Planning Department Will Hold Community Meetings About Updates to Master Plan of Highways and Transitways Starting on September 11

September 6, 2017

Briefing Book

Five events in September and October will allow the public to learn more about proposed changes to county roads and transit

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is holding five public meetings in September and October to solicit feedback from the public on proposed changes to the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways (MPOHT).

All meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

  • September 11: Montgomery Planning Department (M-NCPPC) auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. RSVP
  • September 13: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Room West A, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. RSVP
  • September 18: Rockville Memorial Library, 1st floor, 21 Maryland Avenue, RSVP
  • September 20: Upcounty Regional Services Center, Room D, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown. RSVP
  • October 10: Marilyn J. Praisner Library, Small Room, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. RSVP

In addition to these events, the Planning Department has posted the MPOHT Feedback Map on its web site to allow users to see the more than 129 proposed changes and updates in the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways, and leave their online comments. A search tool on the GIS-based map will help citizens find their homes or businesses on the map. Once the 129 changes are finalized, the MPOHT Feedback Map will be placed on the Planning Department’s site with the property search functionality.

View and comment on the MPOHT Feedback Map.

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

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 will collect and record these changes in one document. This plan essentially is a technical update to bring consistency and usability to the transportation network.

As part of this update, staff will propose a regular schedule of annual or biennial revisions to the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways so future changes are recorded and the plan is kept current.

The Master Plan of Highways and Transitways Technical Update will:

  • More closely align the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways (MPOHT) with the current County Road Code, which was amended in 2007 and 2013, to make our roads more pedestrian-friendly and context-sensitive, and reflect a complete streets approach to road design.
  • Modify road classifications to conform to full range of 2007 County Road Code road types.
  • Correct inconsistencies in roads affecting multiple master plan areas.
  • Create 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. Details on planned public outreach activities can be found in the Outreach section of the web page.