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Sign Up to Speak at the Montgomery County Council’s Virtual Community Listening Session on Thrive Montgomery 2050 on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 12, 2021

Rockville, Md., Nov. 12, 2021 — The Montgomery County Council will hold a community listening session to hear from residents about Thrive Montgomery 2050. It will be hosted virtually via Zoom on Nov. 30, 2021, starting at 7 p.m. The Council encourages both those who have not heard of the plan before and those who have been following the plan closely to review the draft plan and pre-register to speak at the session. 

Thrive Montgomery 2050 is a framework to guide land use planning for housing, economic development, equity, transportation, environmental sustainability and more for the next three decades in Montgomery County.

The Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee recently completed their review of the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Draft Plan. The Council will hold a briefing on the changes made by the PHED Committee on Nov. 16 at 9:35 a.m. and residents are encouraged to watch this briefing to get the latest information. This meeting will be broadcast on County Cable Montgomery and streamed on the Council's Facebook and YouTube pages.  

The Council is seeking community feedback on the draft plan in one of two ways:

The Council is expecting a large number of speakers for the listening session, and wants to hear from diverse voices across our community. Pre-registration includes being placed on a wait list. Council staff will send confirmation notices to each resident with the Zoom information, once it's determined how many speakers can be accommodated at the virtual listening session.

The PHED Committee draft can be downloaded here. More details on the draft plan and the community listening session are provided below.

The broader purpose of Thrive Montgomery 2050 is to guide the development of our communities in the face of change—it will help the County respond to the economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges that we face today and issues that will emerge over the coming decades. For more background information about draft plan, please visit the Montgomery County Planning Department’s official Thrive Montgomery 2050 webpage.

The purpose of this community listening session is for residents to provide direct feedback to the Council about Thrive Montgomery 2050, in general, and the recent updates made by the Council’s PHED Committee.

If you are unfamiliar with the plan, here are the topics we would like to hear more about during the listening session:

  • What types of housing would you like to see developed in your community or neighborhood over the next 20-30 years?
  • What types of improvements in our transportation infrastructure would you like to see in the next 20-30 years?
  • What kinds of improvements would you like to see in the County to ensure protection of the environment and greater access to open space and parks?
  • If the Council adopts this Plan, how do you believe it will impact your life in the County over the next 20-30 years?
  • How do you feel the plan does or does not address the issues that you feel are important to you or your community?

The community listening session will be in the format of a two-hour listening session held on Zoom. Each speaker will be provided with up to two minutes to speak. All pre-registered speakers will be notified about their participation with a confirmation email with the Zoom information. 

If you would like to participate in the listening session, please pre-register no later than Nov. 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. at

Members of the public also are welcome to submit written comments about the draft plan at

The listening session will be broadcast on County Cable Montgomery (Xfinity/RCN Channel 6 or in HD on Channels 996/1056, Fios 30) and streamed on the Council's Facebook (MontgomeryCountyMDCouncil) and YouTube (MoCoCouncilMD) pages.

Release ID: 21-456
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926, Lucia Jimenez 240-777-7884