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MD355/I-270 Technology Corridor Study

MD355 I-270 Project AreasThe study looks broadly at Montgomery County’s most-traveled corridor, identifying strategies to unify and improve the 27-mile swath connecting Bethesda to Clarksburg.

Through a coordinated approach, the Planning Board hopes community centers along its path – Bethesda, White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Clarksburg – will see new jobs and a mix of housing types thanks to their proximity to Metro’s Red Line or the proposed Corridor Cities Transitway rapid bus or light rail system. The study also emphasizes ways to promote environmental conservation as well as new arts and entertainment venues.

The study recommends clustering technology industries, increasing mobility along the corridor by putting people closer to Metro, train, and interconnecting bike trails, and improving the look of MD 355 (Rockville Pike).

Coordinating with other plans, this project studies improving the quality of planning, character and development along the Route 355/I-270 corridor and in the employment and residential centers. The amount and pace of development will be included in the Growth Management Initiative.

Learn more about community participation in planning the MD355/I-270 Technology Corridor.

355/270 Technology Corridor Study Planning Process

Why, What, and Issues

Learn the basics of why this plan is being done, what will be included, and the major issues the project addressed. Read the press release and final draft study.

Project Boundaries

The 355/270 Corridor Study area starts at Friendship Heights at the District of Columbia line and extends north to the Montgomery/Frederick County line. To the east and west, the boundaries are the same as the Bethesda/Chevy Chase, and I-270 Corridor Planning Areas.

Other plans within the 355/270 Corridor

Please check the individual plans for specific dates relating to the MD355/I-270 Study.

Public meetings and workshops

  • January 24, 2008: Planning Board approved transmittal of the study to the County Council. View packet (pdf) and/or listen to the presentation and board discussion. (Download part 13)
  • December 20, 2007: Planning Board roundtable discussion - Briefing on 355/270 Technology Corridor Study.. View packet (pdf) and/or listen to the presentation and board discussion. (Download part 9)
  • October 29, 2007: Planning Board roundtable discussion - Briefing on 355/270 Technology Corridor Study. View packet (pdf) and/or listen to the Planning Board's presentation and discussion Part 1 and 2 (Planning Board recordings)
  • September 24, 2007: Planning Board Roundtable discussion - Briefing on 355/270 Technology Corridor Study. View corresponding Power Point presentation (pdf, 3.4MB), and/or listen to the Planning Board's presentation and discussion Part 3 and 4 (Planning Board recordings).
  • July 9, 2007: Planning Board roundtable discussion - Briefing on 355/270 Technology Corridor Study. View corresponding Power Point presentation (pdf), and/or listen to the Planning Board's presentation and discussion Parts 2 and 3 (Planning Board recordings).
  • March 8, 2007: Planning Board roundtable discussion – A report on the status of the 355/270 Technology Corridor Project, including purpose and scope, contributing plans and projects, accomplishments, forces, challenges and responses, and application to North Bethesda. Click for corresponding Presentation (pdf) and audio (2:00PM) of presentation (upper right corner under Planning Board recordings).
  • October 19, 2006: Planning Board Packet and Presentation - A report on the status of the 355/270 Technology Corridor Project, including a summary of comments, and the results of the MD 355 participation session held on September 27, 2006 at Brookside Gardens. Click for packet (pdf) or for corresponding presentation (pdf).
    NOTE: This public meeting was the last of three meetings that discussed Centers and Boulevards.

M-NCPPC Staff Contacts:

John Carter, Area 3
301-495-4575

Date of last update: March 16, 2012