many months of work on “Zoning Rewrite”, the County has proposed a streamlined zoning map for the entire county. For a few areas of north College Park, especially in the Hollywood Commercial district and the areas along Route 1, some of the proposed changes are concerning. For those living near the Edgewood and Rhode Island Avenue area, the new zoning could mean considerable density in the form of retail and residential combined properties. This could greatly impact our small-town feel. This includes:

  • CGO (Edgewood and RI Ave.) — 20 townhouses/48 multifamily units per acre; 4-5 stories
  • IH (Stone Property) — heavy industrial uses or 12 multifamily/live-work residences per acre; no height requirement but there are conditions
  • RMF 20( North Autoville) — up to 40 townhouses/20 multifamily buildings per acre; 4 stories
  • NAC (Cherry Hill/South Autoville) — 30 units/acre; 3-4 stories
  • LTOe (East & West side of Rt. 1) — 40 units/acre; 6 stories

The City Council sent a letter sharing its concerns a few months ago. The letter has been accepted as part of the record.

Please sign up to pre-register by 3 p.m., Thursday, September 9, 2021 to speak at the Public Hearings on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at 5 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 at 5 p,m. Click on the following link to do so.

Written testimony will also be accepted in lieu of or in addition to oral testimony. It must be done through Council’s eComment portal not US mail. Comments can be emailed: or faxed to 301-952-5178.

All written comments may be submitted through Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 4 p.m.

View the Public Hearings via live stream here.

To learn more about the Zoning Rewrite process, its purpose, and the opportunity to participate in a Public Hearing, visit:

For a guide to easily compare all the new zones and what they entail, check the following link:

If you do not know what your neighborhood/area is currently zoned, use the first link below to use an interactive map to determine your zone.  Then, for further explanation of how that zone was determined, see this link.

The NCPCA will be having a special session at this Thursday’s meeting with a  guest from County’s planning board to answer your questions.