The long-debated Cafritz rezoning plan will face a watershed moment next week, as the Prince George's County District Council prepares to debate and vote on the proposal this Monday, July 9.
The Council's session is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building (4741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro).
Public hearings on the Cafritz plan—which lasted 30-plus hours over six days—wrapped up in May with remarks from residents and attorneys involved in the case.
The Council now must vote on the application before the July 20 deadline, or it will automatically be deemed disapproved.
Under the proposal, a 37-acre parcel on the north end of Riverdale Park would be redesignated from single-family detached residential (R-55) to mixed-use town center (M-UTC), easing the way for the construction of more than 900 units of housing, a 35,000-square-foot Whole Foods, a 120-room hotel, and additional office and retail space.
Supporters contend the project will spur economic growth and bring a desirable mix of retail and residential development to the area—an argument embraced by the Prince George's County Planning Board.
Critics charge that the plan would impose extreme fiscal, environmental, and traffic pressure on the surrounding communities.
See below for past coverage of the approval process:
- May 11: Cafritz Hearing is Adjourned
- May 7: Cafritz Hearing Continued to Sixth, and Possibly Final, Day
- May 4: Once Again, District Council Continues Cafritz Hearing
- April 30: After Another Marathon Session, Cafritz Hearing is Recessed to Friday
- April 13: District Council Continues Cafritz Proceedings to April 30
- April 11: Amid Procedural Turmoil, Cafritz Hearing is Recessed
- Feb. 2: Planning Board Conditionally Approves Cafritz Rezoning, 4-0
- Jan. 13: After Seven Hours of Testimony, Cafritz Hearing Recessed to Feb. 2
- Nov. 17: Planning Staff to Recommend Cafritz Zoning Approval With Conditions
- Jan. 11: College Park Says 'No' to Cafritz Rezoning
- Jan. 11: Riverdale Park Council Backs Cafritz Rezoning, 5-0
- Jan. 10: University Park Council Gives Conditional OK to Cafritz Rezoning