Planning Board Holding Work Sessions for the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan to Review Proposed Recommendations

June 20, 2019

Proposed recommendations for the plan will be reviewed and discussed at three meetings in June and July

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is presenting the recommendations in the Public Hearing Draft of the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan to the Planning Board during three work sessions in June and July 2019. These discussions follow a public hearing for the plan that was held on May 30, 2019.

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, Montgomery Planning staff presented the transportation, environment and parks recommendations in the Public Hearing Draft of the plan.

Staff will return to the Planning Board on July 11, 2019 to discuss the land use and zoning, urban design housing and historic preservation recommendations in the Public Hearing Draft of the plan.

Another Planning Board work session will be held on July 25, 2019 before the Board members vote on approving the plan.

The sector plan’s preliminary recommendations focus on transportation and road improvements, pedestrian and bicycle safety and connectivity, environmental upgrades, affordable housing and land use considerations. 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.

About the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department launched the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector 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.

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 Montgomery Planning team has explored ways of improving pedestrian and bicycle access, connectivity and safety within the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills plan area. Strategies to help implement the county’s Vision Zero policy to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and severe injuries by 2030 are included in the plan.

Opportunities for redevelopment at strategic locations to provide walkable, neighborhood-serving development were examined, as well as previous plans and studies of streetscape designs to improve sidewalks, street trees and lighting.

All previous meetings, presentations, videos and outreach materials related to the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan are available at montgomeryplanning.org/forestglen

For more information, contact lead planner Melissa Williams at 301-495-4642 or Melissa.Williams@montgomeryplanning.org.