In This Issue
Annual Public Budget Forums
Temporary Meeting Location
County Council Continues Zoning Ordinance
Planning Board Kudos
Hispanic Heritage Month
Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities
Park Rx America
Planning Department Launches Photo Contest
STEAMfest 2018
College Park Airport Centennial
How to Become a Person of Record
2018 Fall Events
MLB All-Star Field Unveiling
Dorsey Chapel Featured By Southern Living Magazine
Park Police Enters Lip Sync Challenge
Calendar of Events 
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Annual Public Budget Forums  Scheduled for October 2018
The Prince George's County Planning Board has scheduled two public forums this fall to solicit comments on the Commission's budget for planning, parks, and recreation in Prince George's County for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2019. The public forums will be held:
October 1, 2018
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Department of Parks and Recreation Administration Building
6600 Kenilworth Ave 
Riverdale, MD 20737
October 2, 2018
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Harmony Hall Regional Center, John Addison Concert Hall
10701 Livingston Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Individuals and representatives of community organizations who wish to speak at the public forums may register in advance online at, or by calling 301-952-4584, TTY 301-952-4366.

Written comments will also be accepted until close of business, Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Comments may be addressed to: Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Chairman, Prince George's County Planning Board, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Comments may also be faxed to Chairman Hewlett at 301-952-5074, or transmitted via email to
Planning Board Meetings Moved to Temporary Location
D ue to County renovations, effective October 25, 2018 through January 2019, the Prince George's County Planning Board of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will hold its meetings in the fourth-floor board room located in the County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. 

Planning  Board meetings are held each Thursday to consider planning, zoning, and subdivision matters. Development Review items begin at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted. To speak before the Board's weekly meetings, you may register on-site the day of the hearing. Additionally, meetings are also streamed live online and archived for public viewing.

For more information about the Prince George's County Planning Board, meeting agendas, or to become a person of record, please visit .
County Council Continues Zoning Ordinance Legislation Process
The Prince George's County Council continues its legislative process to adopt and develop new and modern Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations and provide important tools to facilitate the implementation of the Prince George's 2035 General Plan and other County policy goals. The new Zoning Ordinance aims to streamline procedures, reduce obstacles to achieving the economic development goals of the County, enhance utility and user-friendliness, encourage appropriate input into the development review process, consolidate and simplify zones and uses, and incentivize development at targeted growth locations. 
Prince George's Planning Board Kudos
The Commissioners and staff congratulate Prince George's County Planning Board Chairman Elizabeth M. Hewlett , who was honored and received several prestigious awards this year including:
  • "Legacy Award" by the Women's Committee of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association for her unparalleled accomplishments and service to the Association and the legal profession and her long-time work as a mentor to young attorneys and law students
  • "Leadership in Law" honoree bestowed by The Maryland Daily Record publication on individual legal professionals, lawyers and judges throughout the State of Maryland whose dedication to their occupation and their communities is outstanding
  • "2018 Community Service Award" from the NAACP's Prince George's County Chapter at its 30th Anniversary Hester V. King Freedom Fund Gala.
The Commissioners and staff applaud Prince George's County Planning Board Vice-Chairman Dorothy Bailey on receiving the "Leadership Achievement Award" from the Women in Business Development Committee of the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce. The award honors a community and corporate leader who works tirelessly and consistently to make a positive impact in the County.
On September 15, 2018, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) honored Commissioner A. Shuanise Washington with a Leadership Tribute at the Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. The CBCF Board of Directors and staff recognized Washington for her significant contributions to the CBCF, local communities and nation as well as demonstrating an exemplary life in the pursuit of freedom, justice, and equality.
M-NCPPC Honors Hispanic Heritage Month
Over 17% of the population in Prince George's County has roots in Mexico, Spain, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, or one of the many other nations in the Spanish-speaking world. In fact, our County ranks 4th in the United States for the number of immigrants who have moved here from Central America.

Each year, M-NCPPC Prince George's County embraces the amazing diversity of art, culture and talents that residents of Hispanic or Latin descent have added to the rich tapestry of our neighborhoods. We also pay tribute to the meaningful, skillful and intellectual contributions to the success and advancement of our organization and County. Join us from September 15 to October 15, 2018 as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with various activities including art exhibitions, dance, festivals, film series, music, receptions and more. For a list of events, check out the 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month brochure.
Planning Assistance to Municipalities  and Communities
The Prince George's County Planning Department has relaunched the Prince George's County Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities (PAMC). The program is designed to help municipalities and qualified civic organizations obtain planning assistance or funding to implement economic development goals recommended in approved master plans, sector plans, or General Plan.

PAMC is intended to bring planning services into communities to make technical expertise accessible, help produce and share information, stimulate public discussion about planning, and encourage community partnerships. Projects may involve planning studies, design work, and community education and outreach. Municipalities and qualified civic organizations located within Prince George's County are encouraged to apply. For information on examples of projects and to download an application, visit .

