Local Area Transportation Review (LATR) and Transportation Policy Area Review (TPAR) Guidelines
These guidelines are intended to ensure that development in Montgomery County is accompanied by appropriate and sufficient transportation facilities. They are used by the Planning Board and staff to estimate the impacts of development on the transportation network and determine effective ways to mitigate that impact.
In 1973, the County Council adopted an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance and granted the Planning Board administrative oversight to ensure that adequate public facilities exist to accommodate growth. Since then, Montgomery County has considered the impacts of development on the transportation system, guided by the County Council’s Subdivision Staging Policy, which is reviewed on every two years.
The LATR/TPAR document implements the Subdivision Staging Policy, which includes Local Area Transportation Review (LATR) to measure development impacts on local roads near the development site, and Transportation Policy Area Review (TPAR) to address impacts on a wider geographic scale.
TPAR evaluates the adequacy of transportation at a policy area level, measuring the capacity of arterial roads and transit separately. Introducing transit into the analysis supports and measures the success of the County’s long-standing policy to focus growth at transit nodes including the Metro Station Policy Areas. The county’s multi-modal focus is further supported by the mitigation options in this publication that include enhancements to transit, pedestrian, and bicycle facilities.
The Planning Board adopted new LATR/TPAR guidelines (3.7 MB) in January 2013. The Board requested some additions and changes to that report and the final guidelines (1.98 MB) were published in March 2013.
The guidelines were developed based on standards and practices developed by the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Transportation Research Board. Those best practices have been adapted to Montgomery County, based on research into local conditions.
M-NCPPC Staff Contact
Eric Graye, Transportation Planning
Send submissions of or requests for traffic counts for LATR to MCPemail@example.com.
Date of last update: March 27, 2013