The Prince George’s County Council, during session on Tuesday, May 4, adopted Council Resolution 33-2010, approving the New Carrollton Transit District Development Plan and the Transit District Overlay Zoning Map Amendment. The plan will transform the New Carrollton Metro station and its surrounding area into a regional metropolitan center featuring transit-oriented development by using smart growth best practices.
The New Carrollton Transit District Development Plan, which recommends changes in land use and public infrastructure, provides guidelines for creating mixed-use development, vibrant public spaces and pedestrian friendly streetscapes in a transit-oriented development environment surrounding the New Carrollton Metro station. The plan calls for energy efficient buildings, sound environmental stewardship, and paves the way for attracting Federal and private sector jobs.
Council Member Eric Olson (D) – District 3, who represents the area, says the plan makes good economic sense.
“We have created sensible development guidelines that will help attract strong investment at the New Carrollton Metro. This plan includes the best smart growth policies that have led to thriving communities of transit-oriented development elsewhere in our region. I look forward to working with the development community, WMATA, the state and county, to fulfill the goals of this plan and bring jobs and investment to this important Metro station.”
Prince George’s Planning Board Chair Samuel J. Parker, who recently headed a series of Countywide visioning sessions under the “Envision Prince George’s” project, described the updated New Carrollton plan.
“This plan calls for jobs, housing and commerce in a thriving transit-oriented community at the New Carrollton Metro station. It primes the site for significant Federal employment, and takes advantage of the existing transportation network of Metro, Amtrak, MARC and easy access to Route 50 and the Beltway. This plan signals the dynamic future of Prince George’s County.”
The New Carrollton Transit District Development Plan and Transit District Overlay Zoning Map Amendment is projected to bring development of more than 6,100,000 square feet of new commercial office and retail space, and 5,500 new residential units to the New Carrollton area over time. New development will be concentrated primarily in three focus areas: Metro Core, Annapolis Road, and Garden City. The Metro core will feature a mix of high-intensity commercial office, retail, and residential. Annapolis Road area will maintain some of its suburban feel while transitioning to an urban boulevard with mixed-use buildings between three and six stories. The Garden City area, which is predominately dominated by office buildings now, will gradually incorporate additional housing and office uses to create a neighborhood along a greenway park.
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