Central U.S. 1 Neighborhood Compatibility Study


In December 2023, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission released the Central U.S. 1 Neighborhood Compatibility solicitation for consulting services to assist in the development of the study. The closing date for this solicitation was January 19, 2024.

The Commission entered into a contract on March 22, 2024, with Design Collective Inc., who, over a ten-month period beginning May 2024, will develop the study working with the Prince George’s County Planning Department, residents, and key stakeholders.

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The Central U.S. 1 Neighborhood Compatibility Study focuses on the Autoville/Cherry Hill Road area, Hollywood Commercial District, and certain parcels along the Central U.S. 1 corridor. This subsection is between the Capital Beltway and Cherokee Street.

The purpose of this study is to; 

  • evaluate the compatibility of the 2022 Zoning Code with desired land uses and its impact on economic growth, housing stability, and environmental sustainability in the North College Park area. 
  • analyze development activity, existing land use patterns, economic threats and opportunities, environmental and traffic issues, and community perspectives about the future growth of impacted neighborhoods, particularly along the Route 1/Baltimore Ave corridor, North Autoville Drive, and Hollywood Commercial District. 
  • provide development scenarios for select properties per their current zoning designation and assess the compatibility of potential development with the collective vision of the community, market trends, infrastructure, environmental capacity, and the General Plan.
  • make recommendations for land uses and development patterns compatible with both future growth and the existing character of neighborhoods in the study area. 
  • recommend infrastructure improvements, strategies that bolster economic growth, urban design interventions that enhance walkability, and environmental protection strategies.
Boundary Map
Central U.S. 1 Neighborhood Compatibility Study Boundary Area Map

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Vanessa Akins

Special Program Coordinator

Christina Hartsfield

Planner III, Placemaking Section