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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.

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Master Plans Currently Before the Council

To view Council Staff packets, click on Packets & Meeting Summaries and then click on the appropriate date under either Council Packet or Committee Packet.

        Master Plan Schedule (the following dates are tentative. Please see the Committee Agenda or Council Agenda for the most current information).

Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment


Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment

March 24

Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment

Council Action, March 31


Completed Master Plans

Council Approved Resolutions

  Master Plan Date

Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan

February 24, 2015

White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan

July 29, 2014

Ten Mile Creek Area Limited Amendment to the Clarksburg Master Plan and Hyattstown Special Study Area

April 1, 2014

Bethesda Purple Line Station Minor Master Plan Amendment

February 11, 2014

Long Branch Sector Plan

November 19, 2013

Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan

July 30, 2013


Approved and Adopted

Master Plan

Glenmont Sector Plan

December 2013

Takoma/Langley Crossroads Sector Plan

June 2012

Adopted Kensington Sector Plan

May 2012

Wheaton Central Business District and Vicinity Sector Plan

January 2012

Limited Amendment to the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan & Hyattstown Special Study Area (Retail Staging)

July 2011

Semi-Annual Report

Most Recent Semi-Annual Report from Park and Planning 


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