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Bethesda ‘Scope of Work’ Meeting Planned For Monday

By Aaron Kraut

Wednesday - 1/22/2014, 4:10pm  ET

People gather at the Planning Department's Bethesda Downtown Plan open house on Nov. 4, via Montgomery County Planning Department

Before they head to the Planning Board for the first formal step of the process, county planners will hold another public meeting in Bethesda on the area’s master plan rewrite.

Planners will post their recommended “Scope of Work” online on Monday, Jan. 27 before coming to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane) at 6:30 p.m. that day to present it and answer community questions.

Once approved by the Planning Board, the Scope of Work will formally set which issues planning staff will delve into in its rewrite of the 1994 Bethesda Central Business District Sector Plan. The Sector Plan provides zoning recommendations and development strategies for downtown Bethesda.

Among the most talked about issues in previous meetings have been Bethesda’s lack of public civic space, a perceived divide between the older Woodmont Triangle section of town and Bethesda Row, traffic issues and the lack of market interest in new or existing office buildings.

Planners will also talk about the schedule for the process, which includes more public meetings and Planning Board hearings before the new Sector Plan is sent off to the County Council for approval.

Photo via Montgomery County Planning Department