Public Forum: Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life

The City of College Park’s Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Workgroup will host a second public forum on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. to present and take public comment on rental properties in our community. Attendees with meet at City Hall on 4500 Knox Road in the 2nd Floor Council Chambers.

At the Workgroup’s first public forum on January 29, members of the College Park community spoke about their quality of life concerns, the need to maintain owner-occupied housing, and the need to provide a diverse range of housing opportunities for students, faculty and staff of the University of Maryland, and other employees in and residents of College Park. Since that time, four task forces have been working to develop possible strategies to address the concerns raised at the public forum, focusing on four topics:

  1. Reducing loud parties and other quality of life issues
  2. Increasing home ownership in the City
  3. Building positive relations between students and long-term residents
  4. Increasing the diversity of housing types available to students

Lists of potential strategies for issue reduction and increasing home ownership have been posted on the City’s website and are attached to this message. Strategies for building positive student-resident relations and increasing the diversity of housing types will be posted on the City website when they are submitted by those two task forces.

In addition, minutes from the first public forum will be posted on the City website early next week.

Members of the public are encouraged to provide their comments on the potential strategies, either by attending the Public Forum on April 30 or by submitting written comments via email to qualityoflife@collegeparkmd.gov or via regular mail to Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Workgroup, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740. The record will remain open until May 7, 2013.

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