Published on: Tuesday, August 1, 2023 News

Minor Master Plan Blog Update: How Will These Recommendations, Improvements, and Amenities be Implemented?


Source: Montgomery County Planning; City of Takoma Park

Plan recommendations, improvements, and amenities are implemented in one of two ways: private development or public capital projects. Generally, private development of new buildings will include public amenities required by the Zoning Ordinance and those recommended by the plan.

Among others these public amenities can include:

  • open space,
  • public facilities,
  • improvements to sidewalks,
  • sewers and utilities,
  • bike lanes,
  • roadways along the property frontage.

These amenities and improvements are implemented on a project by-project basis through the public development review process.

To learn more about development review process, visit the Montgomery Planning website


In addition to the county’s analyses and requirements that come during the development review process, the city’s stormwater management and tree protection policies also would be triggered. Each proposed project would be required to show detailed plans for how they plan to manage stormwater run-off on the site and maximize protections for trees. A project that does not adequately address the requirements from both the county and the city would not be approved for construction. 

New public facilities or improvements to existing ones like parks and roadways are funded through the capital budgets of their respective jurisdictions. Within the plan area, Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MD SHA) each have responsibilities for some parks and/or roadways. Improvements to roads or land owned or controlled by the City of Takoma Park would be funded through the City.