November 29th, 2008

we can't teach what we don't know
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Environmental news for Prince George's Co.

The Court of Special Appeals affirmed the County Council’s ruling that a rubble dump is not to be built across the street from our only county public school environmental center and in the heart of our rural tier. The article about it is here. The Brandywine-Baden/Aquasco community has been fighting the rubble dump for almost a decade and apparently there could still be another appeal.

The TDR (transfer development rights) bill that I recently wrote about in "TDRs to save rural land & prevent more suburban sprawl" has been tabled. The Gazette posted:
Before a crowd of more than 200 people, Prince George's County Council members Tuesday once again postponed a new law that would require builders to buy farmland preservation credits in the rural part of the county in exchange for building more densely in other parts of the county.

So it's not that the people didn't turn out on that business day.
The vote on the Transfer of Development Rights bill was delayed after a prolonged public hearing where more than 50 developers and farmers testified for more than two hours, with the majority warning the bill would stop development in Prince George's County.

We have a lot of work still to do. It looks like County Executive Jack Johnson is the major opponent, considering only today's economy.

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! Show your appreciation for our rural tier by buying products from our farmers, such as a live Christmas tree.

Other news about the environment affecting Prince George's Co. can be found here.

Check out the latest news and discussions about Prince George's County here.

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