Montgomery County Climate Action Plan
Thrive Montgomery 2050 was developed in coordination with the county’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). Thrive Montgomery 2050 is a high-level land use document that focuses on long-range planning and policies to guide the physical development of the county. It addresses where and how land will be conserved or developed for housing, office buildings, parks, agriculture, recreation, transportation, and other types of public and private infrastructure – decisions that have a major influence on greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration, and adaptation to climate change. The CAP, on the other hand, focuses on specific near-term actions to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 and mitigate or adapt to the effects of increased heat and flooding, high winds, and drought. Thrive Montgomery 2050’s climate change-related recommendations will be implemented in concert with the CAP. The Planning and Parks Departments also will implement recommendations in the CAP that are within the scope of the M-NCPPC’s responsibilities. Together these plans will create a comprehensive approach to climate change at the local level.
Montgomery Planning staff are engaged with the County Department of Environmental Protection in implementing the recommendation of the Climate Action Plan.