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Planning Department Will Host a Community Meeting on June 26 for the Minor Master Plan Amendment to the Shady Grove Sector Plan

June 12, 2019

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Planners will discuss the initial results from transportation modeling of new development within the plan area

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting anyone who has an interest in the future of the areas surrounding the Shady Grove Metro Station to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, June 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Washington Grove’s McCathran Hall (300 Grove Avenue, Washington Grove, MD).

This event will focus on illustrating transportation modeling results, including bus rapid transit (BRT) on Frederick Road (MD 355), from different development scenarios that planners are considering for the Minor Master Plan Amendment to the Shady Grove Sector Plan. Results from the transportation model will provide the basis for preliminary recommendations for the amendment. A community meeting will take place in September 2019 that will focus on those preliminary recommendations.

Background on the Shady Grove Sector Plan

The 2006 Shady Grove Sector Plan envisions a mixed-use residential community that redevelops industrial and commercial uses, including the County Service Park (CSP), and creates new parks and open spaces, bikeways and public facilities to enhance the Derwood community. Already, the site of the CSP is being transformed into the Shady Grove Station-Westside development with townhouses and a multifamily residential building called the Daley.

Since the Shady Grove Sector Plan’s approval 12 years ago, several substantive changes have been made to the county’s land use planning policies and practices, including the adoption of a new zoning ordinance in 2014, an update to the county’s Subdivision Staging Policy in 2016 and new data-driven approaches to transportation planning.

For these reasons, Montgomery Planning is revisiting some of the transportation implementation recommendations in the Shady Grove Sector Plan. A minor master plan amendment process was launched to reexamine the 2006 plan’s three, sequential stages of development as well as the requirements, particularly the transportation requirements or triggers, that must be implemented prior to the initiation of each phase of development. Review the 2006 Shady Grove Sector Plan for more information.

Goals of the Minor Master Plan Amendment to the Shady Grove Sector Plan

  • Raise awareness of the plan’s goals and communicate that its vision is still viable and being implemented, but that the staging elements, such as the transportation requirements of the plan, need to be reexamined.
  • Provide an opportunity for all audiences to participate in the plan amendment process and provide feedback on ideas, concerns and recommendations.
  • Deliver a plan amendment with updated staging triggers that are in line with current planning best practices.
  • Invite stakeholders to learn more about the planning process in general and about Montgomery Planning’s goals for the current and future quality of life for the county.

For more information, contact lead planner Nkosi Yearwood at or tel. 301-495-1332.