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Board delays voting on Maryland casino project

After a July 14 public meeting, Prince George's County officials have decided to hold a vote on a $925 million casino and resort that would be located close to Washington D.C. The vote would have been held on the same day but was delayed until July 21 due to three of the council's members not being at the meeting.

The plan won support of voters in Maryland in 2012 and the support of the Prince George's county executive. However, those who are opposed to the development say that it would be too bright and would cause traffic issues in an area where traffic is already congested at times. It is said that the board's approval is the last major step that needs to take place before construction begins.

One of the biggest reasons why supporters want the resort development project to go ahead is because of its economic benefit. It is estimated that the project will provide 2,000 jobs during the construction phase and will provide 4,000 permanent jobs after the casino and resort are completed. Attorneys for the casino say that it keeps traffic under a cap that otherwise would require improvements to the surrounding roads. In anticipation of board approval, the National Harbor site of the development has already been graded.

When a property is developed, it must meet local zoning and other land use requirements. Traffic studies and other impact studies can attempt to anticipate whether a site is being properly used and will be a benefit to the community both now and in the future. Developers of these types of properties will often benefit from the assistance of an attorney with experience in real estate law.

Source: NBC Washington, "County Panel to Vote on MGM Casino Next Week", Brian White, July 14, 2014

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