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Montgomery County's rural areas encompass the 93,000 acre Agricultural Reserve along with the larger rural communities of Damascus and Poolesville; small crossroad communities such as Beallsville, Sunshine and Dickerson; and areas with mixed open land and housing. The forward-thinking 1964 General Plan focused growth in defined corridors emanating from the population centers in and around the Capital Beltway. Between those corridors, the General Plan called for wedges of low-density residential uses, open space and protected farmland.
The County's Agricultural Services Division was created to support and promote the viability of the agricultural industry in Montgomery County. Agricultural activities occupy about one-third of Montgomery County's land area and the County's diverse agricultural industry - 540 farms and 350 horticultural enterprises - produces more than $287 million in economic contribution and employs more than 10,000 residents.
We create great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County's future. Learn more.
The Planning Board meets weekly to review development applications and other projects, and our planners are actively engaged in the community. Learn what planning initiatives are taking place in Area 3: Up-County, Rural Area.
MARC Rail Communities Plan Workshop - View slides and listen to presentations from March 2016 discussions and exploration of what's possible for MARC rail areas.
The Recreation Guidelines Update will study new styles of amenities for apartments and condos for private residential development. View the Recreation Guidelines webpage.
The 2014-2015 Winter Speaker Series held the following session on February 11, 2015, “Creating and Sustaining the County’s Agricultural Reserve.” This session traces the 30-year effort to protect the rural landscape and the working farms of upper Montgomery County. It discusses the technical planning, legal and political challenges that were overcome to establish the Agricultural Reserve in 1980 and sustain a working landscape against continuing efforts to compromise its integrity. Link to original video
The latest episode of Montgomery Plans spotlights our Zoning Code Rewrite, greening the down-county with free trees, a tour of Germantown Town Center three years after the master plan took effect and the latest big decisions of the Planning Board
|Area 3||Planner to Call||Telephone|
|Area 3 Chief||Kip Reynolds||(301) email@example.com|
|Administrative Aide||Rebecca Boone||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Master Plan Area||Planner to Call||Telephone|
|Supervisor||Fred Boyd||(301) email@example.com|
|MARC Stations||Roberto Duke||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sandy Spring Rural Village||Roberto Duke||(301) email@example.com|
|Agricultural Reserve||Josh Penn||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Leslie Saville||(301) email@example.com|
|Clarksburg||Ryan Sigworth||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cloverly||Roberto Duke||(301) email@example.com|
|Damascus||Mary Beth O’Quinn||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fairland/Burtonsville||Roberto Duke||(301) email@example.com|
|Germantown||Leslie Saville||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Olney||Roberto Duke||(301) email@example.com|
|Potomac Subregion||Fred Boyd||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sandy Spring||Roberto Duke||(301) email@example.com|
|Upper Rock Creek||Roberto Duke||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
Water and Sewer
Patux. River PMP
|Katherine Nelson||(301) email@example.com|
|Forest Conservation||Josh Penn||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Marybeth O’Quinn||(301) email@example.com|
|Rustic Roads||Leslie Saville||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Elsabett Tesfaye||(301) email@example.com|
|Regulatory Review||Planner to Call||Telephone|
|Supervisor||Rich Weaver||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Subdivision Review||Ben Berbert||(301) email@example.com|
|Subdivision Review||Jonathan Casey||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Subdivision Review||Ryan Sigworth||(301) email@example.com|
|Site Plan Review,
Public Arts Panel Coordinator
|Molline Jackson||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Site Plan Review||Sandra Pereira||(301) email@example.com|
|Forest Conservation Ordinance- NRIs, Exemptions||Mary Jo Kishter||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
*Some jurisdictions within Montgomery County—such as the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg and some smaller taxing districts such as Poolesville—have independent planning and zoning authority over land within their boundaries. Contact those jurisdictions directly for information about properties within their borders.
Date of last update: August 10, 2015