Keep the Clipper Mill PUD

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This petition requests that the current Clipper Mill Planned Unit Development (PUD) remain in effect.

The Clipper Mill community is a designated Office-Residential Planned Unit Development (PUD).  The PUD, which took effect in August 2003, has helped to guide and govern the development of the entire 17-acre Clipper Mill campus.  The PUD, passed by the Baltimore City Council and approved by the Mayor, is a legally binding document.

The new owners of the commercial properties, ValStone Partners LLC (aka VS Clipper Mill), are now requesting that the Baltimore City Council repeal and remove the PUD.  If this repeal is successful, the zoning designation of the entire Clipper Mill campus will automatically change to Transit Oriented Development (TOD2).

A TOD2 zoning designation does not require ValStone, or any subsequent developer, to preserve and maintain the historic nature of the Clipper Mill community.  The Clipper Mill campus is an invaluable asset to the City. The development of Clipper Mill, and the development it has spawned throughout the Mill Valley, has thus far been done carefully and thoughtfully, with priority given to preserving the manufacturing and mill heritage of this area.  

Removing the PUD and adopting a TOD2 zoning designation would allow for the possibility of insensitive and over-development of the commercial properties of Clipper Mill.  While ValStone owns the commercial properties of Clipper Mill, it is the residents of Clipper Mill who are the largest stakeholders. The current tax assessment value of the Clipper Mill residential properties is approximately $50,000,000+/-, and the contribution made to the City’s tax base is significant.  

Action Petitioned For:  We simply want the City to retain the existing and legally binding PUD.

We the undersigned are individuals who are urging the Baltimore City Council to protect the unique history and character of Clipper Mill.  We oppose the repeal of the PUD.