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Approved Green Infrastructure Master Plan (2005)

The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has developed an Approved Countywide Green Infrastructure Plan. The 2002 Prince George’s County Approved General Plan recommends that a Countywide Green Infrastructure Plan be prepared as a functional master plan to preserve designated green infrastructure elements and reflect the desired development pattern in the 2002 General Plan. The goal of the Countywide Green Infrastructure Plan is to identify existing green infrastructure elements throughout the county and propose conservation mechanisms to preserve, protect, and enhance these elements.

Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure is defined as an interconnected network of waterways, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and other natural areas of countywide significance. The Countywide Green Infrastructure Plan describes goals, objectives, and policies for implementation. It provides maps showing the identified elements of the green infrastructure, including regulated areas, evaluation areas, and gap areas.

Implementing The Green Infrastructure Plan

Environmental Legislation to Implement the Green Infrastructure Plan

On July 29, 2010, The Prince George’s County Planning Board approved the Environmental Technical Manual. A listening session was held on December 1, 2010 to receive comments on the Environmental Technical Manual (PDF) that was posted on September 22, 2010. Staff is currently preparing a series of edits to provide clarification to certain sections and additional information where needed. A draft of the proposed edits and additions will be provided here in the near future.

On July 13, 2010, the Prince George’s County Council approved 8 bills that comprehensively updated the environmental regulations:

The Environmental Planning Section staff would like to thank everyone who participated in the formulation of these bills. Questions regarding implementation can be directed to the Environmental Planning Section staff at 301-952-3650.

Project Overview

Implementation of the Legislative Recommendations of the Countywide Green Infrastructure Plan

In 2005, the County Council approved the first-ever Countywide Green Infrastructure Plan. This plan’s purpose is to provide:
“A comprehensive vision for conserving significant environmental ecosystems in Prince George’s County.”

The plan includes recommendations to make the vision a reality and a map showing areas of environmental concern.

The draft environmental legislation package has been the subject of two public information meetings (October 30, 2008 and April 22, 2009). Comments have been provided from a variety of sources such as environmental groups, individual citizens and the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association.

The proposed legislation implements several of the recommendations of the Green Infrastructure Plan, including updating the Woodland Conservation Ordinance and requiring wider minimum stream buffers.

September 22, 2010 – Environmental Technical Manual



Part A

Introduction 2 – Standard Sheet Layout: Appendix A-1- FSD (PDF)

  • FSD-1-Standard FSD Notes
  • FSD-2-Simplified FSD Checklist
  • FSD-3-Intermediate FSD Checklist
  • FSD-4-Detailed FSD Checklist
  • FSD-5-Forest Sample Plot Field Data Sheet (Blank)
  • FSD-6-Forest Sample Plot Field Data Sheet (Example Property)
  • FSD-7-Forest Sample Plot Field Data Sheet Preparation Guidelines
  • FSD-8-Crown Density Scale
  • FSD-9-Forest Stand Summary Sheet (Blank)
  • FSD-10-Forest Stand Summary Sheet Preparation Guidelines
  • FSD-11-Forest Analysis Worksheet
  • FSD-12-Suggested Format for Forest Stand Delineation Report

Appendix A-2- TCP1 (PDF)

  • TCP1-1-Type 1 Tree Conservation Plan Preparation and Review Checklist
  • TCP1-2-Standard Type 1 Tree Conservation Plan Notes
  • TCP1-3-Construction Tolerance Chart
  • TCP1-4-Basic Standard Woodland Conservation Worksheet (Blank)
  • TCP1-5-Basic Standard Woodland Conservation Worksheet (Example Property)
  • TCP1-6-Guidelines for the Completion of the Prince George’s County Woodland Conservation Worksheet (Basic Standard Worksheet)
  • TCP1-7-Woodland Conservation Worksheet for Prince George’s County Government Projects (Blank)
  • TCP1-8-Woodland Conservation Worksheet for Prince George’s County Government Projects (Example Property)
  • TCP1-9-Woodland Conservation Worksheet for Phased Projects (Blank)
  • TCP1-10-Woodland Conservation Worksheet for Phased Projects (Example Property)
  • TCP1-11-Woodland Conservation Worksheet for Single Lot TCP2 with previously approved TCP1 (Blank)
  • TCP1-12-Woodland Conservation Worksheet for Single Lot TCP2 with previously approved TCP1 (Example)

Appendix A-3- TCP2 (PDF)

  • TCP2-1-Type 2 Tree Conservation Plan Preparation and Review Checklist
  • TCP2-2-Standard Type 2 Tree Conservation Plan Notes
  • TCP2-3-Type 2 Tree Conservation Plan Preparation and Review Checklist for Woodland Conservation Banking
  • TCP2-4-Off-Site Woodland Conservation Bank Summary Table

Appendix A-4- TCP2 Details (PDF)

  • DET-1-Woodland Preservation Area Sign
  • DET-2-Reforestation Area Sign
  • DET-3-Specimen Tree Sign
  • DET-4-Type 1 (Temporary) Tree Protection Fence Detail for Woodland Preservation Areas
  • DET-5-Temporary Fence Protection Detail for Woodland Preservation Areas
  • DET-6-Type 2 (Temporary) Tree Protection Fence for Reforestation Areas
  • DET-7-Type 3 (Temporary) Tree Protection Fence Combination Earth Dike and Tree Protection
  • DET-8-Type 4 (Temporary) Tree Protection Fence Combination Silt Fence and Tree Protection
  • DET-9-Permanent (Split Rail) Tree Protection Fence for Reforestation Areas
  • DET-10-Root Pruning Detail
  • DET-11-Tree Pruning Detail
  • DET-12-Planting Distribution Patterns
  • DET-13-Tree Planting and Maintenance Calendar
  • DET-14-Container Grown and B&B Planting Techniques
  • DET-15-Handling Bare Root Stock
  • DET-16-Seedling and Whip Planting Techniques
  • DET-17-Seedling Planting Techniques
  • DET-18-Tree Staking and Guying Specifications
  • DET-19-Site Stocking
  • DET-20-Property Owners Awareness Certificate
  • DET-21-Reforestation Certification Form and Instructions
  • DET-22-Environmental Planning Section Approval Blocks

Part B

Part B

Appendix B-1-NRI (PDF)

  • NRI-1-NRI Plan Preparation and Review Checklist
  • NRI-2-NRI Plan General Notes
  • NRI-3-NRI Application Form
  • NRI-4-Suggested Format for Wetland Study Report

Part C

No Appendices for Part C.

Part D

Appendix D-1 – Guidelines for Tree Canopy (PDF)

  • TC-1-Calculating Tree Canopy Coverage Requirements
  • TC-2-Tree Canopy Coverage Worksheet

Part E

  • Appendix E-Critical Area Conservation Plan

The Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA) tables required for all CBCA plans may be accessed here.

Other Information
[Note: these documents have to be listed with the plan(s)]