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Compact Growth

The Wedges and Corridors Plan was visionary in recognizing the consequences of sprawl and the value of land preservation. Thrive Montgomery 2050 proposes a recommitment to this guiding principle of the 1964 Plan by concentrating growth in downtowns, town centers, rural villages, and intensively developed centers of activity, or nodes, along major transportation corridors as well as preserving and enhancing existing rural areas – including the Agricultural Reserve – for the benefit of the entire county. The concept of corridor-focused growth is a fundamental organizing element for Thrive Montgomery 2050, as it recognizes not only that intensively developed centers of activity and preservation of land both play a vital role in our quality of life but that neither pattern can exist without the other.

We must encourage compact, infill development to accommodate anticipated population growth of approximately 200,000 more people over the next 30 years.

Thrive Montgomery 2050 encourages compact, infill development and redevelopment in centers of activity along corridors and within Complete Communities to accommodate anticipated population growth in a way that supports dense, vibrant, energized communities. The strategy of concentrating growth will direct population and employment to locations served by infrastructure, services, and amenities – including transit – and create focused centers of activity.

Compact, corridor-focused development is also essential to the continued protection of the Agricultural Reserve and preservation of land for environmental stewardship and recreation. As our population grows and the region continues to develop, pressure on rural areas and natural systems will increase. The preservation of the Agricultural Reserve reinforces the concentration of growth and maximizes the land available for farming, recreation, tourism, education and natural resource conservation.

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Last Updated: April 2, 2021