SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting residents, business owners and anyone with an interest in the White Flint 2 area to attend a community meeting hosted by the White Flint 2 Sector Plan team on Wednesday, October 14 at Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD) from 7 to 9 p.m.
The October 14 community meeting follows the September 17 joint meeting with the Rock Spring Master Plan team which focused on MCPS facility concerns in the Walter Johnson High School cluster. The September 17 meeting, which drew about 100 residents, was held to begin the dialogue about how to address school facility issues in this cluster.
During the upcoming master planning process for White Flint 2, Planning Department staff and MCPS staff will collaborate with the community to ensure that land use and zoning recommendations are coordinated with the corresponding recommendations for educational facilities.
RSVP for the October 14 White Flint 2 community meeting.
View the draft of the White Flint 2 Scope of Work.
Background on the White Flint 2 Sector Plan
The White Flint 2 Plan aims to fill in the gaps between the areas covered by the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, Twinbrook Sector Plan and the pending City of Rockville plan for Rockville Pike (MD 355). Its land use, zoning and transportation recommendations will apply to properties in a bow-tie-shaped area between the boundaries of these already established Plans. White Flint 2 will link common elements between the Plan areas, including Rockville Pike and the proposed network of bike lanes and public open spaces.
Planners will be looking at parcels along Executive Boulevard, west of Old Georgetown Road; east of the CSX rail tracks, between Randolph Road and Nicholson Lane; and north of Montrose Parkway along Rockville Pike to the city limits of Rockville. Nicholson Court, which was a part of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, will also be included in the proposed plan area.
Challenges of the plan include improving transportation networks, including the redesign of Rockville Pike into a tree-lined boulevard; integrating land uses on both sides of the CSX tracks and proposed MARC station; and encouraging mixed-use, walkable developments.
For more information about the White Flint 2 Plan, contact the planners:
Nkosi Yearwood, tel. 301-495-1332, email Nkosi.Yearwood@montgomeryplanning.org
Andrea Gilles, tel. 301-495-4541, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Community invited to discuss growth and infrastructure issues at meeting on October 19, 2015 from 7 – 9 pm in Silver Spring
Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called 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 roads, are adequate to meet the needs of new development and growth.
“The update to the Subdivision Staging Policy is one of our most important initiatives,” says Planning Director Gwen Wright. “This effort happens every four years and lays the groundwork for how our County can grow and thrive.”
A public open house addressing the policy update will be held on Monday, October 19 from 7 – 9 pm in the Montgomery Planning Board auditorium in Silver Spring (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). This event presents the opportunity for the community to learn more about the Subdivision Staging Policy and share concerns about infrastructure and growth. Representatives of the Montgomery County Public Schools and Department of Transportation will participate in the discussions. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.
RSVP for the Subdivision Staging Policy Community Open House.
The session builds on the Infrastructure Forum held in March 2015 that was co-sponsored by the Planning Department and County Councilmember Roger Berliner to address issues and concerns associated with schools and transportation.
The Subdivision Staging Policy has also been a part of the discussion during the recent Rock Spring and White Flint 2 master plan community meetings where transportation infrastructure and school facilities have been prominent topics of interest to community members. Participating in the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy provides an opportunity to help guide changes to the County’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance.
Background on Subdivision Staging Policy:
Revisions to the Subdivision Staging Policy are currently underway. Planning staff is researching new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning in preparation for the revised regulations, which will first be presented to the Planning Board in May 2016 for comment. This quadrennial 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 growth. 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 current tools used to evaluate the impact of development may not adequately access these changing growth patterns and are being examined for their effectiveness.
Planners request Board’s approval of the Plan’s boundaries, key issues to address, and outreach strategy
Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, launched the Rock Spring Master Plan on July 1.
On Thursday, October 8, the Montgomery County Planning Board members will review the Draft Scope of Work for the Rock Spring Master Plan to discuss the planning objectives they would like to achieve in this area. The meeting will be held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).
Background on Rock Spring
Once considered a premier office location, Rock Spring has been particularly hard hit by the current downturn in the office market. Single-use business parks without access to transit, like Rock Spring, are struggling with the highest office vacancies. The current office vacancy rate in Rock Spring is 23.7 percent, higher than the County’s overall vacancy rate of 15 percent. In the context of the changing preferences of employers and their workforce for transit-served locations with a dynamic mix of uses, this planning effort will explore ways to reimagine Rock Spring.
