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File #: HCC-190-FY22    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Action Item Status: Passed
File created: 12/1/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 12/6/2021 Final action: 12/6/2021
Title: Letter of Support: Prince George's County Climate Action Plan
Sponsors: Kevin Ward, Edouard Haba, Ben Simasek
Indexes: Legislative
Attachments: 1. December 2021 support Climate Action Plan
Submitted by: Laura Reams
Submitting Department: City Clerk
Agenda Section: Action

Item Title:
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Letter of Support: Prince George's County Climate Action Plan
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Suggested Action:
recommendation
I move that the Council authorize the Mayor to send a letter of support to Prince George's County in favor of the draft Prince George's County Climate Action Plan.
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Summary Background:
Prince George's County has released their Climate Action Plan and are allowing municipalities to submit a formal statement regarding the 250+ page document before December 15, 2021. A copy of the draft plan can be reviewed at the link below.

https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3748/Climate-Change

The Hyattsville Environment Committee (HEC) met on November 30 to review the plan document. HEC has submitted a letter to the City Council recommending support of the Climate Action Plan, as written. Attached is a copy of the letter from HEC.

Below are the staff comments from Director of Public Works Riddle and Supervisor of Environmental Programs Taft.

* Overall, the document successfully summarizes the multiple threats that Prince George's County and the entire region face due to climate change.
* Section VIII reviews the Priority Recommendations for this plan - this section details actionable steps that the County and municipalities can support and implement. City staff believes that having actionable items within a plan is critical.
* Priority M-11 will enact a "No Net Loss" tree conservation regulation - this will require a significant expansion and protection of the existing canopy. How will this be accomplished with the overwhelming amount of approved and proposed land development?
* Priority M-11 also suggests updating the Prince George's Environmental Technical Manual. The Prince George's County Landscape Manual was also created in 2010 and needs to be updated as well.
* Priority A-3 requires preserving and restoring natural resources areas through changes in land ...

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