NEW! The Planning Board has completed its worksessions on the Master Plan and has approved the Planning Board Draft Plan, which is available for review. The Planning Board Draft Plan has been transmitted to the County Council and the County Executive. The next step in the process is a County Council public hearing on the Planning Board Draft Plan, which has not been scheduled at this time.
The Rock Spring area of North Bethesda is included in the 1992 North Bethesda/Garrett Park Master Plan and mostly comprises single-use office buildings. The headquarters for Lockheed Martin and Marriott International are located within Rock Spring and Montgomery Mall is located just to the west.
The 1992 Master Plan recommended the North Bethesda Transitway to link the Metrorail Red Line with Montgomery Mall via Old Georgetown Road and Rock Spring Drive. The Transitway was originally conceived as a link between the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail Station to the east, through Rock Spring, to a transit center at Montgomery Mall. It is included in the approved 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan (CTCFMP) and would increase transit accessibility for this area, providing a framework for potential redevelopment of the area.
Rock Spring is generally bordered by I-270 to the north, Westlake Drive to the west, Democracy Boulevard to the south and Old Georgetown Road to the east. Local roads through the area include Rock Spring Drive, Rockledge Drive and Fernwood Road.
The 1992 Master Plan began to reassess Rock Spring and recommended rezoning the 52-acre Davis Parcel, which is north of Walter Johnson High School and west of Old Georgetown Road, to the Mixed Used Planned Development (MXPD) Zone. This property has received site plan approvals; however, only a portion of the site has redeveloped with 386 multi-family residential units.
Rock Spring Park is part of the North Bethesda/Potomac office submarket. It accounts for 48 percent of office inventory in North Bethesda and 7 percent of office space Countywide. The current office vacancy rate in Rock Spring is 19.3 percent, much higher than in the wider North Bethesda submarket (14.7 percent) or the County (13.5 percent). Rock Spring has 63 percent of North Bethesda’s vacant office space and 10 percent of all vacant space in the County.
The Rock Spring Master Plan focuses on the challenges of a typical suburban office park with an automotive-oriented street network and large parking garages and surface parking spaces. The draft Plan examines opportunities for enhanced public use spaces and amenities; residential and non-residential uses; sustainable environmental measures; infrastructure needs for the area; and linkages to the proposed transitway along a central spine.