As planners build out the county’s long-term development framework, last drafted in 1964, new themes are emerging. Among them: racial equity and the need for diversified housing types.
About two years ago, the Montgomery County Planning Department began rewriting its “general plan,” a document that sets the tone for development and zoning throughout the county.
The new plan, branded as Thrive Montgomery 2050, is expected to stand for the next three decades and lay the groundwork for future master plans. Master plans are specific to certain areas of the county and are more specific than the county’s general plan.
“The way I always think about (the general plan) is that it’s a plan for other plans — it’s a framework for plans,” said Casey Anderson, chair of the county’s Planning Board. “The most obvious thing it does is it really establishes an organizing system for land use and transportation for the next generation or two. … It’s also a document that identifies our strengths and weaknesses and where we need to do some work as a community.”