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Shady Grove Sector Plan

Approved and Adopted 2006

The Shady Grove Sector Plan envisions the transformation of the area surrounding the Shady Grove Metro Station into a lively mixed-use community. On January 17, 2006, Montgomery County Council approved the Shady Grove Sector Plan. On March 15, 2006, the Sector Plan was formally adopted by M-NCPPC. Download the Approved and Adopted Plan (pdf, 19.6 MB)

The plan is the result of four years of community meetings, charrettes and worksessions with the Planning Board and County Council to determine the future development of the area surrounding the Shady Grove Metro Station and establishes the framework to transform the area into a place that accommodates living, working and playing opportunities.

In 2006, the Shady Grove Sector Plan received the Outstanding Plan Award for Jurisdictions over 100,000 from the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Metro bus stationThe plan proposes mixed use housing at the Shady Grove metro station area.

A Transformation of Place

The Shady Grove Sector Plan aims to:

  • Feature a mix of residential, office, retail and commercial development concentrated at the Metro station with parks, recreation and other community serving uses.
  • Strengthen the Derwood community by providing compatible development, better access to the Metro station, increased recreation and park opportunities and new public facilities including a library and an elementary school.
  • Support technology uses along the Shady Grove Technology Corridor.
  • Achieve between 5,400 and 6, 340 new residential units and approximately 7,000 new jobs within the planning area.
  • Provide a variety of housing choices with affordable and workforce housing.
  • Create a new street network in the Metro Neighborhoods that improves access to the Metro Station and expand bikeways and the trail system serving the community.
  • Emphasize transit use by requiring new development to mitigate vehicular trips.
  • Create a series of open spaces, urban and public parks, and streetscapes with ground level retail/commercial uses that accommodate pedestrians and encourage street life.
  • Stage new development to ensure timely provision of public facilities such as schools, parks and transportation improvements.

Shady Grove Station (Montgomery County Service Park redevelopment)

Montgomery County officials in the County Executive's Office are leveraging public land at the Montgomery County Service Park, located in the sector plan area along Crabbs Branch Way, while investing in new public facilities and creating an urban village. The County purchased several properties to facilitate the service park redevelopment as envisioned in the sector plan, including Casey 6 and 7, the Webb Tract on Snouffer School Road, and the GE Tech/National Geographic site on Darnestown Road (Route 28).

The County signed an agreement with EYA of Bethesda to begin redeveloping a portion of CSP into residential and non-residential development, beginning with the west side of Crabbs Branch Way.

  • January 23, 2014: The Planning Board approved Shady Grove Station-Westside for 1,521 residential dwelling units, including 211 Moderately Priced Dwelling Units and 116 Workforce Housing units; 41,828 square feet of retail and space for a public library. The Board also approved Shady Grove Station Public Infrastructure for Shady Grove Station. The proposed project will: reconstruct Crabbs Branch Way between Shady Grove Road to the Metro Access Road into an urban boulevard with on-street parking, new streetscape and shared use paths; install a new sidewalk along the Shady Grove Road and new crosswalks at the intersection of Crabbs Branch Way and Shady Grove Road; construct a new hiker/biker trail at the stormwater management parcel at Crabbs Branch Way and Redland Road; construct a new sidewalk with streetscape and roadway modifications at the Shady Grove Metro Station exit road; and upsize the existing sanitary sewer to serve the Shady Grove Station development.
  • February 13, 2013: EYA presented the site plan (5.6 MB) for the Shady Grove Station west side at a public meeting. The west side of Shady Grove Station will build 1,114 multi-family dwelling units, 407 residential townhouses, and a public library.
  • September 6, 2012: The Planning Board will consider a preliminary plan application for Shady Grove Station (County Service Park redevelopment) preliminary plan.
  • September 19, 2011: Montgomery County and EYA presented the preliminary plan (pdf, 12MB) for the Service Park redevelopment at the Parks Department Training center on Crabbs Branch Way.

Monitoring Report

Although not required by the Shady Grove Sector Plan, the Biennial Master Plan Monitoring Report provides the status of new development, public facilities, and staging. There are significant public investments associated with the County Executive’s “Smart Growth Initiative” and moving the recommended development into the next stage. The Shady Grove section of the monitoring report is from pages 61 to 71. Read report

Montgomery County Smart Growth Initiative

The County Executive created the Smart Growth Initiative in 2008.

Development Activity

Several private and public sector projects have been approved since the Sector Plan was adopted, including Derwood Bible, Somerville Property, and Casey 6 and 7.

Learn more about each plan:

Montgomery County Capital Improvements Program

The County’s CIP lists long-range development plans for capital projects from different County agencies. The County Executive must submit a CIP to the Council every other year, under Section 302 of the County’s Charter.

  • Shady Grove Access Bike Path (pdf, 117KB)
    Shady Grove Access Bike Path provides a new shared use path that connects Shady Grove Road to Redland Road, including improved access to the Metro Station.
  • Redland Road from Crabbs Branch Way-Baederwood Lane (pdf, 127KB)
    This project includes widening a portion of Redland Road along with storm drain modifications and a new 8’ shared use path that improves pedestrian and bike access in the area.

Shady Grove Implementation Advisory Group

In 2006, the Planning Board established the Shady Grove Implementation Advisory Committee. The Committee is responsible for advising the Planning Board on development activities in the Sector Plan area. Residents and property owners comprise the advisory committee. Meetings are held at the Parks Department Training Center on Crabbs Branch Way.

Shady Grove Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee (pdf), November 2, 2006

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

N’kosi Yearwood, Area 2 planner
301-495-1332
Nkosi.Yearwood@mncppc-mc.org

Date of last page update: January 28, 2014