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Feb 9 16

Suburban Bicycle Planning Will Be Discussed at Winter Speakers Series Event on February 16 at Planning Department

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Jennifer Toole of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group will discuss how suburban areas can be more bike-friendly with the right planning for intersections and separation from vehicles

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting the second event in its 2016 Winter Speaker Series with a presentation by Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group. Free and open to the public, the event will be held on Tuesday, February 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).

Toole will discuss the need to provide high-quality bikeways, now evident in cities, for suburban areas where the demand for safe bicycle conditions is growing. “Due to higher speeds on suburban roads, there is a great need for separation between bicyclists and adjacent motor vehicle traffic,” says Toole. “There is also a greater need to address issues at intersections, driveways and property entrances in the suburbs.”

Drawing on her experience in developing hundreds of bicycle master plans, Toole will discuss projects in the Netherlands and other locations to demonstrate the potential of bike travel in the suburbs. “Some designers throw up their hands when it comes to making suburban roads more bike-friendly, but it can be done successfully as shown in other countries,” she notes.

Toole says suburban bike planning must be undertaken to improve routes and facilities so residents feel comfortable riding for transportation and recreation throughout their communities. The Toole Design Group is currently assisting the Montgomery County Planning Department as it updates its Bicycle Master Plan.

About Speaker Jennifer Toole
President of the Toole Design Group in Silver Spring, Jennifer Toole leads a national firm of more than 100 planners, engineers and landscape architects who specialize in bicycle and pedestrian planning and design. The Toole Design Group has completed more than 200 bicycle master plans and designed hundreds of miles of bikeways throughout the United States. Among these projects is the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide, issued in 2015.

About the 2016 Winter Speaker Series
The three-part Winter Speaker Series focuses on new approaches to transportation. Smart Moves: New Ideas about Bikes, Cars and Transit addresses cycling, transit, trails and other alternatives to cars. The ideas generated from the series will help inform the Department’s current plans and policies, including the Bicycle Master Plan and Subdivision Staging Policy update.

The Winter Speakers Series is free and open to the public. The presentations, which include question-and-answer discussions, will be held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Session 2 – Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Jennifer Toole, President, Toole Design Group, Silver Spring, MD
Topic: Recent approaches to suburban bicycle planning

Session 3 – Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy, Nelson/Nygaard, San Francisco, CA
Topic: Smart development in transitional suburban locations.

Learn more: www.montgomeryplanning.org/smartmoves

Feb 9 16

Montgomery Planning Department Will Be Open Under Liberal Leave Policy For Tuesday, February 9, 2016

by Bridget Schwiesow

Weather Update as of February 9, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be open today but will operate under a Liberal Leave Policy. Non-essential employees may use their leave; essential employees are to report to work.

Feb 4 16

Updates to Subdivision Staging Policy Being Discussed at Planning Board and Community Meetings

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Public events in January and February focus on schools and transportation issues related to new development and growth

Silver Spring, MD The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is in the process of updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council later this year. 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.

On Tuesday, January 12, a community meeting was held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Planning Department auditorium (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) to discuss current school tests and school facility funding as they relate to the staging of future subdivision development.

The approximately 40 participants provided comments on four topics related to school facilities: school facility funding, options for new schools, calculation of the annual school test and school adequacy policies. They voiced concern about overcrowding at the elementary school level and how the school impact tax is calculated.

Feedback from this event will help planners revise the sections related to schools in the current Subdivision Staging Policy.

View the presentation from the January 12 meeting.

Next Steps for the Subdivision Staging Policy

Aspects of the Subdivision Staging Policy related to transportation and schools will be discussed at Planning Board meetings and community events scheduled in February, as follows:

February 4 – The Subdivision Staging Policy team will continue to discuss new ideas for transportation testing with the Planning Board. View the Planning Board Agenda for details about this item.

February 18 – The Subdivision Staging Policy team will engage in its third discussion of new ideas for transportation testing with the Planning Board. View the Planning Board Agenda for details about this item.

February 18 –After the Planning Board meeting, a public forum to discuss whether the Subdivision Staging Policy can include new approaches to determining the adequacy of school facilities will start at 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD). It will focus on possible changes to the current school tests and school facility funding as they relate to the staging of subdivision development. Feedback from this event will help planners revise the current Subdivision Staging Policy.

