Mount Rainier NCOZ
On October 23, 2018, the Prince George’s County Council adopted a new Zoning Ordinance and new Subdivision Regulations for the County. As part of the implementation of these new laws, a new Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone (NCOZ) is being proposed for those properties in the City of Mount Rainier currently classified in the R-55 (One-Family Detached Residential), R-35 (One-Family Semidetached, and Two-Family Detached, Residential), and R-20 (One-Family Triple-Attached Residential) Zones (see Map tab above).
The purpose of the NCO Zone is to protect and preserve the unique development features and character of established neighborhoods throughout the County, and to promote new development that is compatible with existing neighborhood character. Minimum criteria for the designation of an NCOZ are established in the new Zoning Ordinance; these were addressed in the Mount Rainier neighborhood study that specifies the development context (see the tab above for the Neighborhood Study). The Mount Rainier NCOZ also includes proposed development standards specific to Mount Rainier’s single-family residential neighborhoods that were developed by community members and endorsed by the Mount Rainier City Council (see the Draft Standards tab above). If the Mount Rainier NCOZ is approved as part of the Countywide Map Amendment, the standards will regulate development, redevelopment, and building alterations in the zone.
A community meeting on the potential NCO Zone was held at M-NCPPC’s Mount Rainier Nature Center on Monday, December 16, 2019. After an introduction by City Councilmember Bryan Knedler, who outlined the work that has been done since 2006 to make the NCOZ a reality, M-NCPPC staff gave a presentation on how the NCO Zone fits into the new Zoning Ordinance (adopted October 2018). Staff walked the community members through the proposed NCOZ standards (developed with community input by the Design Review Board (DRB) and the city over 2014-2017) and there was a discussion about how each standard would work and how some could be refined to achieve the stated community goals of maintaining neighborhood character. The DRB further refined the proposed standards in early January 2020 and a final draft was transmitted from the city to M-NCPPC soon after.
The Joint Public Hearing on the Countywide Map Amendment, originally scheduled for March 23, 2020, was postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until September 13 and 14, 2021.