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Midcounty Planning

We create great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. Learn more.

Midcounty 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 Midcounty 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

  • Corridor Forward: The I-270 Transit Plan is Montgomery Planning’s first transit focused plan for the I-270 Corridor that will help the County understand which potential transit investments will best support equitable access and sustainable growth.
  • While the life sciences industry is strong in Montgomery County, staging requirements established by the 2010 Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan have impeded further growth in this leading biotech hub. The Great Seneca Science Corridor Minor Master Plan Amendment will review the framework that established these regulations in 2010, and assess the growth, development and infrastructure investment that has occurred over the past decade.
  • 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.”
  • 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: August 2, 2022