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Master Plans

The County Council is the final authority on land use matters. The Council's powers include approval of area master plans, functional master plans (such as the master plan for bikeways and the master plan for historic preservation), and decisions about zoning on individual parcels. The Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee makes recommendations on all of these issues to the Council. Members of the PHED Committee include Councilmember Nancy Floreen, chair; Council President George Leventhal and Councilmember Hans Riemer.

The Montgomery County Planning Board, composed of five citizen members appointed by the Council, is the Council's principal adviser on land use and zoning issues and recommends new or amended Master Plans to the Council. The Council has delegated some of its land use authority for detailed development to the Planning Board. It and the Parks Department are the Montgomery County side of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Master Plans Currently Before the Council

To view staff packets visit the Council meetings portal page then click on " Agenda/Packets" link on the appropriate date under County Council Sessions tab or Committee Worksessions tab.

Master Plan Schedule (the following dates are tentative. Please see the Committee Agenda or Council Agenda for the most current information).
Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan
PHED Committee meetings
February 6, 2:00, Bethesda Downtown Plan, schools and fiscal impact
February 13, 2:00, Bethesda Downtown Plan, continued
February 27, 2:00, Bethesda Downtown Plan, transportation
March 2, 2:00, Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, continued
March 13, 2:00, Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, continued
March 20, 2:00, Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, continued
March 27, 2:00, Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, continued
April 3, 2:00, ZTA 16-20, Overlay Zone - Bethesda

Completed Master Plans

Find Your Neighborhood's Plan

Map of Communities from Montgomery Planning Organization.

Semi-Annual Report

Fall 2016 Semiannual Report from Park and Planning (Montgomery County, M-NCPPC)

Montgomery County Planning Department, 2014-2015 Winter Speakers Series: Video Clips
  1. Session 1: November 12: “Planners, Politicians and How Montgomery County Got This Way"
  2. Session 2: December 10: “Retrofitting the Suburbs: From Friendship Heights to White Flint"
  3. Session 3: January 14: “Trials and Errors of Corridor Cities Planning"
  4. Session 4: February 11: “Creating and Sustaining the County’s Agricultural Reserve"
  5. Session 5: March 11 “Hunting the Snark: Growth Policy and the Public Interest"


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