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: Approved by Planning Board, transmitted to County Council
The Planning Board approved the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan on May 25, 2023. The Plan’s key recommendations are listed below, representing the plan’s overall vision over the next 10-20 years as a better-connected community, with high-quality transit, accessible and comfortable parks, trails and pathways, thriving households and businesses, attractive places to gather for all ages, and a sustainable environment.
The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing for the plan on
Wednesday, September 27 at 7 p.m., at the East County Community Recreation Center. Sign up to tesify.
video of the County Council touring sites in the plan area.
View the approved Planning Board Draft
Appendices A, B, and C
Please Note: Hard copies of the Planning Board Draft are available to review at the White Oak and Marilyn J. Praisner (Burtonsville) public libraries, as well as the Public Information Counter at the Montgomery County Park and Planning Headquarters (2 nd Floor, 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902).
Key Recommendation 1:
Establish an emphasis on community gateways and activity centers as compact, high-density mixed-use centers focused on frequent transit service; safe pedestrian movement; greater tree canopy and ‘cool’ surfaces at summer hot spots; and attractive community gathering spaces.
Key Recommendation 2:
Prioritize US-29 (Columbia Pike) as a ‘transit-first’ corridor that provides frequent, convenient regional connections from the plan area to Silver Spring, Washington D.C., Columbia, and Baltimore.
Key Recommendation 3:
Complete a network of greenways with a continuous inner and outer loop of trails and paths connecting parks, open spaces, community facilities, and bus stops, with neighborhoods both within and beyond the master plan area.
Key Recommendation 4:
Establish an East County Resilience Hub as a community center for daily community needs and a destination for reliable electricity, water, temporary shelter, food, indoor heating and cooling, social services, and fellowship during public emergencies.
Key Recommendation 5:
Support a healthy community food system that includes healthy grocery and dining destinations, farmers markets, and community gardens.
May to August 2021
Montgomery Planning held its first virtual Spring Speakers Series focused on topics relevant to the Fairland and Briggs Chaney community and documented existing conditions for use throughout the planning process. In July and August, our partner, Everyday Canvassing,
across the community to better understand the people, places, and stories of Fairland and Briggs Chaney.
Fall 2021 to Spring 2022
Spring 2022 to Winter 2023
The planning team held a series of visioning workshops and meetings with community stakeholdersto inform development of staff’s preliminary recommendations.
Learn more about the
and watch the
recap poem video
A Montgomery Planning-sponsored placemaking festival on October 21-22, 2022 brought 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.
Learn more about the
Fairland and Briggs Chaney Placemaking festival
held on October 21-22.
Preliminary recommendations drew from hundreds of comments, conversations, ideas, and illustrations generated by visioning workshop participants and community stakeholders over the summer of 2022 to realize the general vision expressed over the course of these workshops for a more engaging, safe, and supportive community. They formed the basis for the recommendations that were included in later master plan drafts.
The planning team presented an initial set of preliminary plan recommendations to the community and Montgomery County Planning Board at two meetings in September 2022.
• Community Open House - Tuesday, September 27 at the East County Community Recreation Center (in-person meeting)
• Planning Board Briefing - Thursday, September 29 at the Wheaton HQ Auditorium. View the
download the presentation slides
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.
A community meeting was held on January 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Paint Branch High School cafeteria (14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866) to preview a full set of preliminary recommendations before release of the Working Draft Plan in early Spring 2023. Download the
View the plan’s
full set of Preliminary Recommendations
Fall 2022 to Winter 2023
Refining (Working Draft)
During this phase, the planning team prepared a draft plan to incorporate community feedback to realize the shared vision for the future of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney community. At its March 23, 2023 meeting, the Planning Board added its comments and accepted the Working Draft of the plan as the Public Hearing Draft.
Fairland and Briggs Chaney Working Draft
Summer to Fall 2023
County Council and County Executive
County Council and County Executive will review the approved Planning Board Draft of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan. The County Council will hold a public hearing and committee work sessions. This step results in the council-approved master plan.
Fall 2023 or Winter 2024
M-NCPPC Master Plan Adoption
The council-approved master plan is transmitted back 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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