Planning Board Holds Public Hearing for Master Plan of Highways and Transitways on February 15

February 22, 2018

master plan of highways

Public testifies on plan recommendations for county roads and new urban road code areas

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), held a public hearing for the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways at its headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The public is invited to continue to provide written testimony and feedback on the plan through February 22, 2018. Comments can be submitted through email to mcp-chair@mncppc.org.

View the Public Hearing Draft of the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways (MPOHT).

Starting in March, the Planning Board will hold a series of MPOHT work sessions that will be open to the public. Consult the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways webpage and Planning Board agenda for more information on the work session schedule.

The plan proposes updating the county’s road and transitway network master plan with recommendations that range from road classification changes to Urban Road Code boundary changes in an effort to bring the MPOHT into conformance with the Montgomery County Code.

This update to Montgomery County’s Master Plan of Highways and Transitways pro­vides a comprehensive summary of all significant existing and proposed highway and transitway facilities within the county. The new master plan presents a “road map” for making transportation investments within the context of a long-range vision. It also contains the future network of transporta­tion facilities designed to serve residents, businesses, visitors and people passing through the county.

The Bicycle Master Plan Public Hearing Draft, currently under review by the Planning Board, is independent from this document.

About the Technical Update to the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways

The current update to the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways is the first major revision to this plan since 1955. Over time, incremental changes have been made to roadway classifications through master and sector plans, and changes have also been made to the road code. The update will collect and record these changes in one document. This plan essentially is a technical update to bring consistency and usability to the transportation network.

As part of this update, staff will propose a regular schedule of annual or biennial revisions to the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways so future changes are recorded and the plan is kept current.

The Master Plan of Highways and Transitways Technical Update will:

  • More closely align the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways (MPOHT) with the current County Road Code, which was amended in 2008 and 2014, to make our roads more pedestrian-friendly and context-sensitive, and reflect a multi-modal complete streets approach to road design.
  • Modify road classifications to conform to full range of 2008 County Road Code road types.
  • Correct inconsistencies in roads affecting multiple master plan areas.
  • Create a user-friendly web interface to allow the public to examine and search for existing and planned elements of the master-planned transportation system.

View the current Master Plan of Highways and Transitways web page for more information.