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Master Planning Process

A plan provides comprehensive recommendations for the use of publicly and privately owned land. Each plan reflects a vision of the future that responds to the unique character of the local community within the context of a countywide perspective. This vision is developed by the Montgomery County Planning Department in consultation with community members through public meetings and outreach tools. When making land use decisions, public officials and private individuals should refer to plans as well as relevant county policies.

Public outreach and community feedback typically occurs prior to the release of the Working Draft, but could occur afterward.

Master plans, sector plans, minor master plans, and functional plans follow identical procedures for preparation and adoption. They are prepared by the Planning Department, in cooperation with appropriate county agencies and with extensive community participation, are reviewed by the Planning Board and are approved, after public hearings and work sessions, by the County Council and adopted by The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission.

Last Updated: August 29, 2023