The Planning Department oversees master planning in Montgomery County. These area plans provide zoning, environmental, transportation, open space and historic recommendations. The County is divided into areas that allow the planning teams to focus their master planning and regulatory efforts in an organized and strategic manner. The areas are:

  • Area 1: inside the Capital Beltway
  • Area 2: the area outside of the Beltway
  • Area 3: includes Upcounty and the Agriculture Reserve
  • Functional Planning: covers all county-wide master planning efforts

The Planning Department also produces many projects related to master planning and regulatory efforts that might be requested from the County Council or from community groups. These projects include:

  • Placemaking
  • Design Excellence
  • Historic Preservation
  • Winter Speakers Series
  • Zoning Code Rewrite
  • Short-Term Residential Rental
  • Mobility Assessment Report


Last Updated: February 25, 2020