The Wheaton CBD and Vicinity Sector Plan [PDF] covers approximately 484 acres surrounding the Wheaton Metro station. The plan focuses on encouraging great urban design, efficient transportation, pedestrian links to the Wheaton Metro station, environmental sustainability and more.
Home to the Wheaton Westfield Mall, Wheaton draws customers and workers from throughout the county and serves locals with a core of small stores, restaurants and other businesses.
The Plan looks at Wheaton’s future and how to build on its strengths. Planners, with input from the community and property owners, proposed a development pattern that best meets the needs and goals of Wheaton as a highly livable, unique place in the county. The plan’s goals are as follows:
The Wheaton Sector Plan outreach strategy engaged two advisory committees associated with the Mid-County Regional Services Center — the Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee (WRAC), as the lead organizing committee and the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC). During the planning process, WRAC and WUDAC formed a Wheaton Sector Plan Joint Advisory Ad Hoc Work Group. The Wheaton Civic Coalition, other interested organizations and community members also participated in the work group as non-voting members.
Planners develop master and sector plans to create a framework for each community designed to last 15 to 20 years. Those visions help planners and policy-makers – such as the Planning Board and County Council – make policy and decide on proposed development. Each sector plan includes an inventory of land uses and an analysis of zoning, transportation, community facilities, environmental assets, and historic structures, among many other elements.
Created nearly 40 years ago, Montgomery County’s General Plan defined the land use concept Wedges and Corridors, a regional plan that envisioned growth corridors radiating from Washington, D.C., like the spokes of a wheel. In between each spoke, wedges of open space, farmland, and residential areas prevail. Metro station areas – such as Wheaton – provide opportunities for vibrant, compact, and walkable communities. Learn more about our community outreach plans.