Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan

The Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan will establish a clear vision for an equitable, just and prosperous future for the Fairland community, mirroring the county’s long-term priorities, which include a vibrant economy, equity for all residents, and a healthy environment.  The final plan will include policies, recommendations, best practices and implementation programs that provide clear direction for the public and county officials on how we will achieve this vision.

This master plan update takes cues from Thrive Montgomery 2050, in-process General Plan update for Montgomery County – particularly its equity framework – which describes how great places with equitable access to opportunity produce strong communities and people. Thrive Montgomery 2050 will examine and provide policies and recommendations on existing and future land uses and zoning, housing inventory and needs, transportation systems, historic preservation opportunities, area park facilities, and the environment. This project will amend portions of the 1997 Fairland Master Plan which is the current master plan for the Fairland and Briggs Chaney communities.

This webpage will be updated regularly throughout the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan process.  Stay in contact with us and sign-up for our e-letter to receive the latest news, meetings, and opportunities to participate.

Why update the plan now?

There are five primary drivers of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan: Thrive Montgomery 2050, racial equity and social justice, the new FLASH bus rapid transit line, economic development and jobs, and the need for additional housing.

  • Thrive Montgomery 2050 – the in-process county-wide General Plan update – embraces new realities, addresses historic inequities, and shifts the way we think about how the county should grow. For example, we need to reconsider sites previously considered unsuitable for development such as parking lots or the air rights over existing buildings and find ways to use land more efficiently. Thrive Montgomery outlines such strategies to accommodate growth in ways that not only make room for new residents but also improve the quality-of-life for the people who are already here. The ideas and recommendations contained in Thrive Montgomery provide an opportunity to achieve economic health, equitable communities, and environmental resilience in all areas of the county. The Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan effort presents us with the opportunity to implement many of Thrive Montgomery’s forward-looking policies. We will examine ways to implement many of the county’s land use and transportation policies including Vision Zero, Complete Streets, and Complete Communities.
  • Racial equity and social justice and the need to make Montgomery County more equitable and more inclusive.  Revisiting our land use policies and zoning are integral to implementing the County’s 2019 Racial Equity and Social Justice Law and the resulting Montgomery Planning Equity Agenda for Planning. Diversity and inclusion are essential to our economic success, so equitable access to quality housing, education, jobs, transportation, and recreation are critical for everyone to thrive.
  • The FLASH, Montgomery County’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) line began operations in October 2020. The FLASH provides frequent and reliable transit service along the US 29 corridor from Burtonsville to downtown Silver Spring.  This new BRT line presents exciting opportunities to improve resident quality-of-life with more vibrant, livable, and walkable neighborhoods. Three new BRT stations (Tech Road, Briggs Chaney Road, and Castle Road) create opportunities for redevelopment, housing, and community amenities.
  • Economic Development. We want to ensure a vibrant, strong and competitive economy by attracting and maintaining employers, supporting small businesses and innovation, and attracting and retaining a high-quality, diverse workforce.
  • Housing. The region’s housing shortage — particularly in affordable and attainable housing — necessitates looking at new housing opportunities. The Fairland and Briggs Chaney community is nearly built-out with houses, townhouses, and apartments. However, other historic residential prototypes such as courtyards and four-plex housing allow us to think more creatively about how to meet demand, especially in areas well-served by transit.

Learn more about Montgomery County’s Master Planning Process.

Last Updated: July 20, 2021