Central Avenue-Blue/silver Line Sector Plan and SMA


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On March 13th and 16th, 2024, the project team hosted an open house event at the Sports and Learning Center in Landover. The open house was the culmination of the project’s public participation program. Project staff wanted to make sure we heard the community’s voice correctly and collect feedback on the DRAFT vision statements, planning goals, and urban design scenarios.

During the events, staff gave a brief presentation featuring a project overview, the highlights of our community engagement efforts, a market study summary, and a brief explanation of the DRAFT urban design scenarios. View the presentation here!

Following the presentation, attendees were invited to review and provide feedback on the area-wide vision and goal statements via an online or paper survey. Additionally, attendees were asked to review the Local Transit Center and Stadium Focus Area vision statements, market study findings, precedent imagery, and preliminary urban design visualizations. Check out the poster boards here!

The survey questions are based on the material presented on the poster boards. The responses to the survey questions will inform the visions, goals, policies, and strategies of the plan. Staff will begin to develop the plan and expect to release the initial DRAFT for public review in the Fall of 2024.

The online survey is now open until April 5, 2024! If you couldn’t attend the open house, but still want to give feedback, fill out our Slido survey by clicking here to open the survey in another window. The full images can be viewed in the poster board link above. Please make sure you click SEND at the bottom of the survey to submit your responses. 

A summary of responses will be posted shortly after the survey closes on April 5, 2024. 

Overview

Central Avenue – Blue/Silver Line Sector Plan Video

Check out our project team members as they introduce the Central Avenue-Blue/Silver Line Sector Plan!



The Central Avenue-Blue/Silver Line Sector Plan will be a guiding document developed through a multi-year public engagement process, extensive review, and public hearings. The sector plan will address future development in and around Capitol Heights, Addison Road-Seat Pleasant, and Morgan Boulevard Metro Stations, designated as Local Transit Centers in Plan Prince George’s 2035 (Plan 2035). This plan will also focus on FedExField and the Central Avenue corridor. 

Over the past decade, several studies, reports, and implementation strategies have been completed. However, a sector plan has yet to be adopted for the Central Avenue-Blue/Silver Line area. The existing documents will be major building blocks for developing this sector plan, thereby solidifying many of the key findings, recommendations, and strategies detailed throughout the reports. 

This plan will entirely replace the 2008 Approved Capitol Heights Transit District Development Plan and Transit District Overlay Zoning Map Amendment and supersede (within the project boundaries) the 2010 Approved Subregion 4 Master Plan and Sectional Map Amendment. It will reflect the vision and goals of Plan 2035, including focusing on new development in designated centers and preserving existing neighborhoods. This new sector plan will examine the area’s existing conditions, issues, and opportunities identified by community members and other stakeholders, and market potential, and develop a vision and goals for future growth and preservation, along with specific and focused policies and strategies to achieve those goals.

All properties within Prince George’s County outside of the City of Laurel were rezoned on April 1, 2022, to the new zones contained within the County’s adopted 2018 Zoning Ordinance through the Countywide Map Amendment (CMA). A sectional map amendment (SMA) is being conducted concurrently with this plan should properties require further zoning changes to implement the recommendations of this sector plan.

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.

Project Timeline

Central Avenue-Blue/Silver Line Sector Plan Timeline. Project started in Spring 2023 and is scheduled to end in the Fall 2025.
Maps

Project Boundary Map

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Resources

Welcome to our Resources Center!

Here you will find information related to the Central Avenue-Blue/Silver Line Sector Plan and the planning process in Prince George’s County. There are a number of resources located below that will show you what the planning team has been working on.

FedExField

Market Study

BAE Urban Economics, part of the project consultant team, is a well-established firm that has worked with public agencies, non-profit organizations, universities, and private developers across the country and here in the County. Their team conducted an unbiased assessment of the (re)development and/or improvement opportunities in the plan area through the methods below: 

  • Collected demographic, economic, and real estate market conditions data
  • Reviewed the input received from community engagement activities 
  • Interviewed business owners, developers, real estate professionals, and other stakeholders in the area
  • Identified and analyzed real estate activity and regional and national trends, community priorities, and development barriers and constraints
  • Applied their expertise to test feasibility of alternative development scenarios

This study reviewed the existing conditions of the local market and its future potential, investment and infrastructure needs, and community and small business needs.

Market Study Full Report


Online Activity: Vision Exercise

The Vision Exercise comment period closed on January 24th, 2024, however you can still view the draft vision statements at the link above. Watch the video to learn more about how we arrived at this stage in the planning process.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=xRyhIJ-tkhI%3Fsi%3DR1MMvsbwHDcIINah

Online Input Summaries

From September 7 to November 22, 2023, the project team deployed two interactive online input activities, one using the ArcGIS Online Survey123 application and another using Slido.com. The exercises were linked on the project webpage, shared through constant contact emails and social media, included in information shared with stakeholders, and distributed at various community events in QR code form as activity business cards.

The Slido.com platform allowed the community and stakeholders to use 1-3 words to build Word Clouds that represent their vision for each of the three inner-beltway Metro Stations and surrounding area.

Visioning Slido Word Cloud Summary

The ArcGIS Online Survey123 platform allowed the community and stakeholders to actively participate by dropping pins on a map to indicate strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, or threats (SWOT) within the sector plan boundary, accompanied by an explanation. Additionally, users were asked to link their comments to a Plan 2035 element.

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Exercise Summary


Virtual Public Kickoff Meeting Recording and Summary

Review videos and documents from the Virtual Public Kickoff Meeting Event held on Wednesday, September 27th, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Welcome videos


Existing Conditions Summary StoryMap and Full Report

Take a look at the Existing Conditions Summary StoryMap! The StoryMap, an Esri ArcGIS Online tool, provides a concise, visually engaging, and interactive summary of the existing conditions within the sector plan area organized by the eight Plan 2035 elements.

For even more detail on existing conditions, the full report is available upon request. 


Planning in Prince George’s County

Tree lined sidewalks (Valleytrail Ln)The Prince George’s County Planning Department is working tirelessly to create the communities of choice you know and love. We want to provide our residents with all of the resources they need to remain informed and a part of the process by which their communities develop and grow. Below, you will find some resources that can help you navigate the planning process and learn about current initiatives.

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