The 1992 North Bethesda/Garrett Park Sector Plan recommended some mixed-use zoning in the Rock Spring area, and one residential development of 386 multi-family units has been completed and a new 168-unit townhouse project is under construction. Much of the property in Rock Spring was converted to the Employment Office (EOF) zone when the Countywide rezoning became effective on October 30, 2014. The Rock Spring Master Plan effort will allow for a more detailed and nuanced assessment of the area’s zoning.
In addition, the 1992 Sector Plan also recommended the North Bethesda Transitway to connect the White Flint area with Montgomery Mall via Old Georgetown Road and Rock Spring Drive. The Transitway is included in the approved 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan (CTCFMP) and provides a framework for re-evaluating Rock Spring.
Challenges confronting the Rock Spring planners include:
-Reinventing an auto-centric suburban office park.
-Identifying opportunities for improved connectivity.
-Examining places for public use spaces and amenities.
-Introducing residential and retail uses into predominately non-residential development to create a mixed use environment.
-Identifying sustainable environmental measures.
-Analyzing the impact of potential new residential development on the public schools.
-Evaluating infrastructure needs for the area.
Learn more about the Rock Spring Master Plan.
For more information about the Rock Spring Master Plan, contact the planners:
Don Zeigler, tel.301.495.4638, email Don.Zeigler@montgomeryplanning.org or
Michael Bello, tel. 301.495.4597, email Michael.Bello@montgomeryplanning.org
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Working Draft will be presented to the Planning Board on Thursday, October 8
SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has completed the Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan for presentation to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, October 8.
The Board’s public hearing about the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 19, pending the approval of the Working Draft at the October 8 meeting. The community will be invited to comment on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan recommendations at the public hearing which will be held at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD).
Spurred by the future construction of two Purple Line light rail stations in Greater Lyttonsville, the new Sector Plan examines ways to leverage those transit hubs, while preserving the integrity of area neighborhoods that have a rich history and a strong sense of community. It recommends ways of connecting residential, industrial and institutional districts, attracting mixed-use development and expanding parks, trails and open spaces. The Plan builds on the 2000 North and West Silver Spring Master Plan’s goal to preserve this diverse community as a desirable place to live, work and play.
After community meetings were held in January and April, the Planning team revised their suggestions for bike and pedestrian connections in and around the Rosemary Hills Lyttonsville Local Park.
Recommendations in the Plan focus on:
-Providing pedestrian and bicycle connections to the two proposed Purple Line light rail stations;
-Preserving, rather than rezoning, a majority of the industrial areas;
-Preserving single-family residential areas;
-Proposing zoning changes primarily in areas around the future Purple Line stations or close to the Silver Spring central business district.
Learn more about the latest developments in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on the Planning Department’s website.
After the Board’s public hearing in November, the plan will be revised through work sessions with the Planning Board before the final draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan is presented to the County Council. Council action is anticipated in fall 2016, following another public hearing and additional work sessions.
SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is holding its first work session on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) to discuss the transportation and zoning recommendations outlined in the Public Hearing Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan.
Topics to be discussed during the work sessions include Wightman Road and the future of the former golf course. This first work session follows the overview of the Plan presented to the Planning Board in July and the public hearing about the Montgomery Village Master Plan held on September 10, 2015.
A second work session is scheduled for October 15 to examine any remaining topics not addressed on October 1. The work sessions involve detailed discussions about various aspects of the Master Plan to refine the recommendations that will be included in the Planning Draft Board Draft Plan, which will be transmitted to the County Council later this year.
About the Montgomery Village Master Plan
The new Master Plan builds on the assets of Montgomery Village through four major recommendations:
Preserve the Village’s character: Built in the 1960s by Kettler Brothers, Montgomery Village was purposefully planned with a vast range of housing types. From the apartment communities clustered in the lower Village to the grand colonials of Whetstone, the homes appeal to a variety of lifestyles with a wide selection of designs and prices for residents. The Master Plan recommends preserving this variety and expanding housing choices in the future.
Maintain the public recreation and open spaces: The Village’s sylvan environment is one of its greatest assets. The Master Plan strongly recommends that most of its recreation and open spaces be maintained and preserved. When new development or redevelopment occurs, developers should emulate the Kettlers’ town planning principles to provide ample green spaces, vistas and recreational opportunities. Additional trail connections, with natural or hard surfaces, should be provided to enhance community connectivity.
Encourage reinvestment: Montgomery Village has six conveniently located shopping areas (Montgomery Village Crossing, Montgomery Village Plaza, The Village Center, Goshen Plaza, Goshen Crossing and Goshen Oaks) throughout the community which serve the everyday retail needs of residents. Over several decades, however, retail competition has grown in the mid-County area and consumer preferences have shifted, as has the tenant mix in the Village’s centers. Some redevelopment opportunities exist in the Village, and the Master Plan strongly recommends a sustainable and competitive Village Center. Short blocks with identifiable edges to reinforce the mixed uses and the introduction of new housing units can potentially transform the suburban blocks into walkable, connected and inviting areas, reinvigorating a sense of community and creating attractive centers for community life.
