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Planning Staff Recommends Disapproval of Cafritz Preliminary Plan

The developer's proposal fails to meet several conditions for passage, a new report finds.

Staff for the Prince George's County Planning Board are advising members not to approve the current preliminary plan of subdivision for the Cafritz project, arguing that the proposal fails to meet several conditions required for passage.

The Prince George's County District Council authorized the rezoning of the Cafritz property from residential use (R-55) to mixed use (MUTC) in June, allowing for development of the 37-acre parcel of land to begin.

Thursday's Planning Board hearing, where the Cafritz team will seek the green light for its preliminary plan of subdivision (PPS), marks the next major hurdle for Calvert Tract, LLC in developing the property.

But in a report dated Jan. 10, planning staff recommended "disapproval" of the Cafritz team's PPS on the grounds that the applicants:

  • Have not submitted documentation that proves the plan meets the woodland conservation threshold set in Condition 10(b).
  • Have not submitted documentation demonstrating a commitment to establishing a private vehicle shuttle per Condition 18.
  • Have not submitted documentation pertaining to participation in a circulator bus program per Condition 19.
  • Have not submitted documentation of a funding mechanism for construction of the CSX crossing per in Condition 25(b) or cost estimates for the CSX crossing per Condition 25(d). 

"Without the required documentation to fulfill the conditions of Zoning Ordinance
 No. 11-2012, staff is compelled to recommend disapproval of this Preliminary Plan of Subdivision," the report reads.

Planning staff also recommended:

  • Moving a planned hiker/biker trail so that it aligns with the entire historic trolley trail, as opposed to making a detour and reconnecting with trail as proposed in the PPS.
  • Moving the proposed roundabout east, so the trail will only intersect with Van Buren Street once, with the aim of increasing pedestrian safety.
  • Moving a row of townhouses so they will be outside of the CSX noise corridor.

The Riverdale Park Town Council has expressed disagreement with the realignment of the hiker/biker trail and the roundabout.

Members also raised concerns with the lack of a funding mechanism for the CSX crossing and will discuss their stance on the PPS at a special legislative session on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

For more information, view the planning board staff report here

Riverdale Park Farmers Market January 15, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Ouch! Looks like the Cafritz team needs to get their act together and sooner than later.
Jenni Pompi (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Are you planning on attending tonight's meeting? Let me know so I can say hi.
Ken Montville January 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Meetings of this type drive me up a wall, Jenni. I can't believe no one can see the long term value of a well developed mixed-use space at this location. It's phenomenal that there is so much resistance.
cwg January 16, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Why is there such a huge fight against such a quaility development that can only help home values in the Rt. 1 corridor?
AF January 16, 2013 at 03:05 PM
It's not that no-one can see the potential value. It's that it has to be done right for that value to actually be a positive one.
Peggy Anne January 17, 2013 at 05:50 AM
good. My old stomping grounds buy some quality time. No need to morph it into a Frankenstein !!!
Jim Titus January 17, 2013 at 02:38 PM
What on earth were they thinking, to propose that a rail trail make a detour away from the right of way. The whole point of a rail trail is that is it supposed to be straight, so that people can get where they are going. If you want to meander, you have a perfectly good stream valley trail a mile to the east.

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