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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Long Branch

The Long Branch Sector Plan was approved by the County Council on November 19, 2013.

Recommendations for the community of older, neighborhood-oriented commercial areas and a mix of single-family and multifamily housing, are one in a series of land use plans that set design and development patterns in Purple Line station areas.

Reflecting input from members of the community collected over three years, the plan recommends new mixed-use zoning, varied housing options to serve residents at different life stages, and a safe, connected pedestrian and bicycle network. Overall, planners expect the Purple Line stations to be completed by 2022– at Arliss Street and University Boulevard – to catalyze redevelopment and reinvestment. The plan includes a recommendation to designate the Flower Theater and Shopping Center as a historic site, placing it on the county Master Plan for Historic Preservation.

Long Branch Design Guidelines

The Design Guidelines assist in implementing the recommendations in the approved and adopted Long Branch Sector Plan. The Design Guidelines, comprised of text, maps, illustrations and photos, are not regulations. They illustrate the plan vision and suggest ways the plan recommendations may be met, encouraging creative designs that create an attractive public realm. They also provide guidance in creating graceful transitions between existing single-family zoned residential properties and proposed CRT zoned properties.