Schedule Update: Montgomery County Council Public Hearing on the Germantown Plan for the Town Sector Zone Rescheduled to February 4

January 9, 2020

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Community residents invited to testify about plan in Germantown that updates 50-year old zoning with recommendations for residential, commercial and mixed-use zones.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Council has rescheduled a public hearing for the Germantown Plan for the Town Sector Zone. The public hearing scheduled for February 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. is now scheduled for February 4, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor Council Hearing Room (100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville, MD). The meeting will also be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM).

The plan was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board at their November 7, 2019 meeting. View the latest draft of the plan.

Residents interested in testifying at the public hearing can start signing up online or by calling 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up is February 3 at 5 p.m. Call 240-777-7910 to obtain copies of the documents or online.

About the Germantown Plan for the Town Sector Zone

The purpose of this plan is to update the zoning classifications in the area of Churchill Village now regulated by Town Sector (T-S) zoning. The T-S Zone is being phased out due to changes in the county zoning code.

The Germantown Plan for the Town Sector Zone addresses the 1,254 acres comprising the village’s T-S Zone, which includes Churchill Lake, parks, walking trails and recreational amenities. In 2014, Montgomery County updated its zoning ordinance and, as a result, the T-S Zone is being phased out.

Additionally, as approved by the original 1968 zoning case that authorized the development of Churchill Village, no new zoning classifications could be considered for 50 years. This zoning control feature expired in 2018 and is the primary reason for the new sector plan. Planners have analyzed existing land uses, densities and open spaces in order to prepare new zoning recommendations that best reflect current conditions, uses and densities.

These recommendations include the following:

  • Maintain existing residential areas and densities
  • Protect community open space and recreation areas
  • Keep neighborhood-serving businesses and grandfather existing commercial uses
  • Allow mixed-uses where appropriate

Learn more about the Germantown Plan for the Town Sector Zone by signing up for the plan e-newsletter. For more information, contact lead planner Phillip Estes.