Bowie Marketplace developer, Berman Enterprises has submitted a proposal to build a 288 -unit, 4-5-story apartment building at the rear of the shopping center.
There will be a hearing before the Bowie Advisory Planning Board (BAPB) on the proposal on November 15. The BAPB consists of seven Bowie resident volunteers. They review development proposals and make recommendations to the City Council on whether or not to support a particular development request. They are an important part of the development review process for any proposal affecting Bowie and their recommendations are part of the input that Council receives prior to making development decisions.
The hearing will begin with a brief presentation by staff and the developer. Attendees will also have the opportunity to testify at the hearing. After the BAPB reviews the proposal and makes its recommendation to Council, the City Council will hold its own public hearing and then will vote on whether or not to approve the apartment building. The City Council public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Usually the vote of the City Council is not a binding one, since final development decisions are made at the County level. However, because of a prior development agreement, this is one of the rare instances where the City Council has the final decision-making authority on whether or not an apartment building is built on the site.
The BAPB Public Hearing will take place on November 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.