This Minor Master Plan Amendment looks at ways to realize the many public benefits of an alternative design for the Bethesda Purple Line Station that the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is developing.
On February 11, 2014, the County Council approved the Plan Amendment. For more information, see the County Council website under “Agendas & Packets.” The Planning Board is scheduled to adopt the approved Plan Amendment on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The full Planning Commission is scheduled to adopt the Plan Amendment on March 19, 2014.
The final Approved and Adopted Plan Amendment document will be available after adoption by the full Planning Commission. Also after adoption, the Planning Board will file a Sectional Map Amendment with the County Council to change the zoning maps to reflect the new zones.
The new designs are still being refined, but see the latest below!
On December 5, 2013, the Planning Board approved the Planning Board Draft Plan Amendment [PDF](pdf, 8.2 MB). The plan was sent to the County Executive and County Council for review. For information on the Planning Board worksessions that preceded approval of the plan, click here.
Staff held two worksessions with the Planning Board, on December 5, 2013, and November 21, 2013, to discuss the testimony received at the November 7, 2013, Public Hearing. See the transcript of the November 7, 2013, Public Hearing below.
The Planning Board approved the Staff Draft Plan as the Public Hearing Draft Plan on September 26, 2013, and set the Public Hearing for November 7, 2013. See the Public Hearing Draft Plan below.
Planning Department and MTA staff have prepared image boards and handouts for the Open Houses:
What about the Bethesda CBD Plan?
This Minor Master Plan Amendment is looking at the recommendations of the 1994 Bethesda CBD Sector Plan for the area immediately around the Purple Line Station. The Planning Department is also beginning a separate update to the 1994 Plan that will look at Downtown Bethesda and address a broad range of issues. See the Bethesda Downtown Plan page.
|July 22, 2013||Planning Board approves Scope of Work (pdf, 2MB)|
|September 3, 7, & 9, 2013||Open House Preview of Staff Recommendations, Bethesda Regional Services Center|
|September 19, 2013||Staff Draft Minor Master Plan Amendment online.|
|September 26, 2013||Present Staff Draft Minor Master Plan Amendment to Planning Board for approval as Public Hearing Draft.|
|November 7, 2013||Planning Board Public Hearing, with Public Testimony|
|November 21 & December 5, 2013||Planning Board Worksessions|
|December 5, 2013||Approval of Planning Board Draft Minor Master Plan Amendment|
|January 14, 2014||County Council Public Hearing|
|January 27, 2014||Council PHED Committee worksession|