Legislation Sponsored by Council Member Jolene Ivey Limits the Location of New
Public Storage Facilities to Industrial Zones in the County
The Prince George’s County Council, on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, voted to enact legislation proposed by Council Member Jolene Ivey (District 5) limiting where consolidated storage facilities will be allowed to be built in the County.
The bill, CB-011-2023, changes the County’s zoning law to prohibit consolidated storage in zones where they were allowed before, and now limits them to industrial areas. A handful of projects that have already been approved by the Planning Department will be allowed to be built, and for some of those there will be a requirement that they include an incubator space on the ground floor to be made available rent-free to a non-profit or a start-up business.
District 5 Council Member Jolene Ivey, the author of the legislation, stated that she appreciated the unanimous support of her colleagues, and said new consolidated storage facilities popping up in neighborhoods and other undesirable places will be stopped.
“Residents continue to share concerns about the number of consolidated storage facilities in the County. While these facilities serve a purpose, they do not create many jobs, generate economic benefits for surrounding communities, and should not be built in locations where the land can be used to better benefit the County and its residents. This legislation stops these projects from going forward except in industrial zones where they will be allowed. I’m also very happy to have included in this important measure the nonprofit and business incubator space that will be rent free for those grandfathered businesses.”
The bill will take effect 45 calendar days after it becomes law.