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Urban Design Guidelines for the Takoma Langley Crossroads


developing the community recommended urban design guidelines meetings spring 2011

The City worked with stakeholders and the Planning Board Staff to create community recommended Urban Design Guidelines over the course of many meetings at the Takoma Recreation Center, 7315 New Hampshire Avenue, Takoma Park, MD.  Meetings had topics, homework and even extra reading material!

Feb 17  •  Thursday




Building Height & Setbacks

Fencing & Screening

       Homework for Feb 17 urban design guidelines discussion

Mar 3  • Thursday : Building Blocks!

Play with Massing, Setbacks, and Height along the boundary of the New Hampshire Gardens residential neighborhood.

Homework:  If you haven't looked at the preparation material yet for Feb 17 please review it and the rough draft text.

Mar 17  • Thursday



Homework!  Websites to explore:  Oregon State Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Standards, PedestrianLevel of Service, Downtown Baltimore Streetscape Standards, New technology to support urban trees, pedestrian-oriented streetlight styles, an article on multi-way boulevards (see the New Hampshire Avenue Concept Plan too), see also the Crossroads for recently installed benches, trash cans and recycling receptacles. 

Mar 31  • Thursday

Open Space


rough rough draft update.  To explore:  See Project for Public Spaces, Silver Spring green space guidelineswhat is public space, and Tactical Urbanism (beta) is just some food for thought. 

Apr 14  • Thursday

Discuss text 

April 21  • Thursday

SW corner potential development neighborhood compatibility and next steps.

Discuss text 

July 14  • Thursday   •  Takoma Rec Center 7315 New Hampshire Avenue

Planning Board staff will discuss design guidelines with the community.

Planning Board Draft (last item on the meeting agenda)

Planning Board Discussion (move player bar to approximately 1:27:20)
September 26 City Council to vote to recommend disapproval of Design Guidelines and Sector Plan (item 6 on the agenda)

The Montgomery County Planning Board has the authority to adopt, implement, and update the Urban Design Guidelines.