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

Steve Beavers, Community Development Coordinator

Ryan Chelton, Economic 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

College Park Joint Development Solicitations


 WMATA Bid Opportunity:

Prince George's County Bid Opportunity:
US 1 College Park - Segment 1 
From College Avenue/Regents Drive to MD 193
SHA Presentation - 
August 5, 2015 
 Click here  
The Prince George's County Planning Department is conducting a comprehensive rewrite of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations. This project will transform the current zoning code to a more user-friendly 21st Century Zoning Ordinance for Prince George's County. Over the next few months, your participation in this transformation is critical. Take action TODAY and learn more about how you can help shape the future of development in Prince George's County.  

Click here for more information and dates for upcoming listening sessions.
The 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

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 from the Route 1 Redevelopment Workshop for Downtown College Park prepared by

Design Collective for College Park City-University Partnership
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: