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RecommendationsTarget PeriodImplementation
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TownGreen Infrastructure Implementation CommitteeCommunity GroupsResidentsBusinesses/ InstitutionsOther Agencies
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OverviewAdopt the Cheverly Green Infrastructure Plan and establish a formal body to coordinate its implemention.ShortX
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* Establish benchmarks and timelines for achieving goals; report annually to the Town Council and citizens.ShortXX
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*Dedicate and pursue funding for implementationMediumXX
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*Coordinate initiatives to educate and engage citizens, organization, businesses, towns, schools, and institutions and other local and regional partners in actions that achieve the Green Infrastructure Plan goals.OngoingXXXXXX
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*Monitor and assess progress; report annually to the Town Council and citizensLongXX
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Establish and preserve a natural areas network including a system of five hubs and connecting corridors.Establishment, short; implementation, longXX
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Adopt on-site stormwater management as the optimal approach and reduce impervious surface area by a minimum of 5 percent from the current 23 percent.Adoption, short; Implementation, longX
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Adopt a town-wide tree canopy goal of 40%: optimally 50% for residential areas and 25% for commercial, industrial and institutional (i.e. town, church and school) areas, to be achieved by 2035.ShortX
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Consider the Green Infrastructure Plan goals when reviewing or revising the municipal code and in prioritizing resources, for example, expenditures from Program Open Space or to protect the tree canopy and encourage stormwater retention on-siteLongX
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Create an online Cheverly Green Guide with practical suggestions for homeowners, businesses, and institutions: information on Cheverly’s natural spaces; native vegetation; stormwater runoff reduction; and environmentally friendly building practices.MediumXXX
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Increase effectiveness in planning, evaluation, and implementation by consulting specialists as appropriate.OngoingXXX
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Natural Area NetworkProtect/manage Cheverly Nature Park Hub, Boyd Park-Cabin Branch Hub and Cheverly East Side Park Hub as community woodlands; Euclid Park Hub as a natural resource area; and Woodworth Park Hub as an environmental education areaDesignation: short; Implementation: longXXX
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Establish, preserve and manage corridors connecting the natural area hubs.Short/LongXXX
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Establish and manage "green ribbons" of back yards and utility alleys.MediumXXXX
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Promote the protected areas and linking corridors, improve access, install educational signage, and develop programs engaging residents to enjoy, appreciate and conserve these community resources.MediumXXX
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Collaborate with Pepco and other appropriate authorities to preserve and manage utility rights-of-way and alleys as viable natural resource corridors.MediumXXXX
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Develop a system of walking and bike trails for Cheverly, with connections to existing trails in surrounding jurisdictions.LongXXX
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Apply Plan criteria and priorities to enlarge the network and fill gaps.MediumXXX
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Develop guidelines and incentives to protect wooded areas surrounding the hubs and corridors.MediumXXX
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Use natural vegetative cover to buffer natural areas and corridors against noise, trash, noxious emissions and wind.MediumXXXXX
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Increase tree buffers along streams.MediumXXX
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Keep public access modifications to natural areas low impact, do not remove native vegetation or disturb wildlifeMediumXXXX
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SoilPreserve topsoil layer and minimize deep excavation to protect soil health. LongXXXX
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Use permeable surfaces where feasible to allow water absorption, filtering and storageLongXXXX
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Minimize use of machinery or vehicles that compact the soil and reduce its capacity to circulate water, oxygen and nutrientsLongXXXXX
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Maintain vegetated surfaces to preserve the soil ecosystem and reduce heating, evaporation and erosionLongXXXX
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Minimize the use of lawn fertilizers, pesticides, salt or other toxic substances and prevent their leaching into the ground or contaminating streams.LongXXXX
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WaterImprove water quality of Lower Beaverdam Creek and other local water bodies through storm water management, land protection, and reduction of fertilizers and pesticidesMediumXXXXXX
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Reduce town-wide impervious surface area by a minimum of 5 percent from the current 23 percent.LongXXXX
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Adopt on-site retention as the optimal approach to stormwater managementShortXX
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Implement a storm water management program to reduce volume, velocity, and temperature of runoffMixedXXX
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Protect streamside lands and headwater areas of streams to mimic natural flows and reduce flooding and erosion.LongXXX
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Provide incentives to land owners for increasing stream buffers.MediumX
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Pursue green streets practices such as curb cutouts, permeable sidewalks and driveways and bioretention.Short/OngoingXX
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Increase awareness and stewardship of local streams as valued environments and community amenities through improved access and signage.ShortXXX
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Divert downspouts; install rain barrels; install rain gardens; consider vegetated rooftopsShortXXXX
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Install rain gardens on public propertyShortX
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Consider daylighting stretches of currently piped streamsLongXX
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Continue Town Park restoration as a stormwater infiltration demonstration project and to reduce soil erosionMediumXXX
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Reduce trash and sediment input to streams; implement street cleaning practicesMediumXXXXX
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Plant trees to shade and cool stream waterMediumXXXX
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Initiate study of alternative stormwater management in Tributary 4 and other streamsMediumXXX
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Assess the extent, characteristics, and health, of our three wetland areas LongXXX
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Complete assessment of stream biological health and corridor characteristicsMediumXXX
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Monitor and report siltation from construction sitesOngoingXXXX
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Advocate for county and state clean water services, programs and incentives. Examples: Audits of residential property runoff and how to reduce it; tax incentives for rain gardens.MediumXXX
