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Aug 25 16

Planning Department Announces Calendar of September 2016 Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

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The Planning Board is back in session, community meetings will continue and a photo contest for the Bicycle Master Plan will begin held this month

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its September 2016 calendar of events. These meetings offer opportunities for the Planning Department staff to discuss policies and engage with the public. Review the full list of events and ongoing plans and projects below, and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details.

Stay connected to us online by following Montgomery Planning Department news and information on Twitter: @montgomeryplans and like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/montgomeryplanning.
Montgomery County Planning Department Events in September 2016

September 1-October 18 – Buy your ticket to Celebrate Design on October 20, an awards event co-sponsored by the Planning Department and Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The winner of the Planning Department’s second annual Design Excellence Award will be announced at the event, to be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Each ticket is $35 and can be purchased online.

September 8 – The Planning Board returns from its summer recess to hold its first September meeting. View the Planning Board Agenda for details.

September 12 – Get geared up for the Bicycle Master Plan Photo Contest happening through October 7. Planners are looking for the best digital photos showing cycling in Montgomery County. Top winners in five categories have the opportunity to win gift cards and have their photos become a part of the Bicycle Master Plan and be promoted online. Learn more about the contest and how you can get involved: montgomeryplanning.org/bikeplan

September 12 – The White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at the Wall Local Park/Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center (5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda, MD) to discuss new developments and the Gables White Flint Site Plan Amendment.

September 13 – The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing for the updated Subdivision Staging Policy starting at 7:30 p.m. (Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD). To testify, sign up online or call 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up to testify is 10 a.m.

September 14 – The Grosvenor-Strathmore Minor Master Plan Amendment will be discussed at a public workshop led by the FiveSquares development team. The workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore (10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD).

September 15 – At its meeting, the Planning Board will review the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Are Minor Master Plan Scope of Work, among other items. View the Planning Board Agenda for details.

September 19 – The Planning Department will hold a public meeting about short-term residential rentals, such as Airbnb, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Department’s auditorium (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). To attend, please RSVP online. Learn more about the Short-Term Residential Rental project.

September 19 – The White Flint 2 Sector Plan team will present the plan’s preliminary recommendations to the Friends of White Flint, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethesda North Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD).

September 20 – The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing for the Westbard Sectional Map Amendment starting at 1:30 p.m. (Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD). To testify, sign up online or call 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up to testify is 5 p.m. on September 19.

September 22 – The Planning Board will hold a meeting to discuss regulatory cases and master plans. View the Planning Board Agenda for details.

September 27 – The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan starting at 7:30 p.m. (Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD). To testify, sign up online or call 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up to testify is 10 a.m.

September 29 – The Planning Board meeting will include a briefing on the White Flint 2 Sector Plan. View the Planning Board Agenda for details.

Aug 24 16

Community Invited to Second Meeting on Proposed Short-Term Residential Rental Regulations to be Held on September 19 at Planning Department

by Christopher Peifer

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Residents, business owners and stakeholders invited to hear from planners and County agency representatives about short-term home rentals, such as Airbnb

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is holding a public meeting on Monday, September 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at its headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) to answer questions and solicit feedback related to the regulation of online-advertised, short-term home rentals, such as Airbnb.

At the meeting, planning staff will provide information on short-term rental regulations currently in place in other jurisdictions around the country. Representatives from the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services, County Department of Health and Human Services and County Department of Housing and Community Affairs will be in attendance to answer questions pertaining to this use.

RSVP for the Short-Term Residential Rental community meeting on September 19.

This second meeting is a follow-up to the July 18 community meeting where more than 60 attendees listened to presentations by industry representatives and offered feedback on issues ranging from existing illegal short-term residential rentals to the benefits of allowing this type of use in the County. Of particular concern was the possible impact of short-term residential rentals on residential neighborhoods.

Learn more about short-term residential rentals.

What is a short-term residential rental? 

Online services, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, HomeAway and VRBO, connect homeowners and property managers with travelers who seek the amenities of a home for a short-term rental stay. Currently, a short-term residential rental (less than a month, typical of companies like Airbnb) is not allowed in Montgomery County unless the property has been approved for use as a bed and breakfast. However, the County allows a homeowner to rent out a home, or part of a home, for 30 days or longer.

