Mount Rainier NCOZ
On October 23, 2018, the Prince George’s County Council adopted a new Zoning Ordinance and new Subdivision Regulations for Prince George’s County. As part of the implementation of these new laws, a new Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Zone (NCOZ) is being prepared 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.
The purpose of the NCOZ 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 the existing neighborhood character. Minimum criteria for the designation of an NCOZ are established in the new Zoning Ordinance; these will be addressed in a Mount Rainier neighborhood study that specifies the development context. The Mount Rainier NCOZ will also include development standards specific to Mount Rainier’s single-family residential neighborhoods; should the Mount Rainier NCOZ be approved, 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 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, has been postponed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.