Goucher College in Towson faces concern and opposition from neighbors over its proposal to rezone more than 8 acres near the campus entrance for commercial use.
Residents say they’re worried because Goucher hasn’t disclosed its plans for the property, a parcel on corner of the campus along busy Dulaney Valley Road between the entrance to Goucher and Southerly Road.
“Our position has been, from the beginning, that we are going to oppose the rezoning unless and until they reveal what their development intentions are, and discuss with us some possible limitations,” said Sander Wise, a resident of the nearby Edenwald retirement community who heads the residents association’s zoning committee.
The 8.6-acre parcel in question is a small but visible piece of the 287-acre Goucher campus. It’s currently a largely wooded area with a small one-story building leased to a tenant, though designated for a mix of office and residential uses.
The college requested a change to a commercial “town center” zoning as part of Baltimore County’s comprehensive rezoning, a countywide review process that happens once every four years. The Goucher request is among hundreds the County Council is scheduled to decide on by the end of August.