Thrive Montgomery 2050 Draft Vision and Goals to be Presented to Planning Board at Virtual Meeting on April 16

April 10, 2020

Thrive Montgomery 2050

Community members are invited to submit written testimony to provide feedback to the Board on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Draft Vision and Goals

Silver Spring, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will present the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Draft Vision and Goals to the Montgomery Planning Board at a virtual meeting on April 16. The Thrive Montgomery 2050 Draft Vision and Goals is the first component of an updated General Plan for the county. The General Plan is Montgomery County’s long-range policy framework for guiding land use and growth. The update will outline shared priorities and guide decision making for the next 30 years. Thrive Montgomery 2050 focuses on three primary outcomes: community equity, economic health and environmental resilience.

View the April 16 Staff Report on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Draft Vision and Goals Briefing.
View the Introduction to the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Plan.
View the Draft Vision and Goals.
View the Distance Engagement plan.

All Planning Board meetings are being conducted solely online while Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 crisis. Community members can listen live either online or via phone or provide written testimony on agenda items.

Provide written testimony to the Planning Board via e-mail to

Written comments must be received in the Planning Board Chair’s office no later than 12 noon the day before the Planning Board hearing date, referencing the hearing date and item to be reviewed by the Board, in order to be included in the official record of the hearing. Comments should be transmitted via e-mail to, faxed to Chair Casey Anderson at 301-495-1320, or addressed to: Casey Anderson, Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Written comments received within 24 hours before a hearing date will be placed in the file but will not be considered by the Planning Board or included in the official record of the hearing.

“With the spread of COVID-19 affecting communities locally and globally, its impact on all of our futures cannot be ignored,” said Gwen Wright, director of the Montgomery County Planning Department. “We are dealing with this pandemic at the same time we are considering how to keep the county thriving in the future with the updated General Plan. This crisis has impacted many issues we will be addressing in the Thrive Montgomery 2050 plan: our health, economy, equity, mobility and so much more. We cannot waste this opportunity to share our experiences, to learn what we can from this hardship and to serve our county well in the future.”

Over the spring and summer, Montgomery Planning will conduct community engagement to obtain feedback on the draft Thrive Montgomery 2050 Vision and Goals using online platforms. During this time, Montgomery Planning will be developing draft General Plan policies and actions for inclusion in the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Working Draft Plan. Additional opportunities for community feedback will take place when the Working Draft Plan is delivered to the Planning Board by September 2020 and the Board begins its plan review process.  The final draft plan will be submitted by March 2021 to the County Council for its review and approval.

Residents can also provide comments at any time online, send an email to or call 301-495-4556.

About Thrive Montgomery 2050
During summer 2019, the Montgomery County Planning Department launched the update of Montgomery County’s General Plan, the county’s long-term framework for land use and development. This effort, called Thrive Montgomery 2050, will result in new countywide policies to help Montgomery County thrive by addressing the challenges and opportunities in the decades to come. A lot has changed in the county since the General Plan was originally approved in 1964. Thrive Montgomery 2050 will guide future growth in response to the demographic shifts, technological innovations, changing lifestyles and economic disruptions that have taken place in recent decades. The new General Plan will consider many issues framed by three pillars: economic health, environmental resilience and community equity. These themes will help guide the recommendations of the plan with help from the community.