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PLAN HIGHLIGHTS ‘As Potomac has evolved from rural and agricultural to a semi-rural and suburban subregion, it has retained much of its green character and environmental qualities. These qualities are under threat. Inexorable population growth continues to foster intense development pressure on the Potomac Subregion. This Master Plan strongly recommends that sustaining the environment be the pre- ‘eminent policy determinant in a subregion so defined by its natural resources. New development and redevelopment must respect and enhance the Subregion’s environmental quality, while helping to build communities and resources that will serve existing and future generations of residents. This Master Plan is based on environmental principles and the following recommendations are designed to implement the Plan’s vision of the Potomac Subregion as a “green wedge.” Protect the Subregion’s rich natural environment and unique ecosystems. + Maintain and reaffirm a low-density residential “green wedge” for most of the Subregion. + Augment existing stream valley parks and provide additional protection for water quality by the acquisition of key vacant parcels. + Acquire unique forest areas in the Greenbriar watershed, to be preserved as conservation park land. + Reconfirm the Piney Branch Special Protection Area. + Limit sewer extensions to within the recommended sewer envelope. + Explore the ultimate use of the Rockville Crushed Stone Quarry as a regional reservoir. Rely on the land use framework established by earlier plans to strengthen and support the Subregion’s residential communities. + Rezone a limited number of development and redevelopment sites. + Rezone the Cabin John Center to provide development flexibility while ensuring neighborhood compatibility through the site plan review process. + Amend the 1980 Master Plan recommendation for Fortune Pare in order to create a mixed- use development. + Propose alternative uses for two of Potomac’s stone quarries as their reserves become exhausted. + Create a Rural Village Overlay Zone for Damestown Village center to address its unique characteristics. Potomac Subregion Master Plan 1 Approved and Adopted, April 2002 + Protect the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, major transportation corridors, and residential communities from incompatible design of special exception uses. + Avoid anexcessive concentration of special exceptions along major transportation corridors. Maintain a transportation network that provides needed links and alternatives, while preserving the Subregion’s semi-rural character. + Maintain Potomac’s two-lane road policy that limits road capacity expansion, + Designate nine identified roads or road segments as rustic or exceptional rustic. + Donot recommend a new Potomac River crossing within the Subregion. + Adjust road classifications to provide a rational hierarchy. + Provide an interconnected system of Class I bikeways. + Support as a priority, a study of paratransit options for Tobytown. Establish and expand community facilities to provide needed services and help create a sense of community. + Acquire surplus school sites as new parks. + Establish a greenway system of park trails, primarily with a natural surface. + Acquire sites for the North Potomac community recreation center, fire station, and aregional services center satellite office. + Expand the Scotland community center. Use historic preservation to contribute to the Subregion’s unique sense of community. * Protect Potomac’s historic resources. Potomac Subregion Master Plan 2 Approved and Adopted, April 2002