Designs for Downtown Bethesda - Open Planning Workshop


For immediate release: 

February 7, 2014

Bethesda Downtown Planning and Design Workshop - Saturday, March 1, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Residents, business owners, property owners invited to envision what they would like Downtown Bethesda to be twenty years from now


SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a planning and design workshop to capture ideas for the future of Downtown Bethesda. All residents, business owners and property owners – groups and individuals – are invited to attend the workshop on Saturday, March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School cafeteria (4301 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD).


Participants will have the opportunity to work collaboratively in small groups to provide their ideas on how Downtown Bethesda as a whole should evolve over the next twenty years. Building on the issues raised at last November’s Kick-Off public meeting, this workshop will help shape the planning process for Downtown Bethesda.


A future meeting will focus more specifically on areas and issues identified at this workshop.


Information and ideas gathered at this workshop will inform the preparation of recommendations for theBethesda Downtown Plan that update both the 1994 Bethesda Central Business District Sector Plan and the2006 Woodmont Triangle Amendment. This is an opportunity for the community to refine their vision for a successful Downtown Bethesda that should continue to thrive for the next twenty years and beyond.

What: Bethesda Downtown Plan Visioning Workshop
Who: Residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in the future of Downtown Bethesda
When: Saturday, March 1 (9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Where: Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School cafeteria (4301 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD)

The Bethesda Downtown Plan Scope of Work  defines the process, purpose and timeline that was approved by the Planning Board on Jan. 31. The Scope of Work included three themes to guide the purpose of the planning framework:

- Economic sustainability

- Social sustainability

- Environmental sustainability

Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan and how to get involved: www.bethesdadowntownplan.org

About The Montgomery County Planning Department:
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plansreviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department is comprised of 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visitwww.montgomeryplanning.org

Bridget Schwiesow
Communication Manager
M-NCPPC Montgomery County Department of Planning
Bridget.Schwiesow@montgomeryplanning.org or 301.641.0457


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