Montgomery County Planning Board to Hold Online Public Hearing on Complete Streets Design Guide

July 15, 2020


Design guide outlines how to make Montgomery County streets safer and more accessible.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will hold an online public hearing on the draft Complete Streets Design Guide on July 23 at 5:30 p.m. Residents are invited to testify, but must sign up to testify by 12 p.m. on July 22. Learn about how to sign up to testify while social distancing.

View the draft Complete Streets Design Guide.

The Complete Streets Design Guide was produced jointly by the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. Complete Streets are a new approach to designing roads in Montgomery County. These roadways are designed and operated to provide safe, accessible, and healthy travel for all users of the roadway system, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists.

The Complete Streets Design Guide is an important tool to support Montgomery County’s Vision Zero Action Plan.

About the Complete Streets Design Guide

The Complete Streets Design Guide provides a one-stop guide for designing new streets and reconstructing or retrofitting existing streets following these principles:

  1. Safety – maximize safety for all (pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles);
  2. Sustainability – enhance ecological functions and economic appeal of a streetscape; and
  3. Vitality – create streets that are great, dynamic places.

The Complete Streets Design Guide represents a coordinated and collaborative focus on planning and designing roads with all county government agencies in partnership, including. Montgomery Planning, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and other county agencies. Highlights of the Guide include:

  • Four new land use types for streets and roads—Downtown, Town Center, Suburban and Country—that will replace the existing Road Code area classifications and allow more flexibility outside of the current urban core.
  • Twelve new street types that provide more flexibility and attention to Vision Zero principles and improve county roads to be safer, greener, more sustainable and active places for all users.
  • Reduced travel lane widths and lower target speeds on most roads to reduce severe injuries and fatalities.
  • Improved design of intersections to more adequately and safely accommodate all users.
  • Intersection signal spacing guidelines that better accommodate pedestrian needs.
  • A process for prioritizing design elements such as pedestrian facilities, on-street parking, and median design in constrained rights-of-way. The prioritization of design elements varies for each street type.

Upcoming Schedule

The schedule for approval of the Complete Streets Design Guide is as follows:

  • Planning Board Public Hearing – July 23, 2020
  • Planning Board Work Sessions – Fall 2020
  • Transmittal of Draft Guidelines & Planning Board Comments to County Council – November 2020
  • County Council Review – January 2021

This schedule is tentative and subject to change. The community is invited to provide comments throughout the process. For questions or comments, please reach out to project manager Stephen Aldrich at 301-495-4528 or via email.