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2008 Development Activity Trends Report for Prince George’s County

The 2008 Development Activity Trends Report for Prince George’s County presents data and trends pertaining to rezoning, subdivision, and building activity during 2008. The review of development activity during 2008 provides a recent picture of growth trends in Prince George’s County. This report is intended to identify these trends and the direction of anticipated development. This document should prove useful for planning activities, including land-use planning, facilities planning, and market analysis. View Report (PDF)

2008 Economic Development “Cluster” Toolbox Update

This toolbox provides information on finance, taxation, work force development, infrastructure, and technical assistance tools available to the county to facilitate its current and future economic development programs.

2008 Shopping Center Directory

The 2008 Prince George’s County Shopping Center Directory contains an inventory of shopping centers with descriptive information and an analysis of county retail sales. The analysis examines past and recent trends, vacancy characteristics, new shopping center construction, and various shopping center types in the county. The directory includes basic data such as the shopping center name, location, owner/developer, year opened, gross leasable area, leasing contacts, and tenant information. View Report

2009 Development Activity Trends Report for Prince George’s County

This 2009 report presents data and trends pertaining to rezoning, subdivision, and building activity that occurred during 2009. The review of development activity during 2009 provides a recent picture of growth trends in Prince George’s County. This report is intended to identify these trends and the direction of anticipated development. This document should prove useful for planning activities, including land-use planning, facilities planning, and market analysis.

2009 Development Activity Trends Report for Prince George’s County (2010)

This 2009 report presents data and trends pertaining to rezoning, subdivision, and building activity that occurred during 2009. The review of development activity during 2009 provides a recent picture of growth trends in Prince George’s County. This report is intended to identify these trends and the direction of anticipated development. This document should prove useful for planning activities, including land-use planning, facilities planning, and market analysis.

2009 Prince George’s County Quality of Life & Community Indicators Study

This 2009 study serves as a dynamic measurement tool that can support various initiatives concerning the well-being of the people who live, work, play, attend school, or visit the county. This study presents subjective-qualitative and objective-quantitative indicators to monitor trends in economic, social, community, and environmental conditions in the county and the benchmark jurisdictions. Indicators are tracked, positive and negative, to reflect the trends in education, health, employment, income, housing, and public safety in the county. View Report (PDF)

2010 Development Activity Trends Report for Prince George’s County

This 2010 report presents data and trends pertaining to rezoning, subdivision, and building activity that occurred during 2010. The review of development activity during 2010 provides a recent picture of growth trends in Prince George’s County. This report is intended to identify these trends and the direction of anticipated development. This document should prove useful for planning activities, including land use planning, facilities planning, and market analysis. View Report (PDF)

The 2014 Pupil Yield Study of Public Schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland (September 2014)

This study includes an update of the methodology used to calculate public school pupil yield factors to estimate the number of elementary, middle, and high school students generated by newly constructed residential dwelling units in the county. The study updates the 2008 pupil yield factors by school level and housing type and the current public school clusters used for planning purposes during the development review process. View Report

Alternative Adequate Public Facilities Requirements & Review Procedures for Transportation

This study evaluates the county’s public facilities’ requirements for transportation. Recommendations are given for alternative public facility requirements and alternate legislation that will provide flexibility for managing traffic congestion where current public facility requirements and practices conflict with other goals of a targeted growth center or corridor.

Best Practices Survey for Economic Incentives (2011)

This is a best practices survey and assessment of national and regional incentives for commercial office space attraction and development. The study will identify appropriate incentives and provide guidance on their application in order to attract commercial office space to the county, including necessary variations for transit centers.

Economic Conditions and Changing Needs of Older Prince Georgians (2012)

This research will investigate the aging population of Prince George’s County. The objective is to identify the scope of their changing living conditions, the quality of life needs of residents who are 55 years of age or older, and the planning and policy implications. The research will present demographic and economic data regarding who they are, where they live, their incomes, the characteristics of their households, and the challenges they face affording basics like food, housing, mobility, and health care, among other things. The current and projected future capacity of public and private sector programs and amenities for the elderly population will be examined and assessed. The economics, available community services, and other potential impacts on the growing number of active, healthy, and elderly residents will also be assessed. The information and analyses will form a basis for planning and policy recommendations.View Report (PDF)

Economic Development Toolbox Update (2011)

The 2011 Economic Development Toolbox updates the 2008 Toolbox. The toolbox is a catalog of resources and information about available government and private sector opportunities for support and assistance in economic development policies, strategies, and projects. It provides a practical, readily accessible guide to elected officials, county agencies, local community and economic development practitioners, community technical assistance providers, private investors and developers, non-profits, community leaders, and the general public. View Report

The Future of Agriculture in Prince George’s County Study

This study describes the transformation of agriculture and its potential in the county. The report suggests ways to retain sustainable agricultural land and protect farmers’ equity in farmland by promoting profitable farming. It recommends diversification and marketing strategies for farmers to transform agriculture into a viable industry. View Report

Golf Course Study (2013)

This study focused on two questions: (1) What is the industry standard for the number of golf courses needed to serve a county like ours, and how does the county measure up? and (2) How might unneeded or obsolete courses be redeveloped for other uses? Staff worked closely with the Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Department, the Montgomery County Parks Department, and the Montgomery County Revenue Authority to prepare the needs assessment portion of the study. Special attention was paid to the county’s demographic characteristics and how they may influence demand. Staff will then perform a nationwide best practice analysis regarding how unneeded, underperforming, or obsolete golf courses can be redeveloped for other uses.View Report (PDF)

Housing Affordability Survey

This countywide mail survey was conducted in spring 2008 to research the extent of housing cost burdens on residents, highlighting various population groups such as seniors, single-parent families, and selected work force groups. The survey covers information regarding residents’ satisfaction with their current housing situations. It also solicited additional household information to assist with various county planning and policy initiatives.

