The Prince George’s County Council voted 9 - 0 on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, to enact CB-02-2012, a bill requiring the Prince George’s County Planning Board to examine whether adequate public pedestrian and bikeway facilities exist surrounding new development projects.
If pedestrian and bicycle connections to schools, parks, shopping and other destinations within a half-mile are inadequate, the Planning Board can – under this legislation – require that new developments install such connections.
Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair Eric Olson (D) – District 3, says this legislation will create a better environment for pedestrians and cyclists, and create stronger communities.
“When new development occurs, developers can now be required to invest in off-site improvements for walking and biking, rather than just cars. As we seek to create healthier, more walkable mixed-use communities, this is an important step forward.”
Prince George’s County Council Member Mel Franklin (D) – District 9, also a sponsor of the bill, says that walkable and bikeable communities are the right way to develop in the 21st century economy.
“This legislation will help Prince George’s County foster higher quality and more sustainable development, while ensuring that new communities connect to our older, established neighborhoods. Mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods are the essence of smarter growth in today’s rapidly changing economy.”
Under the bill, as a part of any development project requiring the subdivision or re-subdivision of land within County designated Centers or Corridors, the Planning Board may require developers to construct adequate pedestrian and bikeway facilities including, but not limited to, installing or improving sidewalks and increasing safe pedestrian and biking opportunities.
To view this legislation, please click HERE.
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