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Aug 29 14

Bicycle Planning Guidance Report Delivered to Planning Board on Sept. 4

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planning Department’s Bicycle Planning Guidance Provides New Tools for Promoting Bicycling

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of  The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will be briefed on the Montgomery County Bicycle Planning Guidance report by transportation planners on Thursday, Sept 4. The document was produced for the Planning Department as part of a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (WCOG) Transportation / Land Use Connections (TLC) grant program.

View the Bicycle Planning Guidance Planning Board agenda item for Sept. 4.

Bicycling in the metropolitan Washington region has changed substantially over the past few years. Changing attitudes toward bicycling, the introduction of bikeshare programs, and new facilities such as cycle tracks and buffered bike lanes that provide bicyclists with greater protection from traffic have led to a growth in bicycling in many communities. Bicycle planning has also changed significantly, with recent research guiding planners and communities to better understand what creates a bikeable network and how different types of bicycle facilities can expand that network.

By developing the Bicycle Planning Guidance document, Montgomery County planners seek to position the County among national leaders in bicycle planning. The tools that are presented will assist planners in identifying how much stress different road conditions create for bicyclists and what types of facilities are needed to reduce that stress and encourage bicycling among the general population. It also provides tools for identifying bicycle facilities that are most appropriate under different traffic speed and traffic volume conditions.

Planning Department staff envisions using the Bicycle Planning Guidance to assist in both the master planning process and facility planning review. It will help planners evaluate network connectivity and identify projects that are likely to have the most benefit in increasing bicycling in Montgomery County.

For questions or comments about the bicycle planning guidance, contact:
David Anspacher, Functional Planning and Policy
david.anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
301-495-2191

Aug 29 14

Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment Public Hearing Draft Available

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Public invited to review and testify on Public Hearing Draft plan at Planning Board meeting on Sept. 11.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a public hearing on the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6:00 p.m., at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting which will be held in the Auditorium at 8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910.

The public is invited to give their views on the Public Hearing Draft which is an amendment to the 1994 Aspen Hill Master Plan and the General Plan (On Wedges and Corridors).

Review the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment Public Hearing Draft.

Those wishing to testify in person at the public hearing are requested to call the Planning Department’s Public Information Line at 301-495-4605 or sign up using on-line registration.

The Plan Amendment makes recommendations for land use and zoning within the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment area as well as recommendations intended to improve overall circulation, pedestrian connections and the network of bikeways for approximately 14 acres west of the Aspen Hill Road and Connecticut Avenue intersection.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, written testimony may be submitted to: Planning Board Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Testimony may also be submitted by e-mail to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org.

Learn more about the planning process for the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment, including the recap from the three community meetings.

Plan Background:
In the spring of 2013, the County Council programmed the preparation of a minor master plan amendment for approximately 14 acres of land located west of the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Aspen Hill Road, the majority of which was recommended for the office zoning in the 1994 Aspen Hill Master Plan. The minor amendment process provides an opportunity to reassess the subject area and analyze alternative redevelopment and zoning opportunities. The review considers the area’s existing development potential and reevaluates that potential within the context of a changing office market in the County as a whole, the intent and rationale of the 1994 Plan, and any impacts to the surrounding land uses and transportation network.

Aug 29 14

Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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

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 or works or has an interest in the future of the Westbard community is invited to attend the PlanWestbard kickoff meeting at which the existing conditions and opportunities and constraints of the plan area will be discussed. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.

The meeting will give attendees an opportunity to hear about the existing conditions of the plan area, meet the planning team and learn about the planning process.

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 to keep pace with the times and to reflect the changes in the community. At the kickoff meeting, the community will have an opportunity to review the Westbard Briefing Book which will focus on existing conditions of the area.

A meeting on Oct. 21 will present the Scope of Work which will focus on the areas and issues identified at the kickoff meeting. A week-long planning workshop is scheduled for November which will allow the community to give their perspective and provide feedback on the planning process.

Details:
What: Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff Meeting: Existing Conditions and 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

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

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

Background on Westbard:
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, 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.

Aug 15 14

Casey Anderson Sworn In As New Montgomery County Planning Board Chair

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Casey Anderson was officially sworn in on Wednesday, Aug. 13 to become the newest Montgomery County Planning Board Chair. Mr. Anderson will lead the five-member Montgomery County Planning Board which oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Montgomery Department of Parks. The Planning Board advises the Montgomery County Council on land use planning and community planning in Montgomery County.

Learn more about Casey Anderson.

View the short video of Casey Anderson’s Swearing In Ceremony.

Questions or comments? Contact the Planning Board.

