Accomplishments

Since taking office, County Councilman David Marks has worked across party lines to reform county government, preserve open space, and strengthen our schools and neighborhoods.

Reforming Government

Councilman Marks has championed reforms that make government more efficient, accountable, and bipartisan. David Marks: eaglescout

  • Has never voted for a tax increase. READ MORE >>
  • Sponsored legislation that expands a property tax credit for energy-efficient homes. READ MORE >>
  • Sponsored legislation to enact a three-term limit for County Councilmembers—the first time the County Council ever considered term limits for politicians. READ MORE >>
  • Supported the toughest ethics package in Baltimore County history, banning sports tickets and other perks for politicians. READ MORE >>
  • Sponsored the legislation—approved by voters in the 2016 general election—that creates a Charter Review Commission to automatically look at the efficiency of government. READ MORE >>
  • Passed legislation that requires input meetings for new housing developments to be close to the neighborhoods they will impact. READ MORE >>
  • Reformed the Planned Unit Development process by requiring agency review and a Community Input Meeting before a County Councilmember initiates a PUD resolution. READ MORE >>
  • Cosponsored legislation that requires on-line posting of proposed regulations. READ MORE >>
  • Supported reforms to the county’s animal control division, and sponsored the amendment that more than doubled the fine for animal cruelty. READ MORE >>
  • Passed legislation creating the Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. READ MORE >>
  • Appointed qualified men and women of all political backgrounds to county boards and commissions. READ MORE >>

Preserving Open Space

For more than two decades, County Councilman David Marks has fought to preserve open space in our communities. As Councilman, David Marks:

  • Downzoned a historic amount of acreage throughout the Fifth District to protect our communities from overdevelopment—thousands of acres stretching from Charles Street to the Harford County line. READ MORE >>angelpkmur
  • Helped advance eight new parks in the Fifth District—Angel Park, Gough Park, Soukup Park, and the Perry Paw Dog Park in Perry Hall; Ridgely Manor Park near the Loch Raven Boulevard corridor; and Radebaugh Park, Adelaide Bentley Park, and Patriot Plaza in Towson, as well as upgrades to Kingsville Park and Towson Manor Park. READ MORE >>
  • Helped create two greenways in Perry Hall—the Indian Rock and Seven Oaks Environmental Conservation Areas—that include 54 acres of protected land. READ MORE >>
  • Added 11 acres of wooded property to Honeygo Park. READ MORE >>
  • Sponsored the legislation that created Neighborhood Commons zoning, a “no build” designation to protect open space from development. READ MORE >>
  • Passed legislation that limits panhandle building lots in Carney, Cub Hill, Parkville, and Perry Hall’s Honeygo area. READ MORE >>
  • Helped stop the relocation of the Towson fire station to Towson Manor Park. READ MORE >>
  • Sponsored legislation that bans smoking in playgrounds, tot lots, and other public parks frequented by children and their families. READ MORE >>

Strengthening our Schools and Neighborhoods

Councilman David Marks has been a visible elected official, working with community and business leaders to improve communities throughout the Fifth District. David Marks:

  • Championed the construction of additions at Stoneleigh and Hampton Elementary Schools to reduce school overcrowding. READ MORE >>
  • Successfully advocated for funding to renovate Dumbarton Middle School. READ MORE >>
  • Secured funding to build two new elementary schools and a middle school in northeastern Baltimore County. READ MORE >>
  • Obtained funding to air condition every school that serves the Fifth District by 2018, including Carney, Chapel Hill, Joppa View, Kingsville, Oakleigh, Pleasant Plains, and Seven Oaks Elementary Schools. READ MORE >>regestersq
  • Championed the redevelopment of derelict properties from Towson to Perry Hall, including areas along York Road, the Raytheon site on East Joppa Road, and Regester Square on Belair Road. READ MORE >>
  • Passed legislation that improves building standards in commercial areas throughout the Fifth District. READ MORE >>
  • Cosponsored legislation to ban electronic changeable copy signs from National Scenic Byways such as North Charles Street. READ MORE >>
  • Successfully advocated to restore full-service status to the Loch Raven public library. READ MORE >>
  • Brought together neighborhoods along the Loch Raven Boulevard corridor to resurrect the Loch Raven Community Council. READ MORE >>
  • Supported lighting, traffic calming, road resurfacing, and sidewalk projects throughout the Fifth District. READ MORE >>
  • Secured funding to extend the Northeast Trail through Indian Rock Park in Perry Hall. READ MORE >>
  • Helped secure funding to develop a network of bike lanes throughout Towson. READ MORE >>
  • Sponsored legislation to require that new construction in commercial areas throughout the Fifth District have bike parking—the first requirement of its kind in Baltimore County—and that the county evaluate the feasibility of a bike share program. READ MORE >>