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Greenbelt Metro Area and MD 193 Corridor Sector Plan and SMA
On Tuesday, March 5, 2013 the Prince George's County Council, sitting as the District Council, approved the Greenbelt Metro Area and MD 193 Corridor Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment (SMA).
Until the final plan book is published, the approved sector plan and SMA consist of the preliminary sector plan dated July 2012, Prince George's County Planning Board Resolution PGCPB 12-109, and Council Resolution Nos. CR-14-2013 and CR-15-2013.
The final analysis of testimony presented during the Joint Public Hearing and through the approval of the sector plan is available here. Five exhibits were accepted into the public hearing record by the District Council on February 5, 2013; the analysis of these late exhibits can be read here.
The sector plan envisions the development of the Greenbelt Metro Metropolitan Centers as an interconnected, vibrant, and diverse mixed-use, transit-oriented eco-community-building historic commitment to sustainability of the on the City of Greenbelt and Town of Berwyn Heights.
This sector plan recognizes the importance of the natural environment and the sensitive Indian Creek stream valley to the community and emphasizes sustainable urbanism and environmental stewardship as cornerstones of the plan. Multimodal transportation networks remain critical to the future success of the Greenbelt Metro Area and MD 193 Corridor building on past investments in transit infrastructure. A high quality of life with an emphasis on housing and neighborhood preservation, including the maintenance and enhancement of living conditions for all residents and attract workers, business, and visitors and provide more reasons for current residents to remain in their communities.
This sector plan is distinguished by its flexible approach to complex land use and urban design issues while continuing to respect community priorities and values. The plan recognizes that there is an important opportunity for the Greenbelt Metro Metropolitan Center to capitalize on the potential for relocation of a major employer or Government Services Administration (GSA) employment campus that will include supporting office, retail, and residential uses.
The MD 193 Corridor will be transformed to maximize pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, mobility, and safety and will act as a unifying presence tying regional office parks and shopping centers to existing and future residential neighborhoods and targeted mixed-use and pedestrian-oriented development.
Finally, sector plan recommendations and design guidelines and standards foster an enhanced sense of place.