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January 13, 2015

Prince George’s Zoning Rewrite

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2014
Contact: M-NCPPC Public Affairs, 301-952-4584 TTY: 301-952-4366

CITIZENS ARE INVITED TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ZONING REWRITE—
A series of Countywide Listening Sessions will be held on

January 27, 28, and 29

UPPER MARLBORO, MD.— The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) needs your feedback on the rewrite of the county’s Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations. After a year-long review of the current codes, the nationally renowned consultant team led by Clarion Associates has completed and released its evaluation and recommendations for how the county’s Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations should be restructured. The sessions will be held in the Northern, Central, and Southern regions of the county on the following days and locations from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.:

                        
January 27, 2015 
  Parks and Recreation Administration Building
6600 Kenilworth Avenue
Riverdale, MD 20737 

   January 28, 2015   Southern Technology and Recreation Complex
7007 Bock Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
   January 29, 2015   Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center 
8001 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785

The Prince George’s Zoning Rewrite will update the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations to make development rules easier to understand, more user-friendly, and supportive of the type of quality development that encourages economic growth for the county. The project will also implement the newly adopted Plan Prince George’s 2035 General Plan, which establishes the vision for how the county hopes to grow. The Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations have not been updated in over 50 years. In past years there have been numerous amendments to the regulations. And, more, as a result, the current law is a 1,000-page document that many in the community agree is confusing, inconsistent, difficult to understand and use, and in some instances creates obstacles to achieve the types of economic development desired and improve the quality of life for the county’s residents.

For more information about Prince George’s Zoning Rewrite and to read the Evaluation and Recommendations Report, visit zoningpgc.pgplanning.com. The newly redesigned web site offers opportunities to learn more about zoning through the Zoning Academy, view the project time line, and stay involved by keeping track of our progress.

About the Prince George’s County Planning Department
The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is responsible for preserving, protecting, and managing the county’s resources through high-quality planning services and growth management guidance. Visit our web site, www.pgplanning.org, to learn how you can become engaged in shaping the future of your community.