Growth and Infrastructure Policy

2020 Growth and Infrastructure Policy Update

At its meeting on July 30, 2020, following significant community engagement and a dozen Board briefings and work sessions held since September 2019, the Montgomery Planning Board approved its recommended updates to the county’s Growth and Infrastructure Policy (formerly known as the Subdivision Staging Policy). Key revisions in the 2020-2024 update include:

  • Eliminating residential development moratoria.
  • Requiring developers of new housing to make Utilization Premium Payments (UPP) in areas with overcrowded schools.
  • Modifying the calculation and applicability of development impact taxes.
  • Changing the name of the policy to “Growth and Infrastructure Policy.”
  • Designating neighborhoods by School Impact Areas, which are characterized by the amount and type of residential development they experience and its impact on school enrollment.
  • Incorporating Vision Zero concepts in transportation adequacy reviews.
  • Eliminating the motor vehicle adequacy test in areas around Metro rail stations and future Purple Line stations.



The Subdivision Staging 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.

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Last Updated: November 19, 2020