What type of laws are being proposed to regulate short-term rentals?

The County Council is considering expanding the opportunities for short-term tenancy so homeowners can participate in the sharing economy. The Council introduced legislation (ZTA 16-03) in February 2016 to relax the requirements on short-term rentals. As proposed, this new law would allow Airbnb or other, similar short-term residential rentals, but with some limitations.  ZTA 16-03 was introduced in conjunction with Bill 2-16, which would update the licensing requirements for all transient housing, including a bed and breakfast.

After holding a public hearing on ZTA 16-03 and Bill 2-16, the County Council requested that the Planning Department reach out to County residents and stakeholders to seek their input regarding the regulation of short-term residential rentals. As part of this effort, staff will study regulations adopted by other jurisdictions locally and nationally that may be helpful in crafting new legislation in Montgomery County.

Once planners have gathered additional information on the topic and received feedback from the public, they will present recommendations to the Planning Board and County Council.

Aug 18 16

Historic House Built by Freed Slaves in Montgomery County Will Be Displayed in National Museum of African American History and Culture

by Christopher Peifer

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Log house was moved from freedman settlement near Poolesville, Maryland, and reassembled in the Smithsonian’s newest museum on the National Mall, due to open on September 24

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, initiated an effort to have an 1870s house built by former slaves near Poolesville, MD featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, will open to the public on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

In 1979, the Reconstruction-era home was identified in the County’s Locational Atlas and Index of Historic Sites, which lists potentially historic sites and districts in Montgomery County.

The original log house was constructed circa 1874 by former slave Richard Jones, who with his brother Erasmus, founded the freedman settlement known as Jonesville. Over time, other family members settled in Jonesville, building houses of their own. Most of the original Jonesville residences have been demolished or relocated. The Jones House is one of the few surviving examples of a Reconstruction-era home built by freed slaves in the country.

In 2008, new owners of the house. who wanted to tear down the old structure and build a new home on the property, took their case to the County’s Historic Preservation Commission. Recognizing the Jones House was too dilapidated to save, the Commission approved its demolition but suggested the owners support the documentation of the original house’s history through archaeology, photographs and oral histories from the surviving members of the Jones family. Learn more about the Historic Preservation Commission.

Acting on the Commission’s recommendation, Scott Whipple, Supervisor of the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office, then called Smithsonian museum curator Paul Gardullo to find out if he would be interested in participating in the Jones House documentation effort. Gardullo seized this opportunity to acquire a rare, post-slavery artifact, disassemble it and store it so it could eventually be featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was being developed at the time.

The curator and his team have since reconstructed the original log building without its subsequent additions. The two-story house will be one of the largest exhibits in the new museum.

“County residents should be proud that the museum included this house from Jonesville to help tell the post-slavery story,” says Whipple. “It’s very exciting to realize that something this historically important, which otherwise would have been lost forever, is instead being added to the national museum whose purpose is recount the African American experience in this country. I’m so pleased the museum took on the Jones House project and really hope our residents will visit the museum to see it.”

For more about black heritage in Montgomery County, consult the digital map of historic African American communities and sites that was launched earlier this year.

Aug 3 16

Montgomery Parks Launches Nature-Based Pre-School Program for Children Ages 3 – 5.

by Melissa Chotiner

Locust Grove Nature Center to host “Nature Explorers,” a classroom without walls for children to learn through outdoor play. Public is invited to an open house on August 31, 2016 from 4 – 6 p.m.

27724520030_63aaae91fb_oSILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is launching “Nature Explorers,” a new nature-based pre-school program at Locust Grove Nature Center. The five-week program begins in September and takes children outdoors to explore, discover and create – while learning through play.

“Getting kids outside is so important to their wellbeing and development,” said Marta Potter, facility and program manager at Locust Grove Nature Center. “Research shows that kids are spending half as much time outside today as they did 20 years ago. We put this program together specifically to address this need and to lay the ground work for a love of learning.”

Continuous research shows nature-based programs not only provide children with physical benefits, but also contribute to their overall health, learning, gross motor and mental health.

Children in the program will be immersed in nature by exploring Cabin John Regional Park, which surrounds Locust Grove Nature Center.  They will have the opportunity to discover the woods and streams while learning what is growing and living all around them. These hands-on, nature based activities encourage social skills, problem solving, and foster independence and self-esteem.

