Mark your calendars. This week brings us two important opportunities to be heard:
Wed., May 30 7-10 pm College Park Route 1 Corridor Transportation Study (click for pdf)
Sat., June 2 10 am-2 pm Cafritz Property Community Input Meetings Please encourage your friends and neighbors to come out and voice their opinions. Spread the word via PTA, civic association, political and town lists. If we want to be included in the planning, we have to show up and make our wishes known. Get a sitter, put off a few errands and bring a friend: to do otherwise may leave planners and elected representatives operating without a clear understanding of the Rt. 1 community’s wishes, perhaps making decisions that are expeditious–rather than informed by their constituents’ input.
The College Park study will be presented by the consultants, Nelson Nygaard. A draft report has been done but the final version will incorporate public input from the 5/30 meeting. Nelson Nygaard’s site offers a rundown on “12 of the most common regulatory obstacles preventing Smart Growth–and what local communities are doing to get around those obstacles.” UPDATE: For those who cannot make this meeting, why couldn’t the presentation be posted online (preferably with the report) and citizens could comment for a period of time? Check with your College Park council person or Eric Olson, maybe they can facilitate this.
Prince George’s County Council Member Eric Olson has suggested in a letter to constituents that an over-55 community might be a good use for the Cafritz property: no additional load on the area schools and less traffic impact. You write the marketing copy: close to the Metro, inside the Beltway, the University and its cultural resources are nearby, just blocks from a Lifestyle Safeway and movie theater at University Town Center. It is definitely worth exploring.
On a different note: Given that it was a holiday weekend, it was gratifying to see how many people dropped by the site in the first 24 hours. Thank you for visiting.