Monday, October 16th
Protecting Our Park Space
The Council will meet this Monday evening, October 16th, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom and phone dial-in. To attend the virtual meeting, please see the connection information at the bottom of this message.
Many Town residents and residents of neighboring communities will recall the many concerns that were raised a couple years ago with plans to develop Guilford Woods. With those concerns in mind, this upcoming Town Council session will introduce a potential Charter amendment that would add enhanced protections to our own parks and public open space. If the planned amendment is ultimately adopted, a referendum would be required in the event that any future Mayor or Council attempts to sell, lease, or develop our parks and open space for any other purpose than the public benefit they currently provide.
There will also be an item related to the future of the Town's compost program. The Sustainability Committee made recommendations for the future distribution of composting "carts" to be distributed to all homes, and the FY24 budget contained provisions to make these available. Some residents have weighed in on the pros and cons of this suggestion. Monday's meeting will be another opportunity to do so.
Finally, the Development Overview Committee is recommending that the Town send a letter of support for the planned Terrapin House development at the northeast corner of Baltimore Ave and Hartwick Road, just south of the municipal parking garage in College Park. The development would replace an existing retail building and housing with a 6-story mixed-use project consisting of 298 beds/93 multi-family units, 4,800 square feet of retail space, and a two-level parking garage providing 90 spaces. Importantly, the development will increase storm water management on the property and has the support of the College Park City Council.
You can read more about the upcoming meeting on the Town's Agenda Center Website at this link.