On Thursday, March 31, 2011, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the Planning Board Draft of the Wheaton Central Business District (CBD) and Vicinity Sector Plan for transmittal to the County Executive and the County Council.
It is anticipated that a Public Hearing will be set by the County Council in summer 2011 followed by work session in the fall. The final adopted Plan will amend the Approved and Adopted 1990 Wheaton Central Business District and Vicinity Sector Plan.
The proposed Plan is primarily focused on Wheaton’s Central Business District and surrounding commercially zoned properties. It includes revitalization strategies; extending mixed-use zoning beyond the CBD to surrounding commercial areas; removal of the Wheaton Retail Preservation Overlay Zone; rezoning all commercially zoned, and some multifamily and single-family properties to Commercial/Residential (C/R and CRN) Zones; new public use spaces including a major civic space in Wheaton’s Core; and a recommendation to retain a County-owned property (currently used by Crossways Community Center) for an additional elementary school. The Plan also accommodates the future Bus Rapid Transit System currently under study by the County.
Please use the following link to access the Planning Board Draft Wheaton Central Business District and Vicinity Sector Plan: http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/wheaton.
A copy of the Plan will be available for you to review in the Wheaton Regional Library. If you have any questions, I can be reached at 301-495-1329 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Khalid Afzal at 301-495-4650 or by e-mail at email@example.com.