Largo Town Center Sector Plan and SMA
Minor Amendment to the 2013 Largo Town Center Sector Plan and Map Amendment:
Project Summary: On November 15, 2016, the District Council approved CR-94-2016, initiating a minor amendment to the development district standards regulating building heights approved within the 2013 Largo Town Center Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment. This amendment involves replacing 0-Floors building height restriction imposed on properties, within the Largo Town Center Development District with the adjacent compatible building heights. The 0-Floors standard applies to properties with environmental features, a portion of which could contain developable land. The 0-Floor standard however, may cause unintended consequences that affect the viability for future transit-oriented development that is envisioned in the Largo Town Center Development District.
This assignment of a new building height would not affect the protection or preservation of environmental features, but would ensure that developable land is not subject to 0-Floor height restriction. The County’s development process requires development applications to submit a natural resources’ inventory (NRI) that identifies the existing conditions of the site including forest, floodplain, streams, wetlands and their associated buffers which must be preserved and or restored to the fullest extent possible.
Joint Public Hearing: A joint public hearing to receive testimony and public comments on the amendment has been scheduled for February 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., County Hearing Room, First Floor, County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Register to speak. View public hearing notice and affidavit requirement.
The affidavit form for individuals is located here and the affidavit form for entities is located here.
The ULI Advisory Services Panel Report, A Guidance for the Development of Largo Town Center is now available online.
PGCPB Technical Staff Report 3-10-16
: Planning Board Recommendation Pertaining to the Proposed Minor Amendments to the 2013 Approved Largo Town Center Sector Plan and SMA.
On November 17, 2015, the District Council, Council Resolution CR-79-2015, directed the Planning Board to initiate a minor amendment to the 2013 Largo Town Center Approved Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment. The proposed minor amendment revises the Development District Standards of the Largo Town Center DDOZ to clarify the applicability of the minimum building heights set forth in Map 31 under the Urban Design Criteria section of the approved Sectional Map Amendment.
On January 12, 2016, the District Council, by Council Resolution CR-4-2016, directed the Planning Board to initiate three additional minor amendments to the 2013 Largo Town Center Approved Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment. The proposed minor amendments will (1) clarify the exemption of existing nonconforming uses from the development district standards, (2) include an allowance for free-standing and monumental signs, and (3) modify the design standards for free-standing and monumental signs. The Technical Staff Report on the proposed minor amendments to the 2013 Largo Town Center Approved Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment is now available on-line.
The Approved Largo Town Center Sector Plan and Proposed Sectional Map Amendment (SMA)
is now available to view/read on-line here
The Largo-Lottsford Master Plan is more than 22 years old and predates the 2002 Prince George's County Approved General Plan by 12 years. The approved master plan recommended four employment areas near the Capital Beltway and a new public transit facility (Metrorail, light rail, or dedicated bus lanes) to connect the then-proposed Bowie Town Center areas with the Metro Blue Line terminus station (Largo Town Center Metro Station). These sites were designated as commercial/light industrial centers, the Largo Town Center area bounded by the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495), Landover Road (MD 202), and Central Metro Station. Today, The Boulevard at the Capital Centre shopping center and several undeveloped tracts of mixed-use zoned property represent potentially significant opportunities for future transit-oriented development (TOD).
The 2004 Approved Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment for the Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center Metro Areas was approved by the District Council in an effort to promote TOD at the two outer Metro Blue Line Stations. The two stations opened for service in December 2004. Today, the Largo Town Center station remains the only Metrorail station outside of the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County, MD.
The Largo Town Center Station is bordered on the north by The Boulevard at the Capital Centre and to the east and south by large vacant tracts of land zoned for mixed-use commercial and residential development.
This sector plan and SMA presents an opportunity to:
- Capitalize on current implementation projects such as the Central Avenue/Metro Blue Line Corridor TOD Implementation Plan.
- Find ways to revitalize and transform the area.
- Guide future TOD, and provide an implementation framework.
- Evaluate and generate appropriate planning or zoning recommendation to promote TOD at the Metro station.
- Improve the connectivity between the existing commercial uses and the Metro station.
- Explore market feasibility and various means to bolster development and attract major office and retail tenants to the sector plan area.