Prince George's County Planning Department

What is a Sector Plan and an SMA?

A sector plan is a written report approved by the District Council that establishes how the county would like the land in the project area to develop in the future. Its recommendations guide the county officials in making decisions on the use of land within the project boundary. The result of this planning process will be to guide revitalization or redevelopment of the area to encourage quality economic development and improve the safety and appearance of the community.

A sectional map amendment (SMA) is a process that establishes the zoning of properties in an area. Zoning is the legal power of government to regulate the use of private property. The SMA may change the existing zoning in the area to permit the land use recommendations in the sector plan.