In 2015, GRIA proposed an ordinance that a number of key corner properties in central areas of the neighborhood be rezoned to business/commercial. This will help us eliminate vacancy and bring more small businesses to Remington. Read below for a history of the master plan process and current status updates.
2008 – 2009
- Community members worked with the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) to create a master plan. Fourteen steering committee/volunteer team meetings and several community workshops focused on planning process, work timeframes and community outreach strategies.
- The steering committee worked with Remington residents, community leaders, and the NDC to document what residents liked about Remington and discuss opportunities to improve the neighborhood.
- Steering committee and NDC held 5 monthly planning sessions that were attended by residents, businesses, local non-profits, faith-based organizations and elected officials.
- April: First draft of the Neighborhood Master Plan was presented to the Remington community. Residents and other stakeholders were given the opportunity to submit comment during a subsequent 30-day comment period.
- July: Second public meeting to review the updates and allow the public to comment during a final 30-day comment period.
- December: GRIA board approval and request to change zoning of 12 corner properties to C1 in Transform Baltimore zoning code. (As of August 2015, Transform Baltimore has still not been adopted, so this change has not taken effect.)
- GRIA’s board drafts ordinance to comprehensively rezone corner properties in the neighborhood from residential to B1-2. (Once Transform Baltimore passes, all B categories will be translated to equivalent C categories, with some updates – view the proposed zoning uses in the “Transform Baltimore Tables” document below).
- Public meeting was held in June and a 30-day outreach period began to facilitate community input and improve turnout at the final July public meeting to review final updates before submission of the Neighborhood Master Plan and the Land Use Study to the Department of Planning for adoption.
- June 2015 general meeting presentation on rezoning: Rezoning to Return Small Business to Remington
- Neighborhood Master Plan and the Land Use Study were approved by the membership at the July 15 meeting.
- Land Use Study - Remington Zoning and Land Use Plan
- Draft Neighborhood Master Plan – Remington Plan Draft June 2015 (a paper copy is also available at Charmington’s to the right of the register)
- Rezoning ordinance is submitted to City Council: To view the ordinance and attachments online, go to https://baltimore.legistar.com/Legislation.aspx and type in the ordinance number (15-0542). They are all linked below:
- Statement of Intent 15-0542
- 15-0542-1st Reader (including a list of targeted properties)
- BDC 15-0542 (a letter of support from the Baltimore Development Corporation)
- Plat 15-0542 (a map of the study area)
- GRIA begins door to door outreach to inform neighbors about Ordinance – over 200 signatures collected in support
- Ordinance and Land Use Study approved by the Baltimore City Planning Commission (read about it here: http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/real-estate/2015/08/proposed-remington-zoning-changes-give-hope-to.html)
The ordinance next goes before the Baltimore City Council on September 16 at 1 pm on the 4th floor of City Hall in the Du Burns Council Chamber, 100 Holliday Street.(Hearing postponed)
- The ordinance next goes before the Baltimore City Council on October 14 at 1 pm on the 4th floor of City Hall in the Du Burns Council Chamber, 100 Holliday Street. It was unanimously approved by City Council.
- October 19. The ordinance goes before City Council as the “second read” to be approved before it is sent to the Mayor for her signature.
- Mayor signs the ordnance in to law (November 9)
- Two opponents (Doug Armstrong and Romaine Johnson) filed a Petition for Judicial Review in Case No. 24-C-15-006204 in the Circuit Court challenging the validity of Ordinance 15-426.
- Copy of Petition for Judicial Review
- Judicial review hearing: On July 8, 2016, the Honorable Jeffery M. Geller signed an Order reversing and remanding the matter to both the Planning Commission and the Board of Municipal Zoning Appeals make certain additional findings, and to the Baltimore City Council to make certain additional findings. The City prepares to undertake remand proceedings so as to make the additional findings ordered by the Circuit Court
- Armstrong and Johnson appeal the case to the Court of Special Appeals, meaning City Council is not allowed to act on Ordinance 15-426 until the appeal is heard.
- City Council members introduce Ordinance 16-0734 with the same 12 properties as in Ordinance 15-426.
- Statement of Intent
- First Reader
- Sept 14 - Approval by Planning Commission, including 180 page staff report with findings of fact on each property
- October 5 – Land Use and Transportation Committee Hearing (calendar) – approved the Ordinance
- City Council and Mayor approve the ordinance
- Once again, two opponents (Doug Armstrong and Romaine Johnson) filed a Petition for Judicial Review in Case No. 24-C-15-006204 in the Circuit Court challenging the validity of Ordinance 15-426.
- Copy of Petition for Judicial Review
- Judicial review hearing: On May 12, 2017, the court upheld the decision of the Baltimore City Council regarding Bill 16-0734 – the corner stores can legally operate as commercial businesses.
- May 17 - Doug Armstrong and Romaine Johnson filed an appeal of the decision.
- Transform Baltimore Legislation
- Transform Baltimore Tables
- Transform Baltimore Zoning Map (too large to upload here, view at http://www.rewritebaltimore.org/downloadables.html)
Some information about liquor stores:
- For anyone interested in learning more about Baltimore City’s initiative to reduce liquor stores around the city, check out CPHA’s coverage at http://www.cphabaltimore.org/2013/11/cpha-101-transform-baltimore-and-non-conforming-alcohol-outlets/.
Links to Remington articles, maps and planning-related materials. Remington Aerial (Map is 7MB. Broadband connection reccomended) Baltimore Neighborhood Map (Map is 7.5MB. Broadband connection reccomended) Explanation of City Zoning Categories Baltimore City Zoning Code 9-2009 Remington Zoning 2005 Remington 2005 property sales Remington Development Potential Remington Vacancies REMINGTON COMMUNITY PLAN – resident ideas from June 27 forum 2006 Remington Community Profile Baltimore City CIP 2010-2015 All documents have been gathered and/or created with the intention of fostering discussion on how to preserve and promote positive change in the Remington Neighborhood. All maps contain publicly available data from the U.S. Census, Maryland Department of Planning’s Maryland Property View Dataset, Baltimore City Planning Datasets and data from State of Maryland Department of Taxation and Assessment. These documents are not final and may change as new information becomes available.