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Special Projects/Research

Special Projects/Research

The Special Projects Section is responsible for providing technical advice on the need for public facilities, mandatory referral cases, and agricultural issues, as well as a wide variety of special projects involving research and the implementation of new planning tools. These three functions are provided through team members who work together toward preparing:

  • Master, functional, and sector plans
  • Public facilities planning
  • Mandatory referral reviews
  • Agricultural planning
 See listing of Special Reports and Studies.

The Public Facilities Team addresses comprehensive public facility planning at the County level. It is responsible for addressing a variety of public facilities including schools, water, sewer, fire, police, and libraries and providing technical support to the County’s Police Department, Fire/EMS Department, Library System, and the Board of Education.

The Mandatory Referral Team handles a review process for all public sector—federal, state, and local—development projects public and private utilities are reviewed. Full reviews benefit from Planning Board advice and recommendations, which can greatly improve a project. The intake process determines if a project is either exempt, subject to the entitlement process instead, or is appropriate for a mandatory referral review. For more information, click onto the Mandatory Referral webpage.

The Agricultural Planning Team prepares studies and plans that provide findings, policies, and strategies for sustaining urban and rural agriculture in the County, including agritourism, farmers’ markets, and special agriculture-related events. The team works with the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council, the agricultural marketing specialist, and the urban agriculture coordinator, to support agricultural business enterprises and implement sound zoning guidelines.  For recent planning efforts, click onto the 2017 Resource Conservation Plan webpage.

The Research Unit prepares a wide variety of research, forecasting, reporting and data collection activities on Prince George’s County. It makes available detailed information and information services on planning activities and processes. This unit performs data collection, analysis, and presentation for:

  • Residents
  • Government agencies
  • Private businesses

See Quarterly Business Reports (Research Bulletin and Pulse) and Annual Reports

Contact Staff

Maria Martin  


Kerry Gathers

Countywide Planning Division
GIS Specialist


Gül Guleryuz

Urban Agriculture
Food Systems


Fatimah Hasan
Agricultural Preservation

Mandatory Referral


 Ted Kowaluk Real Estate Market Analysis
Special Research Studies
Housing Policy Analysis

Mandatory Referral


Jay Mangalvedhe

Public Facilities Referral
Libraries and Corrections


Christine Osei WSSC Liaison                  Mandatory Referral 301-952-3313
Tiffany Williams Jennings Schools, Fire/EMS, and Police
Water and Sewer

View ongoing and completed Research Reports and Studies. See listing of Research Reports and Studies available on our Publications list. 

Additional Research Staff Contact:

Jacqueline Philson Master Planner,
Special Research Studies, Economic Development, Housing, Real Estate Market, Economic Trends and Demographic Analysis