Prince George's County Planning Department

Project Goals, Concepts, and Guidelines

The Goals, Concepts, and Guidelines for the HSDP is essentially a summary of the issues affecting historic properties and/or communities in the county. In keeping with the 2002 General Plan, these issues are organized into categories reflecting the goals of protection, interpretation, and stewardship. Among the preservation planning issues addressed are historic property evaluation, neighborhood and commercial area revitalization, cultural landscape protection, environmental setting standards, archeology, cemetery preservation, enforcement of regulations, promotion of incentives, heritage tourism initiatives, and partnership building, and implementation priorities. During the planning and public participation process, these issues will be examined in detail. A particular effort will be made to have a discussion with the public that provides a more holistic approach to cultural heritage in order to broaden constituencies, involve school children and enhance opportunities for outreach and interpretation. After the planning concepts are fully developed, the findings will be presented to the community and solutions will be recommended in the final plan document.

Preservation Planning

Goal: Encourage the use of preservation planning tools to promote the quality of life in Prince George's County.

  • Although preservation planning is integrated into the overall planning process through the master/sector plan process, do the plans have adequate implementation strategies for historic and cultural resource protection?
  • How can preservation planning be more effective in the development review process?
  • How can preservation planning become more responsive to the public interest in historic and cultural resource protection?
  • How can preservation planning help to build constituencies and an understanding and appreciation of the county's cultural heritage?
  • Should countywide plan amendments that focus on historic preservation occur more frequently?

Historic Site and District Evaluation and Designation

Goal: Continue evaluations on a countywide basis to designate more sites and historic districts.

  • Since more properties can be protected through historic district designation, should a greater emphasis be placed on the designation of historic districts rather than on individual historic sites?
  • Since community support is necessary to create historic districts, are there more effective ways in which the communities can be engaged in this process?
  • Does the list of historic sites adequately represent all aspects of the county's heritage?
  • Should a non-regulatory recognition program be developed to increase awareness of communities and sites?

Historic Preservation Incentives

Goal: Provide financial incentives that assist in the preservation of historic properties.

  • Several incentive programs exist to assist historic property owners, but are the current incentives known throughout the community?
  • How effective are the incentive programs?
  • Is additional local legislation needed to provide incentives for the preservation of historic properties?

Neighborhood and Commercial Revitalization

Goal: Encourage the rehabilitation of historic properties in an effort to revitalize neighborhoods and commercial areas.
  • How can historic preservation be used as a tool for the revitalization of neighborhoods and/or commercial areas?
  • What other planning tools (zoning, overlay districts, heritage areas, enterprise zones, etc.) can be utilized to maximize the benefits of reinvestment in historic properties?
  • How can Main Street revitalization tools be used to improve the quality of life for neighborhood and commercial areas?

Cultural Landscape Preservation

Goal: Foster the awareness of historic preservation as a tool to preserve character in rural communities.
  • What strategies can be used to assist historic property owners in the Rural Tier?
  • What are some examples of development projects that integrate a historic site into a development project while maintaining rural character?
  • How can tools like corridor management plans, scenic byway designations, and agri-tourism help to preserve the rural character of the county?
  • What incentives can be used to preserve outbuildings associated with historic rural properties?

Planning for Archeology

Goal: Incorporate archeological resource protection into the local land use and comprehensive planning processes through site identification and preservation.
  • How can a comprehensive countywide archeological survey as well as individual property investigations assist in preserving important archeological sites?
  • Should guidelines be developed to establish the requirements of preserving archeological sites in place?
  • How can interpretation be used to educate the public about important archeological sites and/or areas?
  • Is there a need for a countywide archeological preservation strategy?
  • How can site access be safeguarded and ensured for future archeological research?

Protection of Cemeteries

Goal: Develop a program that identifies and protects historic cemeteries.
  • What are the techniques used to protect historic cemeteries?
  • How can the county protect individual cemeteries and ensure their continued maintenance?
  • Is there a need for a cemetery preservation strategy?
  • What strategies can be used to educate the owners of historic cemeteries on effective preservation methods and maintenance?
  • Should more historic cemeteries be designated as historic sites?
  • Should additional regulatory tools be developed to protect historic cemeteries?

Environmental Settings

Goal: Develop more effective strategies to protect the environmental settings of historic sites in the county.
  • Is the current method of establishing environmental settings an effective tool in the development review process?
  • How should the identification of archeological sites be incorporated into the environmental setting process?
  • How can historic property owners become more aware of how the environmental setting process applies to historic sites?
  • What tools have been used in other jurisdictions to protect the settings of historic properties?
  • What additional strategies could be developed to protect the historic viewsheds?

Historic Preservation Regulations

Goal: Improve implementation of existing historic preservation regulations.
  • How can the administration of the historic preservation ordinance be more effective?
  • Do historic property owners understand their responsibilities under the HAWP process?
  • How can the HAWP process be improved?
  • Do potential buyers of historic sites receive adequate notification of their responsibilities through the real estate community and county government?
  • In order to ensure that property owners are informed that they own a historic property or are in a historic district, is legislation needed to establish sufficient notice that the property is a Historic Site or in a Historic District?

Heritage Tourism

Goal: Utilize historic resources in promoting heritage tourism to stimulate the local economy.
  • Are there ways that heritage tourism efforts can assist in revitalizing local economies?
  • What effective methods have been utilized in other areas?
  • Can there be a more effective link between economic development programs and heritage tourism?


Goal: Encourage relationships with a broader constituency to advance the goals of historic preservation.
  • How can local nonprofit organizations and businesses work together to assist historic property owners?
  • Which local, state and national organizations currently assist or could assist in advancing historic preservation goals?
  • How can the Internet be better used to provide the public with information on preservation resources and funding mechanisms?
  • How can programs addressing the county's cultural heritage reach a broader constituency of the county's citizens?


Goal: Identify historic preservation implementation priorities and funding mechanisms.
  • What topics of concern should be considered a priority for implementation initiatives?
  • What resources can be leveraged to assist in the implementation of these priorities?