Montgomery General Plan Update

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Thrive Montgomery 2050 will be a visionary, living document laying out how Montgomery County grow, as well as respond to future opportunities and challenges. Although the General Plan will not have legal authority, it lays the groundwork for all future Master Plans and implementing its goals and policy recommendations will guide the future policy agenda on housing, land use, and transit issues.

The Montgomery County Planning Board has reviewed the draft plan and transmits the new version to the County Council in early April 2021. We are strongly supportive of this version and urge the Council to support it. The County Council will have their own community input process and work sessions, resulting in a vote on the final plan in the end of 2021.


Get Involved: Join Montgomery for All!

Montgomery for All is a local grassroots group organized by the Coalition for Smarter Growth. We are advocating for a General Plan that paves the way for a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable future. Our platform lays out ten goals that we want to see included in the General Plan. This includes putting new homes near transit, allowing for more housing options, protecting vulnerable communities, and building a world class transit network. Sign up to receive email updates about meetings, actions, and events! For more information, visit our website at

Latest Happenings

In a 9-0 vote, the Montgomery County Council says YES to Thrive

In a 9-0 vote, the Montgomery County Council says YES to Thrive

After over three years of advocacy, it’s done. On October 25, the Montgomery County Council passed Thrive 2050, which is now the new general plan for the county.

Voices from the Community: Pass Thrive 2050 Now!

Check out our new video showcasing four residents’ personal stories about living in Montgomery County and their hopes for the future. Gretchen, Paul, Yvonne, and Marion support Thrive 2050 and want to see the County Council embrace Thrive’s vision for the future.

COMMENTS: Thrive Coalition Sign-on Letter (Fall 2022)

September 30, 2022 Montgomery County CouncilCouncil Office Building100 Maryland Ave, 6th FloorRockville, MD 20850 Re: Support for Thrive Montgomery 2050 Council President Albornoz and Councilmembers: The undersigned organizations are excited for the County Council to strengthen and approve Thrive 2050 this fall. Thrive is the right direction and vision for

CSG Comments: Current Thrive Draft 2022.09.16

The Coalition for Smarter Growth supports the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development committee’s unanimously approved draft of Thrive 2050 and the addition of the economy, environment, and equity chapters, and we recommend that the Council approve it this fall.

TAKE ACTION: Pass Thrive’s Vision for Our Future!

Tell your councilmembers that you support a vision for Montgomery County that is more affordable, equitable, sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous!