City of College Park

In last night’s Council meeting, the City Council formed formed a neighborhood stabilization group in order to help improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

The formation of this group came after the Council decided to put its rent stabilization ordinance on hold for a year, in the hopes of working collaboratively with a group of stakeholders to look at alternative ways to address the issues that the rent stabilization ordinance was intended to address.

The goal of the previous rent stabilization ordinance was specifically, to prevent the continuing conversion of owner-occupied properties into rental properties, and to address the quality of life issues surrounding the large number of rental properties in the City.

This includes noise concerns, property maintenance, overcrowding, public safety, littering, underage drinking and aggressive behavior.

The Council is looking for two residents from each district who are interested in working as part of a larger Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Workgroup to develop proposals to address these issues. The workgroup will meet a couple of times over the next few months and will also divide into task forces that will meet more frequently.

There will also be a couple of public forums over the next 6 months or so to allow for public input into these issues and discussion of the proposals that the workgroup sets forward.

If you are interested to join this group, please contact me or the council member of your district. Thank you.