N-C-O Zone Proposal for the Greenbelt National Historic Landmark Area

Release Date: 
Feb 19, 2019

N-C-O Zone Proposal for the Greenbelt National Historic Landmark Area

 

Recently, Prince George's County Council passed a resolution setting into motion a new zoning ordinance for Prince George’s County. One objective of the new ordinance is to reduce the impact of sprawl by encouraging higher residential density (more dwelling units per acre) and commercial development in targeted areas with strong transportation links. The County Council also passed a resolution authorizing the creation of a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (N-C-O) zone for the area designated as the Greenbelt National Historic Landmark that includes GHI. The N-C-O zone will preserve GHI's architectural character and open spaces, regardless of the underlying zone stipulated by the zoning ordinance.

For several months, GHI’s Zoning Task Force worked on drafting an N-C-O zone proposal. GHI’s membership was requested to review and offer comments on the draft proposal, for the purpose of determining what elements of our community we would like Prince George’s County to preserve in the N-C-O zoning ordinance. The Board of Directors and Zoning Task Force thank the fifty-three (53) members who submitted written comments.

After reviewing the members’ comments, GHI’s Board of Directors finalized the zone proposal which can be seen here. The N-C-O zone proposal has been submitted to the City of Greenbelt and its Department of Planning and Community Development staff for review. Ultimately, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) and the Prince George’s County Council, would have to approve the provisions for the N-C-O zone.