New Date for Council Public Hearing for Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan
February 4, 2019
Community is invited to testify on February 7 on recommendations for improved connectivity, multi-modal safety and other opportunities along Veirs Mill Road from Wheaton to Rockville
SILVER SPRING, MD â€“ The Montgomery County Council has rescheduled the public hearing for the Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan to Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. Originally scheduled to be held in the Councilâ€™s Third Floor Hearing Room (100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD), the hearing will now be held in the Veirs Mill community at the Holiday Park Senior Center (3950 Ferrara Drive, Silver Spring, MD).
Community members are invited to testify about planning recommendations for land use and zoning; urban design; transportation; parks, trails and open spaces; sustainability and community facilities along the Veirs Mill Road area between Wheaton and Rockville. The public hearing was rescheduled due to weather events.
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 onlineÂ or call 240-777-7803. Sign-up is required by 10 a.m. on February 7, 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 area extends approximately four miles, from the City of Rockville to the Wheaton Central Business District and Vicinity Sector Plan boundary. The Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan boundaries roughly correspond to a Â¼-mile area around each of the proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) stations along Veirs Mill Road, which were 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.
- Redevelop at strategic locations to provide more walkable, neighborhood-serving development.
- Apply 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.