Industrial Land Needs and Employment Study

This study assesses county industrial employment, land use patterns, and real estate market trends; explores the fiscal and economic impacts of industrial land use and employment; and includes an inventory and analysis of industrial and warehouse space in the county for 2009. The study provides essential information to support ongoing and future planning decisions regarding the designation and supply of industrial land to meet projected future demand. View Report (PDF)

International Office and Warehouse Incubator Facility Feasibility Study

This consultant study defines and evaluates the feasibility of establishing an international warehouse and office incubator at Steeplechase 95 International Business Park in Prince George’s County that would target the needs of (1) small- to medium-sized companies in and outside of Maryland engaged in global trade; and (2) foreign companies seeking to penetrate U.S. markets. The study examined economic and community development within the Enterprise and Foreign Trade Zones “inside the Beltway” during 2009 per the county’s 2002 General Plan goals.

Medical Mall Planning Study

This 2007 study evaluates the feasibility of medical mall-type uses as a potential tool to revitalize the county’s underutilized or vacant shopping centers. View Report

Office Market Trends Study (2005)

This 2005 report examines the trends and changes in the county’s housing market over time to provide planners, citizens, and public officials with both an up-to-date, comprehensive housing study and a logical point of departure in the development of strategic plans and realistic housing strategies.

Prince George’s County Biotechnology Research & Development Center Study

This consultant study, completed in 2009, defined and evaluated the economic feasibility of establishing a biotechnology research and development center, including biomedical research, in Prince George’s County, Maryland, to promote economic and community development. The ANGLE Technology Team consultant included RESI Research and Consulting at Towson University and Capital Development Design, Inc., a minority-owned civil engineering and land use firm in Beltsville, Maryland. View Report (PDF)

Prince George’s County Economic Development Strategic Plan – The Economic Drivers and Catalysts (March 2013)

This plan aims to identify and target key high-growth industry sectors that can further economic development in the county. It will include assessing regional commercial real estate market activity and a comprehensive analysis of the county’s key economic and competitive advantages and challenges in attracting strategic high-growth industries. This plan will offer consensus-based economic development strategies for Prince George’s County based on findings and recommendations from this plan and the Occupational Shifts and Workforce Characteristics Study completed in 2011. View the plan and executive summary.

Prince George’s County Retail Marketability and Competitiveness Study (May 2016)

The purpose of this marketability analysis is to evaluate Prince George’s County’s retail markets and their opportunities utilizing RCLCO’s knowledge of retail success factors, in order to identify areas of the County that are growing, areas that are stable, and areas that may need intervention. The marketability analysis begins with an explanation of the site selection criteria retailers consider when deciding where to locate, analyzes which areas of Prince George’s County meet those criteria, and explains RCLCO’s understanding of the alignment between existing centers and demographics at the submarket level. View plan.

2019 Reduce, Recover, Recycle–Food Waste in Prince George’s County, MD

Report on the Senior Living Market Study

This study provides an overview of the senior housing market in Prince George’s County for 2006 and assesses the demand for senior housing in Prince George‘s County and the Washington metropolitan region. View Report

A Study of Occupational Shifts and Workforce Characteristics for Prince George’s County
Presentation to the Prince George’s County Planning Board on December 15, 2011, by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice and The Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore. View Presentation (PDF)

A Study of Occupational Shifts & Workforce Characteristics for Prince George’s County

The objective of this study, commissioned by the Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), is to provide policymakers and decision-makers with a better understanding of occupational changes and work force development needs and to develop a strategy to meet these needs and promote regional growth and business development. To carry out the analysis, M-NCPPC retained the services of the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, working together with the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute and Market-Economics, Inc. The analysis undertaken included both in-depth quantitative assessments of industry work force demand and labor supply in the county, along with outreach to industry, educational institutions, and government and economic development leaders encompassing one-on-one interviews and focus groups. View Report

Technical Report: A Study of Occupational Shifts & Workforce Characteristics for Prince George’s County

This report serves as the technical report to the Study of Occupational Shifts and Workforce Characteristics in Prince George’s County prepared for the Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). This technical report provides a more detailed analysis of the quantitative and qualitative findings that are the underpinnings of the results of the study. The study aims to provide policymakers and decision-makers with a better understanding of occupational changes and workforce development needs and develop a strategy to meet these needs and promote regional growth and business development. This calls for a comprehensive assessment of the expected future work force demands from likely industry drivers and a rigorous analysis of the County’s capacity to meet these future needs. View Report

Workforce Housing Market Study

This 2008 study assesses workforce housing trends in the county and their implications for projected demand. Policy recommendations are offered for the preservation and/or expansion of work force housing to meet current and projected demand associated with population, economic growth, and escalating residential property values.

Workforce Housing Market Study Update (2011)

The 2008 Workforce Housing Study was conducted using census data for the period of 2000 through 2008. This project aims to update the Workforce Housing Market Study with data on current (2010) housing market conditions in the county (supply, demand, cost, foreclosures, affordability, etc.). Changes in the housing market since the previous study that impacted on the work force in Prince George’s County will be highlighted.