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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. The plan was relaunched on May 6, 2014. The new project timeline will enable planners further interact with the community stakeholders to learn updated goals and visions for the sector plan area.

News and events

  • Complete our new questionnaire - 10 short questions about your community - Take it here new
  • Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Workshop - July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
  • Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Monday Matters Meeting Series
  • View the presentation (pdf, 2MB) from the May 6th Greater Lyttonsville Community Meeting.
  • Review the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Briefing Book: The briefing book (pdf, 38MB) summarizes the existing conditions within the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Area as of April 2014. It is intended to be used as a reference for the Sector Plan community.

Questions? Comments? Contact Lead Planner Erin Banks 301.495.4598

Sector Plan Community Questionnaire Available Here

The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan team wants feedback from you!
This informal questionnaire is meant for anyone who lives, works, plays or has an interest in the future of the Greater Lyttonsville Area. This information will be used as part of the planning process.

Questions or comments: email:

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July 15 Community Workshop

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Held July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring
Attendees gave feedback on existing strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities within the Plan Area   

As a follow-up to the successful relaunch meeting held in early May, the planning team invited residents, property owners, and business owners to give their feedback on preferences for the Plan Area, to better understand current issues to make informed decisions for the future.


Monday Matters Meeting Series

Planning Staff hosted a series of Monday evening meetings in June for the Greater Lyttonsville community to attend and learn more about the planning process for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan. Various stakeholders learned about specific subject areas such as: urban design, historic preservation, land use, parks, environment and transportation. The planning team discussed these subject areas and how they will contribute to the overall plan, which will form the foundation for transforming the heart of Greater Lyttonsville.

The Monday Matters meetings was held on June 2, 9 and 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD), 2nd Floor Classroom.

  • View the presentations here:
    • Monday, June 2 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Urban Design, Historic Preservation, Land Use
    • Monday, June 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Parks, Environment
    • Monday, June 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Transportation, Purple Line 


Coffield Community CenterGreater Lyttonsville is part of West Silver Spring, which is an inner-ring suburb that is almost built out. Greater Lyttonsville consists of close-knit, well-maintained residential neighborhoods as well as an industrial area along Brookville Road and a commercial area along 16th Street. 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 Greater Lyttonsville before ending in Silver Spring to the east. The Brookville Road industrial area provides light industrial and commercial services.This corridor 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 Greater Lyttonsville, including the Ride-On Bus Depot, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) facility. The Forest Glen Annex to 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 late 2014. The first draft of the plan will be delivered to the Board in the first few months of 2015.

Upcoming events

  • To be announced

Past events

  • June 9, 2014 Monday Matters - Topics: Parks, Environment
  • June 2, 2014 - Monday Matters - Topics: Urban Design, Historic Preservation, Land Use
  • May 6, 2014: Sector Plan ReLaunch, Coffield Center (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.)
  • 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.
  • List of Meetings

    The following list shows you not only our meetings, but also events we are attending in the community. In addition to coming to outreach events, you can schedule a time to meet with Staff in our offices in Silver Spring, in Greater Lyttonsville, or at your own group's meeting. To schedule a time, contact us! You can also host an event, such as a happy hour or reception, for conversation about your interests or concerns. We will be pleased to attend. We will regularly update the following list to let you know with whom we've been meeting. Public Meetings/Workshops are in bold and are hosted by the Montgomery County Planning Department.

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.

Greater Lyttonsville in pictures

Express yourself in images by uploading your favorite pictures to our community photo gallery.

  • depict special places
  • showcase your favorite areas to play
  • document a typical "day in the life" in Lyttonsville-Rosemary Hills

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Staff contact

Erin Banks, Area 1 planner

Last updated: July 17, 2014

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