Community Invited to Discuss Transportation Issues at Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan Meeting on February 27

February 2, 2018

Planning Department event will focus on alternative modes of transportation along the Georgia Avenue corridor

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a community meeting for the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan on Tuesday, February 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Department’s auditorium (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). Residents, business owners and other stakeholders are invited to this event to learn more about the existing condition analysis for walking, cycling, and transit. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

RSVP for the February 27 community meeting.

The community meeting will begin with a staff presentation about walking, biking, and transit opportunities along Georgia Avenue in the sector plan area. A question and answer session at the meeting will allow attendees to express concerns about these transportations issues and learn more about the plan and next steps in the process. The meeting will be streamed live at montgomeryplanning.org/forestglen and will be available on demand.

About the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan

The Planning Department launched the plan in 2017 with a study of traffic conditions along the Georgia Avenue corridor from 16th Street in Silver Spring to the Forest Glen Metro Station. The planning area stretches along the Georgia Avenue corridor to encompass the Montgomery Hills commercial area and Forest Glen neighborhood located between 16th Street and the North Medical Park Drive.

Previous plans for the area, including the 1996 Forest Glen Sector Plan and 2000 Silver Spring North and West Master Plan, need to be updated due to recent changes planned for the corridor. The Maryland State Highway Administration initiated preliminary planning for road improvements along Georgia Avenue between 16th Street and the Capital Beltway, and these upgrades will affect properties on both sides of the road. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has expressed interest in redeveloping its property near the Forest Glen Metrorail station.

Planners presented the scope of work for the plan to the Planning Board on November 2, 2017.

The team will explore ways of improving pedestrian and bicycle access, connectivity and safety within the plan area. Opportunities for redevelopment at strategic locations to provide walkable, neighborhood-serving development will be examined, as well as previous plans and studies of streetscape designs to improve sidewalks, street trees and lighting.

For more information, contact lead planner Melissa Williams at 301-495-4642 or Melissa.Williams@montgomeryplanning.org.