Helpful Terms

Anderson Automotive Group Properties

Automotive-related properties owned by Bruce Mortimer in Remington, Old Goucher and Charles Village. See 25th Street Station and Seawall Development.

BCF – Baltimore Community Foundation

The BCF action agenda organizes grants, initiatives and advocacy around a vision of a Baltimore with a growing economy, where all have the opportunity to thrive. We are focusing our discretionary resources in two areas; find out more about grants available for education and for neighborhoods.  BCF also distributes grants through a number of special grant programs, as well as from the many donor-advised funds that are part of BCF.

Board of Municipal Zoning Appeals

Baltimore City board that handles appeals related to zoning of land.

BRNI – Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Inititative

The Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative aims to help increase job and residential investment in the inner beltway’s older neighborhoods as well as the key quality-of-life features that establish the conditions for increasing market-rate investment. To do so, the initiative’s funds will be allocated competitively to local groups who can best use such strategies as property acquisition, redevelopment, rehabilitation and new infill development to encourage residential and economic investment in their local communities. Along with a number of other neighborhood revitalization programs that the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers, the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative  will help to realize the goal of Maryland being a smart, green, and growing state as it moves into a vibrant future.

CBP – Central Baltimore Partnership

The Central Baltimore Partnership works across neighborhoods such as Barclay, Old Goucher, Greenmount West, Charles North, Remington, Charles Village, Harwood, Abell, Oakenshawe, and Wyman Park as a macro organization, bringing greater attention and resources to the focus area as a whole. These neighborhoods have groups and individuals already working on their behalf and the goal of the Partnership is not to replace any of these existing efforts. In addition, CBP is engaging virtually every neighborhood organization, major property owner, university, nonprofit agency, CDC, and foundation in the focus area and many from the stronger communities immediately surrounding it.  In addition, the Mayor has committed city administration officials and key agencies to the Partnership to lead the city’s participation.

Currently the Partnership’s work and resources are targeting a focus area around North Avenue (a zone that runs roughly from Howard to Greenmount and includes streets south to the railroad tracks and north to 24th Street), a subsection where there are many issues of concern that require immediate redress.

Community Legacy

This state-level program of the Department of Housing and Community Development provides local governments and community development organizations with funding for essential projects aimed at strengthening communities through activities such as business retention and attraction, encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization.

CHAP – Baltimore City Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation

City Ordinance 64-229, effective June 20, 1964, established the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP).  The Ordinance and the CHAP Commission have championed the cause of historic preservation in Baltimore for nearly 50 years.  Baltimore currently boasts 33 locally designated historic districts and over 160 locally designated landmark properties, second in the nation only to New York City in its total number of designated properties. Exterior changes to any locally designated properties require review and approval of CHAP.  As more properties are designated, and more owners and developers take advantage of historic tax credits to finance restoration projects, it is critical that review and approval procedures are clearly spelled out and consistently applied so that those choosing to invest in historic building renovations have a predictable and transparent pathway to permit approval.

Community Review Panel of the Urban Renewal Ordinance

The CRP is a legislatively-created body tasked with reviewing zoning and construction permits requested in the City-designated Charles/25th Urban Renewal Area roughly bounded by 27th Street and 22nd Street on the north and south, and by Maryland Avenue and Hargrove Alley on the west and east.


In planning, the charrette has become a technique for consulting with all stakeholders. This type of charrette (sometimes called an enquiry by design) typically involves intense and possibly multi-day meetings, involving municipal officials, developers, and residents. A successful charrette promotes joint ownership of solutions and attempts to defuse typical confrontational attitudes between residents and developers. Charrettes tend to involve small groups, however the residents participating may not represent all the residents nor have the moral authority to represent them. Residents who do participate get early input into the planning process. For developers and municipal officials charrettes achieve community involvement, may satisfy consultation criteria, with the objective of avoiding costly legal battles. Other uses of the term “charrette” occur within an academic or professional setting, whereas urban planners invite the general public to their planning charrettes. Thus most people (unless they happen to be design students) encounter the term “charrette” in an urban-planning context.

Community Impact Letter

A letter to a judge about the effect of a criminal’s actions in the community.

Community Impact Statement

A statement addressing the impact of a convicted individuals effect on the community.

Charles North Community Association

Charles North Community Association is the community association for the neighborhood located between Penn Station, 22nd Street and Calvert Street. Charles North is the heart of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Boasting delicious restaurants, hip galleries, and a variety of performance venues, Charles North is the ideal place to live, work, and play.

Charles/25th Urban Renewal Ordinance (URO)

This Plan for the future of the Charles/25th Street area has been developed in response to community discussions concerning how this century-old neighborhood can retain its pleasing architectural character and scale while also attracting vital new investment. Previously, there was no formal “blueprint” to guide the area’s future. By blending historically significant structures with architecturally sympathetic new development, the aims to create a charming, pedestrian-friendly Village Center emanating from the hub of Charles and 25th Streets. Its implementation, guided by this Plan and a community review panel comprised of residents and representatives of area business and community organizations, will result not only in a cohesive and attractive community appearance, but also will set the stage for the neighborhood’s economic and social revitalization, with a broadened range of employment opportunities, facilities, and services.

CVCA – Charles Village Civic Association

The charter of Charles Village defines the neighborhood’s boundaries as beginning at the intersection of N. Charles Street and W. 29th Street, proceeding west on W. 29th Street to N. Howard Street, then south to W. 21st Street, then east to Greenmount Avenue, north to E. 33rd Street, then west to East University Parkway, northwest to N. Charles Street and south to the place of beginning. In determining the geographic area of Charles Village, the foregoing description of the boundaries of the Corporation includes both sides of all streets and alleys referenced or contained in such description. The CVCA was chartered in 1945 as the University Heights Improvement Association to promote business, property improvement, and single family residency in the neighborhood. The name change came in 1969 to coincide with the neighborhood’s rebirth as Charles Village. Over the years, the CVCA has forged constructive partnerships with city and state official, Johns Hopkins University, and the Baltimore City Police (Northern District).

CVCA Land Use Committee

The Old Goucher Community Association participates on the Charles Village Civic Association’s Land Use Committee, which deals with issues related to zoning and land use in Greater Charles Village.

CVCBD – Charles Village Community Benefits District

Charles Village Community Benefits District The Charles Village Community Benefits District (CVCBD) is a special taxing district located in a 100 square block area of north Baltimore. With a population exceeding 14,000 and with more than 700 businesses, it is home to four neighborhoods: Abell, Charles Village, Harwood, and Old Goucher (and parts of two others: Remington and Barclay) and three business associations: North Charles Business Association, Old Goucher Business Alliance and Waverly Main Street. The CVCBD  provides supplemental sanitation and safety services, supports community events, recreational activities and the development of amenities such as green spaces, and promotes the district as a good place to live, work and play. Property owners pay a tax surcharge of 12 cents per $100 of assessed property value to help fund CVCBD services. The CVCBD was created in 1995 following a referendum and the enactment of enabling legislation by the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore. A full-time Executive Director manages the staff, programs and budget. A community-based Board of Directors of up to twenty-seven members (mostly volunteers) works with the Executive and governs the organization, monitoring its programs and finances. The City of Baltimore Board of Estimates reviews the CVCBD’s annual Financial Plan and votes to approve or disapprove it; the City Council reviews the CVCBD’s performance every four years and votes on whether or not to reauthorize it for another four years.

GHCC – Greater Homewood Community Corporation

Greater Homewood is a nonprofit organization that serves the 45 neighborhoods of north central Baltimore City. GHCC’s mission is building and strengthening vibrant urban communities and we fulfill that mission in a multitude of ways by working to ensure that all residents have access to:

  • Safe and healthy environments.
  • Quality and affordable housing options.
  • Educational opportunities for all ages, including great public schools.
  • Recreational and cultural amenities.
  • Convenient mobility choices.
  • Goods and services from responsible businesses that are integral to a strong, local economy.
  • A strong sense of community and civic engagement.
  • Diversity in age, race, faith, and economic status.
  • Ecological sustainability.

Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention

GRIA – Greater Remington Improvement Association

This neighborhood association representing residents and businesses to the west  Old Goucher.

HCPI – Homewood Community Partnership Initiative

The Homewood Community Partners Initiative grew out of a greater understanding that the health and well-being of Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus is inextricably tied to the physical, social, and economic well being of its surrounding neighborhoods.  The best community-university partnerships recognize that there is an alignment of interests between the university and community.  Students, faculty, and staff share the community’s interest in safer streets, better schools, and more dynamic retail. The 10 neighborhoods and one commercial district around the Homewood campus have great strengths and are well positioned for small- and large-scale market-rate development. Yet, some of the neighborhoods have significant challenges in public safety, sanitation, housing blight, quality education, and retail development. The 29 recommendations in the HCPI report fall into five categories: quality of life, blight elimination, education, commercial and retail development, local hiring and purchasing.  These strategies are designed to strengthen neighborhoods. At its core, HCPI is a partnership that brings the unique strengths of its partners to the table around a common vision. Johns Hopkins will act as catalyst, convener, and advocate.

