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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
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A great plan starts with you!

The planning process is centered on conversations and collaborations with the community to envision a shared future of equitable prosperity for a vibrant, diverse, and innovative region. We have enjoyed exploring how to support a unique place—where industry, residents, and more can all contribute.

Equitable engagement is central to all of Montgomery Planning’s work. The feedback and other information gathered during the engagement process was used by the Planning Staff to develop the vision and resulting recommendations.

The engagement strategy for the Great Seneca Plan focused on meeting people where they are: in terms of information, physically, and in the community. Throughout the planning process, Montgomery Planning sought input from residents, workers, property owners, students, state and county agencies, and community organizations, among others. View the Community Engagement Report and the May 3, 2023 Planning Board presentation for a summary of the outreach and engagement completed, and the feedback received.

Sign up for Montgomery Planning’s Great Seneca Plan eLetter to receive alerts about engagement opportunities and plan progress.

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Through the Great Seneca Plan process, Montgomery Planning seeks to meet people where they are:


  • Door knocking
  • Pop-ups
  • ReactMap – yard signs
  • Surveys

In community

  • Partner organizations
  • Virtual and in-person meetings
  • Focus groups
  • Outreach to churches


  • Translation
  • Interpretation
  • Educational materials
  • Videos

Past events

Online Opportunities


  • 4/19/2022, Dunkin Donuts Pop-up
  • 4/30/2022, Giant Pop-up
  • 5/20/2022, Bike To Work
  • 8/17/2022, Shady Grove Farmer’s Market Pop-up
  • Medical Center Drive Pop-up
  • 8/26/2022, On the Vine Beer and Wine Shop Pop-up
  • 9/7/2022, Shady Grove Farmer’s Market Pop-up
  • 10/6/2022, Downtown Crown Pop-up
  • 10/12/2022, Manna Food Choice Market Pop-up
  • 11/9/2022, Manna Food Choice Market Pop-up


  • 4/27/2022, Kick-off meeting virtual: Watch the kick-off meeting recording
  • 6/3/2022, Izaak Walton League of America
  • 9/13/2022, Visioning Meeting: Watch the visioning meeting recording
  • 9/20-21/2022, Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel
  • 10/9/2022, The Courtyards at Rio Community Association
  • 10/18/2022, Great Seneca Science Corridor Implementation Advisory Committee: Watch the Implementation Advisory Committee meeting recording
  • 10/26/2022, In-person Visioning meeting
  • 11/15/2022, CCACC Visioning meeting
  • October Life Science Industry focus group
  • October Real-Estate Developer focus group
  • 2/6/2023, Upcounty Citizen’s Advisory Board Meeting
  • 3/9/2023, Meeting with Identity
  • 3/28/2023, Great Seneca Science Corridor Implementation Advisory Committee
  • 3/29/2023, USG Meeting
  • 4/18/2023, Community meeting with CCACC: Review the presentation

Staff Contacts

Maren Hill