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Clarksburg

Clarksburg renderingThe 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan establishes a long-range vision of Clarksburg as the northern-most population center along the I-270 Corridor. The plan implementation spans decades, so development will be staged over time. The plan details a vision of Clarksburg as a transit- and pedestrian-oriented community surrounded by open space.

In response to a request by the County Council in October 2012, the Planning Department will undertake a Limited Amendment to the Clarksburg Master Plan, focusing on the Ten Mile Creek Area.

2011 Clarksburg Limited Master Plan Amendment

Clarksburg plan cover On June 28, 2011, the County Council unanimously approved a limited amendment to the Clarksburg Master Plan that could lead to quicker establishment of a long overdue grocery store in the planning area. The amendment allows construction of a grocery store (and potential ancillary uses) outside the Clarksburg Town Center. The intent of the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan was to place retail development, including a grocery store, in the Town Center. However, the staging plan ended up delaying construction of any grocery store in the area. The amendment allows property owners in the Village Centers of Clarksburg, who have expressed interest in developing a grocery, to proceed.

View the Approved and Adopted Limited Amendment to the Clarksburg Master Plan and Hyattstown Special Study Area. 6.4 MB)

Clarksburg Infrastructure Working Group

The County Council adopted a resolution appointing a Clarksburg Infrastructure Working Group on November 30, 2010. The working group consists of 11 appointees.

The working group was charged with reviewing and prioritizing the necessary infrastructure items for the Clarksburg area and proposing suitable mechanisms to finance key infrastructure projects, with a focus on roads.

Planning policies

In December 2011, planners presented an
overview of projects (9.6 MB) underway and development on the horizon to two County Council committees. The presentation featured a summary of the Town Center project, a snapshot of development activity and a list of recently approved projects, such as the fire station. View the Council staff summary.

Clarksburg's growth from a small historic settlement into a new type of community, is guided by the Clarksburg Master Plan (1994). The Master Plan is a point of reference with regard to public policy.

The concept for Clarksburg features a Town Center, which includes the Clarksburg Historic District; a regional transitway (The Corridor Cities Transitway); two new neighborhoods, one east of I-270 and one west of I-270; the continuation of the residential character along MD 355, a greenway network, and employment along the I-270 Corridor.The concept places a strong emphasis on farmland and open space preservation and promotes transit-oriented neighborhoods.The key policies guiding the development of Clarksburg are:

  • Allowing development of a town smaller than a "corridor city".
  • Protecting of natural features such as stream valleys with special protection provided for Ten Mile Creek and Little Seneca Creek.
  • Creating of a multi-purpose greenway system along stream valleys; including the Clarksburg Greenway.
  • Creating a comprehensive transit system that will reduce dependence on the automobile.
  • Providing a street network, which clearly differentiates between highways needed for regional traffic and roads for more local use.
  • Creating a transit-oriented, multi-use Town Center, which is compatible with the scale and character of the Clarksburg Historic District.
  • Clustering development into a series of transit - and pedestrian- oriented neighborhoods.
  • Emphasizing the importance of I-270 as a high-technology corridor for Montgomery County and the region and preserving key site adjacent to I-270 for future employment options.
  • Supporting existing County policies to preserve farmland.
  • Staging development to address fiscal concerns while being responsive to community building and environmental objectives.

Clarksburg planners and Councilmember Craig Rice look forward to new retail in Clarksburg in this Montgomery Plans excerpt.

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Ryan Sigworth
Ryan.Sigworth@montgomeryplanning.org
301-495-2114

Fred Boyd
Fred.Boyd@montgomeryplanning.org
301-495-4654

Date of last update: July 28, 2014

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