Montgomery County Planning Department photo.

The county’s Planning Department will hold the first public meeting to discuss updating plans for Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills tonight at Park and Planning headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave.

The department will start the process with a traffic study along Georgia Avenue from 16th Street to the Forest Glen Metro station, according to a press release. The planning area will include the Montgomery Hills commercial section.

The department lists the sector plan priorities as:

  • Balancing regional traffic demands with the needs of enhancing and protecting the existing residential neighborhoods.
  • Evaluating existing conditions and providing recommendations to guide future land uses along the Georgia Avenue corridor.
  • Developing recommendations that improve the compatibility between the land uses adjacent to and along Georgia Avenue and the Forest Glen Metro Station property.
  • Developing recommendations to improve pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, connectivity and safety within the plan area.
  • Exploring opportunities for redevelopment at strategic locations to provide walkable, neighborhood-serving development.

The Forest Glen Sector Plan was last updated in 1996, and the North and West Silver Spring Master Plan, which encompasses Montgomery Hills, was released in 2000.

In addition, the Maryland State Highway Administration and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are considering improving conditions along Georgia Avenue and redevelopment at the Forest Glen Metro station, respectively.

Planning staff will present a scope of work to the Planning Board, tentatively schedule for Nov. 2. Once approved, staff will begin working with stakeholders to develop recommendations that would steer future development.

For more information, contact lead planner Melissa Williams, 301.495.4642 or [email protected].

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
First planning meeting for updating Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills set