Getting Involved in Development Projects
There are many ways residents can get involved in the development review process. See the sections below for information on public meetings, how you may give your comments to the City, and how to get involved in Prince George's County's planning process.
As mentioned in our development review process chart, here, development projects will be presented or discussed at 4 public meetings before being voted on by the City Council. Residents are welcomed to attend these meetings to learn more about each project.. The typical order of meetings is:
- Presentation to the Council and community at a City Council meeting
- Presentation and Discussion by Planning Committee at a Planning Committee meeting
- "Discussion" Agenda Item at a City Council meeting
- "Action" Agenda Item at a City Council meeting
All of the meeting listed above are open to the public. Be sure to check the Council and Committee Meetings page to see up to date agendas for all public meetings within the City.
How Can I Give My Comments to the City?
In making a decision on whether or not to support a development application, the City wants to hear from you! There are 4 ways you can give feedback to City Staff/Council Members:
- Speak Up HVL Website: When a development project is going through the review process, a forum will be created on the Speak Up HVL website. The forum will list the scheduled City Council and Planning Committee dates for the project, and includes a section where residents can post their comments on the project to the site. Residents can also "like" and respond to comments left by other users of the site.
- City Council Meetings: All City Council meetings have a “public comment” portion at the start of each meeting. Residents can fill out an information form at the start of the meeting, which will result in their name being called to address the Council during the public comment portion of the agenda. There is no need to register to speak in advance the meeting.
- Planning Committee Meetings: The Hyattsville Planning Committee typically meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM on the second floor of the City Municipal Building. All committee meetings are open to the public. When a development project work session is scheduled, the applicant will present the project and then the Committee will ask questions and work through details. If time permits, the Committee will often allow guests in attendance at the meeting to make a comment as well.
- Email: Comments about the project can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or to your appropriate City Council member. If you have a question about the project or the review process, it should be directed to Katie Gerbes at email@example.com.
Getting Involved at the County Level
- PG Atlas Development Activity Notifications: PG Atlas is Prince George’s County’s public GIS database. You can use PG Atlas to look up property information, zoning, development applications and a variety of other features tied to geographic locations. Within PG Atlas you can sign up to get an email every time a development application is submitted in a selected zip code. To utilize this service, you must create an account with PG Atlas. From there, you select the zip code(s) you want updates for, and will get an email once a week with the applications that have been submitted. You may create an account and sign up for notifications here.
- Become a Party of Record: Is there a specific project you want to keep an eye on? If so, you can sign up to become a party of record with Prince George’s County. As a person of record, you are provided with notice of upcoming meetings, actions and decisions of the application by M-NCPPC. Note: you must become a party of record for each application you want to follow, so check in with this page every time there is a new application you want to follow. You can sign up to be a party of record here.
- Register Your Association: Incorporated civic and homeowner’s associations may register with Prince George’s County by using this link. Registration automatically enrolls your organization as a party of record in any development cases occurring within one mile of your registered address. To ensure your organization stays in the know, be sure to update your organization’s contact information any time there is a change in officers, so that mailings go to the correct person/address.
- Attend a Planning Board Hearing: The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, specifically the Prince George's County Planning Board, is the body that ultimately approves development applications. Planning Board hearings take place on Thursdays at 10 AM in the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Planning Board hearings are open to the public, and residents may register to speak to the Planning Board about their support/lack of support for a project. You may view agendas, watch meeting videos and register to testify at the Planning Board website, here.