Thrive Montgomery 2050 Community Listening Session


Pamela Dunn
Senior Legislative Analyst 
Montgomery County Council

Regional Service Center Citizen Advisory Boards to Host a Discussion of Thrive Montgomery 2050

To get additional, diverse input on the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Plan, the Council has requested the County’s five Citizen Advisory Boards (CABs) host their members and communities for a discussion of the Plan at their January meeting. The Thrive discussion will be on the agenda for the following CAB meetings:

  • Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. East County Advisory Board Committee meeting
  • Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Silver Spring Advisory Board Committee meeting
  • Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. Mid-County Advisory Board Committee meeting
  • Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. UpCounty Advisory Board Committee meeting
  • Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Western Montgomery County Advisory Board Committee meeting

For more information on meeting specifics, please see the Regional Service Center website:

We want to hear from you about Thrive Montgomery 2050

Thrive Montgomery 2050 Community Listening Session December 14, 2021 at 7 P.M.

The Montgomery County Council held two recent community listening sessions to hear from residents about Thrive Montgomery 2050. The first was held on Nov. 30, 2021. The recording may be viewed on  YouTube and  Facebook

The Council also held another community listening session on Dec. 14 to accommodate the sizable number of residents who pre-registered to testify. The recording can be viewed on  Youtube and  Facebook

The Council encouraged both those who had not heard of the plan before and those who had been following the plan closely to attend.  

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

Summary of the PHED Committee Draft of Thrive Montgomery 2050

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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 speak will be able to speak at the Community Listening Session? 

Each 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.   

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 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: