For more than five decades, the Valleys Planning Council (VPC) has been at the forefront of land use planning and preservation techniques in northwestern Baltimore County. Our efforts have yielded lasting, positive impacts that will serve citizens for generations to come.

VPC is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization established in 1962. Its mission is to conserve land and resources, preserve historic character and maintain the rural feel and land uses in the valleys.  The work of the VPC is guided by a 40-member board and 10-member executive committee.  It also employs a full-time executive director and an executive assistant.

Latest News

Joan Hoblitzell

The VPC was saddened to hear of the passing of long-time Board Member Joan Hoblitzell on October 28, 2016.  Joan served on the VPC board for nearly 20 years.  Her enthusiasm towards the valleys was [...]

November 7th, 2016|

Peter R. Fenwick, VPC President to be Recognized with the Robert N. Clay Conservation Award

The VPC is pleased to announce that VPC President, Peter Fenwick has been named as the 2016 recipient of the Robert N. Clay Conservation Award by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA). The award, [...]

August 22nd, 2016|

Board of Appeals Overturns Special Exception for Megachurch on Shawan!

GOOD NEWS! The Baltimore County Board of Appeals decided last week to overturn the special exception regarding the Hunt Valley Baptist Church on Shawan Road. This is a huge victory for the community who worked [...]

July 11th, 2016|


The Stemmer House (2627 Caves Road, Owings Mills, MD) was built c. 1761 and is one of Maryland’s outstanding Georgian houses. VPC is working with the community to protect this Baltimore County Historic Landmark and [...]

June 29th, 2016|

2016 McHarg Award Winner Announced!

VPC presented Ellen Harvey Kelly its prestigious McHarg Award at its annual meeting on May 12 at St. Thomas Church in Owings Mills.  Ellie Kelly is a dedicated land conservationist who has worked for over 40 [...]

June 6th, 2016|