Baltimore County’s Planning Board on Thursday chose not to take a position on whether to change open space fees that developers pay — an issue that has drawn considerable interest in the booming Towson area.
Rather than formally adopt a report from the county planning staff that recommends no changes in the fees, board members voted to simply forward the report to the County Council, suggesting council members decide whether to change the fees.
The county requires developers to set aside a certain amount of green space in their developments. Developers who can’t comply with the rule can ask to pay a waiver fee to the county instead.
In Towson, however, some proposed developments will pay little or no open space waiver fees due to exceptions that were carved out 15 years ago for developments in town center districts, including student housing projects. The 1-million-square-foot Towson Row mixed-use development on York Road, for example, is slated to pay $55,000 in open space fees.