Whitemarsh (Jesuit) Property Proposal

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Whitemarsh (Jesuit Property)

Elm Street Development has proposed a residential development of 440 single-family detached and townhouse units on three parcels of land on the north and south sides of MD 450, east of Race Track Road on the Whitemarsh Property. These parcels are outside of the municipal limits of Bowie.

At present, the project has two major hurdles. It needs public water and sewer and it needs a zoning change.

Elm Street Development asked the City to study whether the City’s water and sewer system had the capacity to supply service to the proposed development. A study was commissioned by the City and the conclusion, which was returned in mid January 2017, was that there is sufficient capacity in the system to handle the additional homes if the development were to be approved. However, water and sewer service can only be provided to properties within the City limits. If Elm Street requests service, it will also need to request annexation of the properties involved. Then Council would vote on the annexation and providing the service. At this point there has been no formal request from Elm Street.

Elm Street Development made a short presentation on its plans at a City Council meeting on August 1, 2016. More information, including a map of the proposed development area, can be found in a staff report presented to Council for the August 1 meeting. 


The developer has submitted a rezoning application to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to change the zoning from R-E (Residential Estate) and R-A (Residential Agricultural) to R-S (Residential Suburban) Comprehensive Design Zone (CDZ) for single-family detached and single-family attached dwelling units. This zone is the same planned development zone used in the existing communities of Northridge, Highbridge, and Bowie Town Center.  The Zoning Map change is only one of several review processes that the developer will need to go through before being granted permission to build on these parcels. The review processes are County ones; however, the City of Bowie does provide input to the County before decisions are made.


The City of Bowie hosted a Stakeholders Meeting at City Hall on Monday, September 26, 2017 about the rezoning application submitted by Elm Street Development.

Documents and Information from September 26, 2016 Stakeholders Meeting:
Person of Record Form for Prince George's County 
Person of Record Document
Citizens Handbook
Whitemarsh Stakeholders Meeting Video
Stakeholders Meeting Memo to City Council
September 26, 2016 Stakeholders Meeting -  Elm St Developer Slides 
September 26, 2016 Stakeholders Meeting Notice
Staff Report for August 1, 2016 Meeting on Residential Proposal by Elm Street Development
Bowie Vicinity Master Plan

Staff Report for August 1, 2016 City Council Meeting