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Friendship Heights Urban Design Study  

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The Friendship Heights Urban Design Study analyzes how people experience the open spaces, pedestrian and transit networks, activity centers and public life in Friendship Heights today. The study includes a significant community engagement component and is focused on the urban design strengths and needs of this cross-jurisdictional transit-oriented community. The study generally focuses on the area within the 1998 Friendship Heights Sector Plan boundary but also considers the surrounding neighborhood context on all sides.

In July 2023, staff presented the scope of work to the Planning Board. Engagement took place throughout the fall, with two open house events, numerous community meetings, pop-ups and an online questionnaire. Staff presented draft findings to the Planning Board in March 2024. To receive important updates about the study, please sign up for the Friendship Heights e-letter.


  • July 2022
    Scope of Work
  • Summer 2023 – January 2024
    Public Engagement / Urban Design Analysis
  • March 2024
    Present findings to Planning Board and County Council

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