Development Projects

Development Projects Map 

To see a map of development projects throughout the City, click here. To learn more about specific projects, use the links to the left.

Get Involved

To learn how you can get involved in the City's review of development applications, as well as how you can get notified of projects by Prince George's County, please visit this page.  

Development Review Process

Below is the typical review process for any development applications taking place within the City. The blue arrows indicate an action performed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), while the green arrows indicate an action performed by the City of Hyattsville. 

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Development Terminology

  • M-NCPPC: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. This is a bi-county (Prince George’s and Montgomery) commission created to plan and approve developments, preserve natural resources and provide recreational amenities. It is the land-use and zoning authority for all of Prince George’s County, except for the City of Laurel. The Prince George’s County Planning Department works under the M-NCPPC umbrella.
  • Conceptual Site Plan (CSP): A conceptual site plan is the first step in planning a largescale development. It establishes the general layout of the property, circulation system and differentiates the areas of the site that will be developed versus conserved. A CSP is not mandatory for developments, but is often used in large scale developments where smaller segments of the project will be completed in phases. CSPs are handled through the process outlined above.
  • Preliminary Plan of Subdivision (PPS): A preliminary plan of subdivision is required if a development will be subdividing lots, as is the case when building single family homes or townhouses that are fee-simple and will be sold to individual owners. It is not required for projects, or segments of projects, that will be held under one ownership. The preliminary plan shows the property lines for individual lots, as well as the internal roadway system. PPSs are handled through the process outlined above.
  • Detailed Site Plan (DSP): A detailed site plan shows the specifics of the development, including building architecture, roadway specifications, sidewalks, landscaping, open and recreational areas and infrastructure and utility locations. A detailed site plan is required for all developments meeting a critical mass threshold. In larger developments, it is possible to split the detailed site plan into two parts: the infrastructure DSP and the architecture DSP. This is done when significant utility work or grading needs to be completed before the applicant has their architecture plans complete. DSPs are handled through the process outlined above.
  • Special Permit (SP): A special permit is necessary to allow a use not allowed by right, but also not prohibited in a certain zone. Special permits often occur during unique projects, such as adaptive reuse of an existing building or when the details of the case are so specific and unique there is not a clearly defined process. Special permits are handled through the process outlined above. 
  • Variance: A variance is a departure from the adopted standards of zoning, land-use regulation, building code, or development standards. When part of a PPS or DSP, the variance will go through those processes to be approved. One off variances, such as building closer to a property line, are reviewed internally by City staff, then referred to the City Council for their approval.