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University Boulevard Corridor Plan

Overview

The University Boulevard Corridor (UBC) Plan will build on previous initiatives, such as the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan, Thrive Montgomery 2050, and Vision Zero. The UBC Plan focuses on a three-mile stretch of University Boulevard (MD 193), with the aim to understand community needs in relation to traffic safety, regional connectivity, environmental sustainability, and economic development. The plan explores opportunities for new development, bikeways, and bus rapid transit (BRT), as well as the creation of a complete street with wider sidewalks, comfortable public transportation stops, and safe access. Community involvement is key to the success of the process, and Montgomery Planning is offering virtual and in-person opportunities for feedback. The University Boulevard Corridor Plan is part of a larger vision for compact growth, supported by an excellent transit system and a safe, appealing network for walking, biking, and rolling.

Planning Board review

Montgomery Planning staff presented the University Boulevard Corridor Plan’s Scope of Work to the Planning Board on February 16, 2023. Watch the Scope of Work presentation and download the slides.

On October 5, 2023, the UBC Plan team briefed the Planning Board on existing land use, market analysis, and transportation conditions, as well as outreach and engagement efforts completed to date. Read the staff reportwatch the briefing, and download the slides.

Plan boundary

The plan area is centered on a three-mile stretch of University Boulevard (MD 193) from the edge of East Indian Spring Drive, just south of i-495, to Amherst Avenue in Wheaton. The Plan boundaries were expanded based on conversations with the community after the two open house events in November 2022 and will be presented to the Planning Board for approval with the Plan’s Scope of Work.

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About the plan area

The University Boulevard Corridor is home to a linguistically, economically, and ethnically diverse community.

Educational Institutions

There are five Public Schools in the plan area, including three elementary schools and two high schools. The plan area is also home to 12 private educational institutions that offer educational services from early-childhood care to high school.

Religious Institutions

Ten places of worship are in the plan area.

Demographics

The demographics of the study area, which is larger than the plan area, are very similar to the County’s demographics with a slightly higher percentage of Black residents and a slightly lower percentage of Asian residents.

Non-Residential Development

The plan area has less than 1 million square feet of non-residential development. Approximately 73% of the existing non-residential development was built between 1950 and 1980.

Past events

University Boulevard Corridor Plan – Emerging Ideas meeting, May 14, 2024

Download May 14, 2024 presentation slides


University Boulevard Corridor Plan – What We’re Hearing here, June 28, 2023


University Boulevard Corridor Plan virtual workshop, I-495 to Dennis Avenue, May 3, 2023


University Boulevard Corridor Plan in-person workshop, I-495 to Dennis Avenue, April 26, 2023

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community members sit at table with large area map, index cards, and markers at in-person workshop

University Boulevard Corridor Plan virtual community meeting, March 14, 2023

University Boulevard Corridor Plan community meeting, March 8, 2023

Download March 8 community meeting presentation slides


University Boulevard Corridor Plan open house meeting, November 2022

Download presentation

Frequently asked questions

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Staff contacts

Nkosi Yearwood
301-495-1332
Email

Zubin Adrianvala
301-495-4703
Email

Project timeline

  • Spring 2022-Fall 2023
    Outreach, Plan Analysis and Staff Review
  • Fall 2023-Spring 2024
    Planning Board Review
  • Summer-Fall 2024
    County Council Review and Approval

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