Complete Communities

Montgomery County has reached a stage where greenfield opportunities largely have been exhausted and the general locations of business districts, residential neighborhoods, and farmland have been established, or are at least planned.

Montgomery County has reached a stage where opportunities for greenfield development have been largely exhausted and the general locations of business districts, residential neighborhoods, and farmland have been established, or are at least planned. The task of Thrive Montgomery 2050, therefore, is less about identifying new locations for large business districts and residential neighborhoods and more about making parts of the county that have already been developed or planned more complete and attractive to residents, workers, and employers. Thrive Montgomery 2050 recommends reimaging our existing communities to maximize their attractiveness and efficiency through the creation of Complete Communities characterized by a true integration of uses, diversity of building types, and variety of lot sizes.

Complete Communities are grounded in the concept of “15-minute living,” a concept which seeks to locate living spaces in each neighborhood or district within walking distance of services, infrastructure, facilities and amenities that serve people’s daily needs. Complete Communities – and “15-minute living” – represent a departure from the automobile-oriented land-use planning of the last several decades and embrace a planning paradigm that is far more likely to help attract employers, workers, and residents by offering convenience, walkability and a quality of place only available when the needs of people are considered ahead of the needs of cars.

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Last Updated: April 2, 2021