February 25 –The Planning Board will hold a work session on the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy at its regularly scheduled meeting. This session will focus on draft recommendations related to the work of the Transportation Impact Study Technical Working Group. Feedback from this event will help planners revise the current Subdivision Staging Policy.

Background on the Subdivision Staging Policy

The County’s Subdivision Staging Policy is revised every four years. Planners are currently researching new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning to help them revise the regulations to make them as useful as possible in managing growth in the county. The policy update 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 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. This type of growth creates pressure on existing transportation systems and school facilities. In updating the Subdivision Staging Policy, staff will evaluate whether the current methodologies effectively account for these changing growth patterns.

Learn More About the Update to the Subdivision Staging Policy

Sign up for the Subdivision Staging Policy e-newsletter

Check out the Subdivision Staging Policy webpage

Watch the Subdivision Staging Policy promo video

Contact Planning Department staff:

Pamela Dunn, Chief of Functional Planning and Policy, tel. 301-650-5649, Pamela.Dunn@montgomeryplanning.org

Feb 4 16

Civic Groups, Homeowner Associations and Property Owners Share Perspectives for White Flint 2 Area at Public Forum on February 1

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Speakers addressed schools, transportation, parks and new developments within White Flint 2 Sector Plan boundaries at evening meeting

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held a public forum on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD) for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.

This event allowed civic and homeowner associations, including representatives from the Luxmanor, Garrett Park, Cherington and Randolph Hills neighborhoods, to share ideas with planners and the approximately 40 meeting participants. The discussion focused on public schools within the Walter Johnson cluster, transportation and new parks and open spaces.

In addition, developers from Federal Realty Investment Trust explained their initial concepts for redeveloping the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center and the owner of Randolph Hills Shopping Center also presented his suggested renovation plans.

Local representatives of the Sierra Club presented the benefits of such development, including the provision of more affordable housing in proximity to transit, as well as ways to improve the energy efficiencies of buildings and sites.

View the video recap of the meeting.

Background on the White Flint 2 Sector Plan

The White Flint 2 Plan aims to close the gap between 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.

Issues confronting the White Flint 2 planners

  • How should the City of Rockville and County officials coordinate their efforts in redesigning Rockville Pike?
  • What transportation policies should be introduced or amended?
  • Should the White Flint Special Taxing District extend to White Flint 2?
  • How can uses on both sides of the MARC station and CSX tracks be integrated?
  • What is the role of the proposed MARC station?
  • How should properties outside of the 2010 White Flint Plan be developed?
  • Should light-industrial-zoned properties be retained?
  • What would the school capacity impacts be if significant numbers of new residential developments are approved?
  • What are the impacts associated with bus rapid transit (BRT)?
  • What is the potential for infill to create a mix of uses and promote walkability?

For more information about the White Flint 2 Plan and February 1 public forum, contact:

Lead Planner Nkosi Yearwood, tel. 301-495-1332, email Nkosi.Yearwood@montgomeryplanning.org

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Feb 4 16

Planning Board Supports Life Sciences Center Bicycle Network Proposal and Approves Design Guidelines for Life Sciences Center Loop Trail 

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Separated bike lanes and walking and cycling trail will provide transportation alternatives within research park

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is announcing the Planning Board’s support of a substantially enhanced bicycle network and trail recommendations for the Life Sciences Center research district of the Great Seneca Science Corridor.

The Board expressed strong support for the Life Sciences Center Bicycle Network Proposal and approved an amendment to the 2010 Urban Design Guidelines for the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan. The amendment includes detailed design recommendations for the Life Sciences Center Loop Trail, a 2.5-mile walking and cycling path through the research park.

The Draft Life Sciences Center Bicycle Network Proposal will create a network of separated bike lanes and provide long-term bicycle parking stations in the Life Sciences Center. Separated bike lanes (or cycle tracks) create a low-stress environment for cyclists that can make bicycling a mainstream transportation option because they provide physical separation from both traffic and pedestrians.

