Prince George’s County Executive Unveils New Permitting Plan

As reported in the Washington Post, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III will unveil his $2.7 billion budget this Thursday at 2:30 p.m., in the Conference Room of the County Executive’s Office located in the County Administration Building.  According to Prince George’s County, the jurisdiction faces an estimated $152 million revenue deficit in the FY 2014 General Fund budget.  The County Executive will outline his plan to address the budget deficit while making strategic priority investments to move the economy forward and improve the quality of life in Prince George’s County.

As part of his budget, the County Executive will propose a new agency and additional restructuring to streamline permit approval and enforcement in the County.  As described in the Post,

The $140 million environment agency would be remade into a smaller organization that would focus on the environment, trash collection, recycling and clean water. It would no longer manage permits or be required to ferret out illegal nightclubs, which would become the responsibility of the new Department of Permits, Inspections and Enforcement.

The public works department also would undergo changes, including transferring some engineers and permitting experts to the new permits department. That would leave public works with responsibility for snow removal, road maintenance, the county bus system and traffic lights, among other items.

The County Executive already has support of the County Council for the outline of his plan, and will be formally asking permission for some of the specific changes in the next few weeks, as reported in the Post.

For more information, see the Post’s full coverage, or this press release from Prince George’s County.