The Prince George’s County Planning Board approved the Cafritz rezoning by a 4-0 vote yesterday evening. Board Chairman Elizabeth Hewlett had recused herself from the matter because in her work as a
land use attorney she had consulted with Cafritz (She also recused herself from board proceedings in January). The Patch’s John Davisson posted a thorough blow by blow of Thursday’s hearing which can be found here. The proposal will next go to the District Council, which is made of up the members of (but not the same as) the Prince George’s County Council. The date for that hearing has yet to be set.
The conditions for the rezoning did go through additoonal changes since the previous hearing – the full changes are available here. Most changes were gramatical or technical. Notable changes include
- Requiring plans for Baltimore Ave/Van Buren signalization, crosswalks and bicycle parking with the Detailed Site Plan, rather than the building permit applications
- A requirement to put all utilities underground
- An explicit requirement to send plans for the Baltimore Avenue buffer to University Park
- More explicit process for turning over roads to the Town of Riverdale Park
- Requirement for SHA preliminary approval for Baltimore Ave/Van Buren signalization before issuing a grading permit.
- More explicit requirements for the staging of the Van Buren and Maryland Avenue extensions
- Inclusion of Riverdale and University Parks in working to create a Transportation Demand Management District
In many ways, the Planning Board stage served as the appetizer. I’m sure we’ll get a big full meal of debate when the project moves to the District Council.