2016 Master Plan of Highways and Transitways

2016 Master Plan of Highways & Transitways

Transportation planners are reviewing and revising the county’s Master Plan of Highways [PDF], an effort that classifies each Montgomery County road in the transportation network, in the first comprehensive update to the plan since 1955.

The plan will update the road network with current classifications, incorporate road changes, and align it with the County Road Code, which was comprehensively updated in 2007. The update will consolidate all roadway amendments that have been approved as part of Master Plans as well as limited functional Master Plan of Highways amendments. The new plan will also include transitways, rail stations, and other transit centers. To reflect the greater scope of the plans, the name will be changed to the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways.

Due to budget constraints and scheduling changes, the update was on hiatus from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014. Our current schedule has a completion date in July 2016.

What’s New?

  • The Planning Board reviewed a revised scope of work on November 20, 2014.

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The plan will encompass the entire County, less the seven municipalities that have their own planning authority: Rockville, Gaithersburg, Laytonsville, Brookeville, Poolesville, Washington Grove, and Barnesville.

Project Schedule

  • February 2015: Hold public meetings at regional service centers:
    • February 9: Silver Spring Regional Services Center
    • February 17: Mid-County Regional Services Center
    • February 23: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
  • June 2015: Present Staff Draft to Planning Board
  • July 2015: Planning Board Public Hearing
  • November 2015: Transmit Planning Board Draft to County Council
  • January 2016: County Council Public Hearing
  • April 2016: County Council Approval
  • July 2016: Planning Commission Adoption

Previous Events

  • April 29, 2010: Public meeting, Potomac Community Recreation Center
  • April, 28, 2010: Public meeting, Eastern Montgomery Regional Service Center
  • April 21, 2010: Public meeting, Upcounty Regional Services Center
  • April 19, 2010: Public meeting, Park and Planning Headquarters. At our public meetings in April 2010, we summarized the key elements of the update. View the presentation [PDF](pdf, 5.5MB) or read the press release.
  • November 19, 2009: Planning Board reviews Master Plan of Highways Scope of Work [PDF]

Documents, Maps, Tables

The following documents reflect the current status of the Master Plan of Highways:

Last Updated: May 12, 2017