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Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan

Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan staff draft cover image

Plan Highlights

In December 2012, the County Council unanimously approved the new Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan(4.9 MB), and ZTA 12-13, Rural Cluster (RC) Zone Impervious Surface Limits. The Design Guidelines will be published in the coming months.

The plan, which amends the 1997 Fairland Master Plan, establishes a vision to transform the existing crossroads into a complete community and provides recommendations for land use, transportation, environment and design that will enable the US29/MD198 commercial crossroads area to thrive. The plan focuses on:

  • improving the street network
  • adding an open space system and recreational opportunities
  • identifying new residential opportunities
  • protecting the sensitive tributary headwaters of the Patuxent River.

The recommendations, taken together, form a cohesive way forward and create a civic vision.


Burtonsville locator mapView a detailed map of the planning area.

The commercial crossroads properties at MD 198 and US 29 have seen redevelopment and circulation changes that have many area local merchants, property owners and residents questioning the area's economic future.

Changes that will impact the crossroads area include: a master planned loop/service road, State Highway's MD198 corridor planning effort, and the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) at Ft. Meade on MD198 in Laurel.

This plan, which began in November 2010, will update the Burtonsville commercial area in the 1997 Fairland Master Plan to provide land use, zoning and other recommendations that will enable the US29/MD198 crossroads area to thrive. The scope proposes to focus on the commercial core along MD 198 but will also examine the Burtonsville Crossing site for improved connections, expanded public spaces, and a greater diversity of uses. The study also will evaluate the need for a planned loop road and recommend design improvements for the future state highway, MD 198 project. On July 19, County Council voted on a resolution to add the properties north of the PEPCO line to the plan's study boundary. The broad goal is to evaluate the connectivity, design, and environment of the area so that it can become a place that is more balanced and livable. To achieve this goal, the Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan will focus on the following:

  • What can be done to improve connectivity within the commercial area and integrate the MD 198 realignment and loop road improvements and other proposed transportation infrastructure improvements?
  • What design alternatives would best advance the goals of sustainability and quality of place?
  • How can sustainable redevelopment in the commercial area protect the local environment and what is the vision for the sensitive areas north and west of the commercial area?

On September 19, 2011, about 55 residents and property owners were given an update by planners on the status of the plan. The second half of the meeting was designed as a workshop to gather ideas on what the community envisioned for the expanded boundary areas. We heard questions and comments on the following:

  • the decline of tenants in the Burtonsville Crossing Shopping Center,
  • how the RC zoned parcels north of the commerical area became part of the Plan,
  • the Patuxent watershed and stormwater and sewer capacity concerns with future redevelopment
  • presevation of the fire tower through park acquisition
  • the suggestion that the proposed church could relocate in the vacant Giant site

Planners hope to get more comments on the staff recommendations for the crossroads area in the days and weeks to come. This effort is the Department's first neighborhood plan with the intent of helping make small areas in Montgomery County more balanced and livable places. The Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan will address community issues that are confined to a specific neighborhood and is limited in scope.

News coverage

Learn about our recommendations for the staff draft of the Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan.

  • Video icon Watch our Montgomery Plans cable show highlighting the future of Burtonsville.

  • Press release on the March 31 Community Workshop, 3/24/11
  • Open House Postcard

Project schedule

ECCAB Members at 2/17/11 CharretteAttendees of the community workshop (03/31/2011)


    No meetings scheduled.

