Transit-Oriented/Activity Center Base Zones

      • 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.

 

Minimum net lot area

  • In general – 5,000 sq. ft.
  • Townhouse – 1,200 sq. ft.

Dwelling units per net acre (all dwellings)

  • Minimum – 10
  • Maximum – 30

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 Floor area ratio (nonresidential development)

  • Minimum – 0.25
  • Maximum – 2

Principal structure height (maximum) – 50 ft

Minimum net lot area                          Core         Edge

  • In general; square feet 1,500 3,000
  • Townhouse 1,200 1,200
  • Other dwellings; square feet 1,500 5,000

Dwelling units per net acre (all dwellings)

  • Minimum 15 5
  • Maximum 80            60

Floor area ratio (nonresidential development)

  • Minimum 0.5 0.25
  • Maximum 2.5           1.5

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Principal structure height (maximum) 80 ft.      70 ft.

Provides for moderate-intensity, vibrant, transit-rich mixed-use centers incorporating walkable urbanism and robust connectivity for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit-riders, and drivers. Often well-connected to regional transit. Vertical mixed-use development, with ground-floor retail, service, or office uses and residential above, is strongly encouraged.

Minimum net lot area                          Core         Edge

  • In general; square feet 1,500 3,000
  • Townhouse 1,000 1,000
  • Other dwellings; square feet 1,500 5,000
    Dwelling units per net acre (all dwellings)
  • Minimum 20 10
  • Maximum 80           40

Floor area ratio (nonresidential development)

  • Minimum 0.5 0.25
  • Maximum 3                    2

Principal structure height (maximum) 80 ft.       70 ft.

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Provides for high-intensity, vibrant, mixed-use centers intended to capture the majority of the County’s future residential and employment growth and development. Extremely walkable, bikeable, and well-connected to the region. Typically located at major transit centers anchored by Metrorail stations. The primary difference between the RTO-L and RTO-H zones are the scale of development intensity and range of uses permitted; RTO-L is somewhat lower-intensity than RTO-H.

Minimum net lot area                          Core         Edge

  • In general; square feet 1,500 3,000
  • Townhouse dwellings; square feet 1,500 1,000
  • Other dwellings; square feet 1,500 5,000

Dwelling units per net acre (all dwellings)

  • Minimum 30                 20
  • Maximum 100 60

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Floor area ratio (nonresidential development)

  • Minimum 1 0.25
  • Maximum 100                  60

Principal structure height (maximum) No max.    126 ft.

Provides land for high-intensity, vibrant, mixed-use centers intended to capture the majority of the County’s future residential and employment growth and development. Extremely walkable, bikeable, and well-connected to the region. Typically located at major transit centers anchored by Metrorail stations. The primary difference between the RTO-H and RTO-L zones are the scale of development intensity and range of uses permitted; RTO-H is somewhat higher-intensity than RTO-L.

 Minimum net lot area                          Core         Edge

  • In general; square feet 1,500 3,000
  • Townhouse dwellings; square feet 1,000 1,000
  • Other dwellings; square feet 1,500        5,000

Dwelling units per net acre (all dwellings)

  • Minimum 30 20
  • Maximum 120              80

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Floor area ratio (nonresidential development)

  • Minimum 1.5 0.5
  • Maximum 5 3

Principal structure height (maximum) No max. 182 ft.