How to testify at Planning Board

Board members during public hearing

The Prince George’s County Planning Board is in recess until September 13. Now is the perfect time to prepare and learn how to testify at a future public hearing.

Planning Board meetings are typically every Thursday in the first floor County Council Hearing Room of the County Administration Building at 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. The hearings are to consider planning, zoning, and subdivision matters.

To testify at a hearing, register onsite the same day as the hearing. Your name, address and the name of the person or organization you represent may be required. To receive the Planning Board agenda regularly and stay abreast of regular topics, sign up here.

Upon convening the hearing a brief explanation of the purpose of the hearing will be presented with any information or data that has been received before public discussion and comments begin.

Public comments will then be allowed. The Planning Board can announce reasonable time limitations and registration requirements for speakers to allow everyone a chance to be heard.

The presiding officer shall permit any party of record to ask questions of a witness at the conclusion of that witness’ testimony. Questions should be limited to information presented by the witness. In other words, it is not appropriate for a person to testify or question a witness on a subject not testified to on the record by that witness. The presiding officer may also limit the number of questions to a single representative of each side.

Find the complete Rules of Procedure here.

Joint meetings

The Planning Board also has joint public hearings with the Prince George’s County Council on planning projects, including master plans and sectional map amendments, at locations around the County. To testify at joint County Council-Planning Board hearings, call (301) 952-4584 until 1:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing. If you do not sign-up prior to this time, you may signup to testify in person on the day of the hearing with the Clerk of the County Council.

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