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Takoma/Langley Crossroads Sector Plan

Jul 22 09

Planning Board to Hold Public Hearing on Takoma/Langley Crossroads Sector Plan

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING – On Thursday, July 23, the Montgomery County Planning Board will hold a public hearing on a community plan for Takoma/Langley Crossroads. The area, among the county’s most diverse, is centered at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard in southeast Montgomery County.

The draft sector plan provides a vision for the area and guides its physical development for the next 20 years. Among the planners’ recommendations is creating a convenient, well-functioning transportation system featuring existing bus routes, a proposed bus transit station, and the Purple Line and its two planned stations in the area. Planners aim to improve mobility and safety for pedestrians and cyclists in an interconnected trail system.

Planners also recommend reinforcing and improving the community’s affordable housing stock and strengthening the commercial area in hopes of making the Crossroads a regional destination for multi-cultural shopping and dining.

To ensure that the draft plan is available to as many community members as possible, the Planning Department translated the plan into Spanish, representing the first full translation in Department history. Copies of the Spanish-language sector plan are available online and by request.

Testimony from the public hearing will inform the Planning Board as it considers the draft plan. The board will transmit its version of the plan later this year to the County Council for consideration and eventual adoption. The new plan will serve as a guide for county and town policy-makers as they regulate growth in the Crossroads.

Learn more about the plan or to sign up to speak at the public hearing.

WHO:
Montgomery County Planning Board

WHAT:
Public hearing on Takoma/Langley Crossroads Sector Plan

WHEN:
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23

WHERE:
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring

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May 16 08

Planners Invite Residents to Open Up at Takoma/Langley Crossroads Open House, Contribute to Community Plan

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – Planners from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, developing a plan to improve quality of life in the Takoma/Langley Crossroads through land use, transportation and pedestrian safety improvements, are hosting an open house on Wednesday, May 21 to hear from the community.

The open house at the Langley Park Community Center will provide an opportunity for residents and other interested stakeholders to specify what development they would like to see in the Crossroads area. Planners will provide a short presentation on the sector plan and encourage people to stop by to both learn about the plan’s progress and contribute their good ideas.

The sector plan creates a vision of the community over the next decade or more and makes recommendations on such issues as land use, housing needs, pedestrian safety, transportation, open space and more.

The sector plan is especially timely, considering the transit improvements planned for the Crossroads, including the Purple Line, a 14-mile transit system proposed to connect Metro to Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park and Riverdale Park. Purple Line planners propose two stops within the Takoma/Langley Crossroads community: the intersections of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue and at University Boulevard and Riggs Road.

Moreover, state transportation officials have committed to building a bus transit station that would consolidate area bus stops in a central location on New Hampshire Avenue. Maryland transit officials will be on hand to discuss planned improvements at the May 21 meeting.

The 574-acre planning area runs in a one-half mile circumference around New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard. The sector plan represents a joint effort of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission – planners from both Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties – with the city of Takoma Park.

Who: Members of the community joining the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the city of Takoma Park

What: The Takoma/Langley Crossroads Sector Plan community open house

When:  4 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday May 21

Where: Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Drive, Langley Park