Greater Lyttonsville

Greater Lyttonsville
Planners are conducting research and collecting input from the community for a sector plan in the west Silver Spring community of Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills. The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, which the Planning Board kicked off in July 2012, will review zoning and land use, focusing on the commercial/industrial area along Brookville Road and two proposed Purple Line stations.

The plan was started in 2012, with planners laying the groundwork for the plan and gathering valuable input from the community. However, the plan was put on hold when the Montgomery County Council reprioritized the Department work program. The plan was relaunched on May 6, 2014. The new project timeline will enable planners to further interact with community stakeholders to learn updated goals and visions for the sector plan area. Learn more.

Plan Work Sessions and Council Action

The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold work sessions on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan starting in March 2016. The sessions will continue as needed for the Board to fully discuss the community testimony as well as issues Board members want to address.

At the conclusion of the work sessions, the Plan will be revised at the Planning Board’s direction before being transmitted to the County Council and County Executive as the Planning Board Draft. The County Council will hold a public hearing on the Planning Board Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan later in 2016.

  • New! View the Greater Lyttonsville Worksession Schedule and listen live (worksessions will be held at Montgomery Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910).

Planning Board Draft

Lyttonsville CoverThe Planning Board Draft was approved by the Planning Board on July 14. The Planning Board Draft presented to the Board included the changes made in response to the requests by the Greater Lyttonsville community to clarify the use of the urban road code, district boundaries and language in the Plan Draft. It also included the addition of the proposal by EYA.

View the Planning Board Draft.

Public Hearing Draft

Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Public Hearing DraftThe Montgomery Planning Board held a public hearing for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan at its headquarters on February 11, 2016.

Community residents and property owners testified primarily about proposed zoning changes in the Plan and their potential effect on density, school capacity and transportation issues.

View the Public Hearing Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan [PDF] (pdf, 12MB). This posting follows the Montgomery County Planning Board’s approval of the Working Draft as the Public Hearing Draft on Thursday, December 17, 2015. The Public Hearing Draft reflects changes in response to issues that were raised by the Lyttonsville community over zoning classifications, district boundaries and language in the Plan Draft.

The public is also invited to submit comments on the Public Hearing Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan via email to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org. These comments will become part of the public testimony and public record for the Plan.

Learn more about the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Public Hearing Draft.

News and events

Videos – See Plan Concepts Presented to the Planning Board on May 7, 2015

The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Working Draft

The Montgomery County Planning Department has completed the Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan for presentation to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

View the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Working Draft [PDF]. Note: the document is large and might take a moment to load.

The Board’s public hearing about the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2016, pending the approval of the Working Draft at the December 17 meeting. The community will be invited to comment on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan recommendations at the public hearing which will be held at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD).

Spurred by the future construction of two Purple Line light rail stations in Greater Lyttonsville, the new Sector Plan examines ways to leverage those transit hubs, while preserving the integrity of area neighborhoods that have a rich history and a strong sense of community. It recommends ways of connecting residential, industrial and institutional districts, attracting mixed-use development and expanding parks, trails and open spaces. The Plan builds on the 2000 North and West Silver Spring Master Plan’s goal to preserve this diverse community as a desirable place to live, work and play.

Review the Draft Concept Framework Plan

Concept Framework Draft Concept Framework Plan

Please take a minute to review the Powerpoint Presentation [PDF] for the January 21st meeting.

GreaterLP Needs You!

Get involved with Montgomery Planning’s Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan. Engage, Learn, Connect with planners and the community about how to shape the future of the Greater Lyttonsville area for the next 20 years. Check out this short promo to learn more!


Montgomery Plans segment

The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan has been in full swing this summer. Check out this video segment with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area. This segment is currently airing in the latest edition of Montgomery Plans:

Monday Matters Meeting Series

Planning Staff hosted a series of Monday evening meetings in June for the Greater Lyttonsville community to attend and learn more about the planning process for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan. Various stakeholders learned about specific subject areas such as: urban design, historic preservation, land use, parks, environment and transportation. The planning team discussed these subject areas and how they will contribute to the overall plan, which will form the foundation for transforming the heart of Greater Lyttonsville.

The Monday Matters meetings were held on June 2, 9 and 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD), 2nd Floor Classroom).

  • View the presentations here:
    • Monday, June 2 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Urban Design, Historic Preservation, Land Use
      Presentations [PDF]
    • Monday, June 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Parks, Environment
      Presentations [PDF]
    • Monday, June 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Transportation, Purple Line
    • Presentations [PDF]

July 15 Community Workshop

postcardReport Out

Held July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center, Silver Spring
Attendees gave feedback on existing strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities within the Plan Area

As a follow-up to the successful relaunch meeting held in early May, the planning team invited residents, property owners, and business owners to give their feedback on preferences for the Plan Area, to better understand current issues to make informed decisions for the future.

