Community Invited to Preview Preliminary Recommendations for the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan on December 4

November 2, 2018

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Planners will explain ideas for neighborhood based on studies and results of community outreach at a public meeting held at Montgomery Planning headquarters

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites residents, business owners and others interested in the future of the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills area to a public meeting on Tuesday, December 4 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

RSVP for the December 4 Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills public meeting.

At this event, Montgomery Planning staff will present the preliminary recommendations for the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan and the results of community outreach and studies for the plan. Montgomery Planning staff will be available for drop-in discussions from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the presentation will start at 6 p.m.

The sector plan’s preliminary recommendations focus on transportation and road improvements, pedestrian and bicycle safety and connectivity, environmental upgrades, affordable housing and land use considerations. 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 North Medical Park Drive.

Following the community meeting, Montgomery Planning will present the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan preliminary recommendations to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, December 6. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Board meeting and/or provide written comments by email to the Planning Board chair at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org. Verbal testimony at this meeting is allowed only at the discretion of the Planning Board chair. Please consult the Planning Board agenda for more details.

All previous meetings, presentations, videos and outreach materials related to the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan are available at montgomeryplanning.org/forestglen.

About the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department launched the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector 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.

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 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 Montgomery Planning team has explored ways of improving pedestrian and bicycle access, connectivity and safety within the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills plan area. Strategies to help implement the county’s Vision Zero policy to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries by 2030 will be included in the plan.

Opportunities for redevelopment at strategic locations to provide walkable, neighborhood-serving development were 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.