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Advocate for Lower Beaverdam Creek and other streams to be included as signature natural features at redevelopment projects such as the New Carrollton MetroLongXXX
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VegetationEstablish a Town-wide tree canopy goal of 40%; 50% for residential property and 25% for industrial and institutional property supported by goal-specific management plansEstablishment, short; implementation, longXX
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Establish a dedicated program for the continuing replacement of downed or hazardous public and private treesMediumXXXX
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Join the Baltimore Washington Partners for Forest Stewardship to collaborate on common goals with this growing network of forest managers, and encourage other forest owners in and adjacent to the town to joinShortXX
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Participate in the State of Maryland Chesapeake Bay Urban Tree Canopy goal effortShort/OngoingXX
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Implement a Bay-friendly native vegetation (tree, shrubs and other plants) restoration and management program including elimination and replacement of invasive speciesMediumXXX
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Reduce percent of manicured turf area through Bay-friendly landscaping. Mow high, leave grass clippings on lawnsShortXXXX
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Give preference to native trees and plants and avoid highly invasive speciesShortXXXX
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Plant largest canopy trees appropriate to specific sitesOngoingX
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Foster street and park tree health and longevity through best management practices, for example, standards formulated by the International Society of Arboriculture.OngoingXXX
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Explore a program to cost share services of a consulting arborist to provide residents with reduced cost tree health advice, for example, a few days each fall and spring. MediumXXXX
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Provide incentives to promote native plants in backyard habitats MediumXXXX
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Remove invasive plantsShort/ongoingXXX
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Engage residents, organizations and businesses in environmentally-oriented activities and events designed to build awareness and support for natural lands while improving ecosystem functionMediumXXXX
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Work with Pepco to manage Parkway extension - Wayne Street right-of-way as a planned meadowMediumXXXX
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Complete an assessment of vegetative health, soil conditions, water and air qualityMediumXXXX
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Conduct a detailed urban tree canopy assessment.MediumXX
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Conduct an inventory and assessment of street trees and trees in parks and designated hubsMediumXXXX
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Conduct an inventory and assessment of trees on private propertyMediumXXXXX
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Maintain natural resource database to inform and guide optimal resource managementOngoingXX
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Animal LifeImplement a wildlife protection plan tied to species, especially seasonal needs (e.g. bird nesting time, fawning season).MediumXXX
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Provide information and education resources about living with urban wildlife.OngoingXXXX
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Encourage bird feeding in wintertime; provide water, especially during hot dry periods. Add brush piles and plant shrubs for cover and food. Recommend nesting boxes, bat houses, and bird feeders.ShortXXXXX
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Plant native plant species that will attract butterflies and other pollinators into your yards and gardens.ShortXX
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Land Use and the Built EnvironmentInform and guide land use decisions by the principles of green infrastructure, land stewardship guidelines and County water resources functional master planOngoingXX/ Planning Bd
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Convert underutilized and/or abandoned properties, as appropriate, to contribute to green ribbons and designated hubs and/or the natural storm water management systemLongXX
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Create incentives for the voluntary restoration and stewardship of private open space and residential properties and integration with the natural lands networkMediumXXX
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Promote natural practices, green building techniques, and green infrastructure principles into neighborhood design, urban environments, and commercial/institutional areas. Future development projects, for example the Prince George's County Hospital property, Arbor Street/Tuxedo Road, and the 202 corridor, may be opportunities to advocate for these practices.OngoingXX/ Planning BdXX
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Encourage the use of permeable surface materials through retro-fit incentives, permit approval process, and innovative zoning mechanismsOngoingX /Planning BdXX
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Replace impervious parking lots with permeable materials; consider rain gardens and green roofs. Specific projects include redevelopment of commercial areas along Landover Road to increase permeable surface and decrease street entrances and exits.OngoingXX/ Planning BdXX
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Restore the 58th place lots abutting the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to aid in stormwater management and create a community amenity.MediumXXXX
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Revise transportation and streetscape standards improving conditions for street tree growth and increasing tree canopyLongXX
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Encourage the adoption of green infrastructure principles in building development and redevelopment, for example to achieve better stormwater retention.MediumXXXX
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Explore leasing industrial or institutional flat roof space to a Cheverly solar energy cooperativeLongXX
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Extend the hubs by acquisition of the Joslyn Street lots, the water tower lot, and the State Highway Administration cloverleaf which we now use as part of Woodworth Park.LongXXX
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Encourage consideration of “green” building methods and materials for residential usesMediumXXXX
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Seek opportunities to build pedestrian/bicycle crossings to improve connectivity within Cheverly.LongXX, Planning BdX
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Collaborate with community and area organizations and government agencies on demonstration projects and educational initiatives.LongXX
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Reduce light and noise pollutionMediumXXXX
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Encourage best practices to reduce ground level ozone by discouraging vehicle idling, especially by trucks and buses. Install “no idling” signs at places where idling has been observed.MediumXXXXX
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Promote the use of public transportation and car pooling, bicycling and walking; bundling errands; proper car maintenance (e.g. emission controls and tire pressure); driving at designated speedsOngoingXXXX
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Monitor particulate levels emanating from industrial and construction sites in and around Cheverly.OngoingXX
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Advocate for full implementation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act OngoingXXXX
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