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Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan AreaPlanners 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 to further interact with community stakeholders to learn updated goals and visions for the sector plan area. Learn more.

Just Released: The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Working Draft

GreaterLyttonsville CoverThe Montgomery County Planning Department has completed the Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan for presentation to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, October 8.

View the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Working Draft. Note: the document is large and might take a moment to load.

The Board’s public hearing about the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 19, pending the approval of the Working Draft at the October 8 meeting. The community will be invited to comment on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan recommendations at the public hearing which will be held at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD).

Spurred by the future construction of two Purple Line light rail stations in Greater Lyttonsville, the new Sector Plan examines ways to leverage those transit hubs, while preserving the integrity of area neighborhoods that have a rich history and a strong sense of community. It recommends ways of connecting residential, industrial and institutional districts, attracting mixed-use development and expanding parks, trails and open spaces. The Plan builds on the 2000 North and West Silver Spring Master Plan’s goal to preserve this diverse community as a desirable place to live, work and play.

News and events

  • Thank you to all those who attended the November 18 GreaterLP community meeting at the Gwendolyn E Coffield Community Center. View the presentation here.
  • Check out the Brookville Road Market Analysis Report and presentation
  • Check out the Infographic of the Lyttonsville Market Findings produced by our Research and Special Projects Team
  • Listen to staff brief the Planning Board on the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on October 16, 2014
  • 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.
Videos - See Plan Concepts Presented by Topic

Review the Draft Concept Framework Plan

Concept Framework Draft Concept Framework Plan


Please take a minute to review the Powerpoint Presentation for the January 21st meeting.

GreaterLP Needs You!

Get involved with Montgomery Planning's Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan. Engage, Learn, Connect with planners and the community about how to shape the future of the Greater Lyttonsville area for the next 20 years. Check out this short promo to learn more!

Montgomery Plans segment

The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan has been in full swing this summer. Check out this video segment with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area. This segment is currently airing in the latest edition of Montgomery Plans:

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 were 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
    • Presentations

July 15 Community Workshop

postcard Report Out

Held July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center, 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.

Sunrise Series Business Breakfasts

The Montgomery County Planning Department hosted two meetings as part of their “Sunrise Series” for business owners in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan area on Thursday, July 31 and Thursday, August 7. The purpose of these meetings were to provide an opportunity for the business community to ask questions and give feedback on the sector planning process. The early morning meetings offered free breakfast, an opportunity to meet with planners and gave the chance for attendees to answer a questionnaire.

Picture from Sunrise Series business breakfast

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

  • December 17, 2015- Planning Board Presentation, Montgomery Planning Headquarters

Past events

  • November 18, 2015- Working Draft Community Meeting, Coffield Center 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • October 20, 2015- Office Hours, Coffield Center 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • September 22, 2015- Office Hours, Coffield Center 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • April 29, 2015- Greater Lyttonsville Plan Concepts Community Meeting, Coffield Center
  • January 21, 2015- Greater Lyttonsville Community Meeting, Coffield Center
  • October 28, 2014- Property Owners' Forum, MRO headquarters
  • October 16, 2014- Staff Briefing to the Planning Board, MRO headquarters Presentation
  • September 29, 2014 - Visioning Workshop, MRO headquarters
  • August 22, 2014 - Woodlin Elementary Schoool Open House
  • August 7, 2014 - Sunrise Series business breakfast
  • August 5, 2014 - National Night Out
  • July 31, 2014- Sunrise Series business breakfast
  • July 15, 2014- Greater Lyttonsville Community Workshop, Coffield Center
  • June 16, 2014 Monday Matters - Topic: Transportation
  • 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.

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 this 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.


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.

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.

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: November 19, 2015

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