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Westbard Sector Plan

PlanWestbard: Retrofitting the Westbard Suburb

Welcome to the 'PlanWestbard' website! The Westbard Sector Plan is one of the oldest plans still in use in Montgomery County having been last updated in 1982. Westbard lies in the southwestern part of Montgomery County, approximately one mile from the D.C. boundary line. It is less than two miles from the commercial areas of Friendship Heights and Bethesda. The Westbard area is served by two major northwest to southeast highways: River Road and Massachusetts Avenue and  is surrounded by well-established single-family neighborhoods. Over a period of years, the residential uses were built around the commercial/industrial areas which extend along River Road and Westbard Avenue. The popular regional Capital Crescent Trail runs the length of Westbard.

Property owner/developer, Equity One owns the Westbard Shopping Center and is ready to redevelop it. Equity One conducted significant community outreach and engagement in early 2014. Subsequent to that, the County Council approved placement of the Westbard Sector Plan on the Montgomery County Planning Department's FY15 Work Program to plan for Westbard's next twenty years.

The PlanWestbard team has been alerted that someone using the email address has been sending unwanted emails. Please be advised that this correspondence is not from the Montgomery County Planning Department. If you have any questions about the Westbard Sector Plan, please contact Dominique Neam at

The approved and adopted Westbard Sector Plan is available here.

Appendix is here.

Westwood Shopping Center Sketch Plan

View the recently submitted Sketch Plan for property owned by Equity One along parts of Westbard Avenue and Ridgefield Road.

  • Initial Resubmittal 9/6/2016
  • Final Resubmittal 9/26/2016
  • Report Completed 10/4/2016
  • Report Posted 10/21/2016
  • Planning Board Hearing 11/3/2016

Westbard Planning Effort Details

You will find detailed information about the 2014 - 2016 planning process and the meetings held to develop this plan here. Included are meeting notices and notes, minutes, summary videos, and more.

Willett Branch Coordination Meetings

The Willett Branch coordination meetings are between Planning Staff, the Little Falls Watershed Alliance, local property owners and local citizens. The purpose of these meetings is to review the progress of the Willett Branch Naturalization project in conjunction with the recently submitted Equity One Sketch Plan.

Review the meeting schedule below (meetings will be held at Montgomery Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910).



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John Marcolin, Project Manager


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Last updated: October 4, 2016

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