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Proposed, New, Mixed-Use Zone Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Summer 2009


Click on any of the links here to go directly to questions organized under the following topic areas:

Section One:  Overview of Form-Based Codes and the New Mixed-Use Zone
What is a form-based code?
How is a form-based code different from existing zones in Prince George's County?
What are the benefits of a form-based code?
What is the New, Mixed-Use Zone?
What are the goals of the Urban Centers and Corridor Nodes Development Code?
How was it developed?
Where can it be applied?
What are the next steps in the process?

Section Two:  Stakeholder Roles
What is the role of the public in the proposed Urban Centers and Corridor Nodes Development Code?
How about Civic Organizations?
What is the role of municipalities?
What is the role of the Planning Department?
What is the role of the Planning Board?
What is the role of the County Council?
What about developers? Does this code favor developers at the expense of citizens?

Section Three:  Proposed Process and Administration
How long will it take to review and approve development applications? How does this compare to the existing Zoning Ordinance?
Why does the Planning Department have so much control?
Why is there no appeals process to the County Council? Or by the County Council (e.g. site plan "call-up" authority)?
Why are there so many exemptions to the Urban Centers and Corridor Nodes Development Code?
Does this code allow the Planning Director to reopen and reconsider approved site plans?
What are administrative deviations, and how do they ensure certainty?
What is the process for variances?
What role does the public have with regard to administrative deviations and variances?
Why are text amendments authorized by the legislation?
Why does the code amend the common law definition of "accessory use"?

Section Four: Specific Standards
Why is Leadership through Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification not required?
How does this code address issues of sustainability?
How does the code address adverse impacts?
Does the code protect existing single-family neighborhoods?
How does this code relate to GSA requirements for government facilities?

Section Five: Other Questions
How does this code relate to the Central US 1 Corridor Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment?