Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan
Preliminary Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan
The Prince George's County Planning Board gave permission to print the Preliminary Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan for public and agency review on July 29, 2021. Oral testimony was provided by the public at a virtual Joint Public Hearing held on October 4th, 2021. Written testimony may still be submitted before the close of record on October 19, 2021.
Written testimony and comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 301-952-5178. Please note, that written testimony or comments will be accepted in electronic format only. Testimony and comments will not be accepted via social media. telephone/voice mail message, or U.S. mail.
A copy of the plan can be viewed and/or downloaded online in PDF format at the following site:
Bowie State MARC TAP: Connecting to Opportunity Around the Region
The Revenue Authority of Prince George’s County and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments jointly sponsored a ULI Washington Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) for a 97-acre Prince George’s County-owned site adjacent to the Bowie State MARC Station. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a panel of ULI Washington members met virtually from July 20-24, 2020 to analyze the development potential for the site and make recommendations that leverage existing nearby assets, including Bowie State University and the MARC station, and contribute to larger County-wide economic development goals. See the document here.
Playbook of Strategies
The playbook provides planning and urban design strategies for consideration in the ongoing drafting of the Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan. The report introduces key focus areas and corridors in the plan area that are being further reviewed for their unique planning challenges and opportunities. The included matrix of strategies outlines possible master plan recommendations by each planning element. These strategies are still being examined and may or may not be included in the final master plan.
Also, you can click here to view/download the presentation.
Focus Area Tours
Understanding the role of urban planning within Bowie-Mitchellville & Vicinity requires extensive examination. As we plan for great places, we must take a closer look at the challenges of different places in the plan area, like the Bowie Town Center and Old Town Bowie. Let's envision together how we can strengthen this area's appeal as a destination where people can shop, eat, and play.
Old Town Bowie
Bowie Town Center
Bowie State University Student Focus Group
The BMVMP Team coordinated with Bowie State University and Dr. Sumanth Reddy, an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Government to complete a survey and a series of focus groups with students. The survey was conducted in mid-October with 98 student participants. The Focus Groups were held the last week of October. The BMVMP Team hosted three identical one-hour virtual events with the Professor and approximately 20 students. The experience was unique for the Team and the BSU Students. THE BMVMP will utilize survey and focus group feedback to inform the plan. The BMVMP team would like to thank, Dr. Sumanth Reddy and his students for their participation and feedback. Click here to view/download the presentation.
Community Chat Series
- Thanks to everyone who attended the community chat series to discuss the eight key planning elements highlighted in the upcoming master plan. Visit our Community Chat Series web page for more details.
Existing Conditions Report Overview
Playbook of Strategies: On November 12, 2020, the project team and consultants held the presentation of the Playbook of Strategies for the Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan through a live virtual event with community members.
Existing Conditions Report Presentation: On September 16, 2020, the project team and consultants held the Existing Conditions Report Presentation for the Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan.
Virtual Kickoff Meeting: On June 13, 2020, the Prince George's County Planning Department held the virtual kickoff meeting for the Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan. View/Download the presentation slides.
County Council Initiation: On February 18, 2020, the County Council approved the initiation of the Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan; as well as the approval of the project’s Recommended Goals, Concepts, and Guidelines and the Public Participation Program.
Planning Board Project Initiation: On January 23, 2020, the Prince George’s County Planning Board initiated the Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan. The Planning Board’s plan initiation coincided with the transmittal to the District Council for approval, the project’s Recommended Goals, Concepts, and Guidelines; as well as the Public Participation Program.
Bowie City Council Meeting: On November 25, 2019, the project team briefed Bowie City Council on their current outreach efforts and the proposed project timetable.
The Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan will be a guiding document formulated through public engagement to address future development in the City of Bowie and surrounding communities. This plan will replace the 2010 Approved Bowie State MARC Station Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment, and the 2006 Approved Master Plan and Sectional Map Amendment for Bowie and Vicinity, and will be based on Plan Prince George’s 2035. The document will carefully examine existing conditions and issues, and revisit the vision for the area. The plan will also consider new strategies for future development and any associated land use and transportation issues.
Scott Rowe, AICP, CNU-A