At the Planning Board’s request, Montgomery Planning staff studied several options for the expansion of the plan boundary into the surrounding neighborhoods of east, north and west Silver Spring.
After hearing staff recommendations, the Planning Board opted to expand the plan boundary to include the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Silver Spring that are within a half-mile/ten-minute pedestrian walkshed (i.e., able to be reached within a 10-minute walk) from the future Silver Spring Library Purple Line Station. This expansion option generally includes whole blocks that are within the walkshed, extending into Woodside, Woodside Park and East Silver Spring. The plan area is approximately 505 acres.
At the start of the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities plan, the staff was asked to study housing options within the Adjacent Communities. However, the Attainable Housing Strategies initiative is countywide and therefore supersedes earlier efforts to explore housing options within this plan.
A note about community engagement related to the plan boundary:
Expansion of the plan boundary caused concern among community members, who expressed frustration about not having more input into the board’s decision. Montgomery Planning staff recognize this frustration and wish to assure the community that their voices will be an integral part of this planning process.
Plan boundary decisions are typically determined by the Planning Board without community consultation because they simply allow us to study and include certain areas within our plan recommendations, which are developed in conjunction with the community. Community members will have many opportunities throughout this process to shape what this plan recommends within the plan boundary.
For more information about the plan boundary decision and implications for individual properties, read our FAQs below.
Last Updated: November 22, 2021
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