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Takoma Park Master Plan

Approved and Adopted, December 2000

NOTE: Please be aware that the page numbering shown on each page does not apply to this media. The numbers shown at the bottom of each page do not correspond to the printed version of the Master Plan. The complete document is represented by the index below.

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Table of Contents
Plan
Plan Introduction
Plan Recommendations
Commercial and Institutional Centers
Community Facilities, Parks, and Environmental Resources
Neighborhood Friendly Circulation Systems
Plan Implementation
Appendices
Background Supplements
List of Maps
List of Figures
List of Tables

Table of Contents

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Plan Highlights
Overview
Community Preservation, Stability and Character
Commercial and Institutional Centers
Community Facilities, Parks, and Environmental Resources
Neighborhood-Friendly Circulation

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Plan Introduction
Planning Context
The Role of a Master Plan
Master Planning Process

  • Relationship to Other Plans
  • Outreach Program
  • Overarching Issues
  • Next Steps

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Plan Recommendations

  • Introduction to Plan Recommendations
  • Community Preservation, Stability and Character
  • Introduction to the Theme
  • Land Use and Neighborhood Preservation
    • Land Use and Zoning
    • Revitalization and Diversity
    • Neighborhood Protection
  • Flower Avenue Neighborhoods (in Takoma Park)
  • Carroll
  • New Hampshire Avenue Neighborhoods 34
  • Historic Resources
    • History of Takoma Park
    • Historic District

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Commercial and Institutional Centers

Introduction to the Theme

  • Commercial Revitalization
  • Takoma Old Town
  • Takoma Junction
  • Municipal Center/Maple Avenue Area
  • Flower Village
  • Erie and Merrimac Centers
  • Takoma/Langley Crossroads
  • Sligo Creek Parkway at New Hampshire Avenue
  • Ethan Allen Avenue Gateway at New Hampshire Avenue
  • Maryland Gateway at Eastern and New Hampshire Avenues
  • Washington Adventist Hospital/Columbia Union College
  • Montgomery College at Takoma Park

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Community Facilities, Parks, and Environmental Resources

  • Introduction to the Theme
  • Community Facilities
  • Parks and Open Space
    • Stream Valley Parks
    • Existing Parks
    • Future Parks
    • City Parks
  • Environmental Resources
    • Air Quality
    • Noise
    • Community Water and Sewer
    • Trees and Forest Conservation
    • Environmental Standards for Building Design
    • Water Quality/Stormwater Management

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Neighborhood Friendly Circulation Systems

  • Introduction to the Theme
  • Traffic Circulation
  • Pedestrian System
    • Master Plan Area Sidewalks and Trails
    • Streetscape Treatments
  • Bikeway System
  • Public Transportation

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Plan Implementation

  • Zoning
  • Sectional Map Amendment
  • Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments

Interjurisdictional Coordination
Historic Preservation
Annual Growth Policy
Framework for Action

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Appendices

  1. Existing Land Use
  2. Zoning*
  3. Selected Terminology
  4. Historic Resources Designation Discussion*
    1. Historic Preservation Designation Criteria
    2. Implementation of the Master Plan for Historic Preservation
  5. Environmental Discussion of Policies and Regulations*
    1. Air Quality
    2. Trees and Forest Conservation
    3. Environmental Standards for Building Design
    4. Water Quality and Storm Water Management
  6. Bikeway Plan — Detailed Recommendations*
  7. Silver Spring/Takoma Park Transportation and Circulation Report, August 1999
  8. County Council Approval Resolution
  9. M-NCPPC Resolution to Adopt Master Plan

* These sections are incorporated by reference in the Master Plan.

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Background Supplements
NOTE: Available separately from the Information Section at The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland.

  1. Glossary of Planning Terms, July 1994
  2. Proposed Urban Park and Open Space Concept for Silver Spring and Takoma Park, July 1997
  3. Commercial Economic Health Assessment, Takoma Park and East Silver Spring, May 1998
  4. Purpose and Outreach Strategy Report, Takoma Park Master Plan, July 1998
  5. County-wide Park Trails Plan, July 1998
  6. An Assessment of Housing and Resident Population in East Silver Spring and Takoma Park, February 1999
  7. Pedestrian Routes and Bikeways Supplement to East Silver Spring and Takoma Park Master Plans, Preliminary Study, 2001

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List of Maps

  1. Overall Master Plan Concept
  2. Areas Recommended for Zoning Changes
  3. Silver Spring/Takoma Park Master Plan Areas

Community Preservation, Stability, and Character

  1. Existing Land Use
  2. Proposed Zoning
  3. Community Preservation, Stability, and Character
  4. Location of Multi-Family Properties

Commercial and Institutional Centers

  1. Commercial and Institutional Centers
  2. Old Town and Takoma Junction
  3. Municipal Center, Maple Avenue Area, and Adventist Campus
  4. Flower Village and Clifton Park Crossroads Center
  5. Takoma/Langley Crossroads and Merrimac Center
  6. Ethan Allen Avenue Gateway and Sligo Center
  7. Maryland Gateway at Eastern and New Hampshire Avenues
  8. Montgomery College—Takoma Park Campus

Community Facilities, Parks, and Open Space

  1. Community Facilities and Parks
  2. Existing Community Facilities
  3. Existing Parkland
  4. Urban Forestry Concept Neighborhood-Friendly Circulation
  5. Neighborhood-Friendly Circulation
  6. Forecast Intersection Congestion
  7. Road Classifications
  8. Pedestrian System Framework
  9. Bikeway System Framework
  10. Fenton Street and Metropolitan Branch Trail Alignment at Montgomery College
  11. Existing and Potential Transit Routes

Appendix A — Existing Land Use

  1. Existing Land Use-Area A
  2. Existing Land Use-Area B
  3. Existing Land Use-Area C
  4. Existing Land Use-Area D
  5. Existing Land Use-Area E
  6. Existing Land Use-Area F
  7. Existing Land Use-Area G
  8. Existing Land Use-Area H
  9. Existing Land Use-Area I

Appendix B — Zoning

  1. Existing Zoning Area A
  2. Proposed Zoning Area A
  3. Existing Zoning Area B
  4. Proposed Zoning Area B
  5. Existing Zoning Area C
  6. Proposed Zoning Area C
  7. Existing Zoning Area D
  8. Proposed Zoning Area D
  9. Existing Zoning Area E
  10. Proposed Zoning Area E
  11. Existing Zoning Area F
  12. Proposed Zoning Area F
  13. Existing Zoning Area G
  14. Proposed Zoning Area G
  15. Existing Zoning Area H
  16. Proposed Zoning Area H
  17. Existing Zoning Area I
  18. Proposed Zoning Area I

Appendix F — Bikeway Plan
Bikeway System — Framework — Type of Bikeways
Bikeway System — Framework — Existing and Proposed

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List of Figures

  1. The Takoma Park Master Plan Process
  2. University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue Streetscape Concept
  3. Piney Branch Road and Carroll Avenue Green Streetscape Concept
  4. Flower, Carroll, and Maple Avenues Streetscape Concept

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List of Tables

  1. Commercial Area Land Use and Zoning Recommendations - Sites 1 and 2
  2. Commercial Area Land Use and Zoning Recommendations - Sites 3 and 4
  3. Commercial Area Land Use and Zoning Recommendations - Sites 5 and 6
  4. Commercial Area Land Use and Zoning Recommendations - Sites 7 to 12
  5. Park Acreage
  6. Roadway Classifications

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