Dear Neighbors- as 2019 draws to a close and the new year approaches, the Roland Park Civic League (RPCL) wishes to update our members and residents on several important local land use issues.
1. On Friday, December 20, 2019 a ruling by the Baltimore City Circuit Court vacated Baltimore City Ordinance 2017-037, a planned urban development (PUD) for the Overlook at Roland Park. This decision remands the matter to Baltimore’s Mayor and City Council for further consideration. While some media headlines imply this means the project will not be built, that still remains to be decided. Linked here are the related legal documents: a brief Order and lengthy Memorandum Opinion.
2. A local developer is currently in negotiations to acquire the commercial portion of the Village at Cross Keys and seeking our community’s support for their plans there.
3. This fall, Baltimore Country Club (BCC) members were invited by management to participate in focus groups revisiting future options for their Roland Park Campus. Results have not yet been shared publicly, but are anticipated in 2020. The RPCL collaborates on this matter with the Roland Park Community Foundation, who serve as the lead advocate for preserving this prominent open space, including the possibility of acquiring the land for public use.
More details on each of the above will be shared at our next regular monthly Board Meeting scheduled Wednesday evening 7-9pm, January 8, 2020 in the basement community room of Roland Park Presbyterian, 4801 Roland Avenue at Upland Rd. In order for us to honor the confidentiality agreement between the potential Cross Keys developer and the current owners, our January meeting will be restricted to Roland Park residents and closed to the press.
Please watch for ongoing communications concerning these matters and more on the RPCL website, social media , by subscribing to our e-letter and by contacting your plat representatives and officers who are committed to representing you.
Bob Connors, President
Roland Park Civic League