Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan Transportation Technical Update Will Be Presented at Community Meeting on October 23
September 26, 2018
Community invited to give feedback on options for transportation recommendations to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and safety, and reduce congestion along Georgia Avenue
SILVER SPRING, MD â€“The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, October 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at its headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) to present preliminary transportation options that are currently being studied for the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.
During the event, staff will present suggested ways to achieve the following plan goals:
- Reduce all traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries by 2030 in accordance with Montgomery Countyâ€™s Vision Zero policy.
- Improve the comfort, safety and overall traveling experiences for people using non-motorized transportation.
- Reduce single-occupancy car travel within and through the Georgia Avenue corridor.
- Improve the efficiency of travel for all modes of transportation.
Discussion will focus on ways of achieving safety for all transportation modes, including bicycling, walking and public transit. The meeting will conclude with a brief question and answer period.
For more information about the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan, contact planner Melissa Williams at tel. 301-495-4642 or by email at Melissa.Williams@montgomeryplanning.org.
About the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan
The Planning Department launched the plan in 2017 with a study of traffic conditions along the Georgia Avenue corridor from 16th Street in Silver Spring to the Forest Glen Metro Station. The planning area stretches along the Georgia Avenue corridor to encompass the Montgomery Hills commercial area and Forest Glen neighborhood located between 16th Street and North Medical Park Drive.
Previous plans for the area, including the 1996 Forest Glen Sector Plan and 2000 Silver Spring North and West Master Plan, need to be updated due to recent changes planned for the corridor. The Maryland State Highway Administration initiated planning for road improvements along Georgia Avenue between 16th Street and the Capital Beltway, and these upgrades will affect properties on both sides of the road.
The planning team is exploring ways of improving pedestrian and bicycle access, connectivity and safety within the plan area. Implementation of the countyâ€™s Vision Zero policy to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries by 2030 is part of the plan.
Opportunities for redevelopment at strategic locations to provide walkable, neighborhood-serving development are being examined, as well as previous plans and studies of streetscape designs to improve sidewalks, street trees and lighting.
For more information, contact lead planner Melissa Williams at 301-495-4642 or Melissa.Williams@montgomeryplanning.org.