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Ongoing Plans and Projects

Community Plans

Community plans include master plans, specialized planning studies, sectional map amendments (SMAs), and planning assistance to municipalities and communities programs.

Development Review Plans

Development Review is responsible for assisting customers to comply with the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations through a managed review process. This process implements the land use plans and policies established by the County.

Environmental Plans and Projects

The 2005 Approved Countywide Green Infrastructure Plan, is the environmental plan that provides guidance on conservation and land development in Prince George's County. The Green Infrastructure Plan is a functional master plan that provides policy guidance for the conservation of designated sensitive resources and contains measurable objectives and multiple implementation strategies and incentives. This plan is a national model for ecologically-based planning and conservation.

The current environmental project is an update to the environmental regulations in the County Code to implement the recommendations of the Green Infrastructure Plan. The draft legislation contains text that would widen minimum stream buffers in the Developing and Rural Tier, increase fines for violations, update the woodland conservation regulations, and update the technical manual. The draft text has been transmitted to the County Council by the Planning Board. 

Historic Preservation Plans

Important recent Historic Preservation projects and publications have included the Approved Historic Sites and Districts Plan 2010; an updated version of a 1996 survey of African American historical and cultural resources, the 2012 African-American Historic and Cultural Resources in Prince George's County; an updated version of the Illustrated Inventory of Historic Sites, 2011; and the Prince George’s County, Maryland Cemetery Manual. Click here for a complete list of historic preservation publications.


Research activities include compilations of facts and figures relating to County characteristics and regional growth forecasts. In addition, the research section produces reports and studies on a variety of topics, including development trends, revitalization, agriculture, employment, and housing. Periodic publications relate to current and emerging demographic and economic statistical information.

Transportation Plans

Transportation planning activities include the update of the 2009 Approved Countywide Master Plan of Transportation (MPOT). It includes recommendations and implementation strategies for trails, bikeways, and pedestrian mobility; fixed guideway transit; streets, roads and highways; and implementation of the master plan. A number of planning studies will follow approval of the MPOT, including a recently concluded study of alternatives to conventional, adequate public facility procedures and methodologies. These alternatives might be more appropriate in determining the best "fit" for a multimodal transportation network that will attract and support quality transit-oriented development at general plan centers and selected general plan corridor nodes in Prince George's County.

Ongoing activities include monitoring how the MPOT is being implemented to ensure consistency with the approved growth and development guidelines for Prince George's County in the 2002 Prince George's County Approved General Plan. The Transportation Planning Section will also conduct corridor and other functional planning studies for the Purple Line as well as preliminary project planning for future Purple Line extensions beyond the interim terminal at New Carrollton. Other activities include coordinating Planning Department work with the Bicycle and Trails Advisory Group (BTAG). BTAG helped to formulate MPOT recommendations on the nonmotorized modes of the master plan. 

Special Projects and Studies

Special projects and studies include ongoing activities such as the adoption and approval of the Water Resources Master Plan, which establishes policies and strategies for protecting the supply of quality drinking water, managing wastewater, and improving stormwater management practices (see Water Resources Master Plan).

The Priority Preservation Area (PPA) Functional Master Plan, which was initiated in June 2010,  will identify agricultural and natural resource lands that are targeted for preservation, primarily in the Rural Tier, as well as recommend goals, policies, and strategies for preserving those lands. The aim is to preserve farmland and enhance the economic viability of farm and forest enterprises. The PPA plan will amend the 2002 General Plan and will comply with the Agricultural Stewardship Act of 2006, or HB 2, which requires a county to include a PPA element in its comprehensive plan in order to be eligible for certification of its agricultural land preservation program. Certification, through the Maryland Department of Planning and the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, enables the county to retain a greater portion of its agricultural transfer tax.