Subdivision Staging Policy

2020 Subdivision Staging 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 Subdivision Staging Policy. Key recommendations include:

  • Policy name change to “County Growth Policy”
  • Creation of School Impact Areas
  • Major limitations on the use of residential development moratoria
  • Requirements for Utilization Premium Payments in areas with overcrowded schools
  • Incorporation of Vision Zero concepts in transportation adequacy reviews
  • New metrics to better ensure the future transportation/land use balance of master plans
  • Modifications to the calculation and applicability of development impact taxes and the recordation tax



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: August 17, 2020