Dear Neighbors,
Over the last two years, I have heard from residents and local leaders who have expressed that addressing issues concerning overcrowding and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods are the two most important priorities for our community. To advance these goals, my legislative agenda and budget priorities have focused on building safer and cleaner neighborhoods that are more connected and family-friendly. In this newsletter, I share information about ways you can continue to share your input concerning how we can better District 2 and Prince George's County. Stay engaged, and let's do this together! 
This past year, I held over fifteen community events, including two local meetings on the Zoning Rewrite and three district-wide sessions on the County Budget and legislation. Each year, we visit about 2,500 households to address constituent complaints, conduct community outreach, and support community clean-ups and other special local initiatives. 

You can also share with us your concerns by participating in an array of community meetings throughout the district. Each month, my office attends about twenty-five civic meetings, including many of the local municipal council meetings of Mt. Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, and Hyattsville; school board meetings; PTO/PTA meetings; local civic associations, and meetings or events held by our local non-profits and community development corporations throughout the Gateway Arts District and the Northern Gateway.

Our community meetings, surveys, petitions, and a long array of planning studies show that we need higher property standards, more effective code enforcement, and a more responsive government that helps neighbors work with the county to improve neighborhood conditions. If we do not see you at a District 2 meeting, you can participate in these surveys and track our initiatives on-line at my Council website ( or on Facebook (

Please continue to join me in working to better our community and Prince George's County. I hope to see you at the next community meeting!

Deni Taveras
Council Member,
District 2

"Thriving Communities" Legislation Overview: 

This legislative year, Council Member Taveras proposed a "Thriving Communities" legislative package aimed at addressing poor property standards, residential overcrowding, parking congestion, illegal dumping, and chronic public nuisances.
Remember, you can track the status of legislation on-line at To view county council meetings, you can go to
  • CB -050-2017: Nuisance Abatement Board Law to Empower Citizen Participation - An act concerning the nuisance abatement board for the purpose of authorizing individual petitions.
  • CB -037-2017:  Housing & Property Standards Law to Prohibit Overcrowding - An act concerning housing and property standards for the purpose of amending the Prince George's County housing and property standards to address overcrowding.
  • CB -049-2017: Non-Conforming Use Law to Ensure Public Health and Safety - An ordinance concerning the approval requirements of nonconforming uses certification.
For any council hearings or committee hearings, you can email us your comments so they can be submitted for the record or call the Clerk's office at (301) 952-3600.

What's that Public Notice?

Participate in the Planning Board and the Zoning Hearing Examiner (ZHE) hearings for projects in District 2! Zoning and land use applications have public hearings and property owners and residents can participate in the process. You can sign-up to become a person of record here, You can register to receive e-mailed activity reports from the Planning Board here,

Please note that the County Council, sitting as the District Council, may not be able to review development and zoning cases unless they are appealed by a person of record that signed-up at the Planning Board or Zoning Hearing Examiner (ZHE) hearing. 

Zoning Rewrite Townhall

 Join the County Council Town hall on the Zoning Rewrite is scheduled for Mon., July, 17 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room. Join us there!

Community Happenings: 
Avondale Community Day 

On Saturday, June 24th Council Member Taveras joined the Avondale Civic Association for their community day. Everyone enjoyed crabs, refreshments, and the great summer weather! Congratulations to the Avondale Civic Association for a GREAT event!
Maryland Municipal League 2017 Breakfast 

On Wednesday, June 28th, Council Member Taveras, Vice-Chair Glaros and Council Member Turner hosted a municipal breakfast for local leaders in Districts 2, 3, and 4. The morning was filled with county updates, networking, and plenty of coffee! Thank you for all those that joined us at MML 2017. We look forward to seeing you again next year! 

On July 1, the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center celebrated "A Taste of Chocolate City Family Day". What a wonderful event with arts & crafts, games, and BBQ! Make sure to support PGAAMCC in all their summer events! For more information, call (301) 809-0440. 

Join Joe's Movement Emporium ( 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt Rainier, MD 20712) for Ally Theatre Company's "Think Before You Holla" running July 15-23, 2017. 
Generated from true stories via interviews and social media, Think Before You Holla examines gender-based street harassment and its overall influence on equality and women's experiences. For more information, call (301) 699-1819. 

To celebrate the first anniversary of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center's (PAAC) move to Hyattsville, curator Molly Ruppert has assembled a group show of 52 artists to mark 52 weeks of occupancy. The exhibition "One Year Later" has pieces priced at $365 or less to mark the days of the year. The exhibition will run from June 23 to August 5, 2017 with gallery hours of 10 AM-6 PM, Tuesday-Saturday, and 12-5 PM on Sundays. For more information, visit PAAC at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville Maryland 20781 or call (301) 608-9101. 


Wishing Everyone a Great Summer!