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Dec 9 14

Montgomery County Planning Department Expands Data Base of Civic and Homeowners Associations to Strengthen Community Ties

by Bridget Schwiesow

Efforts to verify and update information on local civic and homeowners groups aim to keep residents informed about planning issues in their neighborhoods

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is refreshing and revising its roster of community and homeowners associations to improve communications with these groups and the residents they serve.

The associations are being asked to update their email addresses and other contact information through an online form on the Planning Department website.

The collected data is being entered into the Association Explorer, an interactive map tool that allows the public to search for homeowner and civic groups in Montgomery County.

Planners also use the list to publicize topics of interest to specific neighborhoods. Developers access it to let communities know about their application plans. Having the most current email addresses of the civic and homeowners associations cuts costs and ensures a better, more rapid flow of information.

Dec 9 14

Chairs of Planning Boards in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties Urge Maryland’s Governor-Elect to Support Purple Line

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Letter to Republican Larry Hogan Outlines Economic Benefits of Light Rail Project

SILVER SPRING, MD – The two Planning Board chairs representing Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission recently sent a letter to Maryland’s Governor-elect Larry Hogan and his transition team explaining the important reasons for keeping the Purple Line on track.

The December 4 letter, sent by Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board, and Prince George’s County Planning Board Chair Elizabeth Hewlett also outlines the economic benefits of light rail.

View the letter to Governor-elect Hogan and his transition team supporting the Purple Line

Hogan, the Republican who won November’s election, has indicated that he will announce his decision on the future of the Purple Line once he officially takes office in January.  Construction of the $2.4 billion transit system is set to begin in 2015, although the state has moved a deadline for bids to design and build the project until after Hogan takes office.

“A failure to follow through on the Purple Line after decades of technical analysis and political wrangling that have brought the project to the brink of approval would not only send exactly the wrong signal to enterprises that have made major commitments of resources to the Purple Line,” wrote Anderson and Hewlett, “but would encourage endless delay tactics as a way to block future infrastructure projects.”

Both Planning Board Chairs underscore the three decades of planning and design, and tens of millions of dollars. from the state and local governments that have already been invested in the 16-mile transit project. The federal contribution to the project is $900 million and would be reallocated to another transit project – or lost — should the state cancel the Purple Line. This federal money could not be used to fund road or bridge projects.

In their letter, Anderson and Hewlett emphasize the economic rewards of transit-oriented development. More than 80 percent of new employment growth in the DC suburbs occurs within walking distance of a Metrorail station. Recent studies, they point out, show that consumers are willing to pay more for housing in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods near transit, and that proximity to transit also raises the value of office and retail space. The Purple Line is especially important to establishing strong ties among major business, housing and education centers by connecting Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park and New Carrollton.

“We know that money for the DC suburbs is a hard sell in some other parts of the state,” the two wrote. “But as appointed officials responsible for strengthening the key assets in our counties — particularly those assets needed to be competitive within the DC metro areas for jobs and residents in the future — we urge you to support the Purple Line as beneficial to the economic health of our region and state.”

Dec 5 14

Montgomery County Planning Department Studies Cycle Track for Connecticut Avenue to Serve Purple Line Station

by Bridget Schwiesow

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photo: example of a cycle track 

Design options for bicycle-only route developed along Connecticut Avenue between Manor Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, recently commissioned Toole Design Group of Silver Spring, MD, nationally recognized experts in bicycle planning and design, to develop conceptual designs for a “cycle track” on Connecticut Avenue between Manor Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive. These concepts incorporate the latest research and best practices to facilitate bicycle access to the future Capital Crescent Trail, Connecticut Avenue Purple Line station and future development around the station.

Review the Connecticut Avenue Cycle Track Concepts Study.

The 2013 Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan recommends a shared-use path on the east side of Connecticut Avenue that transitions to a separate sidewalk and bike-only route in the vicinity of the Purple Line station. Separating bicycles and pedestrians in this area is important due to the substantial pedestrian activity anticipated around the Purple Line station.

