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Sep 19 14

Take a Journey Back in Time with “Lessons from the Past,” a Free Event at Kingsley Schoolhouse, Sunday, September 21, 2014

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRkingsley photo 2ING, MD—Ever wonder what it was like to go to school 100 years ago? Without electricity and air conditioning, let alone computers and white boards? Join Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the Clarksburg Historical Society on September 21 for a journey back in time to one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses in Montgomery County. “Lessons from the Past,” a free, family-friendly event takes place at Kingsley Schoolhouse, located in Little Bennett Regional Park from 1 – 4 p.m. Activities include guided tours of the schoolhouse, meet and greets with “former students.;” old fashioned games such as sack races, dodge ball and nail driving contests. Participants can bring a picnic to enjoy by the stream.

 

WHAT:          “Lessons from the Past,” a free event at Kingsley Schoolhouse

WHEN:          Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:      Kingsley Schoolhouse
Little Bennett Regional Park
24472 Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
www.HistoryInTheParks.org

 

PARKING:    Parking will only be available at Little Bennett Elementary School (23930 Burdette Forest Road).  A shuttle will take visitors to the Kingsley parking lot from which a hay wagon will take them directly to the schoolhouse.

WHY:     Learn what school was like 100 years ago and enjoy free family-friendly activities at one of the few historic one-room schoolhouses in Montgomery County.

 

About Kingsley Schoolhouse:  

The Kingsley Schoolhouse was built in 1893 serving families located in the Little Bennett Creek Valley until 1935. It was closed after additional schools were constructed in the upper county and attendance was reported to be dwindling. Montgomery Parks offers open houses at the school on the first Sunday of the month, April through November, 12-4. Trained docents provide informal tours at this hands-on museum.

 

 

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 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

 

Sep 19 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Seasonal Park Closures for Annual Deer Management Operations; and Proposed Expansions

by Melissa Chotiner

Public comment sought through October 29 on eight new proposed park locations.

 

SILVER SPRING, MD—Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will launch its Fall 2014, Winter 2015 deer management operations season on October 28. Several parks will be closed intermittently during the program which takes place through the end of February. Lottery-based and cooperative managed deer hunts, as well as Park Police-based sharpshooting, will take place in 32 parks in the Montgomery Parks system to address increasingly adverse impacts of the burgeoning deer population on local neighborhoods. (A complete schedule of park closure dates and times is listed at the end of the release.)

 

Program Expansion and Public Comment

Montgomery Parks is currently seeking public comment through October 29 on adding eight parks to the program. The proposed parks, spanning 700 acres are inhabited by an estimated 191 – 241deer, six times the recommended density, and include:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park and Paint Branch Stream Valley Park between Rt. 29 (Columbia Pike) and Fairland Rd.; including the attached Paint Branch Neighborhood Park, Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Valley Mill Special Park, and
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park

 

Comments must include a valid name and address and may be submitted via email to MCP-deermanagment@montgomeryparks.org or by U.S. Mail to:

 

M-NCPPC, Deer Management Initiatives

12535 Milestone Manor Lane

Germantown, MD  20876

 

All comments will be posted online at www.parksdeermanagement.org

 

Montgomery County has proven to be a very conducive environment for deer population growth,” said Montgomery Parks Wildlife Ecologist Bill Hamilton. “An expansive patchwork of public and private green space provides excellent edge habitat rich with food and cover.  These habitat features, and limited opportunities for hunting, provide the perfect environment for unchecked population growth in the absence of natural predators. The result has been an increase in deer-human conflicts including deer related automobile accidents, damage to agricultural crops and residential gardens, and concerns about Lyme disease. Such impacts are compounded when deer are more densely concentrated into smaller areas of habitat that often result from land use changes and development.”

Montgomery Parks’ conducts its deer management program with specially trained Park Police sharpshooters and qualified, pre-screened hunters to ensure the operations are carried out in a safe and humane way. More details about these programs are available at www.parksdeermanagement.org.

 

In advance of the hunts, yellow and black “Park Closed” signs are posted throughout and surrounding affected parks, at all park entrances and in surrounding communities.

