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Dear Neighbors,
  
 As we celebrated Black History month together, I was so excited to be part of an inspirational month of activities reaffirming the greatness of Prince George's County and our residents. As Maya Angelou once said, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you," and so it was truly an honor to attend events recognizing the perseverance of our past, and the continued hope for a greater future. 

As we move forward with major initiatives to improve our County, such as the Zoning Rewrite, please continue to stay involved and share your input.

Zoning Rewrite Comments Contact:
Chad Williams
Planning Department, 4th Floor
County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
  
Other Links:
Phone: 301-780-8173
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ZonePGC 
Twitter: @ZonePGC

Also, you can go to the Prince George's County Planning Department to track development projects being reviewed by the Planning Department. Visit  PGAtlas and the PGAtlas Development Notification website so you can get weekly updates by email.
  
It is truly a privilege to serve the residents of our County and District 2.  Thank you for working with me to make our communities stronger! I appreciate the opportunity to be in your service.           
  
  
Sincerely,



Deni Taveras

Black History and Multicultural Environment Awareness Event 

During the month of February, Council Member Taveras celebrated the Clean Water Partnership and stormwater management projects at Rosa Parks Elementary School. Students participated in hands-on demonstrations that showcased how these projects protect our environment for the future. Students also learned about African Americans who broke barriers to advance environmental justice, creating healthier communities for all  those that came after them. The fusion of environment and history is just one of the many ways the Clean Water Partnership is aiding communities. To learn more about their projects, click here
 More Exciting Events
  
On February 10th, Council Member Taveras attended the opening reception for the Chocolate Cities exhibition. Residents can continue to learn more about the important local contributions of black historical figures and today's leaders at the Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center.



Zoning Rewrite Community Meeting 

Council Member Taveras and M-NCPPC welcomed residents from District 2 for a community meeting about the zoning rewrite on February 23 at the Prince George's Plaza Community Center. The Planning Department presented information about the draft modules of the ordinance and answered residents' questions. Part of the zoning rewrite is proposed to include higher quality property standards, requirements for more sidewalks, a new open space set-aside to protect park spaces, enhanced stormwater management amenities, increased community outreach,  and policies to promote bike/pedestrian friendliness. To learn more about the zoning rewrite, click here
Proclamation for Maryland Dental Action Coalition 

Council Member Taveras awarded the Maryland Dental Action Coalition with a proclamation to promote oral health. In the United States, more than 16 million children go each year without seeing a dentist. Low-income and minority children, including children of Latino backgrounds, are disproportionately affected by poor oral hygiene. The Prince George's County Council is proud to partner with the Maryland Dental Action Coalition, the American Dental Association's National Children's Dental Health Month Campaign, and the Maryland Dental Action Coalition's Dientes Sanos, Niños Sanos (Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids) campaign targeting Latino families to promote good oral health through social marketing channels, community outreach and educational websites.
2017 Nomination Forms 

In partnership with Dr. Kevin Maxwell and PGCPS, Council Member Taveras would like to invite you to participate in a special community event. On Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 12:00 noon, our community members will come together to participate in the  Take Pride in Our Community festival and a community awards ceremony at Northwestern High School. This celebration will recognize adult and youth leaders from our civic associations, schools, churches, and non-profit organizations who are working to beautify, celebrate, and connect the communities of District 2. 
 
Council Member Taveras launched the  Take Pride initiative in September 2016, with the objective of improving the quality of life for Prince Georgians and District 2 residents. For this event, Council Member Taveras encourages residents to spearhead  Take Pride projects or recognize existing programs and leaders that are currently working to make our communities cleaner, safer, and more family-friendly. This ceremony will allow us to share the good news and great work taking place in our communities. We ask you to nominate at least two individuals/organizations that are doing a great job in taking pride by working to better their school, neighborhood, or community. Click here to fill out the form online or call my office at (301) 952-4436 for more information.

Upcoming Events: 

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Prince George's Community Center (6600 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782), Council Member Taveras and Mayors Candace Hollingsworth, Malinda Miles, Petrella Robinson, and Rocio Treminio-Lopez will host a Flood Insurance Forum. Public agencies will be present and available to answer your questions.


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