What is a cycle track?
A cycle track (also known as a “separated bike lane”) is a bike facility that is physically separated and distinct from both vehicular travel lanes and sidewalks. This separation greatly increases the comfort and safety for bicyclists by separating them from both vehicular traffic and pedestrians. Cycle tracks can operate in one or two directions, and can be located at street level, sidewalk level or an area in between.

Montgomery County opened its first cycle track in November 2014 along the west side of Woodglen Drive between Nicholson and Edson Lanes in the White Flint Sector Plan area.

Learn more about bicycling planning efforts in Montgomery County on the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Bicycle webpage.

Dec 4 14

Community Invited to Participate in Feedback Loop on Bethesda Downtown Plan Concepts

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Online questionnaire asks public to evaluate concepts for buildings, transportation systems, civic spaces and focal areas for environmental best practices.

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting stakeholders and residents to participate in the online “Feedback Loop” from December 8 through December 19 for the ongoing Bethesda Downtown Plan.

This online questionnaire encourages the public to offer views on a number of concepts, ranging from bike paths to building heights, proposed for the Plan. From this feedback, planners will be able to confirm their understanding of the community’s priorities for Downtown Bethesda.

The Bethesda Downtown Plan Feedback Loop will be available starting Monday, December 8 at www.bethesdadowntownplan.org

What is a Feedback Loop? A Feedback Loop is an opportunity for community members to engage in a productive dialogue with planners about the future being envisioned in a new plan. It provides an online venue for the planners to take the temperature of the community on concepts before they become final.

The Feedback Loop is coming after a year of work on the Bethesda Downtown Plan. This effort has included multiple public meetings, outreach events and a visual preferences survey. The Feedback Loop is an opportunity to react to preliminary planning concepts proposed for the Bethesda Downtown Plan. To learn even more about these proposed plan concepts, the public can watch the staff briefing to the Planning Board on December 11, either live or recorded.

In addition, a public meeting will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2015 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814). At that event, planning staff will present the concepts and feedback from the December 11 Planning Board meeting and answer questions from the audience.

The plan concepts open for public comment include:

  • New civic gathering spaces and green amenities
  • Transportation options, including bike paths and Purple Line access
  • Pedestrian networks and street extension
  • Proposed allowable building heights
  • Transitional areas next to residential neighborhoods
  • Focal areas of sustainability incorporating best environmental practices

After the results of the Feedback Loop, planners will complete the Staff Draft of the Bethesda Downtown Plan in March or April 2015.  There will be a public meeting to present the Staff Draft in 2015.

Feedback Loop Schedule:

  • Weigh in online at www.bethesdadowntownplan.org using the Feedback Loop online from 12/8 until 12/19.
  • Watch the staff brief the Planning Board on the Plan Concepts on 12/11
  • Attend the Drop-In session on Thursday, January 28, 2015 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814).

Check out all the details on the Bethesda Downtown Plan: www.bethesdadowntownplan.org

Watch the video recording Bethesda Downtown Plan Online Property Owners Forum held on October 29, 2014. Review a map of “Properties Under Discussion” to understand the ideas for the longer term future of Bethesda as the sector plan update proceeds. Also, review a map of “Pending and Recent Project Approvals in/and around Bethesda.” This “Development Finder” map shows projects that are recently completed or are already moving forward through our Development Review process under the current 1994 Bethesda Central Business District Plan or the 2006 Woodmont Triangle Amendment to that plan.

Questions, comments?
Email: bethesdadowntownplan@montgomeryplanning.org

Dec 3 14

Speaker Series Event on December 10 To Examine Evolution of Suburbs in Montgomery County

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners and developers reveal how politics and policies influenced transformation of car-centric areas into walkable, mixed-use communities

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department is hosting the second session in its Winter Speakers Series on Wednesday, December 10 at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.) from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The series is called “A Once and Future County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County” and  is hosted by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the County’s Planning Board.

The December 10 session, “Retrofitting the Suburbs: From Friendship Heights to White Flint,” will trace the evolution of strategic land use decisions in key areas of Montgomery County. Discussion among the invited speakers will focus on the influence of residential and commercial interests, the County Planning Board and its staff, County Council and County Executive, and changing approaches to planning.

