LARGO—The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission signed a memorandum of understanding Aug. 6 with the county’s Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement to enable quicker access to permits. According to Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin, the partnership will help provide customers the service they need at […]
LARGO—The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission signed a memorandum of understanding Aug. 6 with the county’s Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement to enable quicker access to permits.
According to Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin, the partnership will help provide customers the service they need at a pace the county has not seen before.
“We want our business community to go to other jurisdictions and say to them, ‘We can get a permit in five days when it takes 50 over here,” Franklin said. “It’s about making Prince George’s County not only competitive, but second to none.”
The new additions to DPIE will make Prince George’s County’s “one-stop shop service” the standard across the globe, Franklin said.
“Here, something like a business license permit took four to six weeks before,” said Victor Hoskins, Prince George’s County’s Chief Deputy Administrative Officer for Economic Development and Public Infrastructure. “Now it just takes a couple of days. That’s just amazing. Just to hear that is amazing.”
Hoskins said speeding up the various permitting processes in the county is important for financial and business reasons.
“Time is money,” Hoskins said. “If we don’t focus on time, the developers will go away.”
“There is so much excitement in the air here today,” said Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Chairwoman Elizabeth Hewlett. “I feel like we’re channeling Michael Jackson: ‘Can you feel it?’”
“The commission is absolutely thrilled to be a part, and have played a part, in the County Executive’s signature initiative from day one,” Hewlett said. “It is so very, very important for Prince George’s County.”
The director of DPIE, Haitham Hijazi, said he is appreciative to everyone helping DPIE shine. Hijazi said nobody believed DPIE would ever be established, let alone be successful.
“Everybody was taking bets on Haitham failing to establish DPIE,” Hijazi said. “You proved all of these folks who had doubt wrong.”
Hijazi credited County Executive Rushern Baker with DPIE’s success since it opened last year.
“This is not Haitham’s effort. This is County Exec leadership,” Hijazi said. “I can’t say enough about this County Executive and what he has done for me.”
Nicholas Majett, chief administrative officer for economic development and public infrastructure, said DPIE will be the best destination for permitting in the world.
“I like to see progress, and I like to see movement,” Majett said. “That’s what we have in Prince George’s County.”
“I’m excited to be the chief administrative officer in Prince George’s County because there are so many good things going on,” Majett said. “There’s just so much going on, that this is going to be the destination in the entire world.”
“The one-stop center has already set some new records for us,” Hoskins said. “I just feel very fortunate that I come in at a time like this when so much is moving ahead.”
Hoskins said that getting people to work and changing lives is the most important thing for the county right now. He said that he admires the teamwork that he’s seen around him from the different entities within DPIE.
“I loved the last Super Bowl game — what you saw was an individual trying to win a game, and you saw a team winning the game. The team won,” Hoskins said. “That’s what you have here. You have everybody working together as one team. That’s what this is.”