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Advancing the Pike District

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Pike District Connector

The Montgomery County Planning Department is partnering with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and the Better Block Foundation to temporarily connect the Bethesda Trolley Trail to the Montrose Parkway Trail and activate hubs at key intersections along the way.



In 2010, the White Flint Sector Plan was adopted to guide the future development of the White Flint area. The vision for the planning document was to create a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use walkable district served by multiple modes of transportation. The sector plan identified several improvements and potential interventions to achieve this vision, however, work has been incremental and uneven to date.

Now that the plan is ten years old, the Montgomery County Planning Department is revisiting the recommendations from the sector plan by initiating the Advancing the Pike District project. The goals of the project are to:

  • Provide an up-to-date Progress Snapshot: Summarize development patterns and trends to date, and identify challenges inhibiting development around the Metro Station area. Highlight successful planning and development practices and lessons learned since the Sector Plan’s adoption.
  • Implement Vision Zero in White Flint’s Core: Integrate Vision Zero concepts and principles to reduce conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians and create a safe environment for all modes of transportation around the Metro Station area.
  • Position the White Flint Metro Station for success:. Create an urban design framework and common vision that maximizes the Metro site’s potential, advances county goals, and enhances access alternatives to the Metro Station.
  • Create an identity for the Pike District through Placemaking: Host a community placemaking event in coordination with the Better Block Foundation and the Pike District rebranding campaign.

This project is intended to spark further implementation by identifying short-term opportunities for success that can be implemented within the next 2-5 years to further the development of the White Flint area, as well as move forward the sector plan.

The Montgomery County Planning Department and Friends of White Flint held an online public meeting on May 19. Watch the video on the meeting below.

White Flint Then and Now

Staff Contact

Natasha Fahim
(301) 495-4639


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