SILVER SPRING, MD – For many who live or work in northeast Montgomery County, the crossroads of Routes 29 and 198 in Burtonsville provides a hub of valuable services, from car repair to grocery shopping to places to eat or worship. That 78-acre commercial area is the focus of a neighborhood study by county planners, who are analyzing ways to improve upon what’s there.
Those who frequent Burtonsville’s business district or care about its future are invited to a community design workshop, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 31. The workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to brainstorm improvements for Burtonsville and inform the planning study.
Residents, business owners and anyone interested are encouraged to roll up their sleeves at the workshop, also known as a charrette, and articulate the characteristics they want in a future downtown Burtonsville. Participants will be divided into small groups, then directed through visioning exercises.
For planners tasked with studying the commercial crossroads, community input will lay the groundwork for how a future sector plan might take shape. Master and sector plans look ahead 15 to 20 years to create a long-range planning framework for each community.
After the workshop, planners will adapt input into preliminary recommendations for consideration by the Planning Board in May. Once refined, those recommendations will go back before the Planning Board next summer.
Learn more about the Burtonsville Commercial Crossroads Neighborhood Planning Study.
Montgomery County Planning Department
Burtonsville Commercial Crossroads Community Design Workshop
7 p.m. Thursday, March 31
East County Service Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring
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