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Green Space Guidelines

Silver Spring Central Business District

Potential layout for a new green space in Silver Spring's Ripley DistrictPotential layout for a new green space in Silver Spring's Ripley District.

Planners worked with residents and property owners to add more green space and public gathering places to downtown Silver Spring. The guidelines identify potential sites that could provide large green public spaces and outline design principles for how to develop them.

Created at the request of the Planning Board, the guidelines recommend ways to add significant green spaces in Silver Spring -- making it a more livable place and helping to fulfill the Sector Plan’s vision for a green downtown.

Silver Spring Green Space Guidelines cover

View the Silver Spring Green Space report (5 MB), which recommends some of the following areas as potential green spaces:

  • Parking lot 3 between Thayer and Silver Spring avenues
  • Stream valley at the Falklands
  • Parking lot of Giant Food off East-West Highway
  • Lots fronting Georgia Avenue in the Ripley District, north of the fire station and south of Ripley Street

View the report appendix.

 

The guidelines will help the Planning Board when it considers development applications, particularly those guided by the Optional Method of Development, which offers developers more density in exchange for public space and amenities.

Videos

Take an animated tour of the proposed green spaces:

Kennett Street Green Space

More videos

Background

The Green Space Guidelines evolved from public concern expressed at the 2007 hearing for the Silver Spring Civic Building when numerous members of the community opposed a proposed hardscaped plaza in favor of a large, centrally located green open space.

A Planners' rendering showing the redevelopment of parking lot 3 and adjacent parcels between Thayer and Silver Spring Avenues to include a large green space.Rendering showing the redevelopment of parking lot 3 and adjacent parcels between Thayer and Silver Spring Avenues to include a large green space.

The guidelines seek to create green spaces amid Silver Spring's hardscape and identify potential sites and principles for their development, including:

  • identifying a range of successful sizes
  • creating a sense of enclosure
  • ensuring visibility
  • creating connected and active spaces

The plan provides a strategy that will help the Planning Board shape future development in downtown Silver Spring to create the quality of life desired by residents.

M-NCPPC Staff Contacts

Sandra Pereira
301-495-2186
Sandra.Pereira@montgomeryplanning.org

John Marcolin
301-495-4547
John.Marcolin@montgomeryplanning.org

Date of last update: July 30, 2010