Baltimore City Council Reports and Studies

From time to time a City Council committee, ad hoc commission or task force undertakes in-depth study of an issue of concern to City residents. These reports are made public and are discussed in the City Council to explore legislative remedies.

Childhood Obesity Task Force

Report of the Baltimore City Council Task Force on Childhood Obesity
In January 2008 the City Council's Childhood Obesity Task Force report recommended the promotion of healthy food choices and physical activity by improving conditions of neighborhood parks, improving access to healthy food choices in low-income neighborhoods, and developing policies that will support healthy eating among City residents.

Inclusionary Zoning

"At Home in Baltimore: A Plan For an Inclusive City of Neighborhoods"
In July 2006 The City Council Inclusionary Zoning Task Force report issued three major recommendations: increase resources available to support inclusionary housing; create a framework for inclusionary development, and support buyers, owners, landlords, and renters to access and preserve inclusionary housing.

Green Building Task Force

The Baltimore City Council and Baltimore City Green Building Task Force Report on Sustainable Building Guidelines and Standards for Public and Private Construction and Renovation Projects
In April 2006 this report was compiled by Councilman James B. Kraft and The Baltimore Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Task Force recommended a two-phase implementation strategy for Green Building in Baltimore City, to include applications for public and private sector development.

Police Performance

Report On The Police Performance Enhancement Program And Recommendations To Improve The Process For Expungement Of Arrest When No Charges Are Filed September, 2005
In September 2005 the City Council's Public Safety Subcommittee, chaired by Councilman James B. Kraft, reviewed police arrest records and found that Baltimore City had substantially more arrests that did not result in charges being brought by the State's Attorney's Office than any other jurisdiction in the State of Maryland. After these preliminary inquiries the Public Safety Subcommittee held formal hearings on the Baltimore City Police Department's Performance Enhancement and Training Program.

Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation

CHAP Task Force
In 2004 former City Council President Sheila Dixon formed this Task Force to study the role of CHAP and historical preservation in Baltimore City. Citizens volunteered, with different perspectives, to complete the recommendations in this report: which included: develop a city-wide preservation plan; increase preservation outreach and conduct an economic benefits study of Baltimore's Historic Districts.

The Ad Hoc Task Force to Study Benefits for Active and Retired Members

The Ad Hoc Benefits Task Force
This task force was created in 2004 to study the loss of benefits to active and retired members of the City Retirement Systems. The purpose was to develop safeguards to prevent such losses in the future and to propose administrative or legislative changes to ensure that these beneficiaries are held harmless in the future.

Supportive Housing

The Supportive Home Task Force
The Supportive Home Task Force was established by the adoption of Baltimore City Council Bill 04-1555 "for the purpose of establishing a Task Force to study the operation of supportive group homes in Baltimore City and code enforcement related to unlicensed group homes to ensure safe conditions for residents and neighborhoods."