Recommendations for the community of older, neighborhood-oriented commercial areas and a mix of single-family and multifamily housing, will become one in a series of land use plansthat set design and development patterns in Purple Line station areas.
Reflecting input from members of the community collected over three years, the draft recommends new mixed-use zoning, varied housing options to serve residents at different life stages, and a safe, connected pedestrian and bicycle network. Overall, planners expect the transit stations – at Arliss Street and University Boulevard – to catalyze redevelopment and reinvestment. The plan includes a recommendation to designate the Flower Theater and Shopping Center as a historic site, placing it on the county Master Plan for Historic Preservation.
The Design Guidelines will assist in implementing the recommendations in the approved and adopted Long Branch Sector Plan. The Design Guidelines, comprised of text, maps, illustrations and photos, are not regulations. They illustrate the plan vision and suggest ways the plan recommendations may be met, encouraging creative designs that create an attractive public realm. They also provide guidance in creating graceful transitions between existing single-family zoned residential properties and proposed CRT zoned properties.
After the draft guidelines are approved by the Planning Board, they will be transmitted to the County Council. When the Sector Plan is approved and adopted, the Planning Board will resume work on the Design Guidelines to reflect the approved and adopted Sector Plan. At that time, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing and take into consideration testimony before approving the design guidelines for use. See guidelines [PDF]
Long Branch was covered in part of the East Silver Spring and City of Takoma ParkMaster Plans, which were approved and adopted in 2000. Both plans cited reinvestment in commercial centers and quality of life issues as important to this multicultural community.
Two groups appointed by the County Executive examined commercial reinvestment, pedestrian and public safety, and recreational opportunities. The Long Branch Sector Plan will build upon the recommendations of those groups. View the Long Branch Scope of Work [PDF] (600KB).
Planners will focus on land use and regulatory recommendations to create a mixed-use, transit- oriented community that enhances the attributes that make Long Branch unique and dynamic. The plan will: