Community Planning

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manages the County’s comprehensive planning process
  • Performs considerable community outreach to ensure meaningful public participation and engagement in all projects, plans, and studies
  • Prepares plans and studies used to guide future growth and physical development in the County
  • Collaborates with various local, state, federal, and County agencies in implementing Plan 2035 (the general plan), and area master and sector plans

The Administration

 of the Community Planning Division aids each of the sections by managing staff and workflow, facilitating project completion, adhering to legislative calendars, maintaining project files and records, producing cartographic materials, and ensuring timely development project review.

The Neighborhood Revitalization Section

provides planning assistance to municipalities, communities, partner agencies, and other stakeholders to implement the recommendations of Plan 2035, and area master and sector plans. This critical implementation work includes focused planning studies, urban design services, interagency coordination, stakeholder facilitation, technical planning assistance, grant assistance, and community and municipal capacity-building.

The Long-Range Planning Section works closely with communities, property owners,  municipalities, businesses, and institutional partners to implement Plan 2035, prepare comprehensive area master or sector plans and to assist in the development of functional master plans. This more traditional planning and zoning work includes the creation or refinement of master plans and comprehensive rezoning for a wide variety of locations, from large rural areas of the County to specific Purple Line Light Rail stations or WMATA Metro stations.

The Planning Assistance to Municipalities & Communities (PAMC) Program

The Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities (PAMC) Program offers planning and design assistance in response to specific requests from local municipalities and community organizations. Staff or consultant services are available to complete an existing project or a phase of a multi-year project within each fiscal year. The County Council sets the total amount of assistance available through its annual budget process.

The division's planners and urban designers also monitor development activity in their planning areas, review development proposals for consistency with master plan recommendations, act as a planning liaison to various groups and organizations in their planning areas, and coordinate with the Prince George's County government, the State of Maryland, the federal government, and neighboring jurisdictions on land use and development issues.