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Germantown Employment Area

Approved and adopted 2009

Germantown Master Plan Germantown (1989) Click the purple section to learn more about the Germantown 1989 Master Plan.

The Germantown Employment Area Sector Plan establishes a vision that will transform Germantown's central employment corridor into a vibrant town center with mixed-use districts surrounding the downtown. Germantown is planned to become the center of business and community life in upper Montgomery County.

This Sector Plan amends about 2,400 acres of the 13,000-acre Germantown Master Plan, approved in 1989. View the approved and adopted 2009 plan:

For areas outside the Sector Plan (see map, right), the 1989 Master Plan remains the guiding document.

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Approved and adopted in October 2009, the plan covers 2,400 acres and creates a vision for mixed-use communities served by MARC commuter rail and the future Corridor Cities Transitway. New zoning tools and design guidelines will help new development and redevelopment in Germantown become walkable, sustainable, and linked to the history and cultural facilities of the community.

Plan Vision

See the progress in Germantown's Town Center since the plan was approved in this video excerpt from our Montgomery Plans cable show.

The plan recommends ways to create or enhance:

  • a vibrant economic core
  • employment centers
  • communities organized around transit
  • connections to Germantown's greenbelt and stream valley parks
  • design quality and sustainability in the public and private realms
  • connections to cultural, historic, and civic facilities such as Montgomery College, the BlackRock Center for the Arts, the Germantown library, and a greenbelt of parks

The plan's zoning changes are summarized in a Sectional Map Amendment sheet. Or view interactive zoning maps, following these instructions:

  • click on your area number to zoom to your property
  • click on the existing and SMA buttons to see the proposed zoning changes
  • click on the hand to move to move another area
  • click on the pencil to draw or write notes
  • click on the print button at any time

Germantown Future 3-D AnimationSee the future Town Center in this icon video 3-D video, which illustrates the plan density on the westside of I-270. The Town Center will be transformed from a one- and two-story place into a high-rise urban center clustered.


  • 2010: The Sectional Map Amendment is prepared and approved in order to begin implementation of the Sector Plan.
  • 2009: The new Sector Plan, covering the area of the Germantown Master Plan near the future Corridor Cities Transitway, proposes to emphasize growth and development of Germantown's Transit/Employment Corridor to boost the community's economic base, enhance the Town Center, and help residents find jobs closer to home. The parts of the 1989 Plan outside of the Sector Plan boundary remain in effect.
  • 1989: The revised Germantown Master Plan refines the vision of the town, which grew to about 35,000 residents. As common for new towns, the residential section of Germantown grew much faster than the employment portion. Thus, the originally planned residential areas of the community are nearing capacity, while the planned employment lags.
  • 1974: The Germantown Master Plan provides the blueprint for a new town, one of several Corridor Cities proposed along I-270
  • 1970: Germantown continues to be identified as a farming town with a population of about 2,000
  • 1964: Germantown identified as one of the I-270 Corridor Cities in the General Plan

The Master Plan Process

Planners develop master and sector plans to create a framework for each community designed to last 15 to 20 years. The framework helps planners and policymakers – such as the Planning Board and County Council – make policy and decide on proposed development. Each plan includes an inventory of land uses and an analysis of zoning, transportation, community facilities, environmental assets, and historic structures, among many other elements.

Created nearly 40 years ago, Montgomery County's General Plan defined the land use concept "Wedges and Corridors,” a regional plan that envisioned growth corridors radiating from Washington, D.C., like the spokes of a wheel. In between each spoke, wedges of open space, farmland, and residential areas prevail. Areas served by transit – such as Germantown with the proposed Corridor Cities Transitway – provide opportunities for vibrant, compact, walkable communities.

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Date of last update: July 24, 2015