Changes to Rockville Pike Plan

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A plan nearly nine years in the making responded to concerns from the community this week.

The plan proposes changes to a section of Rockville Pike, largely lined by strip malls.

New features would include bicycle lanes, transit lanes, and additional roads in the area.

This is to encourage forms of transportation other than by car and to decrease traffic.

Locals expressed concerns about pedestrian safety and crossing such a wide area in the plan.

“We heard a lot from people saying they don’t want to widen Rockville Pike,” said Cindy Kebba, Rockville Planning Commission.  “But in reality, in the 1989 plan the buildings were set back 270 feet across from each other.”

In this plan, the width will be 252 feet.

But in response to Monday’s complaints, Rockville Council is allowing exceptions to oppose access roads in busy areas.

There also will no longer be building height limits.

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