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Montgomery Planning Board Sends the MARC Rail Communities Sector Plan to the County Council for Cons

The Montgomery County Planning Board approved the Planning Board Draft of the MARC Rail Communities Sector Plan at its meeting on December 20 and transmitted the plan to the County Council and County Executive for review.

“This plan is important in promoting better connections to the MARC stations, giving residents more options for commuting, and other improvements that respect the historic identities of these communities,” says Planning Director Gwen Wright. “This plan will enhance and renew the land around the stations to take this part of the county into the future.”

The MARC Rail Communities Plan, launched in 2016, evaluates land use, zoning, design and access conditions at the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) stations in Boyds and Germantown. The plan builds on the recommendations of the previous 1985 Boyds Master Plan, 1989 Germantown Master Plan and 2009 Germantown Employment Area Sector Plan.

The 2018 plan’s recommendations aim to improve the transit station areas in Boyds and Germantown according to four principles:

Connect the Boyds and Germantown station areas to their respective communities, while ensuring a viable range of transportation choices. Recommendations include reducing dependency on cars and vehicles for all daily station trips by improving the pedestrian and bicycle environments, expanding public transportation options and managing roadways to minimize traffic backups and congestion.