The Langley Park, College Park, Greenbelt, and Vicinity Minor Plan Amendment and Sectional Map Amendment (SMA)

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The Langley Park, College Park, Greenbelt, and Vicinity Minor Plan Amendment and Sectional Map Amendment (SMA) is intended to update the 1989 Approved Master Plan and Sectional Map Amendment for Langley Park, College Park, Greenbelt, and Vicinity. In particular, this process will update certain development pattern recommendations for context-sensitive infill and physical development of residential neighborhoods and commercial areas.

Additionally, the concurrent SMA will rezone select properties within Planning Area 66 to be consistent with recommendations in the amended plan. 

The process was initiated by the County Council of Prince George’s County, Maryland, sitting as the District Council through CR-001-2024, adopted on January 16, 2024.

The lack of development and growth that has occurred in this area since the 2008 Approved Capitol Heights Transit District Development Plan and transit district Overlay Zoning Map Amendment implies there is a critical need for updating land use and planning recommendations to incentivize and guide future development within this key area of Prince George’s County.

FAQs

What is the Langley Park, College Park, Greenbelt, and Vicinity Minor Plan Amendment and Sectional Map Amendment?  

  • The Langley Park, College Park, Greenbelt, and Vicinity Minor Plan Amendment and Sectional Map Amendment (SMA) is a process to amend the approved 1989 Master Plan and Sectional Map Amendment for the Langley Park-College Park-Greenbelt-and Vicinity Area. This concurrent process is intended to remove and replace certain obsolete development pattern guidelines, policies, and strategies to reflect the County’s current development priorities and rezone certain properties within the Master Plan’s boundaries. 
  • These processes will not adjust land uses for or rezone every property within the project area but will only examine land uses and rezonings for specific properties identified in the plan. 

What is zoning? 

  • Zoning, broadly speaking, determines what can and cannot be built on a property and the amount of development that can occur. For example, a property in a residential zone typically prohibits the construction of non-residential uses like restaurants and factories. 

Why did I get this notification letter regarding the Langley Park, College Park, Greenbelt, and Vicinity Minor Plan Amendment and Sectional Map Amendment? 

  • You own a parcel or reside at a parcel identified for potential rezoning of your property. This letter is intended to inform you of the Joint Public Hearing scheduled for March 19, 2024, and your opportunity to weigh in on the process by submitting testimony through the hearing.

What is my new zone?

  • The proposed SMA document that identifies the specific properties identified for potential rezoning will be released for public review on January 16, 2024, on the project webpage. 

Why are you rezoning?

  • The SMA is intended to enable zoning that reflects the County’s current development priorities and prohibit uses that are deemed inappropriate or obsolete. The SMA is needed to ensure consistency with and implement the recommendations of the master plan, as amended. 

Will this raise my property taxes?

  • In most cases, no.

Will this SMA change my school district or zip code?

No. An SMA only changes the zoning on specific properties.

Timeline
DateMilestone
January 16, 2024                            District Council Initiation
January 16, 2024Release Drafts of Proposed Minor Plan Amendment and Preliminary SMA to public
March 19, 2024Joint Public Hearing 
April 25, 2024Planning Board Worksession and Action
May 28, 2024District Council Work Session
June 2024District Council Action (estimated timeframe)
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Emily Lutz

Planner III, Long-Range Planning Section