 

“The safety of residents is our top priority,” added Hamilton. “In eighteen years of operations, and having harvested 13,000 deer, we have had no occurrence of personal injury of the public as a result of the Department’s deer management operations.”

 

Driver Safety Tips

The months of October through December are breeding season for deer when activity reaches an annual peak. Montgomery Parks urges residents and drivers to use caution as deer activity becomes more frequent and unpredictable; and offers the following recommendations:

 

  • Be alert for deer on or near roadways and take precautions.
  • Be aware that deer are most active from dusk through dawn.
  • Look for eye-shine along road edges.
  • Deer may travel in groups, so if you see one deer expect there to be others.
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs; these signify areas where multiple accidents have occurred.
  • A collision with a deer can happen on any roadway in the county, but be particularly cautious in areas where you observe deer often and where woodlands run adjacent to the roadway.

  

Dates and Locations of Park Closure
FY2015 M-NCPPC, Department of Parks, Montgomery County
Deer Population Management Programs

 

Lottery-Based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting Programs

[Parks Closed from Sunrise – Sunset]

 

October

24 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

25 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

27 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

29 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)

 

November

1 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

3 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

5 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)

7 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

8 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

12 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

14 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

15 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

17 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

18 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

19 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)

21 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

22 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

24 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)

25 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

 

December

5 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

6 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

9 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

10 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

11 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

12 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)

16 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

17 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)

19 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)*

19 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

19 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

20 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

 

January

2 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)*

2 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

2 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

3 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

9 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)

10 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

23 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)*

23 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)

23 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)

24 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

 

Park Police-Based Sharpshooting Program

 

[Parks Closed from 6:00PM – 6:00AM daily, January 10 – February 28]

 

  • Agricultural History Farm Park (Derwood – including attached segments of Rock Creek Stream Valley Units 15 & 16)
  • Black Hill Regional Park [Day Use Area] (Boyds)
  • Cabin John Regional Park (Bethesda)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (Silver Spring)*
  • Needwood Golf Course (Rockville)
  • North Branch Stream Valley Park Units 2 & 3 (Norbeck)
  • North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 (Olney)
  • Northwest Branch Recreation Park (Aspen Hill – including Layhill Local Park in Wheaton)
  • Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Norwood)
  • Northwest Golf Course (Wheaton)
  • Paint Branch Stream Valley Park Units 5 & 6 (Silver Spring – including Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Valley Mill Special Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Paint Branch Neighborhood Park)*
  • Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park (Sandy Spring)*
  • Rock Creek Regional Park (Rockville)
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 2 (Chevy Chase)
  • Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Aspen Hill)
  • Sligo Creek Golf Course (Silver Spring)
  • Wheaton Regional Park (Wheaton)
  • Woodlawn Cultural Special Park (Sandy Spring)

 

Tenant-Based Managed Deer Hunting Program

[Park Closed to Public Access Year Round]

 Goshen Recreation Park (Goshen)

 * Proposed conversion/expansion initiative for FY2015

 

 About Montgomery Parks Deer Management Program

The deer population reduction program began in 1996 following recommendations from the Montgomery County Deer Management Work Group (DMWG), and in response to citizen concerns about the deer population.

For more information on the County’s deer management program see The Montgomery County Deer Management Program Annual Report and Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2015 which contains data on deer impacts and recommendations for the upcoming year. This and other information including a copy of the county’s deer management plan, and information on deer management operations, are available at www.ParksDeerManagement.org.

 

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 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

 

 

 

Sep 12 14

Join Montgomery Parks for Monarch Fiesta Day, September 20, 2014

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MD—The Monarch butterfly may be one of the best known butterflies, however did you know it is the only North American one to journey some 3,000 miles each year migrating to Mexico each winter. Join Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission at the Annual Monarch Fiesta Day on September 20, 2014 at Black Hill Visitors Center in Black Hill Regional Park. The free festival takes place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and celebrates the Monarch butterfly’s inspiring and incredible journey. The event features exhibits, face painting, story time, crafts, movies and monarch tagging.

