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Feb 10 09

Montgomery County Planning Board Approves Germantown Plan Creating Vision for Upcounty Hub

by Valerie Berton

SILVER
SPRING, MD –
The Montgomery County Planning Board has approved a draft plan
for Germantown that sets the stage for the community to become the center for
jobs and culture in the northern part of Montgomery County. 

The
sector plan – approved Thursday and sent to the County Council for
consideration today – provides a guide for future development, including the
look, type and timing of development in Germantown’s employment area.

Planners
envision Germantown as an employment hub well-positioned to serve residents by
the proposed Corridor Cities Transitway, a light rail or rapid bus route to
connect Shady Grove Metro Station and Clarksburg with several stops in
Germantown. The plan would stimulate jobs by creating a vibrant atmosphere for
employers and residents through a mix of land uses, parks, green spaces,
historic sites and culture.

Located
in northern Montgomery County on both sides of I-270, Germantown has seen a
mini-housing boom since the late 1970s. Designated since the 1960s as one of
the county’s “corridor cities,” Germantown has been long envisioned to support a
core of businesses and public services. The new draft sector plan will update 2,600
acres of the Germantown planning area.

Planners
aim to balance residential growth with new employment and build upon a new
public library and cultural arts center with mixed housing, retail and public
space to drive a thriving town center. The key, they say, is to encourage
high-quality design in buildings, public spaces and communities.

The
plan recognizes Germantown’s historic district on the border of the area and also
looks to enhance Germantown’s environment by linking parks and stream valleys with
a mix of urban open spaces.

On
Thursday, the Planning Board praised its professional planning staff for a plan
they say provides clear direction on the future of growth in Germantown. The Planning
Board draft goes to the County Executive for fiscal review as well as the County
Council. The Council will set a public hearing, review and modify the plan and,
ultimately, approve it as a guide to private development and public policy.

Master plans look ahead 15 to 20 years in a comprehensive
guide to an area’s land use, zoning and environmental features, such as tree
cover, stormwater management and green space. They also examine transportation
issues such as roads, mass transit, bicycle trails and pedestrian mobility.

View the draft plan.

Jul 22 08

Montgomery County Planning Board Invites Public to Provide Input on Germantown Plan

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – Over the past year, planners, residents and property owners working together have conceived of the future Germantown as the upcounty cultural center and a revitalized employment area served by public transit in addition to I-270. Now they want to know what the public thinks.

The Montgomery County Planning Board will host a public hearing on the the draft Germantown Master Plan on Monday, July 28 to consider ideas and reactions from residents, property owners and anyone who wants to comment on the future of the area of Germantown known as the employment corridor.

Located in northern Montgomery County and straddling both sides of I-270, Germantown has seen a mini-housing boom since the late 1970s. To balance that residential growth, planners recommend ways to attract employers by capitalizing on relatively recent amenities such as a new public library and cultural arts center, and mixing housing, retail and public space in a thriving town center.

The critical feature, planners say, is the planned Corridor Cities Transitway, a light rail or rapid bus route proposed to connect Shady Grove Metro Station with several stops in Germantown and other northern Montgomery County towns.

Planners have put the finishing touches on the Germantown draft plan, which updates the 1989 Master Plan for the community. The Planning Board will consider testimony at the public hearing, then hold work sessions to refine planner recommendations in early fall. The board will then finalize the plan and send it to the County Council for review and eventual approval.

Master plans look ahead 15 to 20 years in a comprehensive guide to an area’s land use, zoning and environmental features, such as tree cover, stormwater management and green space. They also examine transportation issues such as roads, mass transit, bicycle trails and pedestrian mobility.

WHO:
Montgomery County Planning Board

WHAT:
Germantown Master Plan Public Hearing

WHEN: 
Monday, July 28 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Montgomery College – Germantown campus
Globe Hall, High Technology and Science Center

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the participation of all individuals in its programs and facilities.  For assistance with special needs, such as large print materials, sign language interpretation, listening devices, etc., please contact 301-495-4600, TTY 301-495-1331 or the Maryland Relay Service, 1-800-735-2258.   

Dec 3 07

Montgomery Planners Invite Public to Learn More about Pending Germantown Master Plan

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – As planners begin to compile the options for a new
vision for Germantown, the Montgomery County Planning Board will hold a public
meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, December 17 at the Black Rock Center for the Arts
to highlight the upcoming recommendations.

The
Germantown master plan looks ahead 10 to 20 years in a comprehensive guide to
the area’s land use. Planners have been working to update the 1989 Germantown
Master Plan, focusing on 2,400 acres in the center of the community. The plan
will recommend new zoning, mixed uses such as residential coupled with retail,
and revitalized employment areas.

The
Planning Board meeting is one of five upcoming informational sessions on
Germantown, a growing community in north central Montgomery County about 26
miles from Washington, D.C.  The public
is welcome to attend any of the following meetings, which involve a variety of
subjects and presiding agencies:

2
p.m. Tuesday, December 4
. Community meeting focused on new zoning designed for
transit station areas. Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook
Road, Germantown.

2
p.m. Thursday, December 6
. Community meeting with a Maryland Transit Administration
representative regarding the status of the Corridor Cities Transitway, a
proposed light rail or bus line connecting Shady Grove and Clarksburg. Upcounty
Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown.


7
p.m. Tuesday, December 11
. Community Advisory Committee to discuss school and
transportation issues for the upcoming master plan. Upcounty Regional Services
Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown.

7:30
p.m. Monday, December 17
. Planning Board meeting. Black Rock Center for the
Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown.

7:30
p.m. Wednesday, December 19
. The Historic Preservation Commission will consider
three Germantown sites for historic status – the Little Seneca Viaduct, the
Germantown Culvert and the Germantown Presbyterian Church. Park and Planning
Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring.

The
staff’s draft master plan will be considered by the Montgomery County Planning
Board in work sessions and during a public hearing in early 2008. After the board
finalizes its version of the plan, it will go to the County Council for review
and eventual approval.

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