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Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan Meeting Will be Held on October 24 at Newport Mill Middle School to Discuss Transportation Issues

October 3, 2017

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Event follows October 4 meeting for the plan to focus on challenges and options of accommodating a variety of transportation modes on Veirs Mill Road in the future 

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will host its fifth public meeting for the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Newport Mill Middle School (11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington, MD). RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

RSVP for the October 24 Veirs Mill Community Meeting 

The Montgomery County Planning Department recently hired Kittelson & Associates, Inc., a national transportation engineering and planning consultant with offices in Baltimore and Washington, DC, to identify multimodal safety challenges along the Veirs Mill Road corridor for pedestrians and bicyclists, and develop short- and long-term strategies to address these challenges. The October 24 meeting will provide the opportunity for residents and interested community members to provide feedback on the challenges and solutions identified by the consultant.

About the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan:
The Montgomery County Planning Department, under the guidance of the Montgomery County Planning Board and Montgomery County Council, initiated the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan in January 2017. To develop the plan, staff is seeking feedback from the community and reviewing current land uses and existing conditions in order to make recommendations for improvements in the area.

The Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan extends approximately four miles, from the City of Rockville to the Wheaton Central Business District and Vicinity Sector Plan boundary. The new corridor plan boundaries roughly correspond to a ¼-mile area around each of the bus rapid transit (BRT) stations identified in the 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan.

The Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan will:

  • Evaluate and provide recommendations to guide future land uses along the Veirs Mill Road corridor from Wheaton to Rockville.
  • Develop recommendations to improve the compatibility between the land uses adjacent to Veirs Mill Road and the future BRT corridor.
  • Offer recommendations to improve pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, connectivity and safety within the plan area.
  • Explore opportunities for redevelopment at strategic locations to provide more walkable, neighborhood-serving development.
  • Consider a comprehensive streetscape design and opportunities for placemaking within the corridor.

The Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan will develop long-term land use recommendations to complement the Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit Study recently completed by the Maryland State Highway Administration in coordination with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. This transit study evaluated alternatives for rapid bus service along Veirs Mill Road between Wheaton and Rockville, originally recommended as part of the 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan.

Learn more about the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan and sign up for the plan e-newsletter to hear about future meetings.  Invite planners to meet with your own group by contacting Jessica McVary at Jessica.McVary@montgomeryplanning.org.