Mid-County Planning

We create great communities by developing Comprehensive amendments to the General Plan for the Maryland-Washington Regional District (“On Wedges and Corridors”) that provide detailed and specific land use and zoning recommendations for specific areas of the County. They also address transportation, the natural environment, urban design, historic resources, public facilities, and implementation techniques. Comprehensive amendments to the General Plan for the Maryland-Washington Regional District (“On Wedges and Corridors”) that provide detailed and specific land use and zoning recommendations for specific areas of the County. They also address transportation, the natural environment, urban design, historic resources, public facilities, and implementation techniques.master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. Learn more.

Mid-County Planning is centrally located in Montgomery County, between developed urban centers south of the beltway, and more rural areas to the north. This central location, along with continued population and economic growth, presents the opportunity to create communities that improve the quality of life, have a sense of place, and balance growth with the infrastructure to support it. To accomplish this, development review and master planning in Area 2 will:

  • Create interconnected communities that are livable, affordable, healthy, offer transportation choices, and have a mix of housing types
  • Engage our diverse citizenry to guide change and creatively apply traditional planning approaches to achieve these goals
  • Integrate innovative urban design solutions with multimodal transportation, and environmentally sensitive growth

What’s new

  • The Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan was recently recognized with an Award of Merit in the Small Area Plan / Special Planning Area category from the American Planning Association County Planning Division and the National Association of County Planners for demonstrating “innovative planning principles and measures that create sustainable communities that have lasting value.”
  • Based on the FY2020 Schools Test, portions of Area 2 are impacted by a development moratorium (a temporary halt to residential projects to prevent school overcrowding). Learn more.
  • Aspen Hill Vision Zero Study approved by the Planning Board.
  • The Agritourism Study was presented to the Planning Board in December 2019. The Study includes a menu of potential solutions to promote agritourism while maintaining the integrity of the agricultural and rural character of the Agricultural Reserve.
  • The Shady Grove Sector Plan Minor Master Plan Amendment reexamines the stages of development approved in the 2006 Shady Grove Sector Plan as well as the requirements, particularly the transportation requirements, that must be implemented prior to the initiation of each phase of development.
Last Updated: November 16, 2020