Southern Green Line Station Area Sector Plan

2023 Minor Plan Amendment

The webpage for the 2023 Minor Plan Amendment to the 2014 Southern Green Line Station Area Sector plan can be accessed from here.

About the Plan

The Approved Southern Green Line Station Area Sector Plan (February 25, 2014) is currently unpublished. Until published, the approved plan consists of the following documents:

Project Description

The plan aims to increase the county’s share of regional job growth; address income, jobs, and transportation inequities; increase quality, affordable housing through mixed-income projects; enhance connectivity to and between Metro stations; increase transportation options and utilization of the Metrorail Green Line for reverse commute trips; and stabilize and preserve nearby communities.

The purpose of the Development District Overlay Zone (DDOZ) is to prohibit certain uses in the entire area and additional uses near the Metro stations, as well as establish development standards and requirements for properties C the following Metro stations. DDOZ development standards and requirements for street design, block standards, building height, and parking are included for the Branch Avenue and Naylor Road station areas.

Project Boundary

The project corridor surrounds four stations on the southern end of the Metro Green Line in Prince George’s County, Maryland, extending from Southern Avenue down Branch Avenue (MD 5) to the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495). The four stations within the plan area include:

  • Branch Avenue
  • Naylor Road
  • Southern Avenue
  • Suitland
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Southern Green Line Existing Conditions Report

The Southern Green Line Existing Conditions Report is an initial product of the Southern Green Line Station Area Plan project, which will develop a vision and an implementation plan for transforming the four Green Line stations in Prince George’s County. The goal of the project is to transition the Green Line station areas from commuter parking lots to vibrant, mixed-use communities that offer high levels of livability, significant community amenities, and a balance of great places to live, work, and shop.

Walk Circle

Most people are willing to walk for about 10 minutes, or roughly half a mile, to access a rail transit station. Therefore, planning for transit-oriented development focuses on the area within half a mile of a station – drawn on maps as the walk circle, with the station at its center. Within the walk circle, the process seeks opportunities to locate additional transit riders going to new destinations, such as jobs, shops, and housing.

The Walk Circle

Principles of Transit-Oriented Development

  • Create a compact mix of land uses around transit stations that support, and benefit from, transit service.
  • Design the station area as a civic amenity and a recognizable place in the community.
  • Place highest-intensity development nearest to the transit station.
  • Provide direct pedestrian routes to the station.
  • Use transit to shape the growth of community centers.