Equine Legacy Area

Baltimore County is producing its Master Plan 2030. The Master Plan is intended to guide the County Executive, County Council, and County Departments in promoting responsible development in an equitable and environmentally-sensitive manner. The Master Plan should promote adequate open space to help secure a sustainable future for Baltimore-area residents, built around the principles of equity, sustainability, and vibrant communities.

The Valleys Planning Council wants the County to include the Equine Legacy Area (ELA) in its Master Plan as a way to acknowledge and protect the economic, environmental, and cultural benefits this unique asset provides to the County.

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Please send an email asking for the ELA to be included in the Master Plan to County Executive John Olszewski; Amy Mantay, Deputy Director of the Department of Planning for Baltimore County; and the councilperson who represents your district.

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Email will be sent to:

  • The county councilperson you selected
  • County Executive John Olszewski
  • Amy Mantay, Deputy Director of the Department of Planning for Baltimore County
  • The Valleys Planning Council office

Subject line of email: In support of the Equine Legacy Area from [your name]

Text of email:

Please support the inclusion of an Equine Legacy Area in Baltimore County’s Master Plan 2030.

Development pressures constantly threaten the interconnectedness needed to realize the economic, environmental, and cultural benefits provided by Baltimore County’s equine industry. The County needs to recognize this globally unique asset to assure continued employment opportunities; cultural activities that attract both County residents and tourists; and benefits for natural resources, including carbon sequestration provided by pastures and woods. Baltimore County’s Equine Legacy Area is a differentiator that attracts people to live and work in the area and ensures the continued survival of a vibrant, rural way of life that has been part of this County’s history for generations.

With hundreds of horse farms, thousands of horses, and hundreds of millions of dollars in equine assets, equine activities contribute significantly to the economic health of the County and the entire State. Equine landscapes, which include woodlands, pastures, and stream buffers, keep soils healthy and drinking water clean here in Baltimore County, as well as downstream in Baltimore City. The diversity of horse disciplines, including steeplechase, pleasure riding, polo, therapeutic riding, and commercial breeding, provide easily accessible entertainment and recreation for area residents and visitors alike.

Unless the County recognizes the need to protect this critical land mass, the myriad businesses and professions that support the equine industry cannot be assured of survival and continued growth.

CC:
County Executive John Olszewski
Amy Mantay, Deputy Director of the Department of Planning for Baltimore County
The Valleys Planning Council office

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