Representatives from Towson-area community groups spoke largely in favor Tuesday of a Baltimore County Council bill that will ban further electronic signage on Charles Street in Towson, with dissenters only asking that the law apply elsewhere in the county.
“Charles Street is a heavily used north-south corridor, but it still has a significant amount of green area around it,” Paul Hartman, president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, said at Tuesday’s council work session. “The Towson area is undergoing a tremendous amount of growth currently, and in five or 10 years, there will be pressure on that corridor for more development.
“Here is a chance to make any potential future development be in keeping with that scenic byway,” Hartman said.
Charles Street, which stretches from inside Baltimore City north into Towson, is designated as a National Historic Byway. The bill, which was introduced last month by Councilwoman Vicki Almond and Councilman David Marks, prohibits electronic changeable copy signs on National Scenic Byways in Baltimore County — and Charles Street is the only one.