A complementary project, called the Life Sciences Center Loop Trail, will provide an off-road shared use path for walking and bicycling to connect destinations within the Life Sciences Center area. At the Planning Board meeting on January 28, the Board approved the LSC Loop Trail Design Guidelines as an amendment to the 2010 Urban Design Guidelines for the Great Seneca Science Corridor.

These guidelines will assist developers who are required to implement the trail along the frontage of proposed buildings. They also will help in developing a Facility Plan for the trail, including engineering plans and cost estimates for construction, as recommended in the County Executive’s draft Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for FY17. This plan will allow funding for the LSC Loop Trail to be included in the six-year County Capital Improvements Program as required for the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan to advance to the next stage.

This Planning Board presentation follows a community meeting held on December 15, 2015 to discuss new transportation and recreational networks for people who walk and bike in the Life Sciences Center. View the video recap from the December 15 community meeting.

Bicycle Master Plan Background

The Life Sciences Center cycling lanes and trail are part of the Bicycle Master Plan to develop a low-stress bicycling network that encourages more people to ride a bike in Montgomery County. The Plan will evaluate an array of bikeway types, including separated, buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as how to provide secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations. The network will be developed using an evaluation of the varying levels of stress imposed by traffic on cyclists along each roadway in the County.

Community meetings held in five locations throughout the County during September and October 2015 allowed participants to record comments on how the bicycle connections in the County could be improved. Those comments were recorded on a digital feedback map and will be taken into account as work continues on the new Bicycle Master Plan. View the feedback map.

Questions or Comments?

Contact: David Anspacher, Planner and Bicycle Master Plan Project Manager
Email: David.Anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
Telephone: 301.495.2191

Contact: Steve Findley, Planner and LSCP Loop Project Manager
Email: Steve.Findley@montgomeryplanning.org
Telephone: 301.495.4727

Jan 28 16

Montgomery County Council Will Hold Public Hearings for Westbard Sector Plan on February 2 and 4

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Meetings at County Council Office Building in Rockville provide opportunities for the community to comment on the Planning Board Draft of the Plan

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, approved the Planning Board Draft of the Westbard Sector Plan on December 17, 2015 for transmittal to the Montgomery County Council and Office of the County Executive. The Council has now scheduled two public hearings for this Sector Plan.

The first hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD, Council Hearing Room). This meeting was originally scheduled for January 26, but was rescheduled due to the recent snowstorm. It will be televised live on County Cable Montgomery Channels Comcast 6, RCN 6 and Verizon 30 and streamed live online. View the County Council Agenda webpage.

The Montgomery County Council will hold a second public hearing for the Westbard Sector Plan on Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD, Council Hearing Room). This meeting was  originally scheduled for January 26, but also had to be rescheduled due to the inclement weather. It will be televised live on County Cable Montgomery Channels Comcast 6, RCN 6 and Verizon 30 and streamed live online. View the County Council Agenda webpage.

Currently, there is a wait list to testify at these hearings but interested speakers can register online for a possible time slot or call 240-777-7803 for more information. Speakers can also provide written testimony by sending it by mail to the Montgomery County Council (100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850) or by email to county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov. All testimony must be received by 10 a.m. on the day of the hearing to be added to the record.

Current Draft of Plan Reflects Changes from Work Sessions
The Planning Board previously held three work sessions on the Westbard Sector Plan to address schools, transportation, land uses, zoning, open spaces and historic and cultural resources. A fourth work session was held to finalize zoning language for specific properties in the Plan area. The Planning Board’s revisions are reflected in the newest draft of the Sector Plan.

These changes affect some building heights, address the need for community-serving uses, increase affordable housing requirements in certain circumstances and add restrictions to commercial uses in areas abutting single-family residential neighborhoods.

View the Planning Board Draft of the Westbard Sector Plan.

Background on the Westbard Sector Plan
The new Sector Plan is the first effort since 1982 to develop a unified vision for Bethesda’s Westbard area, which is located near Friendship Heights and the District of Columbia. The Plan builds on the assets of the community by offering ways to improve neighborhood retail, existing light industrial areas, housing options and recreational and open spaces over the next 20 years.

Recommendations in the Westbard Sector Plan focus on:

-Encouraging more housing choices.

-Revitalizing older retail areas.

