Montgomery County Growth Policy (2020-2024)

The Montgomery County Planning Board is currently in the process of reviewing proposed changes to the County’s Growth Policy. The County updates its Growth Policy every four years (presently known as the Subdivision Staging Policy). The County’s Growth Policy has a direct impact on the County’s regulations applicable to redevelopment and development projects.

Concurrent with the Growth Policy, changes to the County’s Development Impact Tax law are anticipated, which have the potential to impact a property owner’s ability to pursue development or redevelopment by modifying development costs.

On June 11, 2020, the Montgomery County Planning Board held a public hearing on the Growth Policy. The public hearing record will remain open through July 16th. The Growth Policy will ultimately go to the County Council for review this fall and must be adopted by November 15th under County law.

Prior to moving to the County Council, the Planning Board will hold work sessions on the proposed changes to the schools test, transportation test, and related changes to the Development Impact Tax. The upcoming work sessions
are listed below:

  • June 25: Transportation element;
  • July 2: Schools Element and Taxes
  • July 9: Transportation Element and Taxes
  • July 16: Tie up loose ends
  • July 30: Final approval of Planning Board Draft to transmit to County Council.

If you are interested in learning more about the Growth Policy and associated Development Impact Tax law, you can view the work sessions here:

or contact one of the Selzer Gurvitch Land Use Partners:

  • Bob Dalrymple at 301-634-3148 or
  • Matt Gordon at 301-634-3150 or