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Prince George's Plaza Transit District Development Plan (TDDP)

Latest Update:

The Approved Prince George’s Plaza Transit District Development Plan and Transit District Overlay Zoning Map Amendment was certified by the Full Commission on September 21, 2016. The signed Certificate of Adoption and Approval is located here

Past Updates:

  • The Planning Board hearing for Permission to Print was held Thursday, September 10, 2015. 

  • Hyattsville City Council Briefing was held on September 21, 2015, at 7:00 pm at Hyattsville Municipal Center Council Chambers, which is located at 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD.

    PGPTDDP 10-14 Meeting
A community workshop was held September 28, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to
8:30 p.m., at Hyattsville Municipal Center, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD to discuss the preliminary TDDP in more detail.

Couldn't make it to our last community meeting? Check out our video on the presentation given. 

Please check out our video highlighting existing conditions and opportunities in the Prince George's Plaza area!

The Prince George's County Planning Department hosted an Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel (ULI TAP) roundtable discussion on September 3 and 4, 2014. (ULI TAPs are designed to deliver honest, unbiased answers to land use and real estate questions that defy easy solutions.) The purpose of the ULI TAP was to suggest ways to help create a walkable, attractive, transit-oriented community at the Prince George's Plaza Metro Station through strategic public and private investment.

The nine-member ULI TAP panel presented strategies to build an ongoing and planned development activity to help meld disconnected parts of the area into a compact, walkable, urban place, and to leverage limited county and state fiscal resources to help realize a new downtown around the Prince George's Plaza Metro Station for the lowest cost. The ULI TAP also identified short-term and long-term strategies for development and rebranding that can be phased in over time. These recommendations will help inform the upcoming community design charrette. Please click here to view the ULI TAP presentations.

Interested in what an environmental setting of a historic site is? Read on! An environmental setting is determined at the time of designation, whether by council action, master plan, or, in the case of an historic resource being elevated to historic site status, the Historic Preservation Committee. The default environmental setting is typically the entire parcel or parcels in question, but it can be modified at the time of designation or at a later date. You can see all of the County's environmental settings on PGAtlas by clicking "Advanced Mapping" and selecting the "Historic Sites Environmental Settings" on the "Historic" map layer.

Curious about which sites in the transit district have had development applications submitted for them in 2013–2014? Click here.

Well-planned development leads to a drop in traffic in Arlington. Could this happen at Prince George's Plaza?

Please visit our new Planning Resources.

Malls have been evolving differently in our region. See what has been happening in Landmark, Ballston, White Flint, Silver Spring, and Springfield.

Our project map has been updated to reflect newly acquired property by the Department of Parks and Recreation and Hitching Post Hill.

Our meeting notes from the University Hills Area Civic Association Listening Session are now available online.

Our presentation and meeting notes from the University Park Listening Session are now available online.

Curious about much of the area within a half-mile of the Prince George's Plaza Metro Station that you can actually walk to? Check out Metro's Planning Blog.

Did you know the County has a new approved general plan? Check out Plan Prince George's 2035 Approved General Plan and its vision for its three new downtowns at Prince George's Plaza, New Carrollton, and Largo Town Center!

Read about the County Executive's efforts to jump-start transit-oriented development at five priority stationsPrince George's Plaza, New Carrollton, Largo Town Center, Branch Avenue, and Suitland.


A Transit District Development Plan (TDDP) and Transit District Overlay Zone (TDOZ) were approved for the Prince George's Plaza Transit District in 1998 to enhance development opportunities in the vicinity of the Metro station and to promote transit use. The TDDP includes approximately 281 acres of land and included the Prince George's Plaza Metro Green Line Station, the enclosed shopping mall currently known as the Mall at Prince George's, the University Town Center mixed-use residential development, and other properties fronting MD 410 (East West Highway), Belcrest Road, and Toledo Terrace. The predominant land uses in the TDDP are commercial retail, multifamily residential, and office.

Components of a Successful Transit District

  • Multimodal Transit Network with Maximized Transit Ridership: A comprehensive network of bus and rail service and facilities will assist safe and efficient movement of people while ensuring adequate connections to employment centers in order to maximize ridership.
  • Sense of Place and Destination: Plan Prince George's 2035 Approved General Plan, the County's new general plan, identified Prince George's Plaza as a major regional center, a "destination and origin for regional workers and residents." Destinations are not only defined by their density or intensity of activity but also by the types of uses and active spaces, how streets are arranged, how transit is accommodated, and their collective roles within the region.
  • Mix of Land Uses: Compact, mixed-use, walkable design that is consistent with community character helps to ensure efficient use of land.
  • Housing Options: Transportation is the second largest household expense after housing. Building housing near transit can enhance affordability since households could save on vehicular expenses. A range of housing densities, types, and sizes provides options for all ages and incomes.
  • Public/Open Spaces and Amenities: Successful public spaces are pedestrian-friendly and welcoming and safe to transit users, nearby residents, and other visitors. Public spaces could provide places for sitting and incorporate landscaping, attractive lighting, fountains, and public art.
  • Efficient and Minimized Parking: People who live near transit own fewer cars and drive less. Policies and standards in the transit district should seek to minimize parking to the extent possible, maximizing pedestrian and bicycle access and transit ridership. Parking should be managed in a way that provides revenue for infrastructure and other improvements.
  • Connectivity and Accessibility: Connectivity between neighborhoods, designated centers, and other resources and amenities is vital to community and County health, economic competitiveness, and quality of life. Even more, a strong pedestrian and bicycle orientation between neighborhood and transit, with adequate room for circulation, and safe street crossings will eliminate barriers and minimize distance and time spent getting to destinations.