Nature Explorers offers two five-week sessions, September 13th to October 13th and October 18th to November 17th.  Each session is offered twice a week, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Classes are limited to 10 children and cost $275 per session.

Locust Grove Nature Center will host an open house August 31st from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for parents and caregivers to learn more about the program and register in person.

For more information, including how to register for Nature Explorers visit www.ActiveMontgomery.com

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About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org.

 

Aug 1 16

Montgomery Parks Reports Elevated Levels of Microcystin at Lake Needwood and Lake Frank; Visitors Asked to Use Caution

by Melissa Chotiner

Pet owners urged to keep dogs out of the lake; boating and fishing remain open.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is asking residents to use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood and Lake Frank located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in both lakes. Microcystin, a hepatotoxin, can cause harm to the liver of humans and pets if ingested. Of particular concern are dogs that are off-leash and may swim and/or drink from the lake, despite park regulations. Montgomery Parks urges visitors to take the following precautions:

 

  • Park visitors are encouraged to avoid direct contact with water while boating or fishing
  • Notice that swimming is prohibited in the lake at all times
  • Keep dogs on leash (as is regularly required at the park), and do not allow them to drink or be in contact with the water
  • Wash hands thoroughly prior to eating, drinking, or smoking if someone comes in contact with the water
  • Only eat properly cooked muscle meat of fish that are caught in the lake

 

Recreational activities including boating and fishing will remain open at the lake.

 

Signs have been posted around Lake Needwood and Lake Frank indicating that elevated levels of microcystin have been found, and to urge visitors to take precautions. Portions of both lakes may be contaminated for the rest of the season. Montgomery Parks will continue to monitor the lakes and update signs when the warning is lifted.

 

For updates or more information, visit www.MontgomeryParks.org.

 

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks:

 

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Jul 27 16

Planning Department Held Community Meeting on July 18 to Brainstorm Proposed Short-Term Residential Rental Regulations

by Christopher Peifer

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Attendees provided feedback on future legislation governing short-term rentals offered by companies such as Airbnb, HomeAway and others

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held a public meeting on Monday, July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at its headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) to discuss regulation of online-advertised, short-term home rentals, such as Airbnb, and receive feedback from the community about the issue.

View the video recap here. The full recording will be available online shortly.

More than 60 people attended the event, listened to presentations by industry representatives and offered feedback on issues ranging from existing illegal short-term residential rentals to the benefits of allowing this type of use in the County. Of particular concern was the possible impact of short-term residential rentals on residential neighborhoods. Learn more about short-term residential rentals.

What is a short-term residential rental? 

Online services such as Airbnb, Flipkey, HomeAway and VRBO connect homeowners and property managers with travelers who seek the amenities of a home for a short-term rental stay. Currently, a short-term residential rental (less than a month, typical of companies like Airbnb) is not allowed in Montgomery County unless the property has been approved for use as a bed and breakfast. However, the County allows a homeowner to rent out a home, or part of a home, for 30 days or longer.

What type of laws are being proposed to regulate short-term rentals?

The County Council is considering expanding the opportunities for short-term tenancy so homeowners can participate in the sharing economy. The Council introduced legislation (ZTA 16-03) in February 2016 to relax the requirements on short-term rentals. As proposed, this new law would allow Airbnb or other, similar short-term residential rentals, but with some limitations.  ZTA 16-03 was introduced in conjunction with Bill 2-16, which would update the licensing requirements for all transient housing, including a bed and breakfast.

After holding a public hearing on ZTA 16-03 and Bill 2-16, the County Council requested that the Planning Department reach out to County residents and stakeholders to seek their input regarding the regulation of short-term residential rentals. As part of this effort, staff has provided examples of regulations adopted by other jurisdictions locally and nationally that may be helpful in crafting new legislation in Montgomery County.

Once planners have gathered additional information on the topic and provided outreach, they will present recommendations to the Planning Board and County Council.  

Jul 27 16

Planning Department Announces Calendar of August 2016 Events

by Christopher Peifer

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SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its August 2016 calendar of events. These meetings offer opportunities for the Planning Department staff to discuss policies and engage with the public. Review the full list of events and ongoing plans and projects below, and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details.

