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Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan


Planners are conducting research and collecting input from the community for a sector plan in the west Silver Spring community of Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills. The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, which the Planning Board kicked off in July 2012, will review zoning and land use, focusing on the commercial/industrial area along Brookville Road and two proposed Purple Line stations.

The plan was started in 2012, with planners laying the groundwork for the plan and gathering valuable input from the community. However, the plan was put on hold when the Montgomery County Council reprioritized the Department work program. Since the plan has been delayed by about two years, we will resume drafting recommendations in fall 2014. Tthe expanded project timeline will enable planners further interact with the community stakeholders to learn updated goals and visions for the sector plan area.

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Community feedback

Request a meeting with your group! We would like to hear more about what works well, and what doesn’t in Greater Lyttonsville.

Or let planners know what makes Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills special or what you would like to see changed in the upcoming sector plan. Weigh in using our comment tool. Planners will learn more about Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills through your comments.

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Coffield Community CenterWest Silver Spring is an inner-ring suburb that is almost built out. Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills consists of close-knit, well-maintained residential neighborhoods as well as an industrial area along Brookville Road. The population is increasingly diverse, with young families living side by side with long-time residents. Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills was once a predominantly African American community settled by a freed slave in the 1800s.

The diverse housing types include single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums, and garden and high-rise apartments. Neighborhoods are compactly developed and residents walk, bike and take transit in addition to driving. The popular Capital Crescent Bike Trail runs through Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills before ending in Silver Spring to the east. The Brookville Road industrial area provides light industrial and commercial services. Brookville is an intensely developed area of more than 100 acres and 1.4 million square feet of space in 50 buildings.

Several large public agencies have located offices or maintenance facilities in Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills, including the Ride-On Bus Depot, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) facility including the Ride-On Bus Depot and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) facility. Fort Dedrick is located on the community's western edge.


Proposed Purple Line Montgomery CountyProposed Purple Line Montgomery County

The Purple Line will run through and have a station stop in Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills. In mid-March, Maryland Transit Administration officials announced that a proposed Purple Line rail yard is slated to move farther from the residential neighborhoods to the Brookville Road industrial area. Some hadexpressed concerns about the original rail yard location last fall to Planning Director Rollin Stanley, who analyzed the potential Purple Line rail yard locations and framed the discussion for transit officials, who then decided to relocate.

Project Schedule

The Planning Department has expanded the plan timeline, following direction from the Montgomery County Council. After presenting concepts and scenarios to community groups this winter, planners will bring their preliminary ideas to the Board in early 2013. The first draft of the plan will be delivered to the Board in April 2014.

Upcoming events

  • May 6, 2014: Sector Plan ReLaunch, Coffield Center (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.)

Past events

  • July 19, 2012: Planners presented the Greater Lyttonsville Scope of Work (9MB) to the Planning Board
  • July 12, 2012: Georgetown Branch Trail Run/Walk
  • May 14, 2012: Community meeting(pdf, 5MB)
    Planners reported on the open house held in March, offered a snapshot of the area's present and future, and ran a 'What’s on your radar?" exercise to help inform the plan goals.
  • March 28, 2012: Community Open House
    Planners learned more about the community's strengths and what residents would like to see change. Read the press release.

Staff Contact

Erin Grayson, Area 1 planner


Date of last update: February 6, 2013

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