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Rustic Roads Functional Master Plan

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The Montgomery County Planning Department has undertaken a technical update to the Rustic Roads Functional Master Plan in order to consider roads that have been nominated for inclusion in the Rustic Roads Program and to provide the necessary descriptions for several roads that are currently in the Program. Work on the plan update began in July 2019. This project includes the review of 25 nominated roads, new descriptions for 29 roads currently in the Rustic Roads Program, updates to significant features, changes to the designated extents of some roads, and text corrections and additions. The Master Plan Update also proposes to make recommendations to revisions of current policies and programs and consider other items which may arise.

The public comment period for the Public Hearing Draft (available below) of the plan is open until December 9, 2022. Submit written testimony to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org.

New Rustic Roads Feedback Map

The Rustic Roads Feedback Map allows community members to provide feedback on the historic and scenic roadways in Montgomery County that are currently in the Rustic Roads Program or have been nominated for inclusion in the program. Staff will use these comments to inform the ongoing Rustic Roads Functional Master Plan Update.

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Updates

January 5, 2023

The first work session for the Rustic Roads Functional Master Plan Update is tentatively scheduled for January 5, 2023. Other work sessions, if needed, will be scheduled soon.

November 17, 2022

The Planning Board held the Public Hearing on the Rustic Roads Functional Master Plan Update. The public record will remain open until December 9, 2022.

Prior to the Public Hearing, Planning Staff provided a briefing to the new Planning Board members. A video recording of both meetings can be viewed here, with the briefing beginning at 2:51:45 in the video and the public hearing starting at 4:38:00.

October 14, 2022

The Public Hearing for the Rustic Roads Functional Master Plan Update has been scheduled for November 17 at 6 p.m. in the Wheaton Headquarters auditorium.

If you prefer smaller files for quicker download, the Road Profiles Appendix is also available in four parts:

Map of Montgomery County north of the Capital Beltway showing the final recommendations for rustic roads.

17 x 11 Map of Final Recommended Rustic Roads

Traffic and Crash Analysis:

Click on the map to see the recommended rustic roads.

October 6, 2022

Planners presented the Working Draft of the Rustic Roads Functional Master Plan Update to the Planning Board and asked the Board to approve the document as the Public Hearing Draft and to set the Public Hearing date. Due to the plan’s size, the document has been broken into several parts.

April 21, 2022

Planners presented a briefing on the plan’s status to the Planning Board. View the report, attachments, and Planning Board presentation.

March 17, 2020

View the latest draft list of rustic roads and the corresponding map.

February 6, 2020

The Planning Board Approved the Scope of Work for the Rustic Roads Functional Master Plan Update. View the staff report and presentation.

New Histories for Old Roads

Originally presented at the 2022 Montgomery County History Conference, the Rustic Roads Advisory Committee invited Cultural Resources Planner Kacy Rohn to make an encore presentation of her talk on March 22, 2022.

Last Updated: November 23, 2022