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Mayor Announces Zoning Overhaul

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a complete revamping of the city’s zoning regulations “to update and simplify the city’s outdated zoning code while promoting economic growth,” according to the two-page release her staff handed out at the October 22nd council meeting.

The introduction for the bill ran half a page; the bill itself: 344 pages. The mayor promises “lots of community engagement” in the coming months. “The first priority of our zoning code should be to promote growth in Baltimore,” she said.

The new rules supposedly will cut red tape “by peeling away layers of requirements that create obstacles to good development and investment.”

As is the mayor’s style, the new zoning code has a catchy name: “TransForm Baltimore.”

The Planning Commission will hold hearings to tweak the document, after which the city council is expected to hold hearings as well before amending and then voting.

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