-Emphasizing low-scale development of five to seven stories.

-Preserving local light industrial uses.

-Restoring the Willett Branch stream as a public amenity.

-Creating better access to the Capital Crescent Trail.

-Establishing new gathering spaces and parks.

-Enhancing walkability with sidewalks shaded by street trees.

Stay Connected
Sign up for the Westbard Sector Plan eNewsletter.

Jan 28 16

Planning Board Approves Fee Changes for Record Plats, Forest Conservation Exemptions and Site Plan Amendments

by Bridget Schwiesow

Administrative fees are revised to be more logical and predictable

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, approved changes to the development application fee schedule at its meeting on December 10, 2015. The following changes will take effect on Monday, February 1, 2016:

Record Plats: The fee has been reduced from $2,100 to $2,000.

Forest Conservation Exemptions: The fee is increasing from $180 to $200 for some exemptions and being eliminated for others.

Site Plan Amendments: The fee for administrative site plan amendments will be $2,500. Previously, the administrative site plan amendment fee varied from $1,000 to $3,250 and was set by a Planning Department supervisor.

For all details of these changes, consult the Planning Board resolution and new Fee Schedule and Worksheet. View a copy of the old fee schedule.

Questions or concerns? Call the Planning Department’s Information Counter at 301-495-4610 or email Jamey.Pratt@montgomeryplanning.org.

Learn more about the development review process, track development and search for specific projects at www.montgomeryplanning.org/development

Jan 27 16

Planning Department Announces Calendar of February 2016 Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

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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 February 2016 calendar of community meetings, work session and public events. These events offer opportunities for the Planning Board and Planning Department staff to discuss policies and engage with the public. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.

For any meetings that were postponed in January due to the weather, they will be rescheduled and information will be posted to www.montgomeryplanning.org with updates.

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 February 2016

February 1 – Attend the property owners forum for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan. Speakers who wish to address specific properties and improvements at the meeting must submit presentation proposals to the Planning Department by January 28, 2016 to be considered. The public forum will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD). Learn more about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.

February 2 – The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing for the Westbard Sector Plan on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD, Council Hearing Room). This meeting was originally scheduled for January 26, but was rescheduled due to the inclement weather. The meeting will be televised live on County Cable Montgomery Channels Comcast 6, RCN 6 and Verizon 30 and streamed live online. View the County Council Agenda webpage.

February 4 – Attend the next Planning Board meeting work session for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. Zoning and building heights in the Arlington North, Arlington South, Battery Lane and South Bethesda Districts will be discussed as time permits. Consult the Planning Board Agenda for the staff report for this item.

February 4 – The Subdivision Staging Policy team will continue its discussion of new ideas for transportation testing with the Planning Board. View the Planning Board Agenda for details about this item.

February 4 – The Montgomery County Council will hold a second public hearing for the Westbard Sector Plan on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD, Council Hearing Room). This meeting was originally scheduled for January 26, but was rescheduled due to the inclement weather. The meeting will be televised live on County Cable Montgomery Channels Comcast 6, RCN 6 and Verizon 30 and streamed live online. View the County Council Agenda webpage.

February 6 – Architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly of the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office will talk about the Montgomery Modern initiative and her new book about midcentury design. The event will be held at the B&O train station in Silver Spring and hosted by Montgomery Preservation, Inc. and the Silver Spring Historical Society. Learn more.

February 11 – Attend, watch or listen live to this Planning Board meeting. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on agenda items.

February 11 – Participate in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan public hearing at 6:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). Participants will have up to three minutes to testify on the Public Hearing Draft of the plan. Time slots to testify are limited, so in advance of the hearing date, the public is encouraged to go online to sign up to testify:   http://www.montgomeryapps.org/planning_board/testify.asp.

February 16 – Attend the second session of the three-part Winter Speakers Series, which is focused on transportation, at 6 p.m. in the MRO Auditorium at 8787 Georgia Avenue. Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group, will discuss local examples of suburban bike lanes as well as case studies from other countries, including the Netherlands. The session is free and members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) attending the series can earn credit. Learn more about the session and the #smartmoves series.

February 18 – Attend, watch or listen live to this Planning Board meeting. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on agenda items.