“The speed and scale of the growth and change in Montgomery County over the past few decades made land development the most important component of our suburban political agenda,” says Hanson. “The next session will address the redevelopment of obsolete commercial centers and strips in the county as a result of master plans and engagement by developers and citizens.”

A question-and-answer session will conclude the panel discussion among the following experts:

Julie Davis is a retired partner of Caplin & Drysdale, a Washington law firm specializing in national and international tax issues.  For more than 40 years, Davis represented Montgomery County communities and civic associations on a pro bono basis in planning and zoning matters. She served on the Citizens Advisory Committee appointed by the Montgomery County Planning Board for the Friendship Heights Sector Plan, on the Planning Board’s Transportation Policy Review (“TPR”) group and, most recently, the Zoning Advisory Panel. In addition, Davis has been a member of the Montgomery County Charter Review Commission, Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board and Friendship Heights Transportation Management District Advisory Committee.

Evan Goldman is Vice President of Development for Federal Realty Investment Trust. He is responsible for managing the transformation of Rockville’s Mid-Pike Plaza Shopping Center into the mixed-use district called Pike & Rose, and is an active participant in the White Flint Partnership, an advocacy organization of commercial property owners. Goldman led the grassroots community campaign to secure the passage of the White Flint Sector Plan by the Montgomery County Council in 2010. Prior to joining Federal Realty in 2008, he was a partner at the Holladay Corporation, a development company in Washington, D.C., where he began his involvement with the White Flint Partnership.

John Robinson is an attorney who has practiced real estate, finance, employment and railway law. He served on the Montgomery County Planning Board from 2001 through 2009. A citizen activist for many years, Robinson has served as president of organizations as varied as the Rock Creek Hills Citizens Association, Noyes Children’s Library Foundation and Kensington Historical Society. In addition, he has co-chaired the Silver Spring Redevelopment Advisory Board and the Montgomery County Infrastructure Finance Working Group. He also served on the board of the Washington Area Housing Partnership.

The 90-minute “Retrofitting the Suburbs” event is free to the public and will be streamed online live. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.

The next session, “Trials and Errors of Corridor Cities Planning,” will be held on January 14 at the same time and place. It will examine the planning politics and development in the Rockville-Gaithersburg area; the challenges of a new town in Germantown; and the planning and development of Clarksburg.

Learn more about the Once and Future County Speakers Series.

Learn more: http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/department/onceandfuture/
Use hashtag: #onceandfuturecounty

Dec 2 14

Attend the Montgomery Village Matters Series – Monday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to meet with Montgomery County planners, learn about next steps and give feedback on the Montgomery Village Master Plan

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold the first MV Matters community meeting to discuss the Montgomery Village Master Plan on Monday, December 8, from 7-9 p.m. at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Rd, Gaithersburg, MD). Anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the future of the Montgomery Village community is invited to attend the MVMatters meeting where planners will provide information on the next steps of the planning process and explain how “what matters to MV” will be used in the master plan.

As a follow-up to the successful Montgomery Village Plan Kickoff meeting in October, the planning team is inviting residents to learn about specific subject areas, such as urban design, land use, parks, environment and transportation and more, through the MV Matters Series.

What is MV Matters All About?
MVMatters is a series of outreach events meant to engage the community in the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Planners have received initial feedback from residents on what they view as the most valuable places in the village and are now prepared to discuss these issues in greater detail.

The meeting will consist of a presentation of the existing conditions and the draft scope of work, a discussion of next steps and a preview of the next round of MVMatters sessions scheduled for January and February 2015. Staff planners will present their recommended Scope of Work to the Montgomery County Planning Board for action on December 11. The staff report will be available on or about December 5, 2014 at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/meetings_archive/

Details:
Montgomery Village Master Plan MVMatters Workshop #1
Monday, December 8, 7 – 9 p.m.
Watkins Mill High School Cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Rd, Gaithersburg, MD)
RSVP for the event

Workshop #2: Monday, January 12
Workshop #3: Monday, January 26
Workshop #4: Monday, February 9

Stay Connected:
Sign up: for the Montgomery Village Master Plan eNewsletter
Call:
the MVPlan Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: 301-495-4723
Follow: updates on Twitter: @mvplan
Learn More: www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp
Use: #MVPlan

Master Plan Background:
Montgomery Village has not been part of a Master Plan review 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 recommendations or guidance for this community because the Village fell within the Town Sector Zone, which did not allow the rezoning of properties for a 50 year period that comes to a close in 2015. 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 refine the Gaithersburg East plan further 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, because it wanted the zoning to be reassessed holistically before the prohibition on piecemeal rezoning of the Town Sector property expired the next year.

