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Developers, property owners, architectural and engineering consultants, real estate brokers, smart growth advocates and lenders joined the attorneys of Lerch, Early & Brewer's land use practice at Columbia Country Club for a discussion on the future of urban areas in Montgomery County. Primarily concentrated around metro stops, these areas drive the economic growth of the County. Transit-oriented development in White Flint, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Gaithersburg, Germantown Rockville, and Bethesda is pivotal to Montgomery County as the area seeks to attract an increasingly diverse, technologically savvy, well-educated population looking for walkable places to work, live, and play.
In 1994, the Bethesda CBD Sector Plan was created as a blueprint for Bethesda's development. Since then, Bethesda has emerged as the economic engine of Montgomery County and a showpiece for mixed-use, transit-oriented development. What's next?
The upcoming Bethesda CBD Sector Plan review is a significant harbinger of planned urban design for the County. The Sector Plan process reevaluates original functions, design goals, and the desired environment. It also provides opportunities for new development and opens debate about what "smart growth" means for Bethesda and Montgomery County's future.