Monarch Fiesta Day

Monarch Fiesta Day
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free
Black Hill Visitor Center
20926 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841
www.BlackHillNature.org

 

Celebrate the monarch butterfly and its amazing annual migration to Mexico. Activities include monarch tagging and release, tours of the monarch waystation, migration activity, monarch photo opportunity, insect hunt, monarch movie, story time, crafts and more.

 

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 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

 

 

Sep 12 14

Montgomery Parks Hosts Public Hearing on the Ovid Hazen Wells Master Plan Update

by Melissa Chotiner

Public invited to provide comments online, via email, mail or at October 2, 2014 public hearing.

 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on October 2, 2014 on recommendations for the Ovid Hazen Wells Master Plan Update. The hearing will take place at the Montgomery Regional Offices Building at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. A preliminary time of 4:55 pm has been set for this item; however please check the agenda on Planning Board website closer to the date of the hearing.

 

Members of the public may comment on the recommendations at the meeting, by email (Rachel.Newhouse@montgomeryparks.org ), via the online comment tool or by mail at M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, 9500 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20901. People who would like to testify at the meeting should sign-up online at www.MontgomeryPlanningBoard.org or call 301-495-4605 before 4:00 p.m. day before the meeting.

 

Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park is a 290-acre park located in Clarksburg. The parks’ Master Plan dates back to 1995 with a number of items from that plan yet to be complete including:

 

  • Determining the final location of the Ovid Hazen Wells carousel and supporting amenities
  • Incorporating a Special Recreation Area in the center of the park
  • Exploring future plans for The Red Wiggler Farm
  • Establishing a greenway link to other area parks, and a trail system within the park; and
  • Identifying a possible site for the future Clarksburg Community Recreation and Aquatics Center

 

In December 2013, Montgomery Parks’ staff began efforts to update the plan to address these items, by conducting extensive outreach to include input from the community. Numerous presentations were given to members of the community and civic /home owner associations including, the Clarksburg Civic Association, the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board, the Upcounty Recreational Advisory Board, Park Ridge and Arora Hills Home Owner Associations and at Clarksburg Day among other groups and venues.

 

With input from the community and staff expertise, a series of recommendations are proposed to the current Master Plan, including the creation of an active recreation area in the park to feature:

  • Carousel Picnic Area & Splash Pad
  • Teen Play Area
  • Sledding Hill/Open green space
  • Lounge Terrace
  • Community Open Space
  • Dog Park
  • Renovated Play Area
  • Trail Connection

 

Other recommendations include:

  • Acquisition of an estimated 12 acres of land adjacent to the park, some of which may be used for the future site of the Clarksburg Community Recreation and Aquatic Center
  • Creation of a unique event area near historic structures in the park
  • Enhancements to support Red Wiggler Farm’s vision
  •  An expanded trail system

 

After the public hearing, staff will review all the public comments and prepare a response. The staff response will be discussed with the Planning Board at a work session to be scheduled in October or November. The public will be notified of the work session date and time.

 

Background on Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park

Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park was donated to Montgomery Parks in 1981 from Hallie Wells, in honor of her late husband Ovid. The donation was made with the stipulation that the carousel currently located in Wheaton Regional Park be located in Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park. The park currently features a large recreational complex with 2 soccer fields, a baseball field, 2 softball fields, a group picnic area and large playground. There are looped hard surface trails that connect the amenities and a parking lot to accommodate 285 cars.

 

For more information about the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Updates contact Project Coordinator Rachel Newhouse at Rachel.Newhouse@MontgomeryParks.org or at 301-650-4368.

 

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 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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Sep 11 14

Ride the Montgomery Modern Bike Tour – Oct. 11, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited by Montgomery Planning to pedal around mid-century neighborhoods and landmarks

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a bike tour of mid-century modern architecture. The route will follow the Rock Creek Park trail through entire subdivisions of contemporary homes designed in the 1950s.

The tour is sponsored by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office and the Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Register for the Montgomery Modern Bike Tour.

