On July 1, 2016, the Economic Development Corporation assumed duties of the Department of Economic Development, and the Montgomery Business Development Corporation.

The Economic Development Corporation works to make Montgomery County a globally competitive and highly diversified knowledge-based economy. The Corporation is a public-private partnership funded by County government.


Matters relating to planning and zoning are governed by both State and County laws. The Maryland Forest Conservation Act, for example, requires all county governments to adopt local forest conservation programs (Chapter 255, Acts of 1991; Code Natural Resources Article, secs. 5-1601 through 5-1613).

In September 2020, the Department moved from 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, to 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, Maryland.

The Department of Planning oversees five divisions: Community-Based Planning, Development Review, the Environmental Planning, Research and Technology Center, and Transportation Planning (County Code, secs. 33A-1 through 33A-17).

The Intake and Regulatory Coordination Division began as the Development Application and Regulatory Coordination Division, and took on its current name in September 2020.

To implement the County's General Plan and master plans, the Division coordinates the review of proposed development projects and decisions on subdivision requests. Development applications are reviewed for consistency with the area's master plan, their environmental impact, quality of design, compatibility with nearby uses, and availability of public facilities, such as water, sewer, transportation, and schools. The Division also may make recommendations for public land use.

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