OLS’ spring event, The Old Line Calcutta, is held in support of the Valleys Planning Council. For more than four decades, the VPC has been at the forefront of land use planning and preservation techniques in northwestern Baltimore County.
Its mission: Conserving open space; protecting Baltimore County’s agricultural, natural, historic and scenic resources; and working to promote a balanced and rational use of the land for the benefit of present and future generations.
The organization began back in 1962 when a group of brave, dedicated and creative individuals had the foresight to hire a team of professional environmental planners to forecast and direct growth in the area and recommend steps to preserve the outstanding natural resources and farmland in northern Baltimore County. The five decades of work are described and memorialized in a film marking the 50th anniversary entitled “Designing With Nature: The Plan for the Valleys.” The film has beautiful scenery and important facts, and also serves as an introduction for new residents and younger generations who may wonder how this beautiful area was spared from sprawl development. Copies of the film are available on DVD for $20 through the VPC’s website.
The Valleys Planning Council is sustained by more than 500 members which include farming families, horsemen, preservationists and everyday folks. Join today to support the mission to conserve land and resources, preserve historic character and maintain the rural feel and land uses in the valleys.