1. Consideration of a special exception to allow for multi-family housing in a house in the historic district in Old Town. It seemed last week that the Council would oppose this, and I’m inclined to go along with Ms. Stullich, who represents this District, and vote to deny. Also, the property owner is asking for more than what is permitted in the zoning laws, and I think that would set a bad precedent.
2. Comments on the SHA Draft Consolidated Transportation Program. The staff drafted a letter to:
a) request reinstating funding for the rebuild of Route One,
b) support preliminary engineering of the Purple Line and state-funded safety enhancement projects
c) support removing the U-MD Connector from the plan – we are doing this based on the City’s long-time opposition to the connector road and the believe that the SHA should prioritize rebuilding Route One first, and
d) restating our concern about adding a lane to the Beltway (which is zero-funded this year) because it would take homes away in Sunnyside. I insisted that we bring this up to protect our homeowners.
I want to mention a grant opportunity that has come to my attention through the Nation’s Cities Weekly newspaper. The Obama administration is releasing more funds for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants to support retrofits in homes and commercial buildings. Although the grant appears very competitive – only 20 grants will be awarded around the country – this could be used to give our home energy loan program a jump start! More info is available at:
One more thing – regarding the new form-based code ordinance that I’ve been talking about the past couple of weeks, we’re probably going to have a special worksession to discuss it. I found out that Greenbelt sent a letter asking the County to postpone consideration of the ordinance, and I would like College Park to do the same.
Let me know if you have any questions!