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.
Completed Master Plans
Council Approved Resolutions
|Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment||March 31, 2015|
|February 24, 2015|
|July 29, 2014|
|April 1, 2014|
|February 11, 2014|
Approved and Adopted
Montgomery County Planning Department, 2014-2015 Winter Speakers Series: Video Clips
- Session 1: November 12: “Planners, Politicians and How Montgomery County Got This Way
This session focused on the County’s development from the end of the First World War to the present day, and examined the struggle for influence by developers and residents within the planning process.
- Session 2: December 10: “Retrofitting the Suburbs: From Friendship Heights to White Flint
This session traced the evolution of strategic land use decisions in key areas of the County
- Session 3: January 14: “Trials and Errors of Corridor Cities Planning
This session discussed the planning politics and development in the Rockville-Gaithersburg area; the challenges of a new town in Germantown; and the problems associated with the planning and development of Clarksburg.
- Session 4: February 11: “Creating and Sustaining the County’s Agricultural Reserve
This session traced the 30-year effort to protect the rural landscape of upper Montgomery County from development. It discussed the challenges that were overcome to establish the Agricultural Reserve in 1980 and sustain a working landscape against efforts to compromise its integrity.
- Session 5: March 11 “Hunting the Snark: Growth Policy and the Public Interest
This session evaluated the effects of the 40-year evolution of County growth policy on development patterns. It explained the institutional structure of planning in Montgomery County for effective and democratically accountable land use policy.