A public hearing on a preliminary master plan for Takoma Park will be held Wednesday, April 9, at 8 p.m. at the city's municipal center, 7500 Maple Ave. The Maryland Weekly Thursday incorrectly listed the hearing date.
The preliminary master plan for Takoma Park, to be given its first official public hearing Monday night, is designed to keep the small city essentially as it is, and to preserve two of its older residential areas in historic districts.
The hearing is expected to be one of the larger gatherings of Montgomery and Prince George's County officials, as it will be conducted jointly by the two county councils and the two planning boards of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. It is to begin at 7:30 in Takoma Park's municipal building, 75 Maple Ave.
The proposed master plan, almost identical to that shown residents last fall in an informal public forum, must be given an additional public hearing before the Prince George's County Council before final adoption. Under Mongtomery regulations, it may be given an additional hearing.
The plan covers all of the city except the area surrounding the Takoma Park Metro station, for which a plan for strict control of growth was adopted in 1974.
The master plan is designed to stabilize residential neighborhoods and to establish two historic areas and additional parkland.
It also would change the 1963 master plan, which calls for widening East-West Highway from a two-lane to four-lane street through the city. Although the road is four lanes in Bethesda and is being widened in Prince George's County, Takoma Park and Silver Spring residents have successfully opposed widening the road in their cities.