Aug 5 14

Sandy Spring Rural Village Public Hearing Scheduled – Sept. 4

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Public invited to testify on Public Hearing Draft plan at Planning Board meeting

SILVER SPRING, MD The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a public hearing on the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan on Thursday, Sept. 4, at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting which will be held at 8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910.

The public is invited to give their views on land use, transportation, and zoning changes in the Public Hearing Draft which details the concept of a new village center from the 1998 Sandy Spring/Ashton Master Plan.

View the Public Hearing Draft for the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan.

The recommendations seek to bring about the vision and address any concerns that were voiced by the community at the four-day community design workshop held in February and the community meetings held in March and May. After gathering the input from the community, planners have come up with recommendations for zoning, land use, and connectivity that will help maintain the rural feel of the area while developing a more pedestrian-friendly, sustainable community.

Those wishing to testify in person at the public hearing are requested to call the Planning Department’s Public Information Line at 301-495-4605 or sign up to speak at the hearing using on-line registration.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, written testimony may be submitted to:

Planning Board Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Testimony may also be submitted by e-mail to mcp-chair@montgomeryplanning.org.

Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan Highlights:
The 1998 Sandy Spring/Ashton Master Plan recognized that the details of a new village center concept were beyond its scope and recommended more detailed study and analysis to develop the concept. This new Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan will follow the guidance in the 1998 Master Plan and determine how to best connect the new fire station into a village center concept using the following three goals:

-Preserve the rich cultural history of the area
-Design a civic space and village center
-Connect the community to the village center and examine right-of-way issues

Learn more about the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan and how to get involved: http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/sandyspring

Aug 4 14

Get Involved with the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan This Week

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Meet Planning Department staff at two community events – National Night Out and Sunrise Series meeting 

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 meet with Planning Department staff at two community events this week to learn more about the planning process for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

Planners will host a booth at the Greater Lyttonsville community’s participation in the annual National Night Out event Tuesday, August 5 scheduled from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at the Gwendowlyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD). The participation in the annual neighborhood event is meant to encourage youth and families to get involved with the sector plan process. There will be interactive planning activities and staff on hand to answer questions about the planning process.

Business owners and employees are invited to attend the final “Sunrise Series” meeting Thursday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Parking Lot in rear of 2402-2465 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD (Technical Service Park). The early morning meeting will offer free breakfast to attendees, an opportunity to meet with planners and provide feedback through a questionnaire to gather more information from area employees and business owners as it relates to the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

The Sunrise Series meetings will be hosted in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the Silver Spring Regional Center.

Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Weekly Events Details:
National Night Out – Lyttonsville Community
Tuesday, August 5
National Night Out is scheduled for 6:15 – 8 p.m.
Coffield Center 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD

Sunrise Series Meeting for Area Businesses  
Thursday, August 7, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Parking Lot in rear of 2402-2465 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD (Technical Service Park)

Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan and fill out the questionnaire: www.montgomeryplanning.org/greaterlp

Jul 31 14

Learn About Existing and Proposed Bikeways in Montgomery County

by Bridget Schwiesow

 

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Planning Department’s webpage provides map and resource of information

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has created a new webpage dedicated to bikeways in Montgomery County. The page allows visitors to view all of the existing and proposed bikeways in the County complete with an interactive map.

The bikeways page also features the Silver Spring Bicycle Parking Station Study, which evaluates future demand and potential locations for a bicycle parking station near the Silver Spring Transit Center and the planned connection of the Capital Crescent Trail and Metropolitan Branch Trail. Online visitors can also review “An Assessment of Purple Line Corridor Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues” for the proposed Capital Crescent Trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring and pedestrian issues around the Purple Line.

The page was designed to provide greater accessibility for online views of the Bikeways Master Plan and to highlight the current bicycle planning efforts of the Montgomery County Planning Department.

“Planning for and maintaining quality bicycle infrastructure in our county is vital to the future of creating walkable and pedestrian friendly communities,” said David Anspacher, Transportation Planner Coordinator.

For questions or comments about the bikeways page, contact:
David Anspacher, Functional Planning and Policy
david.anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
301-495-2191

Jul 29 14

ePlans Record Plat Applicant Training Offered by Planning Department

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Applicants invited to sign up for training on Planning Department and Department of Permitting Service’s ePlans electronic review process

SILVER SPRING, MD The Montgomery County Planning Department part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a series of ePlans training sessions for individuals who will be submitting Record Plat applications for M-NCPPC and the Department of Permitting Services (DPS) through the ePlans electronic review process. The five sessions will be held at the Planning Department Headquarters on the first floor, Room 118, at 8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910.

