Monday, June 14, 2010
"Zoning for Zucchini" was the headline in today's print edition of the Baltimore Sun. It's been nearly 40 years since Baltimore revised its zoning code. The new zoning code anticipates a greener, more sustainable Baltimore by promoting open space. The new code will further develop the recent enactment of an open space zoning district, allowing public and private parks and gardens to be dedicated to passive and active recreational uses. Student attorneys from the University of Baltimore Community Development Clinic researched and advocated for the creation of the original open space zoning district. Prior to the change, Baltimore's public parks were zoned for residential use. The new zone offers community garden advocates an interesting conservation alternative to a perpetual conservation easement, a device that may not be appropriate for an urban neighborhood setting. For more information about "right-sizing" America's older cities, check out this report from the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.