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Community Invited to Brainstorm Opportunities and Challenges for the Veirs Mill Road Corridor at Public Meeting on March 29

March 8, 2017

Veirs Mill Kickoff Meeting Collage

Montgomery Planning invites community to visioning workshop at Newport Mill Middle School from 7-9 p.m.

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the Veirs Mill Road Corridor area to attend the second public meeting of the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Newport Mill Middle School (11311 Newport Mill Rd, Kensington, MD 20895). RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

RSVP for the March 29 community meeting.

The visioning workshop provides the opportunity for community residents and business owners to share their ideas and concerns with Montgomery County Planning Department staff. The discussion will focus on:

-Identification of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan area.
-Identification of the community focal points (i.e. parks, schools, civic uses, churches).
-Discussion of pedestrian, bike and car connections to community focal points.

If you cannot attend the meeting but want to give feedback, visit the Veirs Mill Corridor Plan Feedback Map. This online interactive map allows visitors the chance to give comments along the four-mile stretch of Veirs Mill Road that will help planners develop recommendations for the plan.

Check out the Veirs Mill Corridor Plan Online Feedback Map.

This second community meeting follows the first meeting held on February 22. At that event, about 40 residents and stakeholders listened to a presentation about the purpose and goals of the plan, and major areas to be analyzed. Planners discussed the need to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety, and provide better connections from the proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) stations on Veirs Mill Road to neighborhoods, shopping centers and major public facilities along the corridor. Audience questions focused on the future BRT system along Veirs Mill Road and how it will affect parking and demand for development in the area.

For more information, consult the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan website.

Learn more about the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan and sign up for the plan e-newsletter to hear about future meetings.  Invite us to meet with your own group by contacting Jessica McVary at Jessica.McVary@montgomeryplanning.org.

Background on the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department, under the guidance of the Montgomery County Planning Board and Montgomery County Council, initiated the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan in January 2017. To develop the plan, staff will review current land uses and existing conditions in order to make recommendations for improvements in the area.

The Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan extends approximately four miles, from the City of Rockville to the Wheaton Central Business District and Vicinity Sector Plan boundary. The new corridor plan boundaries roughly correspond to a ¼-mile area around each of the BRT stations identified in the 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan.

The Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan will:

  • Evaluate and provide recommendations to guide future land uses along the Veirs Mill Road corridor from Wheaton to Rockville.
  • Develop recommendations to improve the compatibility between the land uses adjacent to Veirs Mill Road and the future BRT corridor.
  • Offer recommendations to improve pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, connectivity and safety within the plan area.
  • Explore opportunities for redevelopment at strategic locations to provide more walkable, neighborhood-serving development.
  • Consider a comprehensive streetscape design and opportunities for placemaking within the corridor.

The Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan will develop long-term land use recommendations to complement the Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit Study recently completed by the Maryland State Highway Administration in coordination with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. This transit study evaluated alternatives for rapid bus service along Veirs Mill Road between Wheaton and Rockville, originally recommended as part of the 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan.