Zoning Ordinance Rewrite Portal



In 2018 the County Council utilized a robust legislative process to develop new and modern Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations, and provide important tools to facilitate the implementation of the Prince George’s General Plan – Plan 2035 - and other County policy goals.  The County Council hosted multiple Public Hearings and Committee on the Whole Work Sessions on the package of Zoning Ordinance Rewrite legislation.   

The new Zoning Ordinance aims to streamline procedures, reduce obstacles to achieving the economic development goals of the County, enhance utility and user-friendliness, encourage appropriate public input into the development review process, consolidate and simplify zones and uses, and incentivize development at targeted growth locations.

The legislative process to develop new and modern Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations, and provide important tools to facilitate the implementation of the Prince George’s 2035 General Plan and other County policy goals resumed when the County Council reconvened September 4th.  During session,  CB-14-2018 and CB-15-2018 were reviewed including amendments to the legislation.  On September 18th, CB-13-2018 revisions including amendments were reviewed and public comments will be taken.

The Zoning Ordinance Rewrite (ZOR) package contained the following four pieces of Legislation:

CB-013-2018   Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

This bill approved text of a new Zoning Ordinance of Prince George’s County under Subtitle 27 of the County Code.

CB-014-2018   Countywide Comprehensive Map Amendment Process

This bill established specified procedures for preparation, publication, consideration, and approval of a comprehensive amendment of the County Zoning Map, for the non-substantive zoning reclassification of land located within all Planning Areas of the Maryland-Washington Regional District within Prince George’s County, Maryland, in accordance with those zoning classifications set forth within a replacement Zoning Ordinance approved by the County Council of Prince George’s County, Maryland.

CB-015-2018   Comprehensive Subdivision Regulations

This bill replaced the Subdivision Regulations of Prince George’s County, Subtitle 24 of the Prince George’s County Code.

CB-065-2018   County Landscape Manual

This bill revised the County’s outdated Landscape Manual and incorporates modern and sustainable landscaping practices with a variety of approaches to ensure context-sensitive landscaping of urban, suburban, and rural areas; replaces two obsolete Sections with new Sections focused on building frontage landscaping standards and requirements for nonresidential and mixed-use development; and updates planting schedules to reflect current industry standards regarding appropriate native species.


Council Committee of the Whole Work Session July 10, 2018


Updating Prince George’s County Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations to Implement Plan 2035

In 2014, the Prince George’s County Council adopted the County’s General Plan, entitled Plan 2035, which prioritized an update to the County’s Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations as a critical step for our County.  The Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations had not had a comprehensive update in over fifty (50) years.  The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) engaged in a four year public process, including engaging a consultant - Clarion Associates - and conducting over 400 outreach and stakeholder meetings, public hearings, Planning Board and Council work sessions.

The goals of the Zoning and Subdivision Rewrite are to:

  • Streamline and simplify the regulations and development approval process
  • Modernize and consolidate our zones and development standards
  • Incentivize economic and transit-oriented mixed-use development
  • Protect and enhance stable residential neighborhoods