The morning tour visits houses in neighborhoods of Hammond Hill and Hammond Wood, and leads through Rock Creek Woods, all designed by architect Charles Goodman, FAIA. Goodman, who designed the Hollin Hills subdivision in Alexandria, was Washington’s foremost modernist architect working in single-family housing in the 1950s.

Bikers will have a box lunch at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church, followed by a tour of this modernist gem by Bethesda architect John Samperton, AIA, known for his design of Gallaudet College and Catholic University buildings.  Also on the tour is Samperton’s pristine North Chevy Chase Pool Bathhouse.

Details:
Montgomery Modern Bike Tour
sponsored by the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office and the Potomac Valley chapter of AIA
October 11, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tour mid-century neighborhoods in Montgomery County on two wheels: $30 for the public ($20 for AIA and Docomomo members) and includes lunch and interior visits.

Learn more about the Montgomery Modern Bike Tour

The purpose of the tour is to heighten awareness of mid-century modern design in Montgomery County and the preservation challenges now facing owners of buildings dating from the post-World War II decades. The works of two leading architects and their approaches to 1950s modernism will be discussed as well as ways of renovating and expanding mid-century designs now considered historic.

The event is part of the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative to educate the public about the architectural heritage of Montgomery County. This preservation program includes the agency’s research and writing of a new book, Montgomery Modern, on the wealth of mid-century modern architecture in the county. The book is scheduled for publication in fall 2015. Learn more about the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative.

The bike tour is part of the Docomomo Tour Day event sponsored by Docomomo-DC. This non-profit is dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement (Docomomo) and is part of an international organization founded in 1988 by two Dutch architects.

Interested tour participants are required to bring their own bicycles and wear helmets. The tour will start at the Newport Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington, Maryland 20895.

Bikers must be willing to pedal at a slow to moderate pace, and travel up and down hilly streets with some traffic possible during the 13.5-mile tour, which includes the 6 mile ride from the end of the tour back to the starting point.

Sep 11 14

Montgomery Parks Foundation Receives Million Dollar Gift to Construct a Greenhouse at Brookside Gardens

by Melissa Chotiner

The Montgomery Parks Foundation, an independent non-profit organization providing fundraising and support to Montgomery Parks has secured $1 million dollars from a private donor to help construct a new growing greenhouse at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD.  The greenhouse is part of the multi-phase Master Plan adopted in 2005 that will enhance the many spectacular offerings at the popular public garden which opened in 1969.  Brookside Gardens is a facility within the Montgomery County Department of Parks and part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

 

The generous donor, Mrs. Joan O’Rourke, has been working with staff at Brookside Gardens and Debbie Rankin, Executive Director of the Montgomery Parks Foundation for several years to make this project a reality.  An avid supporter of the gardens for decades, Mrs. O’Rourke was the founding President of the still vital Friends of Brookside Gardens.  Her generosity is visible in many ways as she supports programs as a teacher and volunteer throughout the year.

 

The greenhouse is a $3,274,600 project and is also funded by $1,200,000 from the State of Maryland and $1,074,600 from Montgomery County through the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).  Mrs. O’Rourke’s gift comprises almost 30% of the cost to construct the greenhouse.

 

“We couldn’t be more thrilled or grateful to receive this extraordinary donation,” says Joe Isaacs, President of the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery Parks Foundation.  “In less than four years of our own organizational revitalization, Mrs. O’Rourke’s kind gesture is an outstanding demonstration of support for our park system that has endured more than its share of budget cuts in recent years.”

 

“The support from our community for the award winning park system in Montgomery County has always been impressive,” said Mike Riley, Director of Parks.  “Mrs. O’Rourke’s gift highlights what can be accomplished if we work together for common goals.  We are so appreciative of this support from Mrs. O’Rourke.”

 

“Brookside Gardens is honored to be the recipient of such a generous gift.  The growing greenhouses support all aspects of our operations, including conservatory displays, the Wings of Fancy live butterfly exhibit, our landscapes and many educational programs.   It is a special donor indeed who recognizes the critical importance of well-designed and energy-efficient infrastructure to sustain the beautiful plants and gardens so loved by our community,” adds Stephanie Oberle, Director of Brookside Gardens.

