Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Legislation proposed by the council member would offer incentives to developers looking to build near Metro stations.
In a move to increase transit oriented development in Prince George’s County, County Council Member Eric Olson (Dist. 3) is pushing three pieces of legislation that would simplify the development process and reduce fees for developers. “We talk a lot about the need for transit oriented development and these three pieces of legislation can help us to focus that development right at Metro stations,” Olson said. The first piece of legislation proposed by Olson (CB-6-2013) is intended to encourage development projects in Transportation District Overlay Zones (TDOZ), or within a quarter mile of a Metro station by condensing the Prince George’s County Planning Board process. “We hear from the development community that we have a long and …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The District 3 councilmember addressed several key development topics Monday at Plato's Diner.
East Campus, transit-oriented metro development, and the Cafritz project were all hot topics at Monday morning's coffee chat with Prince George's County Councilmember Eric Olson’s (District 3), held at Plato’s Diner in College Park. East Campus The construction of the development know as East Campus—a 39-acre parcel of land located at Paint Branch Parkway and Route 1—has once again been put on hold. The site was conceived to be a town center for students, including graduate student housing and a grocery store. The University of Maryland’s first shot at developing the property fell through in 2009, and recent efforts to build the property out in two phases have been delayed. “For the time being, they are pulling back,” said Olson, who …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
One county councilman was surprised by the vote, after he believed he had enough support for the job.
Council Member Andrea Harrison (District 5) was reelected as chair of the Prince George’s County Council Tuesday morning by her peers, although Council Member Eric Olson (District 3) thought he had enough votes to be elected to the position. “Until late yesterday, at least six colleagues on our nine-member body had committed their support to me. Today, however, I received four votes. I want to thank Council Members Mary Lehman, Ingrid Turner, and Obie Patterson for their unwavering support,” wrote Olson in an email to constituents. Had Olson been elected, it would have been the first time in 20 years that the county council was chaired by the representative from District 3. Harrison expressed her gratitude to the county council for …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The event will run Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Parkdale High School.
District 3 County Councilmember Eric Olson is set to hold a town hall for constituents Thursday evening at Parkdale High School. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium (6001 Good Luck Road, Riverdale, MD). County Executive Rushern Baker is also scheduled to speak at the event at 7:00 p.m. The 3rd councilmanic district includes University Park, Riverdale Park, Riverdale Heights, and Riverdale Hills, among other areas.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Prince George's County Councilman Eric Olson (Dist. 3) has presented two pieces of legislation that will change the appeal process for two types of zoning.
Developers and municipalities wanting to extend Mixed Use Town Center and Transit District Overlay zones could face District Council if residents appeal the decision. Prince George’s County Councilman Eric Olson has presented two pieces of legislation to County Council that would change the process for developers when building extensions on already existing transit and mixed use zones. The (TDOZ) plans are set up specifically for areas around metro stations, Olson said, and there’s a public process when those boundaries are set up with public participation — he’d like to see the same situation take place when expansions are proposed. Transportation requirements vary within plans, such as with adequate public facilities,” he said. “So my …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Residents from Riverdale and University Park, along with others in District 3 can discuss county issues and concerns with Councilman Eric Olson and County Executive Rushern Baker.
Prince George's County Councilman Eric Olson will host a town hall meeting for District 3 residents at Parkdale High School on June 20. The meeting will give residents an opportunity to speak to Olson and County Executive Rushern Baker about their concerns and issues about their town and the county as a whole. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. Earlier this month, Councilman Will Campos hosted a similar event for his district - including Hyattsville at Northwestern High School. For more information call 301-952-3060.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Incumbents Campos and Olson take majority of votes, Lehman takes District 1 and District 4 will go to a November election.
The Prince George's County Council races didn't see any major upsets this year, despite a crush of candidates running in the nine districts. Most of the early voting and precinct ballots were tallied by early Wednesday morning and there were no surprises. In District 2, with 82 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Will Campos of Hyattsville was at 79 percent over challenger Dottie McNeill's 15 percent. "It's a really humbling experience to win my third election and second re-election," he said. "We worked all summer, all year, and I'm excited to finish and do my final term." Campos hits his term limit in 2014, but he said he has big plans for the next four years. "We've been hit by the market just like everyone else, and I want to …