The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Prince George's County Council. For more information, call 952-5182.
HOUSING GUIDELINES -- The council unanimously approved guidelines to be used in implementing three housing laws passed last month. The new legislation requires developers who plan to include moderately priced housing in their developments to include it also on their master plans and to obtain the approval of the county Planning Board.
The council, at its July 24 meeting, passed three bills that require developers to set aside a percentage of the homes they construct for low-and moderate-income families. The housing program is scheduled to begin next year. The council still has not decided how to define moderately priced units.
SUBDIVIDING FAMILY LAND -- The council, in a 6 to 1 vote, approved legislation making it easier for landowners with at least 5.5 acres of land to sell or give a portion of their land to a relative. Richard Castaldi voted against the legislation without comment. County Executive Parris Glendening is expected to sign the bill into law within two weeks.
The new legislation allows landowners to transfer half an acre or more to a relative without having to undergo the regular zoning process now required to break up family land into parcels. The land transfer must be in compliance with the zoning ordinance for that part of the county and the landowner must retain at least five acres.
The new legislation, which will become effect when the county executive signs it, stipulates that the transferred land may be used only for a single-family detached residence and accessory buildings, such as a garage or tool shed.
Council member Kirwan Wineland introduced the legislation to ease the current law, which requires a landowner wishing to give or sell land to a relative to first produce a subdivision map or layout of the land and its intended uses.
HOMES NEAR GOLF COURSES -- The council introduced legislation requiring the seller of property adjacent to a golf course to tell potential buyers about about possible injury to them or their buildings from flying golf balls.
The bill was introduced by council member Jo Ann Bell to protect home purchasers who, she says, often are unaware that many golf courses disclaim financial responsibility for damage caused by stray balls.
If approved, the bill would allow prospective home purchasers to back out of a contract any time before settlement if it is determined they were not informed of potential golf course hazards.