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Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan Equitable Community Engagement

Montgomery Planning Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan team has been meeting with and listening to a variety of stakeholders, including residents, neighborhood groups, business owners, developers, service providers, elected and appointed officials, and county staff. Since May 2021, a range of ongoing community engagements efforts, both in-person and on-line have been used to gather the concerns, ideas, and aspirations of residents.

View past events below and learn more about what the team has heard from the community so far.


Visioning Workshops—June-July 2022

The community is invited to share your ideas and feedback through online and in-person workshops this summer to help envision the future of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney communities.

Online visioning workshops

Join Montgomery Planning via Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on June 27 and July 19 to discuss the master plan update and share your ideas and recommendations for the future of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney communities through a series of interactive activities. RSVPs are required.

In-person Fairland and Briggs Chaney visioning workshops

The community is invited to share your ideas and feedback in-person on July 6, 14, 22, and 24 to help envision the future of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney communities. Each meeting will include a recap of community feedback heard at prior Visioning Workshops. While three of the in-person meetings will be facilitated by Story Tapestries through a series of engaging small group activities that focus on a specific part of the Fairland-Briggs Chaney Master Plan area, ideas for the entire area are welcome at every meeting.  Additionally, community members are invited to share their ideas with the master plan team at a family-friendly community event on July 22 at Fairland Recreational Park.

Wednesday, July 6 – Meet at the Seventh Day Adventist Headquarters (12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD) from 6 to 8 p.m. The conversation will focus on the southern portion of the master plan area. RSVP for July 6.

Thursday, July 14 – Meet at the Greencastle Lakes Community Center (3661 Turbridge Drive, Burtonsville, MD) from 6 to 8 p.m. The conversation will focus on the northern portion of the master plan area. RSVP for July 14.

Friday, Jul 22 – Meet Montgomery Parks and Planning staff and other community partners for this fun and engaging, family-friendly community event at the M-NCPPC Fairland Recreational Park (3928 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, MD) in the north lot from 5 to 8 p.m. Food, music, and entertainment will be provided. Participants are encouraged to share ideas on the future of parks and recreation in the Fairland and Briggs Chaney communities, meet community partners from across the county, and grab some free treats. (No RSVP required, just stop by between 5 and 8 p.m.)

Sunday, July 24 – Meet at the East County Community Recreation Center (3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD) from 2 to 4 p.m. for the last in-person Visioning Workshop with Story Tapestries. The conversation will focus on the central portion of the master plan area. RSVP for July 24.

Community members who register for these events will receive a reminder 48 hours before the event with a request to let Montgomery Planning know if they can no longer attend.


Fairland and Briggs Chaney Placemaking Festival Virtual Kickoff—June 1, 2022

The Montgomery County Planning Department and the Dallas-based nonprofit Better Block Foundation invite residents and business owners to collaborate on a special placemaking initiative to demonstrate the goals of the ongoing Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan. A virtual kickoff meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 1 at 6 p.m. via Microsoft Teams to launch the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Placemaking Festival effort. The placemaking festival will culminate with a free, community-led event scheduled for October 21 and October 22. RSVPs are required to attend the kickoff meeting. Please make a request for accessibility or language accommodations for the meeting by May 23.


Existing Conditions Analysis—April 2022

The Planning team documented community assets and the existing physical conditions of the plan area, including transportation infrastructure, parks, schools, housing, businesses, environmental conditions, and other features. Montgomery Planning staff presented a summary of these conditions to the Planning Board and made it available to the public.

View a recording of the Existing Conditions virtual community meeting held on April 19.

The existing conditions report for the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan was presented to the Planning Board on April 21.

Watch a recording of the Existing Conditions report to the Planning Board on April 21(opens in a new tab).

View the presentation slides for the Planning Board Existing Conditions Report.


Fairland and Briggs Chaney Listening Series—November 1, 4, 10 and 19, 2021

The Montgomery County Planning Department invited the community to attend a four-part virtual listening series on the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan. The listening series focused on parks and recreation, sustainable growth and economic development, transportation and mobility and equitable food systems. Each of the sessions was hosted virtually online through the Microsoft Teams platform and recorded and made available on-demand.

Each session was facilitated by Montgomery Planning staff and included a short presentation about the background of the master plan followed by the listening portion where participants shared their priorities and goals for the future. To spark conversations and increase understanding the events featured Story Tapestries, known for their ability to inspire, motivate, and break down barriers to participation.

Read more about the sessions

Parks, Recreation, and Places to Play—November 1, 2021

Presentation | Composition booklet | Jamboard

An Equitable Community, a Vibrant Economy and a Healthy Environment—November 4, 2021


View presentation | Composition booklet | Jamboard

Mobility and Equitable Infrastructure—November 10, 2021

View presentation | Composition booklet | Jamboard

Food to Thrive—November 19, 2021

View presentation | Composition booklet | Jamboard


Pedestrian Walk Audit—October 6, 2021


Fairland and Briggs Chaney Canvassing—Summer 2021

View the canvassing flyer


Fairland community conversations graphicCommUNITY Conversations in Fairland—May-June 2021

Racial equity, inclusion, connectedness and culture are critical topics to embrace in planning in order to envision and create truly diverse and complete communities. The three-part CommUNITY Conversations in Fairland speaker series discussed these topics and more which are being studied in the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan.

Read more and watch the CommUNITY Conversations in Fairland

Last Updated: June 2, 2022