Stay connected to us online by following Montgomery Planning Department news and information on Twitter: @montgomeryplans and like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/montgomeryplanning.

Montgomery County Planning Department Events in August 2016

August 1 – September 8 – The Planning Board will be on summer recess and will resume meeting on September 8. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on future agenda items.

August 23 – The Great Seneca Science Corridor Implementation Advisory Committee will meet in the board room of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association at the Universities at Shady Grove (9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD).

While the Board is in recess during August, the staff at the Planning Department will still be at work on the following programs, plans and projects. Stay connected with the progress of major plans and projects by clicking on the links below:

Jul 25 16

Planning Board Approved Revisions to County’s Subdivision Staging Policy on July 21 and Will Transmit Updated Policy to County Council for Review

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Transportation and school elements, focus of the new draft of the Subdivision Staging Policy, are now available online for public review

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has updated the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called the Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council by November 15, 2016. The intent of the Subdivision Staging Policy is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and transportation facilities, are adequate to accommodate new development.

As part of this review process, the Montgomery County Planning Board held public hearings and work sessions to determine the best ways to revise the current policy. At their meeting on July 21, 2016, Board members voted to approve and transmit the current draft of the Subdivision Staging Policy to the County Council. The Council will hold its own work sessions and public hearing in the fall, before voting to adopt the revised policy in November.

Learn more about the Subdivision Staging Policy and read the newest draft.

The following updates are reflected in the current draft of the Subdivision Staging Policy:

Transportation Policy Updates
Planners recognize that there is not a “one size fits all” set of rules and have revised the transportation policies to recognize current land use patterns, modes of travel other than single occupant vehicles and planning visions for different parts of the County. Policy areas have been reorganized into four groupings to acknowledge the diverse nature of transportation in the County.

A spectrum of policy area-based transportation tests appropriate for each group has been created, with a strong focus on transit accessibility. Some groups will not require policy area transit accessibility tests. For those areas requiring transportation tests, trip generation rates have been updated to reflect current land use patterns and travel behavior. In addition, trip generation rates can be adjusted based on reduced parking.

A new system for evaluating local area transportation conditions has been proposed. It does not rely solely on critical lane volume to determine traffic flow, but rather focuses on other tools, such as Synchro, vehicle miles traveled and non-auto driver mode share rates.

Transportation impact taxes will be directed to the geographic area where they are being collected and may be adjusted to better incentivize reduced parking.

School Policy Updates
In revising the Subdivision Staging Policy, planners worked to more thoroughly assess the adequacy of school facilities and more accurately account for the impact of new development.

The new Subdivision Staging Policy recommends a hybrid annual school test combining cluster utilization tests with new individual school capacity deficit tests to determine adequate school capacity. The tests are used to determine those school clusters with inadequate capacity overall as well as whether individual schools greatly exceed the capacity for which they were built.

Depending on the level of adequacy, school facility payments may be required for each new housing unit built or a development moratorium could be enacted. The draft policy also proposes a system to regularly update the school facility payment formulas to better keep up with the latest student generation rates and school construction costs.

The new policy would limit the impact that school placeholder projects have on calculating school capacity for the annual school tests. Such placeholders currently allow development to move forward and school facility payments to be collected by adding just enough capacity to prevent a cluster from entering a moratorium. The new policy proposes to limit the use of placeholder capacity. If a real capacity improvement is not placed in the CIP within two years, a moratorium will be put into effect..

The new policy proposes to calculate school impact taxes to reflect the latest student generation rates and school construction costs. Improvements in technology allow the school system to combine the school system’s data containing student addresses and grade-level information (stripped of any confidential information) and combine it with Planning Department parcel data on the type of residential structure associated with every address in the County. The results are generation rates that reflect the actual location and housing structure of virtually every MCPS student.

The newly revised policy also recommends reintroducing school facility payments and school impact taxes in former Enterprise Zones. The proposed policy would ease the transition by phasing in the collection of the impact taxes and facility payments. It also recommends conducting further research to develop a new process for determining when an area of the County can be exempted from the impact taxes and facility payments.

