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Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Area Minor Master Plan

Learn more about the Grosvenor-Stathmore Metro Area Minor Master Plan and how the Planning Department is initating it to explore the potential for development. Learn more here.

Short-Term Residential Rentals

The Montgomery County Council has asked Planning Department Staff to reach out to the community and other stakeholders for feedback on short-term residential rental agreements, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeway and VRBO, in order to help draft legislation affecting this use. Learn more here.


PlanningStat provides a periodic snapshot of a data-driven dashboard showing Montgomery Planning's regulatory review process and trends. Learn more.

The Third Place blog

Check out our relaunched blog, The Third Place. In planning, the third place is the social realm separate from home and the workplace. It provides an inclusive forum for dialogue crucial for civic engagement and community building. Learn more.

Makeover Montgomery 3

The Planning Department, in partnership with The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, sponsored a three-part conference called Makeover Montgomery 3: Balancing Change in America's Suburbs that focused on real-world solutions for demographic shifts, changing housing preferences, and growing infrastructure costs across the country - all while making communities more sustainable. Learn more.

Smart Moves: New Ideas about Bikes, Cars and Transit

The Planning Department, in partnership with the National Capital Chapter of the American Planning Association sponsored a three-part Winter Speaker Series that focused on transportation.

Smart development in transitional suburban locations

We hosted the final Winter Speakers Series session on smart development in transitional suburban locations featuring Jeffery Tumlin. Learn more

Recent approaches to bicycle planning

The second of our 2016 Winter Speaker Series, features Jennifer Toole discussing suburban bicycle planning.
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Subdivision Staging Policy

Get up to speed on the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly the Growth Policy). Get involved, learn more and give your feedback on the future of growth and infrastructure in the County!


The White Flint 2 Sector Plan is currently underway. Check out the progress and how you can weigh in on the future of White Flint 2. Get more details

Rock Spring

Help us #ReimagineRockSpring! Learn about the planning process for this master plan and how you can get involved. Find out more


From Station to Destination: Get involved with the future of the MARC Rail Communities in Boyds and Germantown during the March 2016 Design Workshops. Learn More

Celebrate Design: Presenting the 2015 Design Excellence Award Winners

award logo Learn more about the First Annual Design Excellence Award and Citation Winners and the DesignX Awards.

Office Market Assessment

The Planning Department recently released an in-depth analysis of our changing office market. Learn more about the Office Market Assessment Study.

Rental Housing Study

The Planning Departmentís Research and Special Projects Division (RSP) is coordinating with the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) to conduct an 18-24 month study of rental housing in the County that will assess how we can best meet the needs of residents across the income spectrum. Learn more

Bicycle Master Plan

The Bicycle Master Plan is revving up to officially launch on July 1, 2015 but work is happening now on planning for the Corridor Cities Transitway station areas. Get involved and stay connected!

Development Tools

Find out how the Planning Department is making tracking your development projects more user-friendly with the Dev Finder tool and Real Time Tracker app.

Westbard Community Charrette

Find out the latest with PlanWestbard. Get involved, stay connected!

Montgomery Village Master Plan

Learn more about the Montgomery Village Master Plan and stay connected! #MVP

White Oak Science Gateway Plan

View the approved and adopted White Oak Science Gateway Plan. Learn more

Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

Find out the latest on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan ... get connected and get involved.

Bethesda Downtown Plan

Find out about the latest updates with the Bethesda Downtown Plan. Give feedback and get involved with the future of Bethesda.

Sandy Spring

The Montgomery County Council recently approved the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan. Learn more about the plan.

New Zoning Code

The new Zoning Ordinance is here! Find out everything you need to know about this up-to-date, user-friendly code!

Bethesda Purple Line Station

The Planning Board approved the Planning Board Draft Plan Amendment (pdf, 8.2 MB) on Dec. 5. The plan has been sent to the County Executive and County Council for review. Find out more about the Planning Board worksessions that preceded approval of the plan.

Shades of Green

To increase urban tree canopy, we have launched Shades of Green, a program that provides free trees to property owners in 21 Central Business and Road Code Districts.

Art through development

Public art, which helps build community, foster economic development and create a sense of place is an option in our development review process in downtown areas and transit-area zones. View our new Public Art Guidelines.

Homeowners and civic associations

Want to stay informed about planning and development in Montgomery County? Ensure your local organization is registered accurately using our easy HOA/CA tools.

Development Finder

To stay abreast of Montgomery County development activity, visit our online Development Finder to learn details about building applications to be considered by the Planning Board.

Find a forest easement

Do you have a forest conservation easement on or near your property? Easements protect forests on private land by limiting certain activities, part of the Planning Board's emphasis on forest conservation. Now you can locate areas under easement using our online map.

Watch us on Montgomery Plans

The latest episode of Montgomery Plans  spotlights our Zoning Code Rewrite, greening the down-county with free trees, a tour of Germantown Town Center three years after the master plan took effect and the latest big decisions of the Planning Board.

Industrial Land Use Trends

Review the Industrial Land Use Trends study for Montgomery County (powerpoint and white paper).

Master Plan Monitoring Report released

The Planning Department issued the July 2015 Biennial Master Plan Monitoring Report, approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board, which assesses progress on implementing the White Flint Sector Plan, the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan, and the Shady Grove Sector Plan. Read

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