Enhance connectivity: The Master Plan encourages increased options for mobility and connectivity by all modes — transit, walking, biking and private motor vehicles. The Village’s private street network, coupled with many trails and pedestrian connections, offers unique opportunities to enhance multimodal links. Montgomery Village can improve connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists by providing missing links to open spaces, parks, the Village Center and other destinations around the community and beyond.
In order to help achieve these goals, the Master Plan recommends an overlay zone as an implementation measure. The Town Sector zone will not be used going forward, which means all the properties in the village must be rezoned. A large-scale rezoning of this kind is rare, and concerns have been raised about its implementation. The Montgomery Village Overlay Zone is intended to preserve the unique Village character; protect existing open space and conservation areas; and ensure a compatible relationship between new and existing development.
Past PowerPoint presentations and other materials from the Montgomery Village Master Plan process are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.
SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will conduct the third work session to review the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan on Monday, October 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. MD). The session will continue the discussion of the district-by-district zoning recommended for established and emerging centers that was outlined in the Public Hearing Draft of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan.
The new Plan recommends increasing density in Bethesda by approximately 20 percent with greater increases near identified centers of activity and gathering spaces, including the Farm Women’s Cooperative Market, Bethesda Metrorail Station and Veteran’s Park.
The October 5 work session will address the Pearl District, the Wisconsin Avenue District and the remaining four districts, as time permits.
A fourth work session is scheduled for October 22nd to address the high performance area, ecology, parks and open spaces, and affordable housing as outlined in the Sector Plan. All work sessions will be held at the Montgomery County Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
At the conclusion of these discussions, the Planning Board’s recommendations will be incorporated into the Draft of the Sector Plan and sent to the Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee in November 2015. That committee will hold a public hearing prior to its work sessions on the plan. Final Council action is anticipated in spring 2016.
Background on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan
Launched in 2014, the new Plan builds on the success of Downtown Bethesda by offering ways to strengthen its centers of activity – Bethesda Row, Wisconsin Avenue corridor, Woodmont Triangle and other established and emerging districts – over the next 20 years. One of its recommendations is a high performance area that will incentivize more energy-efficient buildings, new parks, tree-lined streets and innovative storm water management. Making Bethesda into a truly sustainable downtown – economically, socially and environmentally – is the plan’s top priority.
Other goals of the plan focus on:
-A mix of housing options, including preservation of market-rate affordable apartments and new moderately priced dwelling units in exchange for development incentives.
-New and/or expanded civic greens at Veteran’s Park, Bethesda Farm Women’s Cooperative Market and Capital Crescent Trail.
-Economic competitiveness within the region based on new development, public amenities and proximity to transit, including Metrorail and the proposed Purple Line light rail.
The Plan serves as an amendment to the approved and adopted 1994 Bethesda Central Business District Sector Plan and the 2006 Woodmont Triangle Amendment to that Sector Plan.
For questions or comments about the Bethesda plan, please email email@example.com
Tour of small farms highlights sustainable practices and success of County farmers in the Ag Reserve
Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, hosted members of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) on Wednesday, September 23 during a morning tour of farms within the County’s 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve.
“The model of agricultural land preservation in Montgomery County should be common throughout the nation,” said Colorado State University professor Franklyn Garry, a CALP participant who initiated the tour. “The open space, beauty, environmental benefits, good food and opportunities provided to the citizens of the County are a treasure that all communities should look to develop.”
The group visited the historic Seneca Store, Bounty Farm and Rocklands Farm in Poolesville to learn about Montgomery County programs such as Land Link and the New Farmers Project, and how they are helping local farmers connect with landowners, secure property and benefit from mentoring, education and resources.
“The tour showed how multiple government agencies, non-profits and farmers can work together to nurture and sustain new and existing farms,” said Planner Coordinator Joshua Penn of the Planning Department who helped to organize the event. “It highlighted Montgomery County’s strong support of our agricultural community.”
Leading the tour along with Josh Penn were Caroline Taylor, Executive Director of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance, and Jeremy Criss, Agricultural Services Division Manager for the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.
“Our visit to the Ag Reserve showed that agricultural tourism plays a role in making farming sustainable in Montgomery County,” said Colorado State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, who serves as board president of CALP and is a graduate of the program. “To attract young people to farming, you have to make it profitable.”
