Investing in Infrastructure, Providing Quality Housing, and Improving Quality of Life
Deni has overseen several key projects during her tenure in office. These projects focus on rebuilding our abandoned, vacant blighted buildings (and blocks) and revitalizating aging strip malls. We are revitalizing our district one neighborhood at a time. One of the key strategies she has employed was by establishing the Northern Gateway Area, an umbrella coalition of all the unincorporated areas of District 2, which complements our Gateway Arts District, a coalition of our incorporated areas in the district.
Connecting Communities, Improving the Environment, and Protecting Seniors
Listed are some of my key legislation initiatives during my last three years in office. In 2015, Council member Taveras supported sensible legislation to safeguard the environment, protect the elderly, and enhance the quality of life in Prince George's County. In 2016, Council member Taveras presented a quality of life legislative package to focus on improving public safety, public health, and local neighborhood conditions. The bills focus on strengthening enforcement, increasing outreach and education, and ensuring accountability. In 2017, she continued to press on her quality life legislation, as well as focusing on affordable housing, housing standards, and tenant protection legislation. Some key legislation pieces tackled issues such as human trafficking, drug dealing, bulk trash, illegal signs, and overcrowding. Councilmember Taveras was awarded Legislator of the Year in 2017 by the Prince George's County Municipal Association.
CR-22-2017 passed for the purpose of approving Greater Chillum as a Sustainable Community through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
CR-17-2017 allows Tattoo Parlor and Music Recording Studio to be added to certain character areas within the Gateway Arts District.
CR-90-2017 sends a message that Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status are welcomed in Prince George's County.
CR-2-2017 was passed to send a message that immigrants and refugees are welcomed in Prince George's County.
CB-74-2017 passed for the purpose of providing an exception to the requirements of the County Subdivision Regulations to allow certain structural repairs.
CB-48-2017 extends the historic tax credit from 5 to 10 years when upgrades are done to a historic home or a home in a historic district.
CB-62-2017 establishes a Language Access program in the County. It will require the processing and reporting of requests for language access services in the County.
CB-49-2017 provides basic standards and community notification for non-conforming uses. This bill will eliminate blight and allow for better protection of the public health, safety, and welfare of our County residents.
CB-91-2017 imposes civil fines and penalties for violations of the housing code in our multifamily rental facilities.
CB-37-2017 creates the first standards of how many people can occupy a home or apartment based on square footage per the International Code of Property Standards.
This bill CB-85-2017 protects tenants for being evicted by property managers for complaining, as long as your rent is paid in full.
CB-90-2016 is a resolution that designates an area of unincorporated land in the northern portion of Prince George's County as the Prince George's County Northern Gateway. This specifically puts under the same umbrella the neighborhoods of Langley Park, parts of Adelphi, Lewisdale, Carole Highlands, Chillum, 8th Precinct, Hampshire Knolls, Avondale and North Woodrigde. This new district will be the densest district in Prince George's County and giving it an opportunity for greater advocacy of revitalization opportunities and housing enforcement.
CR-56-2016 is a resolution that creates the Prince George's Plaza Transit District Overlay Zone. This bill approves the new zoning standards for Planning Area 68 for the area generally bounded by the eastern boundary of the M-NCPPC Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park; on the north by the University Hills Subdivision. This bill increases the density of around the transit area to allow for smart growth development mixed-uses of residential, commercial, schools, and stormwater needs.
CR-89-2016 is a resolution to allow for more creative small business options within the Gateway Arts District. More specifically, this resolution permits the existence of Tattoo Parlors and Music Recording Studios in certain character areas within the Gateway Arts Development District.
CB-59-2016 expands laws to prohibit the use of an apartment for drug activity or prostitution. The legislation holds landlords, owners, management staff, and tenants liable if their property is knowingly used for drug activity or prostitution, including human trafficking. The bill also provides for outreach and education in order to encourage more effective community partnerships in prevention and enforcement.
CB-64-2016 addresses public health concerns related to the accumulation of garbage or litter following an eviction. The bill mandates landlords to remove all garbage, litter, and trash from the property within one business day.
CB-63-2016 prohibits the illegal sales of vehicles on County roads. By increasing penalties, the bill aims to stem the proliferation of curbstoning and better incentivize the necessary complex sting operations across County agencies.
CB-61-2016 with companion bill CB-62-2016 maximizes the penalties for illegally posting signs, strengthening enforcement in the County.
CB-03-2016 amends the zoning ordinance to forbid natural-gas drilling. Prince George's was the first jurisdiction in Maryland to enact legislation prohibiting hydraulic fracturing in an effort to protect residents from health hazards associated with the practice. This led the state to take on a similar position after years of debate in Annapolis.
CB-74-2015 establishes a property tax credit for landowners who are engaged in urban agriculture activities or leasing land for urban agricultural purposes. CB-25-2016 amends the zoning categories for urban farms and expands urban farming opportunities to R-80 and R-55 residential zones, providing more land to cultivate fruits, vegetables, and flowers where residents live.
CB-59-2015 requires age restricted senior housing facilities to provide senior citizens age 55 and over with the option of a 24-month residential lease. Twenty-four month leases must be offered to senior residents signing or renewing leases. Building managers may not increase the rent during the 24-month lease.
CB-05-2015 prohibits the sale, use, or provision of certain expanded polystyrene food service products, which include bio-degradable Styrofoam containers not easily recycled. Effective July 1, 2016, this bill aims to reduce trash pollution and the accumulation of litter.
CB-44-2015 establishes stronger penalities for public drinking in Prince George's County. The bill increases the fines for offenses and adds alcohol treatment and community service to each offense.