A new planning process,
the Green Network Plan, gets underway in Baltimore this spring. The Green Network Plan will be a
collective vision for Baltimore to revitalize communities by creating an
interconnected system of greenspaces throughout the city. The planning process
will bring together City agencies, residents, neighborhood partners and
Baltimore businesses to transform vacant properties into community assets such
as recreation areas, trails and urban gardens. By targeting resources towards
areas of blight and underinvestment, the Plan will increase opportunity, create
safe and healthy spaces, and support economic development.
The Department of Planning has selected
a multi-disciplinary consultant team to lend specialized planning assistance to
the effort. This team of locally based consultants will be led by environmental
planning firm Biohabitats. The consultant team also includes team members from the firms of Floura
Teeter, Advanced Placemaking, Living Design Lab, and Toole Design Group. Together,
they will apply their knowledge of environmental planning; park and open space
planning; pedestrian and bicycle planning; land use and real estate analysis;
and social equity analysis to developing Baltimore's Green Network Plan.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and
Director Thomas J. Stosur will be kicking off the project in April by convening the first meeting of the project’s Leadership Team. The Leadership
Team is comprised of Mayoral staff, City agency directors, community leaders,
non-profit partners, and state and federal agency representatives.
Later this spring, the project team will begin working with stakeholder groups in the community to identify project goals and community needs. Department staff will be attending upcoming community events and meetings, including Strong City Baltimore’s Neighborhood Institute on April 16th, and the Commission on Sustainability Town Hall on April 19th, to provide more information about the project and engage residents in the planning process. Community residents will play a key role in shaping the Plan.
The final Plan will be a vision for vibrant green open spaces and corridors connecting the entire city and laying the foundation for the revitalization of some of Baltimore's most challenged neighborhoods.
For more information on on The Green Network Plan, contact:
Amy Gilder-Busatti at 410-396-4369 or email@example.com.
Baltimore City Housing is collaborating with other agencies to prevent Baltimore homeowners from losing their homes during the annual tax sale process.
Low income homeowners earning less than $60,000 per year may be eligible for the State of Maryland’s Homeowners Property Tax Credit. This tax credit limits a homeowner’s tax liability and can prevent a household from losing their home.
Homeowners with outstanding City bills should take immediate action to address the problem. The last day that a property owner can avoid having their property listed for tax sale is April 29.
Owners may get assistance by calling:
Baltimore City Division of Aging and CARE Services’ Maryland Access Point: 410-396-2273
Baltimore City Community Action Program: 410-545-1511
Baltimore homeowners can also access assistance at: www.taxsalehelpbaltimore.org
If you are behind on your property taxes or your water bill, legal help is available from the Pro-Bono Resource Center of Maryland. For more information on dates, click on the flyer below.