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Community invited to two public meetings on preliminary recommendations for the Great Seneca Plan: Connecting Life and Science

October 17, 2023

The Great Seneca Plan, Connecting Life and Science
Montgomery Planning staff will present recommendations for the plan during an online meeting October 23 and an in-person meeting October 25

WHEATON, Md.The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will host an online-only community meeting for the Great Seneca Plan: Connecting Life and Science on Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. and an in-person community meeting on Wednesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. At both meetings, Montgomery Planning staff will provide an overview of the plan including its organization and preliminary recommendations for the built, social, natural, and economic environment, as well as recommendations for implementing the plan. The department’s plan team will also take in public feedback on the plan and its preliminary recommendations at the meetings.

Preliminary recommendations will be shared for each of the plan’s distinct geographic enclaves including:

  • Life Sciences Center
  • Quince Orchard
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Londonderry-Hoyles Addition
  • Rosemont
  • Oakmont and Walnut Hill
  • Washingtonian Light Industrial Park
  • Washingtonian Residential
  • Hi Wood

A summary of the preliminary recommendations will be available on the Great Seneca Plan website in advance of the meetings.

Meetings Details

Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m.
Online community meeting held via Zoom.
Participants must RSVP for October 23 to attend.

Wednesday, October 25 at 7 p.m.
In-person community meeting
Lakewood Elementary School (2534 Lindley Terrace, Rockville, MD 20850)
RSVPs for October 25 are encouraged but not required to attend.

About the Great Seneca Plan

The Great Seneca Plan: Connecting Life and Science is an effort to examine the Great Seneca community, to identify strengths and needs, and to create a vision for the future of communities in the heart of the I-270 Corridor between Rockville and Gaithersburg. It is a comprehensive update to the 2010 Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan and a follow up to the 2021 Great Seneca Science Corridor Minor Master Plan Amendment.

Plan Boundary

The planning area is in the heart of the I-270 Corridor and is completely or nearly surrounded by the City of Gaithersburg, the City of Rockville and the Town of Washington Grove. It includes Adventist Healthcare at Shady Grove, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Universities at Shady Grove, and the Life Sciences Center. In addition to the life sciences industry hub, the plan area is home to residential communities and neighborhoods such as Quince Orchard and Rosemont, as well as the Camden Shady Grove, Axis at Shady Grove, Mallory Square, Londonderry, Decoverly, and Traville apartments.

How to get involved

To receive the latest news and information on the plan, please sign up for its eletter. Planners are also asking the community to complete a short questionnaire to help guide planning efforts, or use the MCReactMap to help identify what they like about the area, what is missing, and what needs to be improved. For questions or comments, contact lead planner Maren Hill via email or at 301-650-5613.