City of College Park, Maryland

  • Planning & Economic Development


Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development

The Planning Department is located on the lower level of City Hall
4500 Knox Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-3390
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (except City Holidays)

Telephone 240-487-3538 • FAX 301-887-0558




Terry Schum, Planning Director

Miriam Bader, Senior Planner

Michael Stiefvater, Economic Dev. Coordinator

Steve Beavers, Community Development Coordinator

Theresheia Williams, Administrative Assistant


This department is organized into three functional areas – planning and zoning, community development, and economic development.  The planning program involves the preparation of local plans, as needed, and the coordination of planning efforts with other agencies including the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission  (M-NCPPC), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and the University of Maryland.  Planning staff review and provide recommendations to the City Council on plans, projects, and development applications within the city and vicinity.  The Advisory Planning Commission (APC) is supported by the Planning Department and holds public hearings on applications for zoning appeals and departures.  The department also applies for and administers funding from local, state and federal sources to enhance the city as a place to live, work and visit.  The economic development program is focused on revitalizing the city’s commercial districts and providing assistance for business retention, expansion and recruitment.

Current Events & Announcements

new starburstThe College Park-Riverdale Park Transit District Development Plan and
Transit District Overlay Zone were adopted by the Planning Board on Thursday,
July 17, 2014.  The Adopted College Park-Riverdale Park Transit District Development Plan consists of the preliminary plan document click here and the Prince George's County Planning Board Resolution PGCPB 04-61 click here

A public hearing on the adopted plan will be held before the Prince George's County Council, sitting as the District Council, on Thursday, September 16, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) in the Council Hearing Room (First Floor) at 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

To sign-up to testify before the District Council, please contact the Clerk of the Council's office at 301-952-3600.  You may also submit written testimony to the Clerk of the County Council, Redis Floyd, Clerk of the County Council, County Administration Building (Room 2198), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 by Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here for the City's staff report and recommendations.

To view the College Park-Riverdale Park TDDP
PowerPoint presentation prepared by M-NCPPC click here.


Click here to view Concept Plans for Downtown College Park prepared by
Design Collective for College Park City-University Partnership


Prince George's County Planning Board hearing on DSP 03098/03
Metropolitan at College Park was held on December 12, 2013
The Planning Board approved the Detailed Site Plan with conditions 
and the District Council endorsed their decision. 


On May 6, 2014, the District Council approved the
Plan Prince George's 2035, the General Plan for Prince George's County

For more information, visit the Plan Prince George's 2035 website at: