Prince George’s County contains 27 incorporated municipalities whose elected officials are responsible to voters for various local services through budget and policy setting. Plan 2035 conducted at least one briefing with each of the County’s municipalities to survey attitudes, concerns, opinions, and preferences related to the growth of and long-term development priorities for the County.
Leaders articulated challenges that were often specific to their municipality’s geographic location, demographic composition, and fiscal challenges. Many of the issues raised have been identified in existing master plans which proposed relevant strategies that addressed their concerns. Issues ranged from a lack of higher-quality restaurants to the difficulty meeting the demand for affordable retirement and family housing.
The most common point expressed during the municipal briefings was the desire for the County to grant municipalities greater control over land use and zoning decisions. Several municipalities requested zoning authority over properties within their boundaries.