On July 1, 2014, the Planning Department went live with an electronic review process for Record Plat applications using the ePlans system.  All record plats must now be submitted through ePlans, rather than on paper, and will be reviewed electronically.  To educate applicants about the new process and the use of ePlans, the Planning Department has scheduled several training sessions. Individuals are invited to register for the time of their choice by calling 301-495-4550 or emailing sheila.sampson@montgomeryplanning.org.

The training is designed for individuals from the surveying or engineering firms who typically submit record plat applications and will cover the following areas:

-Use of the Application Portal
-IT requirements and steps for downloading the ePlans software
-File types and naming for the required submittal items
-Overview of the steps in the review process and the use of ePlans tools

Learn more about the Planning Department’s ePlans system.

Details:
What: ePlans – Record Plat Applicant Training
Where: Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD) Room 118
When: Pick only one:
Wednesday, July 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday, August 4, from 1 – 3 p.m.
Friday, August 8, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday, August 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 14, from 1 – 3 p.m. 

Register: by calling 301-495-4550 or emailing sheila.sampson@montgomeryplanning.org

Questions: Contact Cathy Conlon:  catherine.conlon@montgomeryplanning.org

Jul 28 14

Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment Public Hearing Scheduled – Sept. 11

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Public invited to testify on Public Hearing Draft plan at Planning Board meeting

SILVER SPRING, MD The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a public hearing on the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment on Thursday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m., at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting which will be held at 8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910.

The public is invited to give their views on the Public Hearing Draft which is an amendment to the 1994 Aspen Hill Master Plan and the General Plan (On Wedges and Corridors).

Learn more about the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment.

Those wishing to testify in person at the public hearing are requested to call the Planning Department’s Public Information Line at 301-495-4605 or sign up to speak at the hearing using on-line registration.

The Plan Amendment makes recommendations for land use and zoning within the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment area as well as recommendations intended to improve overall circulation, pedestrian connections and the network of bikeways, for approximately 14 acres west of the Aspen Hill Road and Connecticut Avenue intersection.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, written testimony may be submitted to:

Planning Board Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Testimony may also be submitted by e-mail to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org.

Learn more about the planning process for the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment, including the recap from the three community meetings.

Plan Background:
In the spring of 2013, the County Council programmed the preparation of a minor master plan amendment for approximately 14 acres of land located west of the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Aspen Hill Road, the majority of which was recommended for the office zoning in the 1994 Aspen Hill Master Plan. The minor amendment process provides an opportunity to reassess the subject area and analyze alternative redevelopment and zoning opportunities. The review considers the area’s existing development potential and reevaluates that potential within the context of a changing office market in the County as a whole, the intent and rationale of the 1994 Plan, and any impacts to the surrounding land uses and transportation network.

Jul 25 14

Business Owners Invited to Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Sunrise Series

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Early morning meetings intended to engage business community on the sector plan

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting two meetings as part of their “Sunrise Series” for business owners in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan area on Thursday, July 31 and Thursday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. to provide an opportunity for the business community to ask questions and give feedback on the sector planning process.

The early morning meetings will offer free breakfast, an opportunity to meet with planners and provide a questionnaire to attendees to gather more information about business owners as it relates to the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

The Sunrise Series meetings will be hosted in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the Silver Spring Regional Center.

As a follow-up to the successful community workshop held on July 15 and the June Monday Matters series which focused on specific subject areas in the plan, the planning team would like to invite business owners to give their feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the plan area and their ideas for the future of Greater Lyttonsville.

Details:
What: Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Sunrise Series
Who: Business owners in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan area
When/Where:
Thursday, July 31 – 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.  
Parking lot in front of 2666 Pittman Drive, Silver Spring, MD (John Deere Landscaping Company)

Thursday, August 7 – 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.  
Parking Lot in rear of 2402-2465 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD (Technical Service Park)

Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan and fill out the questionnaire: www.montgomeryplanning.org/greaterlp

Social Media: #GreaterLP

Plan Background:
The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan was initially started in summer 2012 but was placed on hold at the direction of the County Council. Now, planners are looking to re-engage the community from the area west of Silver Spring and east of Rock Creek Park to determine the vision for the area that will guide development for the next twenty years and beyond.

The planning process will include a review of zoning and land use, with a particular focus on the commercial area along Brookville Road and the two proposed Purple Line stations. The Plan will look at potential locations for mixed-use development near stations, examine important employment centers, seek to preserve and enhance the existing single-family neighborhood character, coordinate with the Fort Detrick Forest Glen Annex planning process, address quality of life issues, and strive to maintain affordable housing and support cultural diversity. It will also address connections between the existing residential neighborhoods and employment areas along Brookville Road.

For the recap of the May 6 Relaunch community meeting, view the presentation and the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Briefing Book which summarizes the existing conditions of the Plan Area.

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