The participants were impressed with the passion of the young farmers in the Reserve and the proximity to productive farmland to a major metropolitan area. They noted several practices in Montgomery County that could be applied to Colorado farming communities, including:
-Changing the definition of agriculture to include equestrian uses.
-Developing methods for equipment sharing.
-Developing a user-friendly land sharing system.
“The residents of Montgomery County are very fortunate to have the Ag Reserve,” Garry said. “This resource not only provides important environmental benefits but also produces fresh and local food, the value of which is appreciated more and more as our society become increasingly urbanized and suburbanized.”
For more information on the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, go to:
About Montgomery County Land Link:
Farmers in Montgomery County face many challenges, including high land prices, decreasing farm subsidies and not having access to farmland. Montgomery County Land Link, introduced in 2011, overcomes these obstacles by connecting beginner and experienced farmers to available land and farms through a database of properties and landowners.
A land seeker or land owner pays a one-time fee of $30 to join the Land Link program, which is administered year round by the Montgomery Countryside Alliance. The applications help to assess the kind of land available, housing, acreage, vision and goals for the property.
Once land seekers and land owners locate farms and farmers of interest based on matching criteria and shared goals, they start a conversation. The goal is to build connections between farmers and produce a strong local food system in Montgomery County. More than 400 acres have been linked to date. Visit http://mocoalliance.org/resource/land-link.
About the New Farmer Project:
Montgomery County’s New Farmer Project, launched in 2012, matches new farmers to unused farmland in the Agricultural Reserve. By locating small plots that can be leased and supplying training mentors, the program helps novices overcome the biggest hurdles to start-up farming: the cost of land and agricultural expertise. Interested farmers and landowners sign up for the program during a limited time period. Their applications are reviewed by a committee of stakeholders who recommend match-ups among the top-ranked applicants.
The program allows new farmers to focus on growing their businesses instead of finding real estate. The beginners negotiate for farmland with a land owner, are matched with an experienced mentor and have access to business planning and shared equipment that can often be cost-prohibitive for a new enterprise. They can farm the land for as long as allowed by the lease, which typically extends from three to five years. Visit http://www.choosemontgomerymd.com/programs-incentives/agricultural-preservation/new-farmer-pilot-project/
About the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program:
The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) involves two years of intensive study that is designed to equip members of the agricultural community to become leaders in their fields of operation. CALP fellows are professionals from across Colorado, bringing a mix of diverse perspectives on agriculture – from ranchers and feedlot managers to policy analysts. Through the CALP program, these emerging leaders are immersed in professional training and agricultural production across the state and in various parts of the country. The course focuses on communications, government, policy, economics, social and cultural issues, and change management in the agricultural industry, where new technology is changing the way farmers work.
The CALP program was re-instated in 2013, under the leadership of former Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar and Colorado State Representative Jerry Sonnenberg after several years of hiatus. “Given the critical issues facing agriculture today, there is a need to provide an intensive leadership program to develop a new generation of leaders,” says Sonnenberg.
Events include community meetings, Planning Board work sessions, announcement of the Department’s first annual Design Excellence Award on October 22 celebration and the Montgomery Modern book launch party on October 30.
SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its calendar for October 2015. These events offer opportunities for the Board and Planning Department staff to engage with communities within Montgomery County. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.
The agenda of upcoming Planning Board meetings being held this fall is posted on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.
Montgomery County and Planning Department Events in October 2015:
October 1 – Following the September 10 public hearing for the Montgomery Village Master Plan, the Planning Board will hold its first work session with the planning team to discuss the key issues that were raised. Learn more about the Montgomery Village Master Plan.
October 5 – The Planning Board is holding a work session with the planning team for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan to fine-tune its recommendations. Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan.
October 6 – Attend the community meeting for the Bicycle Master Plan at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD, from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP for the fifth and final Bicycle Master Plan kickoff community meeting which will focus on White Flint.
October 8 – Learn about the Scope of Work for the Rock Spring Master Plan and hear the Board’s discussion of the Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan at the Planning Board meeting. Check the Agendas & Staff Reports page two weeks prior to the meeting for details.
October 14 — Attend the White Flint 2 Community Open House at Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD) from 7 to 9 p.m. Learn more about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.
October 15 –The Planning Board will hold a second work session for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Learn more about the Montgomery Village Master Plan.
October 19 – Attend the public open house discussion about the Subdivision Staging Policy update at the Montgomery County Planning Department (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) from 7 to 9 p.m. This event presents the opportunity for the community to learn about the policy and share concerns about infrastructure and growth. In addition to planners, representatives of the Montgomery County Public Schools and Department of Transportation will participate in the discussion. Learn more about the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy.
October 22 – Take part in the Celebrate Design event at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The winner of the first Montgomery County Design Excellence Award will be announced at this celebration, co-hosted by the Planning Department and Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Developers, architects, landscape architects, designers, property owners and community members are invited to attend the reception and awards event at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Purchase $35 tickets today. Learn more about the Design Excellence initiative.
October 22 –The Planning Board will meet with the planning team for the fourth work session on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan.
October 26 – The Planning Board will hold the first of four work sessions on the Westbard Sector Plan. Learn more about the Westbard Sector Plan Public Hearing Draft.
October 29 –The Planning Board will hold the third work session for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Learn more about the Montgomery Village Master Plan.
October 30 – Attend the Montgomery Modern book launch party for the new book authored by Clare Lise Kelly, entitled Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 on Friday, October 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD). The event, sponsored by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office, is free. Ms. Kelly will give a presentation and attendees will have an opportunity to purchase a signed book. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required. Register to attend the Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party.
Proposed network in White Flint Sector Plan area will be discussed as part of fifth kick-off meeting for Bicycle Master Plan.
SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will conclude its kick-off meetings for the Bicycle Master Plan on October 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.at Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD) RSVPs to attend the session are encouraged, but not required.
RSVP for the October 6 Bicycle Master Plan kickoff meeting.
This community event will focus on draft recommendations for a network of separated bike lanes in the White Flint Sector Plan area of North Bethesda. Separated bike lanes (or cycle tracks) create a low-stress environment for cyclists that can make bicycling a mainstream option because they provide physical separation from both traffic and pedestrians.
Planners began work on the Bicycle Master Plan in July 2015 and are focusing on the White Flint area in order to take advantage of opportunities to develop a high-quality bicycling network as part of the development of new mixed-use projects, a grid road network and the County’s Rapid Transit System.
The community is asked to give feedback on the recommendations for this focused area of the Bicycle Master Plan during the month of October. Send comments to Bicycle Master Plan Project Manager, David Anspacher: David.Anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
“I have been extremely impressed with the involvement of the community in the Bicycle Master Plan,” said Planning Department Director, Gwen Wright. “With more than 1,000 comments on our interactive feedback map, this plan is tapping into the concerns and issues of cyclists in the County, and that will only help us make this plan the best it can be.”
“The timing is right to focus on improving the bicycle network in White Flint,” said Councilmember Roger Berliner, who is scheduled to be at the October 6 event. “With all the changes occurring in White Flint, we have a unique opportunity to transform the sector plan area into one of the best bicycling networks in the region.”
The community is invited to give comments on the draft proposal for the White Flint Separated Bike Lane Network through October. Planners are tentatively scheduled to ask the Planning Board to review the draft plan in late November.
This event will also include the opportunity to meet with planners and learn about topics such as level of traffic stress (LTS) and the state of bicycling in Montgomery County. Attendees will also have the chance to contribute comments about bicycling safety and facilities on the digital, interactive Cycling Concerns Map, which will be used to help guide the planners during their work.
Attend community meetings, comment on our interactive Cycling Concerns Map and watch new videos
|Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is encouraging residents to attend the last two community kickoff meetings for its Bicycle Master Plan.Attend the fourth of five meetings tonight, Monday, September 21 at the Wheaton Library (11701 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). The fifth and final kickoff meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6 at Walter Johnson High School (64700 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD). Both meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.The last two meetings will consist of a short presentation by County planner and project manager David Anspacher, followed by an opportunity to meet with Planning Department staff and learn about relevant topics, such as how traffic stress affects cycling and the state of bicycling in Montgomery County.
Attendees will also have the chance to comment about bicycling safety and future facilities on an interactive Cycling Concerns Feedback Map, created for that part of the County associated with the meeting location. Community comments will be used to guide the planners during their work (see below for more information).
Tuesday, October 6 – Meeting 5 at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD. RSVP for Meeting 5.
It’s Easy To Give Us Your Feedback On Our Cycling Concerns Map
Park(ing) Day Bike Corral
Such bike corrals are especially useful in areas with narrow sidewalks or areas heavily trafficked by pedestrians, where it would be impractical or obstructive to install a sidewalk rack. Installing more bike corrals around the County has been part of the discussion during the kickoff meetings of the Bicycle Master Plan. This plan will provide recommendations on improving connectivity and bicycle facilities throughout the County. Learn more: http://montgomeryplanningboard.org/blog-news/2015/09/17/5330/
Bicycle Master Plan Team Rides in Gaithersburg Kidical Mass Event
Presentation from September 15
September 15 Video recap
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