Nov 19 14

Speaker Series Event on December 10 To Examine Recent Suburban Retrofits and Transformations in Montgomery County

by Bridget Schwiesow

 

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Planners and developers reveal how politics and policies influenced recent retrofits in areas from Friendship Heights to White Flint

SILVER SPRING, MD – On Wednesday, December 10, the Montgomery County Planning Department is hosting the second session in its Winter Speakers Series titled “A Once and Future County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County.”  The evening event will feature a presentation by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the County’s Planning Board; panel discussions among regional planning experts; and question-and-answer sessions with attendees. The free event will be held at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and will be streamed live online.

The December 10 session, “Retrofitting the Suburbs: From Friendship Heights to White Flint,” will trace the evolution of strategic land use decisions in key areas of Montgomery County. Discussion will focus on the influence of residential and commercial interests, the County Planning Board and its staff, County Council and County Executive, and changing approaches to planning.

Panelists include the following experts:

Julie Davis is a retired partner of Caplin & Drysdale, a Washington law firm specializing in national and international tax issues.  For more than 40 years, Davis represented Montgomery County communities and civic associations on a pro bono basis in planning and zoning matters. She served on the Citizens Advisory Committee appointed by the Montgomery County Planning Board for the Friendship Heights Sector Plan, on the Planning Board’s Transportation Policy Review (“TPR”) group, its Centers and Boulevards study group, and most recently its Zoning Advisory Panel. In addition, Davis has been a member of the Montgomery County Charter Review Commission, the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, and the Friendship Heights Transportation Management District Advisory Committee.

Evan Goldman is Vice President of Development for Federal Realty Investment Trust. He is responsible for managing the transformation of Rockville’s Mid-Pike Plaza Shopping Center into a mixed-use project and is an active participant in the White Flint Partnership, an advocacy organization of commercial property owners. Goldman led the grassroots community campaign to secure the passage of the White Flint Sector Plan by the Montgomery County Council in 2010. Prior to joining Federal Realty in 2008, he was a partner at the Holladay Corporation, a development company in Washington, D.C., where he began his involvement with the White Flint Partnership.

John Robinson is an attorney who has practiced real estate, finance, employment and railway law. He served on the Montgomery County Planning Board from 2001 through 2009. A citizen activist for many years, Robinson has served as president of organizations as varied as the Rock Creek Hills Citizens Association, Noyes Children’s Library Foundation and Kensington Historical Society. In addition, he has co-chaired the Silver Spring Redevelopment Advisory Board and the Montgomery County Infrastructure Finance Working Group. He also served on the board of the Washington Area Housing Partnership.

Details:
-The 90-minute event is free to the public and will be streamed online live. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.

-The next session, “Trials and Errors of Corridor Cities Planning,” will be held on January 14 at the same time and place. It will examine the planning politics and development in the Rockville-Gaithersburg area; the challenges of a new town in Germantown; and the planning and development of Clarksburg.

Watch the video first Winter Speakers Series event from November 12 “Planners, Politicians and How Montgomery County Got This Way” featuring Royce Hanson, Harry Lerch, Lucille Harrigan and Gus Bauman.

Learn more about the Once and Future County Speakers Series.
Use hashtag: #onceandfuturecounty

Nov 19 14

Weeklong Charrette Captures Community Concepts for Westbard

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Citizen collaboration with planners from November 10-18 spurred ideas for housing, retail, pedestrian and bike connections to move plan forward

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, concluded its weeklong PlanWestbard Community Charrette – a series of intensive workshops – with a final presentation at Westland Middle School on November 18. The purpose of the charrette was to gather ideas and craft a concept framework plan for the Westbard Sector Plan. The Planning Department staff thanks the numerous residents, property and business owners, and interested citizens who offered valuable ideas about the area, from affordable housing to new streets and parks.

