Background

Prince George’s County’s Route area communities are buzzing and booming with new development. What changes will this unprecedented pace of development bring to our crazy quilt of Route1 communities and neighborhoods?

Route 1 municipalities overlap to an amazing degree: our children attend school together, play on the same sports teams, we belong to the same pools and book groups, we use the same public facilities, ride to work on the Metro and more. But there appears to be little coordination and communication between towns as we redevelop or build-out the remaining spaces in northwestern Prince George’s County.

Development is approved on a project-by-project basis in Prince George’s County, unlike other areas of the metropolitan Washington area. Our area lacks a comprehensive regional plan and standards to manage development and predict its impact on our already overloaded infrastructure.

This and the lack of investment in infrastructure to support the current pace of development is of deep concern. While by no means opposed to development, we are apprehensive about the additional capacity required of our:
▪ schools
▪ roadways
▪ public transportation
▪ public safety services
and the impact of additional growth on our quality of life.

There does not appear to have been any opportunity for significant Route 1 community input. (Yes, there was on Metro years ago, perhaps on Gateway and the Route 1 sector plan, but nothing cohesive.) Thus far it seems public meetings and efforts have been focused on specific projects, reports and practicalities—Commerce Bank, Purple Line vs. ICC and so on—rather than taking a look at the big picture.

Join us to build a coalition of concerned citizens—from Mount Rainier to Beltsville—to monitor growth, its impact on our quality of life and develop community standards. Let’s build constituent support for our elected representatives to plan comprehensively and seek state and federal funding for addressing crucial infrastructure needs. Join us to start work now and address these issues proactively, rather than when it is too late.

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