Rock Spring

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 Transportation Appendix can be found here. 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.


Reimagining Rock Spring

Rock Spring

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.

News and Events

  • March 30, 2017: Planning Board Worksession #7. View the session, the packet, and the powerpoint.
  • March 16, 2017: Planning Board Worksession #6. View the session, the packet, and the powerpoint.
  • March 2, 2017: Planning Board Worksession #5. View the session, the packet, and the powerpoint.
  • February 16, 2017: Planning Board Worksession #4. View the session, the packet, and the powerpoint.
  • February 2, 2017: Planning Board Worksession #3. View the session, the packet, and the powerpoint.
  • January 19, 2017: Planning Board Worksession #2. View the packet, and the powerpoint.
  • December 15, 2016: Planning Board Worksession #1. View the session, the packet, and the powerpoint.
  • December 1, 2016: Planning Board Public Hearing on the Rock Spring Public Hearing Draft Master Plan. View hearing and draft plan.
  • October 20, 2016: Staff presented the Working Draft of the Rock Spring Master Plan to the Planning Board and requested that the Public Hearing with the Planning Board be held on December 1, 2016. Review the Working Draft and watch the presentation.
  • July 28, 2016: Staff presented Preliminary Recommendations for the Master Plan to the Planning Board. Review the staff report and presentation.
  • June 18, 2016: Staff presented preliminary (draft) recommendations for the Master Plan to the community, focusing on Land Use and Zoning, Design Guidance, Mobility, Sustainability, Community Facilities, and Parks and Open Spaces. Review the presentation here [PDF].
  • June 6, 2016: Staff from the Planning Department and Montgomery County Public Schools reconvened with the community to provide updates on Master Plan land use scenarios, long-range school facility planning, the Walter Johnson Cluster Roundtable Discussion, and schools-related recommendations from the 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy. Presentations [PDF] are available for review. Detailed information about the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy is also available.
  • May 23, 2016: 6th community meeting held at Walter Johnson High School to discuss preliminary plan concepts, land use scenarios, and first round traffic modeling results. Review staff presentations here[PDF]. Watch video of presentations here
  • March 2016: Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel released the final report [PDF] on “What’s Next for Office Parks in Montgomery County?”
  • Feb 25, 2016: 5th community meeting held at Walter Johnson High School. Topics: Parks and Open Spaces and Transportation Analysis and Planning. View staff presentations here [PDF].
  • Dec 14, 2015: View the community meeting presentation [PDF].
  • Dec 1 & 2, 2015: The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington conducted a Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) made up of a team of multi-disciplinary experts to analyze the question: What’s Next for Rock Spring Office Park and the Executive Boulevard Area in White Flint 2?
  • Oct 28, 2015: View the presentations from the community meeting:
  • Oct 8, 2015: View the Scope of Work presentation [PDF] to the Planning Board
  • Sept 17, 2015: White Flint 2 & Rock Spring Joint Community Meeting on Public Schools Presentation [PDF]
  • Sept 1, 2015: See the full recap of the September 1st kick-off meeting
    September 1 Meeting


Rock Spring 2Rock 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.

Last Updated: September 7, 2017