Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff Meeting Set For Sept. 23

Westbard Sector Plan Map in Westwood Shopping Ctr parking lotThe Montgomery County Planning Department will hold a community meeting to discuss the Westbard Sector Plan on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. at Walt Whitman High School cafeteria, 7100 Whittier Boulevard in Bethesda.

Anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the future of the Westbard community is invited to attend the PlanWestbard kickoff meeting where the existing conditions, opportunities and constraints of the plan area will be discussed.

The community is invited to review the Westbard Sector Plan Briefing Book which summarizes the existing conditions of the Sector Plan area and is intended to be used as a reference for the community throughout the planning process.

The first hour of the meeting will be an open house and include interactive map activities for attendees. The second hour will consist of a presentation about the planning process, schedule, planning subject areas and will conclude with a discussion of next steps.

Meeting Agenda:
7-8 p.m. Open House/Map Exercise
8-9 p.m. Montgomery Planning Department Presentation about process, subject areas, schedule

The Westbard Sector Plan is one of the oldest plans still in use in Montgomery County, having last been revised in 1982. It is now being updated at the direction of the Montgomery County Council to keep pace with the times and changes in the area. The community will have an opportunity to review the Westbard Briefing Book at the kickoff meeting that will feature the existing conditions of the area.

The Plan’s Scope of Work, focused on the areas and issues identified at the kickoff session, will be presented at a meeting on Oct. 21. A week-long planning workshop scheduled for November will allow community members to give their perspective and provide feedback on the planning process.

What: Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff Meeting: Existing Conditions, Opportunities and Constraints
Who: Residents, property owners and anyone with an interest in the future of Westbard
When: Tuesday, Sept. 23 (7 – 9 p.m.)
Where: Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD)
Sign up: for the PlanWestbard-E-Newsletter
Call: the PlanWestbard Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: 301.495.4567
Follow: updates on Twitter: @planwestbard
Learn More: www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard

Information and ideas gathered at the Sept. 23 meeting will inform the planning process. This is an opportunity for the community to contribute to planning for a successful Westbard that should continue to thrive for the next 20 years and beyond.

Learn more about the Westbard Sector Plan and how to get involved: www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard

Westbard Background:
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.

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