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Master Plan of Highways and Transitways Public Hearing Scheduled at County Council for July 10

June 8, 2018

MPHOT Working Draft
County residents and property owners invited to testify on plan recommendations for county roads and new Urban Road Code areas

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), invites the community to testify at the County Council’s public hearing for the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways, scheduled for Tuesday, July 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD, third-floor hearing room). The hearing will be televised live on County Cable Montgomery channels and streamed live online. To learn more, consult the County Council Agenda webpage.

Community members are encouraged to sign up to testify by registering online or calling 240-777-7803. Speakers can also provide written testimony by sending it by mail to the Montgomery County Council (100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850) or by email to County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov.

The Council will hold work sessions this summer to revise the plan before voting to approve it this summer or fall. For more information, consult the Planning Board Draft of the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways.

About the Technical Update to the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways

The Master Plan of Highways and Transitways proposes updating the county’s road and transitway network master plan with recommendations that range from road classification changes to Urban Road Code boundary changes in an effort to bring the plan into conformance with the Montgomery County Code. It pro­vides a comprehensive summary of all significant existing and proposed highway and transitway facilities within the county.

The current update to the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways is the first major revision to this plan since 1955. Over time, incremental changes have been made to roadway classifications through master and sector plans, and changes have also been made to the road code. The update collects and records these changes in one document to bring consistency and usability to planning the county’s transportation network.

As part of this update, staff has proposed a regular schedule of revisions to the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways so future changes are recorded in one place and the plan is kept current.

The Master Plan of Highways and Transitways Technical Update includes the following updates:

  • Aligns the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways with the current County Road Code, which was amended in 2008 and 2014, to make our roads more pedestrian-friendly and context-sensitive, and reflects a complete streets approach to road design.
  • Modifies road classifications to conform to full range of 2008 County Road Code road types.
  • Corrects inconsistencies in roads affecting multiple master plan areas.
  • Creates a user-friendly web interface to allow the public to examine and search for existing and planned elements of the master-planned transportation system.

View the current Master Plan of Highways and Transitways web page for more information.