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COUNCIL APPROVES LEGISLATION ADDRESSING ZONING REWRITE, SHORT TERM RENTALS, AND CAMPAIGN PUBLIC FINANCING
DURING FINAL SESSION OF LEGISLATIVE YEAR 2018
Final Session for Outgoing Council Members Lehman, Harrison, Toles and Patterson
The Prince George’s County Council convened its final session of Legislative Year 2018, on Tuesday, October 23, holding more than 50 public hearings, and adopting a legislative package aimed at rewriting the County’s 50-year old Zoning Ordinance. Several other bills were also considered and enacted during the session, addressing a wide range of issues including public safety; economic development, noise control, and residential parking.
CB-13-2013, CB-14-2018, CB-15-2018 and CB-65-2018, part of the Council’s Zoning Ordinance Rewrite legislative process were all approved. The County Council and the Prince George’s County Planning Department have been conducting a comprehensive review process since 2014 of the County’s 50-year-old zoning laws, to update the Zoning Ordinance to support to the County’s vision for smart growth, economic development and improved quality of life for residents. The next phase will involve a County-wide rezoning process before the legislation becomes effective.
Council Chair Dannielle Glaros (D) – District 3, says updating the County’s Zoning Ordinance is a complex process, and the adoption of the zoning rewrite bills represents significant move forward.
“Updating our zoning policies is one of the Council’s most important undertakings as the County’s land use authority. Enactment of these measures, moves the County several steps closer to a more concise, consistent, and user-friendly document, and better enables residents to play a larger role in shaping the future of development in Prince George’s County.”
CB-10-2018 and CB-11-2018, companion legislation addressing short-term rentals, were also adopted. These measures establish permitting and licensing requirements, fees, and standards for short-term rentals, and limits short-term rentals only to a homeowner’s primary residence for specific amount of days each year.
In other Council Action, CB-99-2018, legislation establishing a small donor campaign financing program funded through the County Budget was approved. The legislation also regulates certain campaign finance activity of a candidate for County office who applies to use public financing, and authorizes the Maryland State Board of Elections to administer and enforce the program. The legislation, taking effect in 2026, will provide matching County dollars for small contributions up to $250.
Council Bill 18-2018, also approved, establishes policy to control noise levels, ensuring they are not detrimental to health, safety or welfare, as well as the use, enjoyment and protection of property.
Council Bill 54-2018, legislation establishing an Environmental Crimes Unit to detect, apprehend, prosecute people and organizations whose activities harm the environment was approved.
For more information on the entire Council meeting agenda, click HERE.
Tuesday’s Council session was also the last session for outgoing Council Members Mary Lehman, Andrea C. Harrison, Karen R. Toles and Obie Patterson, serving their second and final terms under term-limits.