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Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Design Guidelines


The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Design Guidelines provide a framework for the design of new and improved streetscapes, buildings, parks and open spaces in the plan area. They build on the recommendations in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, which was approved and adopted in 2017.

The Montgomery County Planning Board reviewed and approved the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Design Guidelines at its meeting on March 21, 2019. View the Approved Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Design Guidelines here.


  • Oct 2018 – Mar 2019: Stakeholder Working Groups
  • Dec 6, 2018: Planning Board Briefing
  • Jan 31, 2019: Release of the Working Draft
  • Feb 25, 2019: Drop-in hours at the Coffield Center
  • Mar 21, 2019: Planning Board Work Session and Approval

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are design guidelines? Design guidelines help shape the way that we experience our streets, public open spaces and buildings. Addressing both private developments and public improvements, the guidelines ensure that new developments will fit into the neighborhood. They show specific ways of achieving design goals and provide stakeholders with a clear framework for reviewing projects.
  • Does this document make changes to the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan? The guidelines do not revise the recommendations in the sector plan but rather build on them. For example, the sector plan recommends maximum heights and densities for several sites in the area and the guidelines outline how new buildings on these sites should look and relate to someone walking on a nearby sidewalk or playing in a park.
  • How can I participate in the review of proposed projects? The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and Design Guidelines outline the priorities for the development review process. Here is a an overview of how community members can participate throughout the regulatory review process: