Outreach for the General Plan Update

Past Events

February 27, 2019: MBIA Ad Hoc Committee

Staff briefed MBIA Ad Hoc committee on key findings from study of demographic, housing, and employment changes since 1990.

Fact sheet—Montgomery County Trends: A Look at People, Housing, Jobs Since 1990


February 25, 2019: CASA de Maryland Directors

Staff provided an overview of the demographic, housing, and employment changes in Montgomery County since 1990 to staff directors at CASA de Maryland as part of a training day.

Staff presentation to staff directors at CASA de Maryland


February 13, 2019: Winter Speaker Series Session 2

What is Real Resilience? Positioning our Communities to Thrive in Changing Times

Harriet Tregoning, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and a former Planning Director for Washington DC focused on: what will our Region look like in 2050?  What are the probable disruptive technological, social, and economic changes coming our way in the next few decades and the impacts these changes may have on the county, the Region and our cities and towns?  What can we do to position ourselves to not just endure, but thrive with the changes headed our way?


Winter Speaker Series Session 2 Transcript

Presentations:

General Plan introductory presentation, Tanya Stern, Deputy Director of the Montgomery County Planning Department
Real Resilience: Positioning Montgomery County to Thrive Through Changing Times, Harriet Tregoning, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and a former Planning Director for Washington DC


January 31, 2019: Planning Board briefing on the Trends Report

Staff briefed the Planning Board on key findings from an extensive analysis of demographic, employment, and housing trends that looked at changes in the county primarily since 1990, when the last refinement of the General Plan was completed.

Staff Report: Demographic, Housing and Employment Trends Report
Montgomery County Trends: A Look at People, Housing, Jobs Since 1990


January 17, 2019: Planning Board briefing by the consultants

The Planning Department hired Rhodeside & Harwell of Alexandria to help develop a conceptual framework and a comprehensive communication strategy for the General Plan Update process. In this briefing, the consultant presented a draft conceptual framework for the General Plan Update based on their initial findings from interviews with leaders in the county government, academic institutions and regional entities.

Consultant’s presentation to the Planning Board, January 17, 2019


January 16, 2019: Winter Speaker Series Session 1

The Planning Department organized its 2019 Winter Speaker Series around the General Plan Update. The first session on January 16, titled Recent General Plan Updates in the Washington DC Region, comprised a panel of current and former planning directors from Washington DC, Loudoun County, and Howard County, who discussed what issues and challenges their general plan updates addressed, how they involved their communities in creating the new plans, and what we should learn from their experience in updating their plans.


Session 1 Transcript

Presentations:

General Plan introductory presentation, Gwen Wright, Director of the Montgomery County Planning Department
Washington, DC Comprehensive Plan, Tanya Stern, former Deputy Director of the DC Office of Planning and current Deputy Director of the Montgomery County Planning Department
Howard County General Plan, Valdis Lazdins, Planning Director of Howard County
Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan, Ricky Barker, former Planning Director and Zoning Director of Loudoun County and current Director of Community Planning and Development Services for the City of Rockville


December 4, 2018: Breakfast meeting at Rogers Consulting

Rogers Consulting of Germantown organized a breakfast meeting of real estate professionals and invited the General Plan staff team including the Planning Director Gwen Wright and the Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson to discuss the proposed General Plan Update process, what is a General Plan and why is it particularly important for Montgomery County’s future? how the General Plan Update would be different from other master plans, and what are the major issues, challenges and trends we should be preparing to face in the next 30 years.


July 12, 2018: Planning Board Briefing on the General Plan Update

Staff’s first briefing to the Planning Board on the start of the proposed General Plan Update process. Staff presented a brief history of the General Plan; the issues, trends, and challenges facing the county in the next 30 years that have been identified to date, and staff’s initial thinking about how they planned to undertake this project.

Staff report, General Plan Update briefing, July 12, 2018
Presentation, General Plan Update Introduction, July 12, 2018

Last Updated: March 8, 2019