The original Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan is scheduled to undergo two changes.  The first is a Minor Master Plan Amendment that is currently being considered to increase the density beyond the amount allowed under the current staging requirements, regardless of the fact that the original staging requirements were included in the plan specifically to control density and overcrowded roads.  A major Master Plan overhaul is planned for 2022.

From the Montgomery County Planning Dept regarding the Minor Master Plan Amendment:

"The 2010 Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan (2010 Plan) created a vision for a dynamic live/work community that would support a globally recognized biotechnology hub in the Shady Grove Life Science Center. Ten years later, the biotechnology sector is thriving, providing needed jobs to county residents.

While the life sciences industry is strong, regulations—called staging requirements—established by the 2010 Plan have impeded further growth in this leading biotech hub. The Great Seneca Science Corridor Minor Master Plan Amendment will review the framework that established these regulations in 2010, and assess the growth, development and infrastructure investment that has occurred over the past decade. The Minor Master Plan will also identify strategies to advance progress toward the vibrant live work community envisioned in the 2010 Plan and support the vital life science industry.

This Minor Master Plan Amendment will not amend any of the zoning recommendations from the 2010 Plan. Zoning recommendations dictate the maximum height and area of buildings and type of allowable land uses for each property."

The Corridor Cities Transitway has undergone years of scrutiny and changes but is far from a done deal.  The original alignment was so convoluted that there was little reason to believe that anyone would ride it.  Montgomery County has assumed responsibility for its future and is considering many options. The current thinking seems to favor a series of buses that cover the area along Route 270, into Germantown, Gaithersburg and along Route 28, including the Life Sciences Center and the Universities of Shady Grove. For additional information on the Corridor Cities Transitway, please see Facebook at


Does anyone see a problem with bus ridership when most of Montgomery County's residents are living in cul de sacs?

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