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Thrive Montgomery 2050, the Planning Board’s update of the County’s General Plan, will guide the County’s growth and development for the next 30 years. The working draft includes goals, policies, and actions for land use, housing, transportation, environment, equity, design, arts and culture, parks and open spaces, and the economy.
The draft plan promotes the following overarching concepts: • encourage compact development (i.e., “complete communities” which have needed amenities within a 15-minute walk or bike ride for residents); • retrofit existing neighborhoods near transit to be complete communities by increasing density, adding housing types, and adding accessible retail and services; • restrict new growth to transportation corridors; • stop planning for cars: shrink and repurpose roads, remove/reduce parking, expand mass transit; • eradicate greenhouse gas emissions; • build attainable housing for all income levels; • employ regional solutions and strategies; • promote and support diversity.
The Town’s Subcommittee on Regional Growth and Development is reviewing the Thrive Montgomery draft and will submit recommendations for Town Council action. The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the working draft on November 19, after which it will hold work sessions before submitting the final draft to the County Council around March 2021. Residents are encouraged to review the Thrive Montgomery working draft and send comments to the Town by October 9 and to the Planning Board.