CPD Administration

Modern Apartment Complex, Hyattsville, MD.

Overview

The Administration of the Community Planning Division (CPD) aids each of the sections by managing staff and workflow, facilitating special projects and initiatives, and ensuring timely development project review.

Project Updates

The Joint Public Hearing on the Proposed Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Sectional Map Amendment is rescheduled.

The Joint Public Hearing on the proposed Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Sectional Map Amendment, scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, 2022, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Wayne K. Curry Administrative Building, Council Hearing Room, 1301 McCormick Drive, Largo, Maryland 20774.

The 2022 Proposed Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Sectional Map Amendment (SMA) has been published and is available online for download or viewing.

Approved Adelphi Road-UMGC-UMD Purple Line Station Area Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment 

On June 7, 2022, the Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council, approved the 2022 Adopted Adelphi Road-UMGC-UMD Purple Line Station Area Sector Plan and Endorsed Sectional Map Amendment (SMA) with amendments. The publication of the plan and SMA is available by visiting the project webpage.   

Missed a meeting? View past meeting materials here.

Meeting Recap

Preliminary Adelphi Road-UMGC-UMD Purple Line Station Area Sector Plan and Proposed Sectional Map Amendment (SMA)

In-Person and Virtual Open House and Information Sessions

Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Prince George’s County Cultural Arts Study

First Draft Report Presentation

Thursday, November 18, 2021

  • Event Video: Just in case you missed it or would like to review it. 
  • Presentation (PowerPoint Slides): The visual material presented at the meeting.
  • Project Website: Get more information about the study.

Southern Avenue Metro Station Area Pedestrian Accessibility Study

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

  • Event Video: Just in case you missed it or would like to review it. 
  • Presentation (PowerPoint Slides): The visual material presented at the meeting.
  • Project Website: Get more information about the plan.

Largo Wayfinding, Branding, and Placemaking Strategy

Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Event Video: Just in case you missed it or would like to review it. 
  • Presentation (PowerPoint Slides): The visual material presented at the meeting.
  • Project Website: Get more information about the plan.

CPD FAQs
What is comprehensive planning?

Comprehensive planning is the process through which a residents, workers, property owners, students, and other stakeholders identify their vision for the future growth, development, or preservation of their community. Prince George’s County’s comprehensive plan is Plan Prince George’s 2035 (Plan 2035).  

Plan 2035 is further refined at the local level by the County’s 38 area master, sector, and transit district development plans. You can find out more about these plans at the Long-Range Planning Section’s website. For more information, please call 240-524-8413.

What is comprehensive planning?

Comprehensive planning is the process through which a residents, workers, property owners, students, and other stakeholders identify their vision for the future growth, development, or preservation of their community. Prince George’s County’s comprehensive plan is Plan Prince George’s 2035 (Plan 2035).  

Plan 2035 is further refined at the local level by the County’s 38 area master, sector, and transit district development plans. You can find out more about these plans at the Long-Range Planning Section’s website. For more information, please call 240-524-8413.

Who can I contact regarding planning issues in my area?

A list of Community Planning Division staff and their community planning responsibilities is shown on the Community Planner Responsibility Map.

Where can I access videos of recent public meetings?

Recent public meetings are made available on the Planning Department’s YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel to stay engaged as projects develop in the County.

Can our staff provide planning/design assistance to your city, town, or community?

Yes. Staff can provide planning and design assistance to your city, town, and community. Our professionals possess skills in many specialized areas, such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and transportation planning. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission offers a Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities Program. This program is available upon written request to:

  • Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board
    1616 McCormick Drive
    Largo, MD 20774.

For further details and examples of eligible projects for design assistance, please refer to the Planning Assistance for Municipalities and Communities (PAMC) page.

What is the difference between a master plan and a sector plan?

Pursuant to State law, the Zoning Ordinance divides Prince George’s County into 37 Planning Areas. The Planning Department groups these Planning Areas into seven (7) Subregions. A master plan for a Subregion, a Planning Area, or more than one Planning Area is called an “Area Master Plan.”  

A master plan for portions of one or more Planning Areas is called a “Sector Plan.” A master plan created for areas designated in the pre-2018 Zoning Ordinance as Transit District Overlay Zones is called “Transit District Development Plans.” All of these (area master, sector, and transit district development plans) have the same applicability as master plans. The County currently has 38 active master plans. 

Each master plan is an amendment to the County’s General Plan.

How are sector and master plans prepared?

The Planning Department collaborates with community stakeholders to develop area master and sector plans. The process of developing a plan includes data gathering and analysis, inclusive and extensive public and stakeholder engagement, evaluating scenarios for future growth, identifying a vision for the future of an area, and articulating the necessary policies and strategies to implement that vision. Master and sector plans have a 20- to 25-year horizon. 

Once drafted, a preliminary or staff draft, master plan, or sector plan is released to the public for review and comment. Following a public hearing, a master or sector plan is adopted by the Prince George’s County Planning Board. The adopted plan is then presented to the Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council. Once approved by the District Council, plan recommendations guide decisions concerning land use, housing and neighborhoods, the natural environment, transportation and mobility, community heritage, culture, and design, public facilities, economic prosperity, and healthy communities that affect the physical growth and development of the area so that consistent and appropriate action may be taken. Adopted and approved plans do not replace existing zoning, nor do plans require that rezoning requests be automatically granted or denied. They do, however, provide a basis for comprehensive rezoning consistent with the plan’s recommendations. In most instances, immediately following or concurrently with approval of a master or sector plan, the Planning Board initiates comprehensive rezoning, also called a sectional map amendment. For more information, please call 240-524-8413.

What is the Plan Prince George’s 2035?

The Plan Prince George’s 2035 is the County’s General Plan that helps guide future growth, development, and public investments in Prince George’s County. It establishes policies and strategies to achieve the County’s long-term vision. 

The General Plan reflects the values and priorities of the County’s residents, property and business owners, community leaders, and elected officials while also establishing broad policies on:

  • Land Use
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Transportation & Mobility (rail, road, bus, pedestrian, bicycle)
  • Natural Environment
  • Housing and Neighborhoods
  • Community Heritage, Culture, and Design
  • Healthy Communities
  • Public Facilities

For more information, please visit www.planpgc2035.com or call 240-524-8413.

What are functional plans?

Functional master plans are countywide in scope and are generally prepared at the request of the District Council. Functional plans amend the General Plan where appropriate; they have been prepared for highways, historic sites, parks and recreation, trails, schools, and public safety. Presently, the county is preparing a functional plan for transportation (Master Plan of Transportation). For more information, please call 301-952-4225.

What is a sectional map amendment (SMA)?

A sectional map amendment (SMA) is a comprehensive rezoning amendment for properties within an entire geographic area, such as a subregion, planning area, or part of a planning area. The purpose of an SMA is to revise zoning patterns to conform to the recommendations of the applicable master or sector plan. SMAs are adopted for most plans, except for the general and functional master plans. For more information, please call 240-524-8413.

Contact Us

Community Planning Division

Tony Felts

Division Chief

Vanessa Akins

Special Program Coordinator

Judith Franklin

Administrative Assistant III

Tamika Henderson

Administrative Assistant III