“The community charrette was a great starting point for the plan,” says lead planner John Marcolin. “A lot of valuable ideas emerged to give us momentum in planning Westbard’s future. We encourage the community to continue to give us feedback as we work on refining the plan concepts over the next few months.”

The existing 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 changes in the area.

The community charrette started on Monday, November 10 with walking tours of Westbard to familiarize participants with the area. During that day’s workshop, staff received community input about the area from comment cards, sketches and notes. The plan vision was presented at an evening event at Walt Whitman High School and stakeholders shared their ideas about future open spaces, civic and land uses, and connections within the Westbard area.

On Wednesday, November 12 and Thursday, November 13, business owners and residents attended the morning “Sunrise Series” meetings. Citizen association members and residents offered more input during the day. The evening sessions at Walt Whitman High School presented feedback on three schemes and two concept plans. Noted on the plans are ideas ranging from maintaining industrial uses and building new townhouses to creating a town green and better pedestrian access to the Capital Crescent Trail.

On Friday, November 14, meetings were held with representatives from Montgomery County public schools and libraries, and collaboration continued with community groups and individuals. Based on feedback received at the previous evening presentation, staff refined the concept plans.

On Tuesday, November 18, the final evening presentation examined the ideas offered during the weeklong charrette and their incorporation into the concept plan. View the presentation from November 18.

Over the next four months, planners will prepare the final Westbard Sector Plan based on the community input. They encourage the community to provide additional feedback during this time. The staff draft of the plan will be presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board in April 2015 for approval.

Stay Connected:
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
Use: #PlanWestbard

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 DC 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.

Nov 19 14

Montgomery Planning Board Pays Respects to John P. “Jack” Hewitt

by Bridget Schwiesow

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John P. “Jack” Hewitt, former Montgomery County Planning Board Commissioner, M-NCPPC Executive Director and first director of the Montgomery County Parks Department, died on October 25. A Silver Spring native and World War II veteran, Jack first worked for M-NCPPC in 1938 as a summer job, was hired permanently after serving in the war, and eventually became Parks Director from 1957 to 1971.  During his tenure, he was responsible for increasing the park system from fewer than 2,000 acres to more than 20,000 acres.  Jack served as M-NCPPC Executive Director from 1971-74 and as a Montgomery County Planning Board Commissioner from 1987 to 1991.  He was past president of the American Park & Recreation Association, past president of the Maryland Recreation & Park Society, and recipient of the Pugsley Medal, a prestigious parks award. A leader even in retirement, Jack was a founding member of M-NCPPC Retirees Association and served on the Board of the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

Nov 14 14

Attend the Westbard Community Charrette Final Presentation – Tuesday, Nov. 18

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to attend the presentation of Completed Concept Plan at Westland Middle School from 7 – 9 p.m.

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold the last PlanWestbard Community Charrette event with a final presentation of the Completed Concept Plan on Tuesday, November 18 at Westland Middle School (5511 Massachusetts Ave, Bethesda, MD) from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is the culmination of the weeklong charrette that involved a series of intensive workshops where planners worked with the community to gather ideas and craft a concept framework plan for the Westbard Sector Plan.

Residents, property and business owners, and interested citizens are invited to participate in the final charrette presentation. RSVP is encouraged but not required for the November 18 evening presentation.

The Final Presentation event will consist of a summary of the charrette and its influence on the Concept Plan as well as next steps for the Westbard Sector Plan.

A full schedule of all the workshops and presentations is posted online at www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard.

Details:
What: Final Community Charrette Presentation of Completed Concept Plan
When:
Tuesday, November 18, 7 – 9 p.m.
Where:
Westland Middle School (5511 Massachusetts Ave, Bethesda, MD)
Why: Planners will summarize the results of the charrette and its influence on the plan

Register for the PlanWestbard Community Charrette activities.

About the Westbard Sector Plan
The existing 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 changes in the area.

Before attending the charrette, the community is invited to review the Westbard Sector Plan Briefing Book summarizing the existing conditions of the Sector Plan area. This book is intended to be used as a reference for the community throughout the planning process.

Stay Connected:
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
Use: #PlanWestbard

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 DC 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.