The Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan will outline goals, policies and strategies to address future challenges in our community. We will not only need to make room for growth, jobs and new residents, but also improve the quality of life for people already living here. As part of this process, we will examine the community’s population, economy, housing, transportation, public facilities, and more. Together, we will take the necessary steps to become more prosperous, equitable, and resilient as we create memorable places that are inclusive, environmentally sustainable, and economically competitive.
Current Phase of the Plan: Preliminary Recommendations
View the Preliminary Recommendations presentation to the Planning Board on September 29, 2022:
Watch video | Download presentation slides
Learn more about the results of the
Visioning Workshops and watch the recap poem video. How does Thrive Montgomery 2050 influence this Plan?
Our approach to developing the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan is organized and guided by
Thrive Montgomery 2050 to achieve the three overarching objectives:
We want to ensure a vibrant, strong and competitive economy by attracting and maintaining major employers, continuing to enhance our federal campuses, supporting small businesses and innovation, and attracting and retaining a high-quality, diverse workforce.
We want racial equity and social justice to be an essential theme throughout the planning process with the hope of learning from the historic land-use challenges and developing a stronger social network that embraces the advantages of a multi-racial and multi-cultural community.
We must use the best strategies to fight climate change and mitigate the impact of both planned changes and unexpected events and continue to preserve our natural resources.
Why update the plan now?
Fairland Master Plan was approved 25 years ago in 1997. Community master plans are typically intended to be used for 20 years, so the time is right to update the plan. Additionally, the great spaces and places in our community did not happen by chance. The vibrant parks, quality schools, and desirable neighborhoods were all shaped by planners and the community decades ago. In order for Fairland and Briggs Chaney to continue to thrive, we need to update the master plan so that we meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Some of the primary drivers of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan include:
Thrive Montgomery 2050 – the newly updated county-wide General Plan – provides the framework and guiding principles for the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan. Thrive Montgomery 2050 embraces new realities, addresses historic inequities, and shifts the way we think about how the county should grow. We will also seek to implement the county’s forward-thinking policies including Vision Zero, Complete Streets, and Complete Communities. Montgomery County’s
Racial Equity and Social Justice Law provides that we seek ways to achieve racial equity and social justice so access to quality housing, education, jobs, transportation, parks, recreation and other community assets are available to everyone.
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 local economy by attracting and maintaining employers, supporting small businesses and innovation, and retaining a high-quality, diverse workforce. Through careful and thoughtful planning, we will explore ways to create additional opportunities for more businesses and jobs throughout the Route 29 and Briggs Chaney corridors.
Housing. The region’s housing shortage — particularly in affordable and attainable housing — necessitates looking at new housing opportunities in every community. It compels 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.
Scope of Work
On April 8, 2021, the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan presented the
Scope of Work
to the Planning Board. Approval of the
plan boundary map
May to August 2021
Hosted Montgomery Planning’s first virtual Spring Speakers Series. The planning team will also document existing conditions and collect data for use throughout the planning process. In July and August, our partners, Everyday Canvassing, will
across the community to better understand the people, places, and stories of Fairland and Briggs Chaney.
Fall 2021 to Spring 2022
Spring to Summer 2022
Plan visioning with community stakeholders, combined with the existing conditions analysis and community input, will result in staff’s preliminary recommendations. Preliminary recommendations will be reviewed with the Planning Board prior to the staff’s completion of a master plan working draft.
Learn more about the
and watch the
recap poem video
A Montgomery Planning-sponsored placemaking festival on October 21-22, 2022 will bring to life the visions of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan by temporarily reimagining a portion of the Briggs Chaney Park and Ride lot and testing some of the envisioned community amenities in real life. Community members are invited to participate in this hands-on, collaborative effort.
Learn more about the
Fairland and Briggs Chaney Placemaking festival
on October 21-22.
The planning team will present preliminary plan recommendations to the community and Montgomery County Planning Board at two meetings in September.
• Community Open House - Tuesday, September 27, 3-7 p.m.
East County Community Recreation Center (3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD 20904)
• Planning Board Briefing - Thursday, September 29, scheduled 3-5 p.m.
Attend in person at Wheaton HQ Auditorium (2425 Reedie Drive, 2nd floor, Wheaton, MD 20902) or
Preliminary recommendations draw from hundreds of comments, conversations, ideas, and illustrations generated by visioning workshop participants and community stakeholders this past June and July and are intended to realize the general vision expressed over the course of these workshops for a more engaging, safe, and supportive community.
Refining (Working Draft)
Planning staff will prepare a working draft of the master plan and seek community input and Planning Board comments before preparing a Planning Board Draft Plan for public testimony.
Fall 2022 to Spring 2023
Sharing (Planning Board Draft)
Planning Board conducts a public hearing on the working draft. Work sessions are held to further refine the plan. This step results in the adoption of the planning board draft.
County Council and County Executive
County Council and County Executive review of the planning board draft. County Council holds a public hearing and committee work sessions. This step results in the council-approved master plan.
M-NCPPC Master Plan Adoption
The council-approved master plan is transmitted to the Planning Board and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) for final approval and adoption.
Sectional Map Amendment
The Sectional Map Amendment (SMA) process is the final step in the master plan process. The SMA implements all zoning recommendations approved and adopted in the master plan. The Planning Board authorizes the SMA application submittal to the County Council. The County Council conducts a public hearing followed by work sessions, and consideration to approve zoning map changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Will my feedback matter? How will I know?
What does a people-first approach mean?
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What does a re-imagining of the Route 29 corridor mean?
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