Past meetings

  • Spring 2013: Design Guidelines to Planning Board
  • March 2013: Zoning Map Amendment Approved by County Council
  • March 4, 2013: PHED worksession
  • February 26, 2013: Council Public Hearing on the Burtonsville SMA.
  • January 31, 2013: Sectional Map Amendment (SMA) approval by the Planning Board.
  • January 17, 2013: Copies of the Sectional Map Amendment (SMA) approved for transmittal to County Council.
  • December 2012: The Department of Parks recently aquired 14 acres (Athey Property) in Burtonsville for a future park. The property, known as the Santini Road Local Park, is located next to the Burtonsville Elementary School and was recommended in the Approved and Adopted Plan for recreational fields.
  • December 4, 2012: The District Council approved the Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan(4.9 MB) and ZTA 12-13 at their meeting.
  • November 29, 2012: The Council's Planning, Housing & Economic Development (PHED) Committee and Transportation and Environment (T&E) Committee held a joint workession on the Zoning Text Amendment 12-13, Rural Cluster (RC) Zone - Impervious Surface Limits. The Committe voted 3-1 in favor of the ZTA.
  • November 5, 2012: The Planning, Housing & Economic Development (PHED) Committee held a worksession on the Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan and voted 3-0 in favor of the Plan.
  • September 20, 2012: County Council Public Hearing
  • July 26, 2012: Worksession #3: Transmit Planning Board Draft Plan to the County Executive and County Council for review
  • July 12, 2012: Planning Board worksession #2
  • June 28, 2012: Planning Board worksession #1
  • June 7, 2012: Planning Board Public Hearing
  • June 5, 2012: Burtonsville PTA at BES, 7 p.m.
  • ECCAB Members at 2/17/11 CharretteMembers of the East County Citizens Advisory Board at the Charrette (02/17/2011)
    May 3, 2012: Planners presented the staff draft to the Planning Board and a public hearing was set for June 7, 2012.
  • April 25, 2012: East County Youth Advisory Committee briefing on the Plan
  • April 14, 2012: Taste of Burtonsville Village Center (pdf, 2.5MB)
    12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Kristin O'Connor, Planner for Burtonsville was available to answer questions about the new master plan.
  • April 11, 2012: ECCAB Plan update
  • February 28, 2012: County Agency briefing on Staff Recommendations
  • February 1, 2012: Staff provided a briefing to the East County Citizens Advisory Board.
  • January 11, 2012: Staff gave an update to the ECCAB zoning and land use subcommittee
  • October 5, 2011: 7:15 pm, Staff presented the preliminary staff recommendations to the to the East County Citizens Advisory Board (ECCAB)
  • September 19, 2011: Community update and workshop on the the plan's boundary changes held at the Eastern County Regional Services Center. The presentation is available to view.
  • May 26, 2011: Staff presented an update on the Plan's progress to the Planning Board. The presentation is now available to view.
  • May 11, 2011: Staff presented the preliminary recommendations and plan highlights in an open house-style at the East County Regional Services Center.
  • Map from CharretteWorkshop ideas captured on a map of Burtonsville commercial area. (03/31/2011)
  • May 4, 2011: Staff announced open house details at the East County Citizens Advisory Board (ECCAB) meeting.
  • March 31, 2011: Community Charrette/Workshop, East County Regional Services Center. Residents, property owners, and others developed a vision for Burtonsville, discussed what characteristics they like, and came up with some actions necessary to make the commercial area better. Planning staff supplied markers and maps to allow for design ideas to be expressed on maps.
    Read the results reported from each table.
  • March 2, 2011: Update provided to the East County Citizens Advisory Board (ECCAB) at their monthly public meeting.
  • February 17, 2011: Staff conducted an evening charrette with the East County Citizens Advisory Board (ECCAB). The results of the evening workshop/charrette are available to view.
  • January 13, 2011: Staff Scope of Work presentation and DHCA's presentation to the Planning Board. The Planning Board unanimously approved the Scope of Work.
  • November 30, 2010: Burtonsville Community Update Meeting, 7 p.m., Eastern County Regional Services Center. Read the agenda.
  • November 10, 2010: Presentation to ECCAB's Economic Development and Infrastructure Subcommittee
  • October 20, 2010: Burtonsville Lions Club Meeting
  • September 25, 2010: Burtonsville Day display table
  • September 1, 2010: ECCAB presentation
Lead planner Kristin O'Connor staffs a table at Burtonsville Day. Kristin O'Connor staffs a table at Burtonsville Day. © Whitney Teal, Colesville Patch.




M-NCPPC staff contact

Roberto Duke, Area 3: Up-County & Rural Planning, Lead Planner


Date of last update: October 16, 2013