A proposed affordable housing development in East Towson staunchly opposed by community members who fear increased traffic, school overcrowding and anticipated loss of trees survived changes after the County Council approved its quadrennial Comprehensive Zoning Map Process during a special session last week.County Councilman David Marks, who represents the Towson area, opposed a change to the plan requested that would have ruled out the development of an affordable apartment complex.

As proposed, the Red Maple Place project would create 56 affordable apartment units — 22 one-bedroom units, 17 two-bedroom units and 17 three-bedroom units.

A proposed change, put forward by the Harris Hills Condo Association, East Towson Community Association and Green Towson Alliance, would have changed the zoning to preclude the construction of an apartment building there.

With a planned entrance and exit on Joppa Road, opponents to the project say it will further congest traffic, exacerbate stormwater runoff by removing trees, and could add students to already crowded schools.

Read full article: Community effort to kill affordable housing project in East Towson blocked; Radcliffe Plaza open for mixed-use development – Baltimore Sun