Sunrise Series Business Breakfasts

The Montgomery County Planning Department hosted two meetings as part of their “Sunrise Series” for business owners in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan area on Thursday, July 31 and Thursday, August 7. The purpose of these meetings were to provide an opportunity for the business community to ask questions and give feedback on the sector planning process. The early morning meetings offered free breakfast, an opportunity to meet with planners and gave the chance for attendees to answer a questionnaire.

Picture from Sunrise Series business breakfast

Upcoming events

  • Work Sessions- TBA

Past events

  • February 11, 2016 – Public Hearing, Montgomery County Planning Department
  • December 17, 2015- Planning Board Presentation, Montgomery Planning Headquarters
  • November 18, 2015- Working Draft Community Meeting, Coffield Center
  • October 20, 2015- Office Hours, Coffield Center 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • September 22, 2015- Office Hours, Coffield Center 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • April 29, 2015- Greater Lyttonsville Plan Concepts Community Meeting, Coffield Center Plan Concepts[PDF]
  • January 21, 2015- Greater Lyttonsville Community Meeting, Coffield Center
  • October 28, 2014- Property Owners’ Forum, MRO headquarters
  • October 16, 2014- Staff Briefing to the Planning Board, MRO headquarters Presentation [PDF]
  • September 29, 2014 – Visioning Workshop, MRO headquarters
    Presentation [PDF]
  • August 22, 2014 – Woodlin Elementary Schoool Open House
  • August 7, 2014 – Sunrise Series business breakfast
  • August 5, 2014 – National Night Out
  • July 31, 2014- Sunrise Series business breakfast
  • July 15, 2014- Greater Lyttonsville Community Workshop, Coffield Center
  • June 16, 2014 Monday Matters – Topic: Transportation
    Presentations [PDF]
  • June 9, 2014 Monday Matters – Topics: Parks, Environment
    Presentations [PDF]
  • June 2, 2014 – Monday Matters – Topics: Urban Design, Historic Preservation, Land Use
    Presentations [PDF]
  • May 6, 2014: Sector Plan ReLaunch, Coffield Center (7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)
  • July 19, 2012: Planners presented the Greater Lyttonsville Scope of Work [PDF] (9MB) to the Planning Board
  • July 12, 2012: Georgetown Branch Trail Run/Walk
  • May 14, 2012: Community meeting [PDF](pdf, 5MB)
    Planners reported on the open house held in March, offered a snapshot of the area’s present and future, and ran a ‘What’s on your radar?” exercise to help inform the plan goals.
  • March 28, 2012: Community Open House
    Planners learned more about the community’s strengths and what residents would like to see change. Read the press release.

In addition to coming to outreach events, you can schedule a time to meet with Staff in our offices in Silver Spring, in Greater Lyttonsville, or at your own group’s meeting. To schedule a time, contact us! You can also host an event, such as a happy hour or reception, for conversation about your interests or concerns. We will be pleased to attend. We will regularly update this list to let you know with whom we’ve been meeting. Public Meetings/Workshops are in bold and are hosted by the Montgomery County Planning Department.


Coffield Community CenterGreater Lyttonsville is part of West Silver Spring, which is an inner-ring suburb that is almost built out. Greater Lyttonsville consists of close-knit, well-maintained residential neighborhoods as well as an industrial area along Brookville Road and a commercial area along 16th Street. The population is increasingly diverse, with young families living side by side with long-time residents.

The diverse housing types include single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums, and garden and high-rise apartments. Neighborhoods are compactly developed and residents walk, bike and take transit in addition to driving. The popular Capital Crescent Bike Trail runs through Greater Lyttonsville before ending in Silver Spring to the east. The Brookville Road industrial area provides light industrial and commercial services.This corridor is an intensely developed area of more than 100 acres and 1.4 million square feet of space in 50 buildings.

Several large public agencies have located offices or maintenance facilities in Greater Lyttonsville, including the Ride-On Bus Depot, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) facility. The Forest Glen Annex to Fort Dedrick is located on the community’s western edge.


Proposed Purple Line Montgomery County
Proposed Purple Line Montgomery County

The Purple Line will run through and have a station stop in Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills. In mid-March, Maryland Transit Administration officials announced that aproposed Purple Line rail yard is slated to move farther from the residential neighborhoods to the Brookville Road industrial area. Some hadexpressed concerns about the original rail yard location last fall to Planning Director Rollin Stanley, who analyzed the potential Purple Line rail yard locations and framed the discussion for transit officials, who then decided to relocate.

Community feedback

Request a meeting with your group! We would like to hear more about what works well, and what doesn’t in Greater Lyttonsville.

Or let planners know what makes Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills special or what you would like to see changed in the upcoming sector plan. Weigh in using our comment tool. Planners will learn more about Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills through your comments.

Greater Lyttonsville in pictures

Express yourself in images by uploading your favorite pictures to our community photo gallery.

  • depict special places
  • showcase your favorite areas to play
  • document a typical “day in the life” in Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills

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Last Updated: November 30, 2016