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November 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Through October 6, 2014

Contact: Andrea Davey, 301-952-4314
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M-NCPPC PRINCE GEORGE’S PLANNING DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZED FOR PLAN PRINCE GEORGE’S 2035 APPROVED GENERAL PLAN

UPPER MARLBORO, MD.—The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has been selected to receive two awards from the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association (NCAC-APA). The Plan Prince George’s 2035 Approved General Plan was recognized with an Award of Merit for an Outstanding Regional or Comprehensive Plan, and the accompanying Prince George’s County Downtown Diagnostic Index was selected for top honors; winning the award for Outstanding Implemented Project, Program, or Tool. Both honors will be presented next month at the Chapter’s annual awards celebration in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

            Plan Prince George’s 2035 presents an innovative and bold blueprint for the long-term growth and development of Prince George’s County, Maryland. Developed with input from thousands of citizens, businesses, elected officials, property owners, and other stakeholders in the county, the plan looks broadly and strategically at how the county should continue to grow and strengthen over the next 20 years, both as a community and as part of the greater Washington metropolitan area. The plan’s goals include capturing a greater share of the region’s forecasted job growth, creating walkable urban places, meeting the needs of the county’s changing population, and preserving valuable natural and historical resources. A commitment to a long-term development vision and identification of a small number of priority areas for public sector investment and economic development are seen as key.

            In order to identify and define these priority areas, the Planning Department partnered with Prince George’s County’s “CountyStat” Team to develop a quantitative analysis tool to evaluate and rank areas with the potential to develop into a complete “Downtown”—a regionally competitive economic generator for the county. 

   The Prince George’s County Downtown Diagnostic Index is a statistical model containing seven major categories of indicators and a weighting system that can be modified to reflect a particular community’s values and priorities and that can help cities understand where and how to invest to make meaningful improvements. The Plan Prince George’s 2035 Approved General Plan used the Downtown Diagnostic Index, along with extensive public input, to designate three initial Downtowns—the Prince George’s Plaza Metro, New Carrollton Metro, and Largo Town Center Metro station areas. Investment in each downtown will be coordinated and strategically targeted to expand the county’s commercial tax base by attracting and retaining new employers and workers, leveraging private investment, and capitalizing on transit-oriented development opportunities; designation of additional downtowns will evolve over time.  

            “The Plan Prince George’s 2035 Approved General Plan charts a clear, long-term development vision for the County,” said M-NCPPC Chairman Elizabeth M. Hewlett.  “We are honored to have partnered with the community and our elected officials to produce this innovative plan and to have earned this prestigious recognition from the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association for Plan Prince George’s 2035 and the Prince George’s County Diagnostic Index.”  

          “These award-winning projects reflect the energy, creativity, commitment, passion, and considerable professional skills of our talented staff and the entire M-NCPPC organization,” she continued. “I am proud to join in commending our planning team for their outstanding work.”

          For further information on Plan Prince George’s 2035 Approved General Plan, please visit http://www.planpgc2035.com or http://www.pgplanning.org.