February 18 – The Subdivision Staging Policy team will engage in its third discussion of new ideas for transportation testing with the Planning Board. View the Planning Board Agenda for details about this item.

February 18 – Participate in a community meeting on school facilities related to the Subdivision Staging Policy. This discussion starts at 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD). It will focus on the current school tests and school facility funding as they relate to the staging of subdivision development. Feedback from this event will help planners revise the current Subdivision Staging Policy.

February 25 – Participate in a work session for the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy at the regular Planning Board meeting. This session will focus on draft recommendations related to the work of the Transportation Impact Study Technical Working Group. Feedback from this event will help planners revise the current Subdivision Staging Policy.

February 25 – The Planning Board will have another work session on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. View the Planning Board Agenda page for details about this item two weeks prior to this date.

Jan 27 16

Montgomery Planning Winter Speaker Series Event on February 16 Will Focus on Suburban Bicycle Planning

by Bridget Schwiesow

Silver Spring transportation expert Jennifer Toole will discuss separated bike lanes abroad, following January 20 session on collecting data for planning transit

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is holding the second session of its three-part Winter Speaker Series on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. This free event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring) to address recent approaches to suburban bicycle planning.

Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group, will discuss local examples as well as case studies from other countries. She will highlight bicycling culture in the Netherlands, where separated bike lanes are commonplace in suburban and rural areas, as well as in cities.

Session on January 20 Focused on Data for Transit Planning

The first session of the Winter Speaker Series, held on Wednesday, January 20, featured a presentation by transportation planner Nat Bottigheimer, DC Region Market Lead of Fehr & Peers DC. The session drew about 40 people, including Montgomery County Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Roger Berliner.

Bottigheimer titled his talk “Putting the Transition back in Transit” to emphasize the importance of the upfront planning required for surface transit projects – light rail, streetcars, bus rapid transit –so they can succeed. He revealed how data from cell phones, GPS systems and bus travel can be used to determine the potential ridership and viability of these transit projects.

View the video presentation of the January 20 session.

View the short video recap of the January 20 session.

Background on 2016 Winter Speaker Series

The 2016 Winter Speaker Series, titled Smart Moves: New Ideas about Bikes, Cars and Transit, addresses new approaches to cycling, transit, trails and other alternatives to cars. The ideas generated from the series will help inform the Department’s current plans and policies, including the Bicycle Master Plan and Subdivision Staging Policy update.

Free to the public and professionals, the Winter Speaker Series is held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) attending the series can earn credit.

The third and final session of the Winter Speaker Series will be held on Wednesday, March 16 when transportation planner Jeffrey Tumlin of Nelson/Nygaard in San Francisco will talk about smart development in transitional suburban locations.

For more information about the Winter Speakers Series, go to Montgomeryplanning.org/smartmoves

Use #smartmoves

Speaker Bios
Nat Bottingheimer of DC-based Fehr & Peers is a transportation planner with a background in public policy and real estate economics. Until 2012, Nat was an assistant general manager at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), where he promoted bike and pedestrian access, sustainability and bus priority investment. He has expertise in planning for rail station access, transit and land use, and is a recognized expert in transit-oriented development.

Jennifer Toole, president of Toole Design Group in Silver Spring, has a keen understanding of how to design streets that work for all users. She has been involved in numerous projects of national significance for the Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, Jennifer was honored with the Professional of the Year award from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. 

Jeffery Tumlin of San Francisco-based Nelson/Nygaard has led award-winning plans in cities from Seattle and Vancouver to Moscow and Abu Dhabi. He helps balance all modes of transportation in densely developed places to achieve a community’s goals and best utilize limited resources. He has developed plans throughout the world that accommodate millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. Jeff is the author of the book Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities.

Jan 27 16

Community Meeting on January 28 for Rock Spring Master Plan To Be Rescheduled

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Meeting focused on parks, open spaces and connectivity will be rescheduled at a later date

The community meeting scheduled for the Rock Spring Master Plan on Thursday, January 28, 2016  has been canceled due to the closing of Montgomery County Public Schools. The meeting will be rescheduled for a future date. Go to www.montgomeryplanning.org/rockspring for the latest updates.