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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga September 2023

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Council Chair Tom Dernoga, one of the County’s “pollinators,” and his Chief of Staff Michelle García at the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference.

Virtual Community Conversation: Proposed Vansville Development

Residents’ opinions play a big part in how our landscape changes. Being involved in this process is crucial as new developments will alter your neighborhood's environment. I rely on input from the community to guide me on what residents prefer to see in their neighborhoods.

A developer is seeking to develop 7.75 acres of land at the southeast intersection of Old Baltimore Pike and Ammendale Way (11701 Old Baltimore Pike, Vansville) into a townhouse community with a maximum of 67 units.

In February of this year, a neighborhood meeting was held with the developer to discuss this project in greater detail, per Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) guidelines.

M-NCPPC has accepted the developer’s Preliminary Plan of Subdivision and is moving toward having a hearing before the Planning Board. To view the plans, visit here: (This development plan is not set in stone yet but is pending approval before the M-NCPPC Planning Board.)

The developer has agreed to hold another community meeting about the proposed Harmony Garden Townhouse project for anyone who missed the informational meeting in February. An online Zoom meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, from 6:30-7:30 PM. Advance registration is required at, and questions may be submitted upon registration. Request ASL or Spanish translation assistance by September 1.

All interested people are encouraged to become a "person of record" for this application. As a person of record in a zoning case, you are notified of upcoming meetings, actions, and decisions made at certain stages of the zoning application process and relevant appeals procedures. Requests to become a person of record may be made online at or call 301-952-3530 for additional information. Please reference the subject application number: PPS-2022-043

Virtual Community Meeting: Proposed Speed Humps on Caverly Avenue

The County’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) recently reviewed Caverly Avenue, and the traffic study revealed that it scored 79 points, making it eligible for speed humps.

To consider the installation of speed humps, the Department of Public Works & Transportation requires a public meeting. An online Zoom meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, from 6:30-7:30 PM. Advance registration is required at and questions may be submitted upon registration. Request ASL or Spanish translation assistance by September 21.

At the meeting, staff from the Traffic Engineering and Safety Division will review the traffic study findings and explain the requirements of the petition process along with the merits and consequences of the hump installation.

Apply for Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit by Sept. 15

Maryland provides an income tax credit for residents making eligible undergraduate and/or graduates education payments on loans from an accredited college or university. Eligible participants must claim Maryland residency for the 2023 tax year, file 2023 Maryland state income taxes, have incurred at least $20,000 in undergraduate and/or graduate student loan debt, and have at least $5,000 in outstanding student loan debt upon applying for the tax credit. Learn more about the credit and how to apply by visiting; applications must be submitted by September 15.

County Council is back in Session

This September, the Prince George's County Council is resuming its legislative session after a month of recess. The recess allows the council to reset and reprioritize issues as they close out the session on November 14, 2023.

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Contact Us

Please keep in touch. Email us at or call 301-952-3887. Se habla español. On parle français. Follow us on Facebook, X, Threads, and Instagram: @TomDernogaD1

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