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June 12, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2014

Contact: Kierre McCune, 301-952-3211
             TTY:  301-952-4366 

PLAN PRINCE GEORGE’S 2035
APPROVED GENERAL PLAN

              On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council, adopted CR-26-2014, approving Plan Prince George’s 2035. This new general plan for Prince George’s County (2014 Plan Prince George's 2035 Approved General Plan) is the blueprint for where and how the county grows over the next 20 years. The purpose of Plan Prince George’s 2035 is to help make Prince George’s County a competitive force in the regional economy, a leader in sustainable growth, a community of strong neighborhoods and municipalities, and a place where residents are healthy and engaged.

              The plan establishes goals, policies, strategies, and a new growth vision for Prince George’s County that will help direct new development to existing transit-oriented centers, focus public investment on our economic engines, capitalize on and maintain our infrastructure, strengthen our established communities, and proactively preserve our natural, historic, and cultural resources.

              The Plan Prince George’s 2035 growth concept places an emphasis on WHERE growth will occur in the county and establishes an ambitious goal of directing 50 percent of new residential and employment growth to eight Regional Transit Districts; two are located adjacent to the Capital Beltway, and the remaining six are located in inner-Beltway neighborhoods. These mixed-use centers have extensive transportation infrastructure and the capacity to become economic generators for the county while providing a range of housing and transportation options.

             A major component of Plan Prince George’s 2035 is the Strategic Investment Program that places an emphasis on HOW the county will grow over the next 20 years and is composed of three critical initiatives: three Downtowns (three of the eight Regional Transit Districts), an Innovation Corridor, and the rewrite of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations. The plan identifies Largo Town Center Metro, New Carrollton Metro, and Prince George’s Plaza Metro as the first round of downtown areas that are regional economic engines to help the county grow its commercial tax base and stimulate job growth. Additionally, the plan highlights strategies to support business growth by developing an Innovation Corridor around College Park, Greenbelt Metro Station, and along US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) and MD 193 (Greenbelt Road). The Innovation Corridor will provide programs and investments to retain existing employers and attract new employers. The rewrite of the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Regulations is listed as the most critical element of the Strategic Investment Program.

              Implementation of the Strategic Investment Program has already begun with the rewrite of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations. The effort will take steps to modernize, streamline, and simplify the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations to grow the county in a more strategic and focused effort. Helping to rewrite the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations is just the first step residents and stakeholders can take to get involved with implementing Plan Prince George’s 2035. Please visit http://zoningpgc.pgplanning.com to log your comments, concerns, and issues with the current zoning regulations.

              For additional information on Plan Prince George’s 2035, please visit PlanPGC2035.com or contact Kierre McCune, Project Leader, M-NCPPC, Prince George’s County Planning Department, Office of the Planning Director, at 301-952-3211 or by e-mail at Kierre.Mccune@ppd.mncppc.org.

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.

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