On February 18, Park & Planning Staff briefed the Planning Board on its existing conditions analysis regarding the Silver Spring Downtown Plan Area. Staff reported that there currently is approximately 24 million square feet of development in downtown Silver Spring and 40 million square feet of currently mapped density through the existing zoning, leaving approximately 16 million square feet of unbuilt capacity. Staff is beginning to grapple with why there remains such a wide range of unused density, and how … Continue Reading
The Montgomery County Planning Board continues to consider changes to the County’s General Plan – or what they are calling Thrive Montgomery 2050. The Plan’s goal is to shift from the former Wedges and Corridors Plan to one that “recognizes the County’s assets. . . [and] focuses on remedying our shortcomings and harnessing growth to create economically competitive, environmentally resilient and socially equitable communities.” See Staff Report.
The Plan is ambitious, but also includes guidance regarding implementation, including … Continue Reading
The Planning Board held its first worksession, on December 17th, on the “Thrive Montgomery 2050” Plan (i.e. the update to the County’s General Plan). An overview of the Plan can be found here, in our prior blog post. The Board supported Staff’s recommendations to significantly reorganize the Plan to emphasize (1) Economic Performance and Competitiveness, (2) Racial and Social Equity and Inclusion, and (3) Environmental Resilience and Sustainability. The Plan will also be updated to … Continue Reading
More than two years ago, the City of Rockville commenced its “Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan.” The first step involved the Planning Commission’s review of Volume 1 of the draft Comprehensive Plan, which was a “30,000 foot view” of planning issues and elements effecting the City. The substantive recommendations guiding future development within the City are set forth in Volume II of the Plan. Volume II addresses the key planning issues for each of the City’s 17 Planning Areas and identifies … Continue Reading
On November 16, 2020, the Montgomery County adopted the new, four-year Subdivision Staging Policy, to be renamed the Growth and Infrastructure Policy, controlling growth and development for the next four years. Lerch, Early & Brewer was pleased to have had a significant role in working with Park and Planning Staff, the Planning Board, County Council Staff and the County Council itself on a policy that will better accommodate new development.
Most significantly, the new SSP eliminates the school moratorium policy, county-wide. … Continue Reading
The time is ripe to engage with Park & Planning regarding the Silver Spring Sector Plan process. The Planning Board approved the Staff’s suggested scope in March 2020, and is beginning community outreach this month. One of the most notable aspects of the Plan is the Board’s unanimous recommendation, from its June 4, 2020 Board meeting, to expand the plan boundary to include properties within a half-mile and/or 10-minute pedestrian walkshed from the Silver Spring Library Purple Line Station … Continue Reading