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Planning Department Launches Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan with Community Meeting on February 22 at Sargent Shriver Elementary School

January 25, 2017

 

Stakeholders invited to discuss potential transportation and pedestrian connections in neighborhoods along Veirs Mill Road, from Wheaton to Rockville

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is launching the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan at a public meeting to be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sargent Shriver Elementary School (12518 Greenly Street, Silver Spring, MD).

All residents and stakeholders are invited to participate. Discussion will focus on the purpose and goals of the plan, and major planning topics to be analyzed in detail. The meeting will address ways to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety, access to the proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) stations on Veirs Mill Road and improvements for shopping centers and major public facilities along the corridor.

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 land uses and existing conditions to propose 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.
  • Develop recommendations to improve pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, connectivity and safety within the plan area.
  • Explore opportunities for redevelopment at strategic locations to provide 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.

Learn more about the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan and sign up for the plan e-newsletter to hear about future meetings.