Editor's Note: The District Council concluded its proceedings on the Cafritz project Monday in Upper Marlboro. Below is an archive of Patch's live coverage.
4:54 p.m.: Bye for now!
With that, the council has adjourned.
4:53 p.m.: APPROVED
The Prince George's County District Council has approved the Cafritz rezoning plan by a 7-2 vote. Stay tuned for more coverage.
4:47 p.m.: Clarification
People's Zoning Counsel Stan Brown clarifies the effect of Campos' motion, which would "approve planning board decision and all of its stated conditions" without modification.
4:42 p.m.: Motion to approve
Campos has made a motion to approve the Cafritz plan. There's a bit of confusion about the precise wording required.
4:38 p.m.: Motion to deny fails, 3-6
The motion to deny the application has failed, 3-6.
4:34 p.m.: 'Not convinced'
Before casting her vote on the denial motion, chair Andrea Harrison says she is "not convinced" that the property should be rezoned for a single user, which is "what it really boils down to."
4:29 p.m.: Filing in opposition
Campos expresses puzzlement at College Park's decision to participate in negotiations with the developer "only to end up filing in opposition for this project."
4:28 p.m.: Campos speaks
Olson concludes his remarks, and Councilman Will Campos takes the mic. Campos says he opposes the motion to deny the application and begins to lay out his reasons for supporting the project.
4:25 p.m.: 'No confidence'
"I have no confidence that a bridge will be built," Olson says, referring to the CSX crossing required by the conditions for approval.
He adds that "we have all seen" examples of developer conditions falling through and later being lifted.
4:23 p.m.: 'Never envisioned for such high intensity'
Olson says the proposal is incompatible with the parameters of Mixed-Use Town Center zoning and is too dense for its surroundings.
"This property was never envisioned for such high intensity," Olson says.
4:16: p.m.: Motion of denial
We're back in session. Councilman Eric Olson has made a motion for denial of the Cafritz application. Debate is now beginning.
4:10 p.m.: About to begin
The council is in a brief recess following earlier oral arguments on the Maryland Book Exchange project, but debate on the Cafritz project is coming up soon.
After months of legislative debate and years of planning, the Prince George's County District Council is set to discuss—and likely vote—on the Cafritz rezoning plan Monday in Upper Marlboro.
The meeting is set to begin at 1:30 p.m., though two other items are scheduled before the Cafritz application.
Public hearings on the plan, which lasted 30-plus hours over six days, . The Council now must vote on the application before the July 20 deadline, or it will be deemed disapproved automatically.
If approved, a 37-acre parcel on the north end of Riverdale Park would be redesignated from single-family detached residential (R-55) to mixed-use town center (M-UTC), easing the way for the construction of more than 900 units of housing, a 35,000-square-foot Whole Foods, a 120-room hotel, and additional office and retail space.
Supporters say the project will spur economic growth and bring a desirable mix of retail and residential development to the area—. Critics charge that the plan would impose extreme fiscal, environmental, and traffic pressure on the surrounding communities.
See below for past coverage of the approval process:
- May 11:
- May 7:
- May 4:
- April 30:
- April 13:
- April 11:
- Feb. 2:
- Jan. 13:
- Nov. 17:
- Jan. 11:
- Jan. 11:
- Jan. 10: