NEW Comprehensive Plan

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Montgomery County adopted a new comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, on January 15, 2015. This nationally awarded plan, which is a complete update of the 2005 comprehensive plan, focuses on the future of Montgomery County until the year 2040. The plan, which contains goals and a future land use plan, will guide overall growth and development in the county.

Montco 2040: A Shared Vision  provides an overall framework for local municipal plans and provides guidance on issues that transcend local boundaries, such as highways, public transportation, flooding, trails, growth trends, redevelopment trends, shopping needs, impact of large developments, overall housing needs, natural systems, and economic growth.

The most crucial element in creating the plan was public input. Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, which took approximately two years to complete, involved extensive outreach to citizens, businesses, organizations, community leaders, and municipal officials. These efforts included eight public meetings, presentations to interested groups, a survey completed by over 2,500 residents, a dynamic Website, videos, a webinar for municipal officials, a photo contest, wide distribution of draft plan versions, and a public hearing on the final draft plan.

The plan was also guided by a diverse 28-member steering committee, whose members invested a significant amount of time and contributed invaluable insight. The county and steering committee listened closely to the residents of Montgomery County in preparing the plan, which contains three major themes: Connected Communities, Sustainable Places, and Vibrant Economy.

We look forward to the next step of plan implementation. On March 3, 2016, the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners announced an exciting new Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program. This program is Intended to assist municipalities in making targeted physical improvements that achieve real progress toward the goals listed in the themes of the county’s comprehensive plan. In addition to this new grant program, the MCPC has been tracking Montco 2040’s implementation progress throughout 2015 and is looking forward to advancing the goals of the comprehensive plan in 2016.  

Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program

   
On March 3, 2016, the Montgomery County Commissioners announced an exciting new grant program for municipalities as part of the implementation of the county’s comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision. The Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program is intended to assist municipalities in making targeted physical improvements that achieve real progress toward the goals of the plan. A total of $1 million is allocated for 2016, with annual allocations expected over the next five years. Grant amounts are expected to be available between $10,000 and $200,000, but a realistic average award is around $100,000. The online application period begins on April 1.  

For additional information on Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, contact Scott France at 610-278-3747 or Anne Leavitt-Gruberger at 610-278-3727.