Almost 20 years after the Montgomery County Planning Department last examined Wheaton’s commercial center, planners re-evaluated the community’s central business district. The amended sector plan guides future land use and development in downtown Wheaton.
The amendment to the 1990 Wheaton Sector Plan covers 484 acres surrounding the Wheaton Metro station. The plan will focus on encouraging great urban design, efficient transportation, pedestrian links to the Wheaton Metro station, environmental sustainability and more.
Home to the popular Wheaton Westfield Mall, the central business district draws residents from throughout the county and serves locals with a core of small stores, restaurants and other businesses.
The study looks at Wheaton’s future and how to build on its strengths. Planners, with input from the community and property owners, will propose a development pattern that best meets the needs and goals of Wheaton as a highly livable, unique place in the county. The plan's goals are as follows:
The Wheaton Sector Plan outreach strategy engaged two advisory committees associated with the Mid-County Regional Services Center -- the Wheaton Redevelopment advisory Committee (WRAC), as the lead organizing committee and the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC). During the planning process, WRAC and WUDAC formed a Wheaton Sector Plan Joint Advisory Ad Hoc Work Group. The Wheaton Civic Coalition, other interested organizations and community members also participated in the work group as non-voting members.
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Date of last update: May 10, 2013