Member Comments Requested Regarding Minimum Yard Standards

During the September 3, 2020 GHI Board of Directors meeting, the Board proposed revisions to the minimum yard standards as written in Section III. Minimum Use and Maintenance Standards – Home and Yards B. Exterior. The proposed revisions can be seen here. This includes standards for outdoor storage of wood and building materials.

-Section III.B addresses the maintenance of unit exteriors, including fences and yards.
-Subsection B.10 has been removed and Subsections B.11-B.20 have been renumbered.
-Subsection B.10 addressed yard areas, specifically trash, debris, and noxious plants, such as poison ivy.
-The new section B.13 addresses English ivy and other creeping vegetation. A final sentence has been added, “Yard areas shall be free of noxious plants, such as poison ivy.”
-The new Subsection B.19 is a rewrite and reformatting of the old B.10.
-Subsection B.19 begins with the broader statement that exterior areas must be maintained in safe and orderly condition. This statement is broken down in further Subsections a-f. Members should review all of B.19 carefully.

The Board has requested member input regarding the proposed changes. Comments are due to the manager’s office by Thursday, October 8, 2020. You can submit your comments through email or postal mail to mgmtoffice@ghi.coop or Manager’s Office, GHI, 1 Hamilton Place, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

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New Zoning Ordinance Could Bring Dramatic Change to Historic Greenbelt’s Density, Open Spaces, and Skyline

zoningOn October 23, 2018, the Prince George’s County Council voted to approve a new zoning ordinance. This new ordinance is estimated to become effective in 2020. At that time, the current zone which caps density (the number of residential dwelling units) in Historic Greenbelt will go away.

The new zoning ordinance will allow for:

  • Increased Density – the number of dwelling units which may be built in GHI
    would increase by over 500%!
  • Increased Building Height – up to 5 stories for townhouses/apartments and no height limitation on commercial buildings
  • Less Green Space – as a result of infill development on existing green spaces

The County Council also authorized the creation of a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCO) Zone for the Greenbelt, Maryland National Landmark District that includes GHI. This NCO will provide a framework for protecting the existing character of Historic Greenbelt. Continue reading “New Zoning Ordinance Could Bring Dramatic Change to Historic Greenbelt’s Density, Open Spaces, and Skyline”

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