on the new code.

If you'd like to attend one of the Open Houses:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28TH, 2010
5:30-7pm
Department of Planning Open House
417 East Fayette Street, 8th floor

MONDAY, AUGUST 16TH, 2010
5:30-7pm
Department of Planning Open House
417 East Fayette Street, 8th floor

To review the draft code and to comment on the zoning text, visit www.rewritebaltimore.org

Copies are also available at the reference desk in all Enoch Pratt Libraries.

4 comments:

EnvisionBaltimore said...

"I'm realizing that city zoning codes are the hidden gears behind our daily life."

Indeed they are! That's why I'm studying it. :)

EnvisionBaltimore said...

^^^ Chris

************* said...

Hey http://envisionbaltimore.org/! I'm now signed up for your email list too :)

楊儀卉 said...

這不過是滑一跤,並不是死掉而爬不起來了。..................................................

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