Southern Green Line Station Area Sector Plan

The Approved Southern Green Line Station Area Sector Plan (February 25, 2014) is currently unpublished. Until published, the approved plan consists of the following documents: The Preliminary Southern Green Line Station Area Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment, the Planning Board amendments in Prince George's County Planning Board Resolution Number 13-98 (PDF), the District Council’s Resolution of Approval Numbers CR-9-2014 (PDF) and CR-10-2014 (PDF), the minor amendment CR-1-2016 (PDF), and the Administrative Correction to Overlay Zone Applicability Errors (2015).
 

Project Description


The plan aims to increase the county’s share of regional job growth; address income, jobs, and transportation inequities; increase quality, affordable housing through mixed-income projects; enhance connectivity to and between Metro stations; increase transportation options and utilization of the Metrorail Green Line for reverse commute trips; and stabilize and preserve nearby communities.

The purpose of the Development District Overlay Zone (DDOZ) is to prohibit certain uses in the entire area and additional uses near the Metro stations, as well as establish development standards and requirements for properties C the following Metro stations. DDOZ development standards and requirements for street design, block standards, building height, and parking are included for the Branch Avenue and Naylor Road station areas.

Project Boundary


The project corridor surrounds four stations on the southern end of the Metro Green Line in Prince George’s County, Maryland, extending from Southern Avenue down Branch Avenue (MD 5) to the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495). The four stations within the plan area include:
  • Branch Avenue
  • Naylor Road
  • Southern Avenue
  • Suitland
Southern Green Line Station Area Plan Project Boundary Map

Walk Circle

Most people are willing to walk for about 10 minutes, or roughly half a mile, to access a rail transit station. Therefore, planning for transit-oriented development focuses on the area within half a mile of a station - drawn on maps as the walk circle, with the station at its center. Within the walk circle, the process seeks opportunities to locate additional transit riders going to new destinations, such as jobs, shops, and housing.

The Walk Circle

Principles of Transit-Oriented Development

  • Create a compact mix of land uses around transit stations that support, and benefit from, transit service.
  • Design the station area as a civic amenity and a recognizable place in the community.
  • Place highest-intensity development nearest to the transit station.
  • Provide direct pedestrian routes to the station.
  • Use transit to shape the growth of community centers.