To be considered for the 2019 fiscal year, applications must be submitted electronically to by October 29, 2018, or March 31, 2019. Submitted applications will be reviewed by the PAMC Application Review Committee and referred to the Planning Board or the Planning Director. PAMC is administered by the Neighborhood Revitalization Section in the Prince George's County Planning Department.
Park Rx Initiative Prescribes Nature for Better Health

The Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George's County is collaborating with Park Rx America and local healthcare providers with an initiative to connect providers and patients with our parks and services. Substantial research has confirmed that spending time in nature and parks helps prevent and treat anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. 
The Park Rx initiative aims to:
  • Help healthcare professionals prescribe nature to patients during routine delivery of health care,
  • Change patient behavior through increased time spent outdoors, subsequently preventing or reducing the effects of chronic disease,
  • Create the next generation of environmental and park stewards through outdoor exploration and experience.
To learn more about the prescription initiative, visit
Planning Department Launches  Photo Contest
The Prince George's County Planning Department invites you to submit your best photo depicting our County for a chance to win a FREE family pass for a public session for up to five people at the Bowie Ice Arena (admission and rentals included). The top photos will be printed in a 2019 calendar. For contest rules and entry details, visit the  Planning Department Blog
STEAMFest returns this fall with more exciting opportunities to experience hands-on fu n while learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math! The 4th Annual STEAM Festival will take place Saturday, October 27, 2018 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at The Showplace Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. For more information, visit:
College Park Airport Centennial
This summer, the College Park Aviation Museum and the Field of Firsts Foundation hosted the Airmail Centennial Celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first airmail delivery. The three-day celebration included the First Day of Issue Ceremony to unveil the 2nd U.S. Air Mail Forever Stamp at the College Park Airport - where the  FIRST United States Postal Services Airmail took flight on  August 12, 1918! 
How to Become a Person of Record
Have you seen a hearing notice and would like to be informed about future developments near your community? Visit our  website to download or complete an online form. As a Person of Record in a zoning case, you are provided with notice of upcoming meetings, actions and decisions rendered at certain stages of the zoning application process, as well as relevant appeals procedures. 
Mark your calendars for a little family fun! Visit to view upcoming events, including the following autumn celebrations and festivals:
Saturday, Sept. 29
Celebrate Baden Day
Baden Community Center
Saturday, Oct. 6
5k for Breast Cancer Awareness at National Harbor
Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail
Saturday, Oct. 6
College Park Day
College Park Aviation Museum
Sunday, Oct. 7
37th Annual Kinderfest
Watkins Regional Park
Sunday, Oct. 14
Harvest Fest
Riversdale House Museum
Saturday, Oct. 20
American Indian Festival
Patuxent River Park
Saturday, Oct. 27
STEAM Festival
The Showplace Arena
Saturday, Nov. 3
Jug Bay Run/Walk for Wildlife
Patuxent River Park
Saturday, Nov. 17
Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey
Watkins Regional Park
Friday, Nov. 23 - Tuesday, Jan 1
32nd Annual Winter Festival of Lights
Watkins Regional Park
MLB All-Star Field Unveiling at Walker Mill Regional Park
The Department of Parks and Recreation joined Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals and the Nationals Dream Foundation to unveil the fully renovated youth baseball field, the "Nationals All-Star Field," at the Walker Mill Regional Park in Capitol Heights. County Executive Rushern Baker, Planning Board Chairman Elizabeth M. Hewlett, and Cheverly Wolverines Catcher William Palmer proudly participated in the dedication. The field renovations and improvements are a part of the 2018 All-Star Legacy Initiative that promotes baseball and healthy, active lifestyles to more than 3,000 children and teens within Prince George's County. 
Dorsey Chapel Featured By Southern Living
M-NCPPC's Dorsey Chapel, located in Glenn Dale, Maryland, was featured  online  and in the June 2018 print issue of  Southern Living Magazine as one of "The South's Most Beautiful Chapels". This architectural jewel and Prince George's County historic site was built in 1900 and served as the social and spiritual center of Brookland, an African-American farming community. Learn more about Dorsey Chapel HERE.
ICYMI - In Case You Missed It! 
Park Police Enters Lip Sync Challenge
T he Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George's County Division, protects approximately 27,000 acres of park property within the County as well as those who visit and staff M-NCPPC sites. In August, the esteemed Park Police Division joined many law enforcement departments across the nation in the viral 2018 Police Lip Sync Challenge. View the video which spotlights several Prince George's County facilities and the officers' commitment to the community. Kudos to the Parks and Recreation team and Park Police for an excellent job!

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The Prince George's County Planning Board, together with the Montgomery County Planning Board, make up The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). The Planning Board's full-time Chairman and four part-time members serve as citizen representatives for their communities in helping to plan, shape, and maintain livable neighborhoods and healthy lifestyles for residents and families in Prince George's County. The Planning Board directs the Commission's work in the County through the Prince George's County Planning Department and the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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