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City Names Miriam Bader as New Planning Director, Following Retirement of Terry Schum

Today, the City announced that Miriam Bader had been selected to serve as the City’s new Director of Planning and Community Development. Ms. Bader will start her tenure as Director on April 3, following the retirement of Director Terry Schum.

Ms. Bader has almost 40 years of planning and zoning experience. She has served as the City’s Senior Planner within the Department of Planning and Community Development since 2012. Prior to working for the City of College Park, she held numerous planning roles for cities and towns across the country, including college towns like Auburn, Alabama and Plymouth, New Hampshire.

In her current capacity as Senior Planner for the City, Ms. Bader reviews and presents Detailed Site Plan recommendations as well as variance and departure applications. She also serves as staff liaison to several City advisory boards.

Ms. Bader will replace long-time Planning and Community Development Director Terry Schum. Ms. Schum began her career with the City of College Park in February 1986 as the Coordinator of Economic Development and built the Department of Planning and Community Development.

During her tenure, she has facilitated the transformation of College Park by leading projects that created new parks, improved streetscapes, established historic districts and walking tours, added bike trails and sidewalks, and implemented a micro-mobility program with the University of Maryland.

She has worked closely with M-NCPPC, Prince George’s County, and the State on major plans and projects that have improved College Park. Ms. Schum worked with developers on nearly every new construction project throughout the City, presenting her recommendations to the City Council and other officials. After more than 37 years with the City, Ms. Schum will be retiring from the City on March 31, 2023.

Source: City of College Park

How Does City’s Variance Process Work?

Wheather you want to make an oversized addition to your existing home or want to put a fence that the City does not quite allow you to do, you don’t need to give up. The City allows you to apply for a variance process that will help you in getting what you ultimately need.

The variance process is quite complex, however, thanks to our capable staff, who has developed the following process diagram to help you navigate through this apparently complex exercise. Please let me know if you have any questions.

College Park – Facts and Figures

City’s Planning department has recently created a new “Facts & Figures” page on the city’s website. The page provides information about College Park demographics, employers, labor market and commercial real estate.

Here are some important facts:

  • Population: 30,573
  • Median Age: 22.6
  • Average Household Income: $75,892 (USA: $74,699)
  • Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
  • Median Home Value: $273,957 (USA: $200,006)
  • Total Number of Businesses in College Park: 1,029
  • Total Number of Employees: 31,660

You can get the get the detailed report by clicking on this link

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