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July 21, 2016

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July 21, 2016

Contact: Andrea Davey, Public Affairs Officer    
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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY APPROVES PLAN FOR A NEW
DOWNTOWN AT PRINCE GEORGE’S PLAZA

UPPER MARLBORO, MD. - On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, the District Council approved the Prince George’s Plaza Transit District Development Plan (TDDP) and Transit District Overlay Zoning Map Amendment (TDOZMA) by Council Resolution CR-56-2016. The approval of this NEW transit district plan and overlay zone provides a beginning stepping stone to the creation of a vibrant, integrated and compact Downtown for Prince George’s County. The plan features multimodal mobility alternatives and a variety of policy, regulatory, and infrastructure recommendations to support diverse housing, employment, retail, and entertainment choices.

Prince George’s County’s General Plan, Plan Prince George’s 2035, identifies Prince George’s Plaza as one of three Downtown areas best positioned to develop, in the near-term, into a vibrant, walkable, regional-serving centers. Each Downtown, as defined by Plan 2035, will have a robust economic and employment base, a distinct sense of place and identity, a varied housing stock, a multimodal transportation network, and diverse, mixed-income communities. All new development within the Prince George’s Plaza Transit District will now be governed by the development standards and land use controls contained in the new transit district plan and overlay zone.

Beginning in March 2014, Commission staff led an extensive community and stakeholder outreach/engagement effort. In September 2014, an Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel of national experts helped identify key strategies to redevelop the Transit District into a walkable, urban destination. The Prince George’s County Planning Board adopted the preliminary TDDP and proposed TDOZMA on December 3, 2015.

The 2016 Prince George’s Plaza Approved Transit District Development Plan and Transit District Overly Zoning Map Amendment is available on-line at www.pgplanning.org/PGPlazaTDDP.htm. For more information, contact Scott Rowe, M-NCPPC, Prince George’s County Planning Department at 301-952-3972, or brandon.rowe@ppd.mncppc.org or Bill Washburn, M-NCPPC, Prince George’s County Planning Department at 301-952-3972, or william.washburn@ppd.mncppc.org.

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