AS EIGHT-YEAR SAGA CONTINUES, COOKE LOOKS FOR FAST TRACK
Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke yesterday asked Prince
George's County, MD, to "exempt his latest stadium proposal from
four levels of public review, which could cut a year off the
normal planning process" (Pierre & Neal, WASHINGTON POST, 6/28).
Cooke's request placed stadium bills on a "fast-track" that could
amend zoning laws by August 1. The three bills: 1) One would
amend zoning laws to let the Redskins build on land primarily
designated for residential and retail use. 2) Another would
effectively exempt the Redskins from the county's "adequate
public facilities" test, which requires developers to ensure that
their projects do not cause a "severe burden on local services";
3) The county would extend water and sewer services to the area
Cooke is interested in, which currently receives no such services
(John Mercurio, WASHINGTON TIMES, 6/28).