 

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design build project will be released in September.  The contract will be awarded in November and the project is scheduled to begin shortly thereafter requiring about 18-24 months to complete.

 

 

About The Montgomery Parks Foundation

The Montgomery Parks Foundation is a 501c3 organization that champions Montgomery County Parks cultivating financial support and public engagement of county residents and businesses as members, donors, sponsors and advocates.  www.MontgomeryParksFoundation.org

 

About the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 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 park systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

 

 

 

Sep 10 14

Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff and Opportunities and Constraints Meeting – Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to RSVP and view agenda for meeting

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a community meeting on the Westbard Sector Plan on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. at Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD). Anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the future of the Westbard community is invited to attend the PlanWestbard kickoff meeting where the existing conditions, opportunities and constraints of the plan area will be discussed. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

The first hour of the meeting will be an open house with the planners and include interactive map activities for attendees. The second hour will consist of a presentation about the planning process, schedule, and will conclude with a discussion of next steps.

Meeting Agenda:
7-8 p.m. Open House/Map Activity

8-9 p.m. Montgomery Planning Department Presentation about process, subject areas, schedule

The Westbard Sector Plan is one of the oldest plans still in use in Montgomery County, having last been revised in 1982. It is now being updated at the direction of the Montgomery County Council. The community will have an opportunity to review the Westbard Briefing Book at the kickoff meeting that will feature the existing conditions of the area.

The Plan’s Scope of Work, focused on the areas and issues identified at the kickoff session, will be presented at a meeting on Oct. 21. A week-long planning workshop scheduled for November will allow community members to give their perspective and provide feedback on the planning process.

Details:
What: Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff Meeting: Existing Conditions, Opportunities and Constraints
Who: Residents, property owners and anyone with an interest in the future of Westbard
When: Tuesday, Sept. 23 (7 – 9 p.m.)
Where: Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD)
Sign up: for the PlanWestbard-E-Newsletter
Call: the PlanWestbard Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: 301-495-4567
Follow: updates on Twitter: @planwestbard
Learn More: www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard
RSVP: for the Kickoff Meeting

Information and ideas gathered at the Sept. 23 meeting will inform the planning process. This is an opportunity for the community to contribute to planning for a successful Westbard that should continue to thrive for the next 20 years and beyond.

Learn more about the Westbard Sector Plan and how to get involved: www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard

Westbard Background:
Westbard lies in the southwestern part of Montgomery County, approximately one mile from the D.C. boundary line. It is less than two miles from the commercial areas of Friendship Heights and Bethesda. The Westbard area is served by two major northwest to southeast highways: River Road and Massachusetts Avenue and is surrounded by well-established single-family neighborhoods. Over a period of years, the residential uses were built around the commercial/industrial areas, which extend along River Road and Westbard Avenue. The popular regional Capital Crescent Trail runs the length of Westbard.

Sep 9 14

Montgomery Village Master Plan Kickoff Meeting Scheduled – Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

Community invited by Montgomery Planning to participate in meeting about the future of Montgomery Village

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a community meeting to begin a community dialogue about the Montgomery Village Master Plan on Wednesday, October 1 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD). Anyone who lives or works in Montgomery Village or has an interest in the future of this community is invited to attend the Montgomery Village Master Plan Kickoff Meeting where the existing conditions, opportunities and constraints, and the County planning process will be discussed. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

Montgomery Village was included in the 1985 Gaithersburg Vicinity Plan and it is now the subject of its own master plan for the first time.

A future meeting will focus more specifically on areas and issues identified at this first master plan meeting and will involve the community discussing their vision for the future of Montgomery Village.

