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Our mission is to work together with neighboring associations to promote the responsible and sustainable development of Gerst Farm. We seek modifications to the proposed PUD plan.

Councilman David Marks said he is asking for changes to the proposed development near the Honeygo Village Center.
By Elizabeth Janney, Patch Staff 
Feb 7, 2020 6:06 pm ET


In THE AVENUE NEWS dated August 26, 2016 

Councilman David Marks comments on the then proposed STRAWBRIDGE COMMONS being built by Lennar Homes:
"This development is consistent with the Honeygo Plan that concentrates density near the village center, and the higher-end housing will have less of an impact on schools than a traditional project,” said District 5 County Councilman David Marks, who represents Perry Hall.

                                                                                           .......  BUT ........
The Gerst farm development proposed by Elm Street is just that, a high-density, traditional townhome project. Our current school system is already stressed. New home development before there are schools built to accommodate the influx of new students means our children will pay the price. We will not allow developers and big business to make hefty profits while passing the cost on to our children in the form of school overcrowding and sub-standard education. People before profits! 

Marks blocks high density at Gerst Road Farm
By COUNCILMAN DAVID MARKS Fifth District. Jun 25, 2015

On Tuesday, June 16, I informed the Perry Hall Improvement Association that I will block a Planned Unit Development at the Gerst Farm in Perry Hall. A developer had proposed dozens of townhouses and single-family homes here, a massive increase over the current zoning.
You may recall that in the 1990s, Baltimore County attempted to obtain this property for a park; the family insisted it would remain a farm. Now, there is interest in developing it.
While I respect property rights, I cannot support a massive overdevelopment of this farm that will strain Gerst Road and impact Glenside Farms and Honeygo Village Center in this manner. I will block any townhouses, condominiums, and apartments from being built here. The zoning will remain the same until at least the 2016 rezoning cycle.

​Here is the actual link: https://www.avenuenews.com/news/local/marks-blocks-high-density-at-gerst-road-farm/article_111ea7ac-cae9-5888-991c-bac1e4330442.html

PERRY HALL, MD — The day after developers presented Perry Hall residents with their plans for a 317-home community on the Gerst farm property, Councilman David Marks has rejected the proposal in its current form. He issued a statement saying that he had heard from the community about the development and was also concerned.
Elm Street proposed building 138 villas, 64 luxury townhouses and 115 townhouses on the 48-acre property. While the developers said they planned to market the property to those 55 and up, there were no restrictions in place that would ensure the homes would be for older adults who would not necessarily bring more children to already overcrowded schools.
"I share the community's concerns about school overcrowding and the overall density of this development," Marks said in a statement.

Marks said he has asked the developer to provide a "better plan for the property" that "reflects the concerns" residents raised at Thursday night's community input meeting in White Marsh.
Specifically, the councilman said he is asking the developers to do the following:

  • Reduce the proposed number of homes to include "far fewer units"
  • Add deed restrictions so housing marketed as 55-plus may only be owned by older adults
  • Dedicate a large section of the property near the Honeygo Village Center to public parkland to be given to Baltimore County

"In 2016, I downzoned this property to allow for more time for Honeygo Elementary School and the new northeastern middle school to be built," Marks said.
At the community meeting Thursday, the PTO president of Honeygo Elementary said that the new school was nearing capacity, and the feeder for the proposed development was Chapel Hill Elementary, which was over capacity.

​"I would like to thank the residents of Perry Hall who passionately voiced their perspective on this development," Marks said. "I will continue to look out for their interests.