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Research and Special Projects Division

The Research and Special Projects Division (RSP) conducts research on Montgomery County's population, housing, economy, development, commercial space, workforce as well as special projects.

Latest releases

  • Planning Department Releases Office Market Assessment Report (report) - The Montgomery County Planning Department has completed an in-depth assessment of regional office market conditions and the implications for Montgomery County. Prepared by Washington, DC-based Partners for Economic Solutions (PES) and Research & Special Projects Division staff, the 106-page study examines an array of economic forces changing the Washington, DC region’s office market and best practices for next-generation office development. Staff presented this study to the Planning Board at its public meeting on June 25, 2015 and to the Montgomery County Council's Planning, Housing & Economic Development (PHED) Committee on July 13, 2015. Learn more about the Office Market Assessment Report. View the infographic and powerpoint presentation.


  • Colocation of Public Facilities White Paper ( report) - An Interagency Work Group, consistingof Parks and Planning Departments,Montgomery CountyPublic Schools,andother Montgomery County agencies, was formed to address the feasibility of colocating public facilities. As a result, a Colocation White Paper was commissioned to look at types of public facilities in the County that could benefit from colocation, in support of the concept of building complete communities. This Colocation White Paper frames the discussion regarding the current best practices for colocating public facilities.
  • Colocation White Paper Draft

  • Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment Market Analysis - The Aspen Hill market analysis consists of three reports: Office Market Analysis(report); Retail Market Analysis (report); and the Residential Market Analysis (report). These reports assess the feasibility of future office, retal, and residential uses within the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment area.
  • Office Market Analysis Image

  • Sandy Spring Rural Village Market Analysis (report) - The Sandy Spring retail market report analyzes the existing commercial retail environment, as well as future types of retail businesses supporting the village center concept of the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan. The report recommends suitable retail niches for the village center, and characterizes the building spaces needed to accommodate these types of businesses.Sandy Spring Rural Village Market Analysis

  • industrial_land_use_study Review the Industrial Land Use Trends study for Montgomery County (powerpoint and white paper).

    Current Projects:

    • Rental Housing Study (webpage) - With Council approval, the Planning Department’s Research and Special Projects Division (RSP) is coordinating with the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) to conduct an 18-24 month study of rental housing in the County that will assess how we can best meet the needs of residents across the income spectrum. Our partners include DHCA, private consulting firm RKG Associates, and an Advisory Committee representing diverse perspectives from the public and private sector. The Planning Department is managing the project contract.

    Projects & resources

    Staff contact

    Research and Special Projects Division
    8787 Georgia Ave.
    Silver Spring, MD 20910

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    Last updated: November 19, 2015