Thrive Montgomery 2050 Community Listening Session

Thrive Montgomery 2050 Community Listening Session Nov 30, 2021 at 7 P.M.

We want to hear from you about Thrive Montgomery 2050

The Montgomery County Council will hold a Community Listening Session to hear from residents about Thrive Montgomery 2050. It will be hosted virtually via Zoom on  Nov. 30, 2021, at 7 p.m.  

The Council encourages both those who have not heard of the plan before and those who have been following the plan closely to review the draft plan.  

The Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee completed their review of the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Draft Plan .

The Council is seeking community feedback on the draft plan in one of two ways: 

1. Pre-register to speak at the Community Listening session no later than Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.


2.  Submit your written feedback online  prior to the listening session

Learn More

What is Thrive Montgomery 2050?

Thrive Montgomery 2050 is a framework to guide land use planning for housing, economic development, equity, transportation, environmental sustainability and more for the next three decades in Montgomery County. A comprehensive description of the draft plan is available at the Montgomery Planning Department’s  Thrive Montgomery 2050 website

The broader purpose of Thrive Montgomery 2050 is to guide the development of our communities in the face of change—it will help the County respond to the economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges that we face today and issues that will emerge over the coming decades.  

What is a Community listening session?

Community listening sessions are an opportunity for the Council to hear directly from residents. This listening session will focus on the overarching goals of Thrive Montgomery 2050 and recent updates made by the Council’s PHED Committee. 

If you are unfamiliar with the plan, here are the topics we would like to hear more about during the listening session: 

  • What types of housing would you like to see developed in your community or neighborhood over the next 20-30 years? 
  • What types of improvements in the transit, bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure would you like to see in the next 20-30 years?  
  • What kinds of improvements would you like to see in the County to ensure protection of the environment and greater access to open space and parks?  
  • If the Council adopts this Plan, how do you believe it will impact your life in the County over the next 20-30 years? 
  • How do you feel the plan does or does not address the issues that you feel are important to you or your community? 

How many people will be able to speak at the Community Listening Session?

The Community listening session will be in the format of a two-hour hearing held on Zoom with up to 60 speakers. Each speaker will be provided with up to two minutes to speak. All pre-registered speakers will be notified about their participation at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. If you would like to participate in the listening session, please pre-register no later than Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.  

How will Thrive 2050 impact other neighborhood development plans? 

The framework described within Thrive Montgomery 2050 will be incorporated into planning across the County. The following upcoming plans will incorporate the guiding principles of Thrive 2050 into their design, with more to follow in the years ahead. Many of these plans will also have separate opportunities for community input.  

Where can I learn more? 

The Council’s PHED Committee held a series of meetings to review each chapter of the Planning Board’s Thrive Montgomery 2050 Draft Plan. The staff reports, video recordings and topics of discussion for each meeting can be found below: