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“When public spaces are successful […] they will increase opportunities to participate in communal activity.” -Carr, Francis, Rivlin and Stone, 1993, p. 344

VETERANS PLAZA A DYNAMIC CULTURAL DISTRICT Silver Spring, MD


Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission M-NCPPC Development and Economic Recommendations: •  •  •  •  •  • 

Development should be market-oriented. (CBD, Pg. 15) Should be an active place with mixed uses attracting people at all times. (CBD, Pg. 15) Commercial uses will combine…housing and civic uses. (CBD, Pg. 18) County investment is essential to make the downtown a center of community. (CBD, Pg. 21) It includes new housing types to provide variety and opportunity. (CBD, Pg. 27) Flexibility in building design and uses…to respond to market changes. (CBD, Pg. 29)

Silver Springs Central Business District and Vicinity Sector Plan - Adopted March 2000


Demographic Trends Source: Nielsen, My Best Segments.

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Small Household Composition Urban dwellers. Gen X and Millennials are the largest population. Active Lifestyle Urban Recreational Amenities


Proposed CBD Pedestrian Sheds


Silver Spring Cultural District


Silver Spring Cultural District Land Uses


CBD-1-Optional Method

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CBD-1 Zone: Optional Method of Development Building Footprint and Public Use Space within CBD

The CBD Zones provide a well-functioning, compact urban environment near transit centers and foster a variety of land uses designed at a pedestrian scale. The CBD-1 Zone is positioned inside the edge of urban districts at locations not appropriate for high density and promotes businesses and living accommodations in lowto medium-scale building arrangements that complement the more dense core of the district.

Add’l building footprint for mixed use (3.0 FAR)

Max. building footprint for 5-story non-residential (2.0 FAR)

Requirements Minimum lot size 1

Density Max residential units/acre Max FAR for non-residential Max FAR for mixed 2 Max Building Height 3 Open Space/Green Area Minimum public use space 4

18,000 sf 125 2.0 3.0 60 feet

20% minimum public use space

CBD-1 Optional Method Typical Build-Out Plan Pattern and Form

20% of lot

Front Street

Notes 1

May be less when recommended in master or sector plan 2 Non-residential FAR may not exceed 2.0 3 Planning Board can approve up to 90 feet and up to 143 feet to accomodate workforce housing 4

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Max. Building Height

60

yields

5 floors

Planning Board Approval

90

yields

8 floors

Side Sec on of Structure

The Planning Board may authorize a payment instead of all or some of the required public use space and ammenities

Max 90’

Max 60’

Setbacks are established during site plan review Refer to complete regulations in Montgomery County Zoning Code The optional method of development allows greater density in return for providing public use space and amenities. It is offered as an alternative to the standard method of development. Existing development in the CBD-1 Optional Method zone

Maximum Building Height and Floors


CBD-2-Optional Method

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CBD-2 Zone: Optional Method of Development Building Footprint and Public Use Space within CBD

The CBD Zones provide a well-functioning, compact urban environment near transit centers and foster a variety of land uses designed at a pedestrian scale. The CBD-2 Zone is positioned inside or near the core of the urban district and provides a transition to the less dense periphery. The CBD-2 Zone offers incentives for development that includes housing that can serve those employed in the area or who commute by public transportation.

Add’l building footprint for mixed use (5.0 FAR)

Max. building footprint for 5-story non-residential (4.0 FAR)

Requirements Minimum lot size 1

Density: Max. residential units/acre Max. FAR for non-residential Max. FAR for mixed-use 2 Max. Building Height 3 Open Space/Green Area Minimum public use space 4

18,000 sf 200 4.0 5.0

20% minimum public use space

CBD-2 Optional Method Typical Build-Out Plan Pattern and Form

143 feet

Front Street

20% of lot

Notes

Max. Building Height

143

yields

12 floors

Planning Board Approval

200

yields

17 floors

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May be less when recommended in master or sector plan 2 Non-residential FAR may not exceed 3.0 3 Planning Board can approve up to 200 feet 4 The Planning Board may authorize a payment instead of all or some of the required public use space and ammenities • • •

Side Sec on of Structure Max 200’ Max 143’

Setbacks are established during site plan review Refer to complete regulations in Montgomery County Zoning Code The optional method of development allows greater density in return for providing public use space and amenities. It is offered as an alternative to the standard method of development. Existing development in the CBD-2 Optional Method zone

Maximum Building Height and Floors


A Mixed-Use Dynamic landscape


Development and Economic Opportunities Mixed Use Housing & Restaurants (300 DU) Die

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Incubators

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Removable Colored Chairs & Table

Urban Playground

Urban Chess

Context Sensitive Apartments 250 DU


Incubators Space


Permanent Incubators (Food Trucks)


Re-Purposing Open Space


Movable Dining and Chairs Area


Car-Centric Urban Landscape


Human-Centric Urban Landscape


Open Spaces for Permanent Activities


Urban Play Ground


Inactive Space


Civic Interactions


Montgomery County Ike Leggett, Executive Executive Office Building 101 Monroe Street 2nd Floor Rockville, MD 20850 240.777.2500

Silver Spring Regional Center Reemberto Rodriguez, Director One Veterans Place Silver Spring, MD 20910 240.777.5301/5300

“A city is not an accident but the result of coherent visions and aims.� -Leon Krier, The Architecture Community

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