Training

Virtual Stakeholder Trainings

The Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations Rewrite Team created a series of virtual trainings to help County stakeholders learn about the new development codes. This virtual training currently explores two lessons (1) the current development review process, and (2) the major changes in Prince George’s County’s new Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulation. Each lesson includes a quiz for you to test your knowledge on the subject matter. Additional videos will be added.

The Current Development Review Process

This video series provides an overview of the current process for development in Prince George’s County, beginning with the master planning process and ending with code enforcement. Specifically, this series covers the following topics

  • The purpose of the development review process
  • The stages of development in Prince George’s County (Master Planning, Zoning, Subdivision, Site Plan Review, Final Platting, Permitting, and Enforcement).
  • The ways that residents can get involved in the development review process.
This video discusses master planning and how it fits into the development review process.
This video discusses zoning and how it fits into the development review process.
This video discusses subdivision and how it fits into the development review process.
This video discusses site plan review and how it fits into the development review process.
This video discusses final platting and permitting and how they fit into the development review process.
This video discusses enforcement and how it fits into the development review process, and reviews each of the 7 steps of the process.
This video will quiz you on your knowledge of Prince George’s County’s development review process. Click here to download the printable quiz for this series.

The New Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations

This video series provides an overview of Prince George’s County efforts to comprehensively update our Zoning Ordinance  and Subdivision Regulations.  Specifically, this series covers the following topics:

  • The history and purpose of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations Rewrite project
  • The adopted transitional provisions that ensure existing and pending development can proceed under current development approvals.
  • Major changes to zones, uses, development standards and the application review procedures.
  • The application of the Countywide Map Amendment
This video will explain how the new transitional and grandfathering provisions for the new ordinance.
The video will walk through how to navigate the section numbers and page numbers in the new Zoning Ordinance.
The video will explore some of the changes in the new Zoning Ordinance including zones and uses, public involvement, and development standards.
This video briefly reviews updates for the advisory and decision-making bodies in the new Zoning Ordinance.
This video explains what the Countywide Map Amendment is and the timeline for approval by the District Council.
This video will quiz you on your knowledge of Prince George’s County’s new Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations. Click here to download the printable quiz for this series.

The New Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations

This video series provides an overview of the new line-up of Zones.  Specifically, this series covers the following topics:

  • The new Rural and Agricultural Base Zones
  • The new Single-Family and Multifamily Residential Base Zones
  • The new nonresidential base zones
  • The new Transit-Oriented/Activity Center Base Zones
  • The new Planned Development zones and Other Zone classifications
The three Rural and Agricultural Base Zones are intended to provide land to support agricultural, forestry, and related uses important to the County’s agricultural economy; preserve, protect, and restore natural resources and environmentally-sensitive lands; and conserve the County’s preservation lands and open spaces.
The single-family detached zones typically allow for limited agriculture and forestry-related uses, limited institutional uses, and limited recreation uses that support single-family development.
The multifamily base zones provide residential housing choices, affordability, and diversity to create comfortable, healthy, safe, and pleasant neighborhoods. The higher-density residential zones typically allow for more nonresidential uses intended to support residents’ needs.
The five Nonresidential Base Zones are intended to provide appropriately-located lands for the retail, business, and industrial uses and jobs needed for a robust County economy; encourage mixed-use development with a range of medium- to high-density residential uses; support governmental activities; accommodates infill development and redevelopment of previously-built lands to promote sustainability and reduce sprawl.
The five Transit-Oriented/Activity Center Base Zones are intended to serve as focal points of neighborhoods or broader communities consisting of multiple neighborhoods, at an urban intensity. These zones are walkable and bikeable, often well-served by transit, and contain mixed-use development. The two highest-intensity zones are regional in scale, intended to provide intense urban development opportunities at major transit stations. These regional zones are the principal targets for the County’s future planned growth and are the economic engines of Prince George’s County. The other three zones provide low- and moderate density and intensity opportunities for walkable urbanism and transit-oriented development. These zones require additional design quality, increased connectivity,
reduced parking requirements, and wide, clear sidewalks to ensure the most important places of the County are inviting to all.
The four Other Base Zones serve unique purposes, providing for smooth transitions between obsolete zones and the new Zoning Ordinance. These zones are legacy zones, preserving regulations and procedures for specific properties within the County that developed under a different set of rules than exist today. No property in the County can be rezoned as one of these legacy zones after the approval of the Countywide Map Amendment.
The seven Planned Development (PD) Zones provide flexibility for innovative land use and site design concepts that will enhance the quality of life and support high quality development, strengthen environmental stewardship, encourage energy efficiency, and meet other County goals and objectives for mixed-use development,
connected and multimodal places, and improved community services and facilities.