The plan aims to increase the county’s share of regional job growth; address income, jobs, and transportation inequities; increase quality, affordable housing through mixed-income projects; enhance connectivity to and between Metro stations; increase transportation options and utilization of the Metrorail Green Line for reverse commute trips; and stabilize and preserve nearby communities.
The purpose of the Development District Overlay Zone (DDOZ) is to prohibit certain uses in the entire area and additional uses near the Metro stations, as well as establish development standards and requirements for properties C the following Metro stations. DDOZ development standards and requirements for street design, block standards, building height, and parking are included for the Branch Avenue and Naylor Road station areas.
The project corridor surrounds four stations on the southern end of the Metro Green Line in Prince George’s County, Maryland, extending from Southern Avenue down Branch Avenue (MD 5) to the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495). The four stations within the plan area include:
Most people are willing to walk for about 10 minutes, or roughly half a mile, to access a rail transit station. Therefore, planning for transit-oriented development focuses on the area within half a mile of a station - drawn on maps as the walk circle, with the station at its center. Within the walk circle, the process seeks opportunities to locate additional transit riders going to new destinations, such as jobs, shops, and housing.
Principles of Transit-Oriented Development
Create a compact mix of land uses around transit stations that support, and benefit from, transit service.
Design the station area as a civic amenity and a recognizable place in the community.
Place highest-intensity development nearest to the transit station.
Provide direct pedestrian routes to the station.
Use transit to shape the growth of community centers.