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Prince George's Council resurrects transit-oriented development bills

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Local,Maryland,Matt Connolly,Metro,Prince Georges County

Supporters of the pair of transit-oriented development bills that stalled in the Prince George's County Council are hoping for better luck with two similar bills introduced this year.

The proposals would make it easier for some projects to get through the oft-arduous planning process if they are close to a Metro station. Last year's pair, which had the same goal, was criticized in part for allowing projects to bypass some public hearings.

After the two were proposed in September 2012, one was tabled while the other was revised. After further backlash, the council decided to revisit the issue this year.

"That gives us the opportunity to collect more input as to how we could improve those bills," Councilman Mel Franklin, D-Upper Marlboro, said at the time. "They might look completely different."

The new bills, which do contain public hearing requirements for expedited projects, will be discussed by Franklin's zoning committee this week.

mconnolly@washingtonexaminer.com

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