Work on Greater Lyttonsville plan resumes -- Gazette.Net


Two years ago, the Montgomery County Council put a sector plan for Greater Lyttonsville on hold as officials needed to prioritize planners’ workload.

Since May, when the updated plan for the west Silver Spring area relaunched, planners have held five community meetings. The latest was on Tuesday.

The area encompasses about 585 acres northwest of downtown Silver Spring and south of the Beltway.

“The idea is to see what kind of transformation people want to see for this area,” said Erin Banks, project manager with the county planning department. “It’s up to the community to come up with the vision.”

Tuesday’s meeting was “very positive,” said Loretta Argrett, a resident of the Rosemary Hills neighborhood in Silver Spring, who attended.

“The plan is in the early stages of getting community input, but it’s off to a very good start,” she said.

One issue is what type of development will be seen in the industrial area along Brookville Road and the commercial section along 16th Street. Two Purple Line stops are planned in the section at Lyttonsville Road and at 16th Street, which could fuel more development around them.

The Capital Crescent Trail runs through Lyttonsville, stopping more than a mile west of the downtown Silver Spring Metro station. There is only an interim trail along local streets to downtown Silver Spring. Plans call for extending the trail to downtown along the east side of the Red Line tracks as long as right-of-way can be secured.

One issue has been resolved. The state has agreed to move a proposed maintenance and rail yard facility for the Purple Line farther away from residential neighborhoods to the industrial area. Several public agencies have offices or maintenance facilities in Greater Lyttonsville, including the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and the U.S. Army’s Forest Glen annex.

There will be two more public workshops in the fall. Then, planners will work on a draft to present to the county Planning Board early next year. The plan is expected to be reviewed by the County Council in the fall or winter of 2015.