Maryland County Seeks to Spur TODs by Fast-Tracking Approvals

Prince George's County will streamline the review process for developers who build around public transit stations, writes Miranda S. Spivack. The bill could speed up the approvals process by as much as a year.

A new zoning measure to spur transit-oriented development takes effect in Prince George's County, Maryland in 45 days. Introduced by two Democrats in the County Council, the bill could shorten the approvals process by as much as a year for developers who propose walkable, high-density developments near one of the county's 15 Metro stations and additional commuter rail stops, which are currently underdeveloped.

The measure, which not only aims to promote smart growth, but also to expand the tax and consumer base in the county, also prioritizes federal developments in the hopes of attracting the FBI's national headquarters to the county.

Another initiative introduced by one of the council members reduced the school fees developers pay when building near public transit. 

Full Story: Prince George's council approves plan to speed development around transit stations


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