Background on Subdivision Staging Policy
Planning staff has proposed these new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning as part of revising the Subdivision Staging Policy, which is updated every four years. This quadrennial policy (formerly known as the Growth Policy) includes criteria and guidance for the administration of the County’s Adequate Public Facility Ordinance (APFO), which matches the timing of private development with the availability of public services.
In the past, the APFO was designed to ensure that road and school capacity – as well as water and sewer and other infrastructure – kept pace with new development. Where new areas of the County were developed, infrastructure to support new homes and businesses was needed.

Today, much of the County has been developed. Growth is occurring through infill development and redevelopment, including the resale of homes in many of the County’s established neighborhoods. This type of growth creates pressure on transportation systems and school facilities; however, the tools used to evaluate the impact of development may not adequately access these changing growth patterns, so they were re-examined for their effectiveness and relevancy.

Jul 25 16

Join Montgomery Parks at the Annual Great Outdoors Festival at Little Bennett Campground, August 20, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

by Melissa Chotiner

Check out the campground’s newest amenities: pedal carts, a giant jumping pillow and yurts!

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Yurts are new at Little Bennett Campground this season.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites the public to the annual Great Outdoors Fest at Little Bennett Campground on August 20, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The free family event features live music, hayrides, hikes, contests and giveaways, as well as information and demonstrations from various outdoor activity, nature and conservation groups.

 

“Little Bennet Campground has a bunch of new additions this year to show off, including pedal carts, a giant jumping pillow and three yurts,” David Williams, Little Bennett Campground Manager. “We host this free festival every year to let people know about this tucked away treasure that is located just outside our nation’s capital. It’s a great campground for experienced campers and newbies.”

 

Little Bennett Campground is located in Little Bennett Regional Park, Montgomery Parks largest park spanning 3,700 acres of forests, meadows and more than 30 miles of trails. The campground features 91 wooded campsites, including three new yurts and a variety of weekend activities available for all ages and interests. There is a “Camper-Ready Camping” option available for people who want to try out camping but may not have all the equipment and gear.

 

The Great Outdoors Fest will feature live music from Know1Else and The Haley Fahey Band. Many local organizations, retailers and conservation groups will be at the event as well including:

  • Black Hill Boats and Lake Needwood Boats
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Eloise Woodfield Clarksburg Historical Society
  • Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs
  • Go Ape Zip Line
  • Hyatt town Mill Arts Project
  • Maryland Chapter of the American Chestnut
  • Mid Atlantic Hiking Group
  • Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S. Search and Rescue
  • Montgomery Parks’ Cultural Resources and Stewardship
  • Montgomery Parks’ Volunteer Service Office
  • Orienteering Course Group
  • Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
  • Quantico Orienteering Club
  • Seneca Valley Trout Unlimited
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling (Montgomery County)

Visit here for complete information on the event and a Little Bennett map.

 

The Great Outdoors Festival will take place at Little Bennett Campground at 23701 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

 

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks:

Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services, and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

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Jul 22 16

Planning Board Will Review Draft Bicycle Master Plan Framework Report at July 28 Meeting

by Christopher Peifer

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Public invited to testify about cycling plan or submit written comments

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will review the Draft Bicycle Master Plan Framework Report at its meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016.

To review the report, visit the Bicycle Master Plan’s webpage.

The Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking comments on the Draft Framework Report and invites the community to sign up online to testify in person or submit written testimony to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org.

These ideas will help shape the Working Draft of the Bicycle Master Plan, which will be presented to the Planning Board in spring 2017.

Background on Draft Bicycle Master Plan Framework Report

This framework report outlines the proposed foundation and concepts for the Montgomery County Bicycle Master Plan. It sets forth the goals and objectives of the Master Plan, and recommends the creation of a bicycle infrastructure network supported by policies and programs that encourage bicycling.

As stated in the report, the goals of the Master Plan are to increase the number of people who bicycle in the County; create a highly connected, low-stress bicycling network; provide equal access to low-stress bicycling for all community members; and improve safety for bicyclists.

The report proposes a new classification for bikeways that are separated from traffic. The five facility classifications are trails, separate bikeways, striped bikeways, shoulders and shared roads.

To demonstrate that each objective of the Master Plan is being reached, a detailed monitoring program is proposed to make the implementation process both clear and responsive to the needs of the community. For example, the report includes statistics on the number of residential units, schools and public facilities that can be accessed via low-stress bicycling networks.

For more details, consult the Draft Framework Report.