[ Summarizes the changes to the code that address the goal of preserving the unique character of Baltimore’s neighborhoods. ]
REUSING ROW HOUSES
A new row house mixed-use overlay district can allow small-scale businesses (coffee shops, professional offices, etc) on some busier streets and corners, while maintaining residential character by limiting such uses to the ground floor. The overlay district includes guidelines for design and signage.
REUSING OLDER BUILDINGS
Sometimes buildings such as churches, storefronts or warehouses, sit underused or vacant. The new code allows owners of these buildings to request a change of use that will benefit the surrounding neighborhood – including art galleries, offices and retail. The review process will ensure community input.
NEIGHBORHOOD AND STREETSCAPE CHARACTER
The new code reinforces existing, historic neighborhood character with height limits, setback controls, and design guidelines for new construction, additions and rooftop accessories. These standards can ensure that distinguishable building features, such as roof form and cornice height, compliment their surroundings.
HEALTHY, LIVABLE, WALKABLE
The code supports home offices, corner stores, bike-friendly commerce, and reasonable parking requirements that all allow for pedestrian friendly neighborhoods while accommodating the car. The code also supports grocery stores, parks, and schools within walking distance to homes and encourages traditional neighborhood design for healthier communities.
To increase the amount of land available for community gardens, the new code will permit them in all districts with guidelines for structures such as tool sheds, greenhouses, high tunnels, and farm stands.
The code supports bicycling in the City by requiring bike parking near places, such as schools, libraries, and businesses. New guidelines for the size, location, and design of bike parking are also included.
The new code attempts to preserve the character of residential neighborhoods with larger lot sizes by creating new single family districts that better match existing conditions. The new districts, with various minimum lot sizes, will better reflect the diversity found in Baltimore’s neighborhoods.