Growth and Infrastructure Policy
The Growth and Infrastructure Policy is currently being updated.
The Growth and Infrastructure Policy is the tool by which the County ensures its essential public facilities, particularly schools and transportation systems, keep pace with development. It tests the County’s infrastructure for adequacy based on projected capacity, growth, and future development. The policy is updated every four years to ensure that the tools used for evaluating the impact of development on essential public facilities, such as a delay-based transportation test or student generation rates, reflect the latest growth patterns of the County.
County Code requires the Planning Board to find that public facilities will be adequate to support and service the area of a proposed subdivision before approving a preliminary plan. The County Code directs the Planning Board to transmit a draft of the GIP to the County Council by August 1, 2024, and for the County Council to adopt the 2024-2028 policy by November 15, 2024. As part of the 2024 GIP update, planners are focusing on:
- Examining policy outcomes to ensure that the tools are equitable, fair, and effective.
- Ensuring the policy helps reach the goals established in the County’s General Plan, Thrive Montgomery 2050.
- Analyzing the County’s current growth trends.