Jubilee Baltimore

Jubilee Baltimore helps the people of Baltimore to build neighborhoods that are safe, stable, historic, attractive, and diverse. We are developers and planners, and we work on a non-profit basis for the good of our city and our neighbors. We develop both affordable and market-rate housing and bring particular expertise in historic renovation and community planning.  Jubilee develops real estate and manages renovations for others, ranging from small houses to multi-million dollar projects. Jubilee’s developments have totaled over one hundred million dollars of historic restorations and new construction. We have obtained historic tax credits for hundreds of Baltimore renovators, and we have helped scores of Baltimore homeowners to find good renovation financing.

NDC – Neighborhood Design Center

Since NDC’s establishment in 1968, the mission of the non-profit Neighborhood Design Center has been to improve neighborhood livability, viability and sustainability by providing pro-bono design and planning services in support of community-sponsored initiatives. We do this by mobilizing volunteer architects, planners, landscape architects, engineers, and other design professionals who donate their professional services to help groups in the initial stages of neighborhood revitalization efforts. NDC not only takes on projects that serve the public good but also strive to achieve community service goals.

Neighborhood Grants Program

The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) aims to help neighborhoods become and remain safe, vibrant, clean and green, and to be supporters and champions of their local schools. The Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP) offers three types of small grants to neighborhood groups that are pursuing these objectives. Mobilization Grants are for projects that will get more neighbors involved in the community. Leadership Grants are for projects that build new leaders or improve existing leadership for the neighborhood. Community Arts Grants are for projects conducted in partnership by neighborhood groups, local artists, and arts organizations to increase neighborhood vibrancy.

Old Goucher Business Alliance

The Old Goucher Business Alliance represents businesses in the area.

PUD – Planned Unit Development

PUDs are a planning tool intended to allow better quality development by trading setback, density and height requirements within a larger area, consisting of a number of parcels possibly even within different zoning classes.

Safety Advisory Council

The Safety Committee of the Charles Village Civic Association meets as needed with Northern District Neighborhood Services Officers and CVCBD Community Safety Coordinator, LaTonya Brooks, to address crime prevention and law enforcement issues in Charles Village; attends the Northern District’s Community Council at 2201 W. Coldspring Lane (just west of 83) held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month; coordinates community participation in National Night Out vs Crime on the first Tuesday of August in each year; handles community complaints and hands out Northern District’s Crime Watch applications; coordinates with CVCBD, JHU, Northern District Police, and Union Memorial Hospital to maintain Neighborhood Walkers on Patrol Program; administering $3,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention for “Light Up the Night” project to improve lighting in targeted areas of Charles Village.

Seawall Development Company

This company has rehabilitated the Union Mill and Miller’s Court apartments for Baltimore teachers and nonprofits. The developer is also redeveloping Miller’s Square, which offers rehabilitated rowhouses for those teachers who want to buy rather than rent.

Transform Baltimore

The new Baltimore City Zoning Code Legislation The Department of Planning is pleased present the rewrite of the Zoning Code of the City of Baltimore.  The Planning Commission has submitted recommendations to the City Council, and the Council held their first hearing on April 3rd.

25th Street Station

Twenty-Fifth Street Station is a development plan of WV Urban Development for an 11 acre parcel at Howard and 25th Streets owned by Bruce Mortimer (Anderson Automotive) which includes a Walmart to be developed on the Remington side. Pending a court case, Seawall is under contract to take over redevelopment of this site.

UDARP – Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel

The genesis of the Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel began in 1964 under the Baltimore Urban Renewal and Housing Agency (BURHA), the predecessor to the City’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). In 1997, the Panel was brought to the Department of Planning. Throughout its history, the Panel has helped the City to achieve its national recognition for the high quality of design that public and private development have brought to Baltimore.

The Panel is comprised of six individuals who bring expertise in various aspects of architectural, urban, and landscape design. Members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Director of Planning. They are compensated on a per meeting basis and serve staggered terms. Members are not allowed to provide comment on projects for which they may have a perceived or real conflict of interest. Regular attendance is required of all Panel members. The Director of the Department of Planning, the President of The Baltimore Development Corporation, and the Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development may participate on the Panel as ex-officio members.

All proposed development projects in Baltimore City that require Department of Planning Site Plan Review also require design review. At a pre-development meeting, Department staff shall determine the extent of review that will be required. All projects will require at the minimum staff review. Significant development projects will additionally require UDARP review. There are two official stages of Panel review – Schematic and Final. These reviews coincide with the typical stages of development that design professionals follow through project design. Each stage requires the Panel’s approval before the next stage of design development should be undertaken. Minutes are sent to the development team after each presentation and response to Panel comments is a requirement for the following presentation. Agendas for upcoming meetings are e-mailed a week in advance to interested parties and posted on the Department of Planning’s web page.