Prince George’s Council Approves Bill to Streamline New Zoning Ordinance

The Prince George’s County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a Council Resolution initiating the Countywide Sectional Map Amendment (CMA) process. CR-27-2019, approved and submitted by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), addresses the preparation of a Countywide Sectional Map Amendment and approval of Goals, Concepts, and Guidelines—along with the Public Participation Program to apply the zoning classifications in the approved replacement Zoning Ordinance enacted in 2018.

Prince George’s County Council Chair Todd M. Turner – District 4, says Tuesday’s adoption of the CMA legislation is a critical step forward as the County looks to implement the County’s new Zoning Laws.

“Last year, the District Council passed the County’s new Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations following years of work to update the County’s land use policy, and today’s adoption of CR-26-2019 and CR-27-201, along with CB-11-2019, moves us closer to implementing new zoning laws in Prince George’s County, which are long overdue,” said Council Chair Turner.

According to a press release:

The Countywide Sectional Map Amendment is required to implement the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances passed by the Council in 2018 following over four years of review. The new Zoning Ordinance aims to streamline procedures, reduce obstacles to achieving the economic goals of the County’s Adopted General Plan (Plan 2035), enhance user-friendliness, encourage public input into the development review process, consolidate and simplify zones and uses, and incentivize development at targeted growth locations.

M-NCPPC will now begin the approximately eighteen-month process, including notification to all County property owners, community outreach and stakeholder engagement, joint public hearing(s) and Planning Department staff, Planning Board and County Council review. Click HERE for more information on the CMA.

Read the full press release for more information.