Details:
What: Montgomery Village Kickoff Meeting
Who: Residents, property owners and anyone with an interest in the future of Montgomery Village
When: Wednesday, October 1 (7 – 9 p.m.)
Where: Watkins Mills High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Rd, Gaithersburg, MD)
Learn More: www.montgomeryplanning.org/montgomeryvillage

Master Plan Background:
Montgomery Village has not been reviewed since the 1985 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan, nor has it been the subject of a discrete County master plan in the past. Although Montgomery Village was within the boundaries of both the 1971 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan and the 1985 Master Plan, neither plan contains narrative, recommendations or guidance for this community. When the Planning Department initiated an update to the Gaithersburg Master Plan in 2007, Montgomery Village was originally included within its boundaries.  However, with large swaths of land on both sides of I-270 presenting different planning issues and challenges, the Department realized the area was too big to be analyzed effectively. In 2008, the Department divided the large Gaithersburg Master Plan area into two planning efforts – one for the west side of I-270, which became the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan (GSSC) – and one for the east side of I-270 – Gaithersburg East.  In 2014, the County Council directed the Planning Department to further refine the Gaithersburg East plan to have one plan for Montgomery Village and one plan for the remainder of Gaithersburg East. The Council also directed the Planning Director to work efficiently on the Montgomery Village Plan, with the goal of having a draft plan transmitted to the Council within 12 months of the plan start date.

 

Sep 5 14

Property Owners in County’s Urban Districts Eligible to Receive Free Trees

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planning Department Expands Shades of Green program that provides free trees to eligible property owners in Montgomery County

SILVER SPRING, MD The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is offering free trees to property owners in certain areas of Montgomery County. The Shades of Green program, which was launched in 2012 as a pilot program, is now being extended to some additional areas of the county in an effort to enhance the tree canopy cover in in areas with a high impervious cover.

The Shades of Green program provides free trees to qualifying property owners.. The program is financed through the Forest Conservation Fund, which primarily includes contributions paid into the fund by developers when tree planting on their own development sites is impractical.

The expanded program includes property owners who live within the areas identified below.  They are invited to participate in the program to receive free trees by filling out a form at: www.montgomeryplanning.org/shadesofgreen.

-Germantown Center
-Shady Grove
-Olney Center
-Glenmont
-Grosvenor

To better understand Montgomery County’s tree cover, county planners analyzed the layer of leaves and branches that cover the ground when viewed from above. High-resolution aerial imagery revealed much lower tree canopy levels in urban areas than in more  suburban neighborhoods.  Increasing the number of trees in urban areas will increase the tree canopy cover  resulting in numerous benefits.

More trees will help to:

-beautify urban districts
-reduce street temperatures
-cool buildings, thereby reducing energy demands
-support the local economy
-improve street ambiance and quality of place
-enhance water, air and habitat quality
-reduce greenhouse gas, and
-reduce the Heat Island Effect

Learn more about eligibility and Shades of Green program details.

Sep 5 14

Community Invited to Greater Lyttonsville Visioning Workshop – Sept. 29  

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners will ask community to give their feedback on vision for Greater Lyttonsville area  

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the Greater Lyttonsville community to participate in a community visioning workshop on Monday, Sept. 29 starting at
5 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD ). The event will provide attendees an opportunity to share their vision on how the Greater Lyttonsville area can be improved over the next twenty years. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.

Building on the success of the last community meeting held in July, and a series of outreach events that reached out to the business community and families, the Greater Lyttonsville team has scheduled this second workshop to further encourage the community to help define the vision for the sector plan area.

The workshop, which will be held from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., will have an open house format, with the presentation being given at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 pm. At each one, Staff will present the planning process, recent feedback that has been provided regarding constraints and opportunities, as well as next steps. The workshop will also include an interactive exercise to explore community character as it relates to open spaces, streetscapes, environmental elements, land uses, buildings, and community facilities.

The Planning Board will receive a briefing at their regular meeting on Oct. 16 that will summarize the outcomes of the Sept. 29 workshop. All are invited to attend. The summary will also be available on the Planning Board website online one week before the Planning Board briefing.

Details:
Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop

Monday, Sept. 29
5 – 8:30 p.m.
Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910)
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All community members and children are invited. Snacks will be provided

To get up to speed on the progress so far on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, view these videos below:

-The GreaterLP recap video from the July 15 community workshop

-Check out this video segment with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area.

-Watch the GreaterLP Needs You short promotional video

Learn about the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.