County Council Will Hold Public Hearing for the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan on January 29
January 16, 2019
Public is invited to testify about recommendations for improved connectivity, multi-modal safety and opportunities for enhanced community along Veirs Mill Road from Wheaton to Rockville
SILVER SPRING, MD â€“ The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing for the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in its Third Floor Hearing Room (100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD). The public is invited to testify about planning recommendations for land use and zoning; urban design; transportation; parks, trails and open spaces; sustainability and community facilities.
One of the chief goals of the plan is to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users and motorists within the Veirs Mill Road area in accordance with Montgomery Countyâ€™s Vision Zero policy, which aims to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries by 2030.
Community members interested in testifying can sign-up online or call 240-777-7803. Sign-up is required by 10 a.m. on January 29, 2019.
About the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan
The Montgomery County Planning Department initiated the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan in January 2017. In developing the plan, staff received feedback from the community and reviewed 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 plan boundaries roughly correspond to a Â¼-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 includes recommendations to accomplish the following strategies:
- Guide future land uses along the Veirs Mill Road corridor from Wheaton to Rockville.
- Improve the compatibility between the land uses adjacent to Veirs Mill Road and the future bus rapid transit corridor.
- 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 complements 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 bus rapid transit service along Veirs Mill Road between Wheaton and Rockville, originally recommended as part of the 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan.