The Montgomery Planning Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan team is engaging with the community throughout the plan update process. Since May 2021, the planning team has met with and listened to a variety of stakeholders, including residents, neighborhood groups, business owners, developers, service providers, elected and appointed officials, and county staff through a range of community engagement efforts, both in-person and on-line, to gather the concerns, ideas, and aspirations of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney communities. As the planning team moves into the plan drafting and refinement phases, we will continue to listen and seek the community’s feedback as the plan takes shape.
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 was invited to share its aspirations, ideas and feedback through a series of online and in-person workshops and events between June 27 and July 24, 2022 to help envision the future of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney communities and inform the draft plan. Results from this visioning series are provided below by meeting date.
Watch a recording of the introduction to the first online visioning workshop on June 27
Online visioning workshops
Held via Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, July 19, these online visioning workshops provided an opportunity for the community to discuss the master plan update and share ideas and recommendations for the future of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney communities through a series of virtual interactive activities.
In-person Fairland and Briggs Chaney visioning workshops
The community was invited to attend in-person workshops on July 6, 14, 22, and 24 to help envision the future of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney communities. Workshops were facilitated by Story Tapestries and planning team staff members through a series of small group engagement activities that focused on three areas of the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan area coinciding with their general meeting locations. Additionally, community members were invited to share their ideas with the master plan team at an outdoor, family-friendly community event on July 22 at Fairland Recreational Park.
Wednesday, July 6 – Held at the Seventh-Day Adventist World Headquarters (12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD) from 6 to 8 p.m. The conversation focused on the southern portion of the master plan area.
Thursday, July 14 – Held at the Greencastle Lakes Community Center (3661 Turbridge Drive, Burtonsville, MD) from 6 to 8 p.m. The conversation focused on the northern portion of the master plan area.
Friday, Jul 22 – Hosted by Montgomery Parks and Planning staff and other community partners, this outdoor, family-friendly community event was held at the M-NCPPC Fairland Recreational Park (3928 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, MD) from 5 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 – Held at the East County Community Recreation Center (3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring, MD) from 2 to 4 p.m.. The conversation focused on the central portion of the master plan area.
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.
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.
Parks, Recreation, and Places to Play—November 1, 2021
An Equitable Community, a Vibrant Economy and a Healthy Environment—November 4, 2021
Mobility and Equitable Infrastructure—November 10, 2021
Food to Thrive—November 19, 2021
Pedestrian Walk Audit—October 6, 2021
Fairland and Briggs Chaney Canvassing—Summer 2021
View the canvassing flyer
CommUNITY 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.