SILVER SPRING – As Montgomery County continues to grow, planners are devising a set of policies that ensure new and existing residents have adequate roads, transit, schools and other infrastructure.
The draft 2012-2016 Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP), which planners will present to the Planning Board on Thursday, matches services like transportation and schools to serve existing and future growth. It also outlines the way growth should occur to create better communities through economic development, natural resource protection and strategies to create more social interaction and physical activity.
The SSP, formerly called the Growth Policy, manages growth over the next four years by setting policies and establishing tests to measure the impact of development.
In the report, planners forecast a continuing increase in growth, with the number of Montgomery County households increasing by 21 percent in the next 20 years, to 436,202 in 2030. To help grow where infrastructure exists, planners are drafting community plans that direct growth along the I-270 Corridor and in inner-ring urban areas, where nearly 90 percent of job, household, and population growth is expected.
Given the small amount of vacant, developable land in Montgomery County – just 2.8 percent or 9,249 acres – planners are encouraging more efficient development patterns to accommodate new residents and businesses. The recommendation is in keeping with the Planning Board’s direction for at least the last five years: compact, walkable redevelopment in urban centers near public transportation.
Recent master plans in White Flint and Wheaton are designed to achieve that. Plans nearing completion, such as Long Branch, Chevy Chase Lake, Glenmont and White Oak Science Gateway, will set a vision for smart growth and redevelopment to occur.
The 2012-2016 SSP differs from previous growth policies by introducing a new traffic test, Transportation Policy Area Review, which calculates the effects of all new development over different time periods on roads and transit. The traffic test analyzes roadway congestion and transit service and provides tools to match funding of improvements where growth pressure is highest. Road and transit improvement funding would come from a mix of public funds and contributions from developers.
Like the Growth Policy, the SSP continues the same standards for classroom capacity to ensure enough desks for all school-age children. However, it recommends that school facility payments charged to new development be updated to reflect current construction costs.
The Board will review the SSP report Thursday, and schedule a public hearing in late June. After the Board refines the SSP during worksessions, it will deliver its draft to the County Council for review by August 1.
Montgomery County Planning Board
2012-2016 Subdivision Staging Policy
10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 14 (time approximate)
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
SILVER SPRING, Md–The Montgomery Parks Foundation Board of Trustees elected Theresa Cameron and Kelly Groff to three year terms on the governing body at its March 28 meeting. The appointments were approved on April 19 by the Montgomery County Planning Board. The Montgomery Parks Foundation, a 501 c (3) charitable organization, is a champion for M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, promoting the values and benefits of the park system to residents and policy-makers and raising private sector revenue to help it preserve and enhance its award-winning status.
“Both Kelly and Theresa are well-connected in the County, bring an incredible amount of local experience and appreciate well the importance of our parks to what attracts businesses and residents to our county,” indicated Joseph Isaacs, President of the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery Parks Foundation. “Their insights into our community will help the Foundation enormously as we identify private sources of revenue to support the preservation and improvement of our parks at a time when tax revenues are limited and appropriations to parks cannot meet the demands.”
Theresa Cameron is the Manager of Local Arts Agency Services at Americans for the Arts, where she develops and implements programs and services to strengthen the area’s 5,000 local arts agencies. Previously, Cameron served for 10 years as the CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), overseeing the operations of this $4 million quasi-governmental agency. Prior to joining AHCMC, she was manager of corporate and foundation relations at the Association of University Women Educational Foundation and held a post with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cameron brings considerable board experience to the Montgomery Parks Foundation Board of Trustees, having chaired the Maryland Association of Nonprofits Board, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District Advisory Committee. She also served on the Boards of the Montgomery County Conference and Visitor’s Bureau and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the Leadership Maryland and Leadership Montgomery programs and was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.
Kelly Groff was appointed Director of the Conference and Visitors Bureau of (CVB) of Montgomery County, Maryland in 1994. Prior to joining the CVB, she served as an Economic Development Specialist in the Tourism division of the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development. Groff began her career in 1985 as a travel trade development officer with the Baltimore City Office of Promotion and Tourism. Following this position, she worked as the director of catering and room sales at the Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore’s Fells Point, and then as director of sales for the new Clarion Inn at Pier 5 at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
A native Marylander, Groff was an Adjunct Professor with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Department of Hotel Management at the Universities at Shady Grove. She taught Eco & Cultural Tourism and Hospitality and Leisure Services Marketing.
The Montgomery Parks Foundation provides opportunities for county residents and businesses to support Montgomery Parks as members, donors, sponsors, and advocates, and actively seeks individual donations, sponsorships, legacy gifts, and endowments to support park operations, development and maintenance.
SILVER SPRING – When an application for new development is brought before the Planning Board for consideration, planners calculate how much impact each proposal would have on area roads and transit.
Last year, the County Council asked planners to develop a new policy area test, the Transportation Policy Area Review (TPAR), that would ensure that transportation infrastructure – roads or transit – would be adequate to serve new residents or anyone traveling to or from a new development. In response, planners developed a draft TPAR test, which will be the subject of a public hearing before the Planning Board next week.
The proposed transportation test would measure the effect of new automobile or transit trips that would be generated by new development in each of the 21 policy areas in Montgomery County. TPAR would replace the Policy Area Mobility Review, or PAMR, that planners have used for the last several years to measure transportation adequacy.
TPAR is based on transportation recommendations that are included in each master plan and take into account regional growth projections. TPAR also would measure automobile and transit adequacy separately to make it clearer for decision-makers to understand how new trips would affect the policy area and make it easier to determine where solutions are needed.
The TPAR test would identify specific road and transit solutions, making it easier to schedule and fund capital projects. Funding is suggested to occur through public-private partnerships linked to county and state transportation budgets.
Under the proposed TPAR guidelines, an annual report would monitor both development and the progress of transportation projects.
Sign up to testify at the public hearing. At the date prompt, scroll to 4/19 and scroll to item 7.
Montgomery County Planning Board
Transportation Policy Area Review (TPAR) Public Hearing
2 p.m. Thursday, April 19
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
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SILVER SPRING, MD – Wondering about that sign advertising pending development in your community? Curious about how forest conservation works?
Planning issues touch on many aspects of Montgomery County life. Residents and others with questions about upcoming development, community plans, zoning, transportation, or environmental issues may find the Planning Department to be a virtual maze.
To help guide residents and others to the answers they seek in a timely way, the Department has created a new webpage that features links and phone numbers by name, subject and frequently requested items. The page allows visitors to access links as well as submit questions and comments via an online form.
The HELP page is accessible from the Department’s homepage through the red HELP icon.
The page is intended to help the Department continue to provide exemplary customer service in an era of shrinking resources.
For immediate release:
July 19, 2011
For more information, contact:
Montgomery County Planning Department
SILVER SPRING, MD – This month, the Planning Board and County Council approved the required planning tools to begin accepting new development applications in White Flint. Located along Rockville Pike north of Bethesda, White Flint is poised for a series of new development projects that will dramatically change the look, feel and function of the community.
With today’s Council approval of the final tool – a transportation analysis program – the planning area is open for new development. To recognize this economic milestone, the Planning Board is hosting a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Friday at the White Flint Mall. County Council members, representatives from the County Executive’s Office, Planning Board members, planners, residents and others will be on hand to declare the planning area open for business.
The White Flint Sector Plan, approved last year, establishes prerequisites that must be satisfied at each phase of development to ensure that public services, like roads, are adequate. They include establishing a transportation approval mechanism, a financing mechanism to fund infrastructure improvements, and a transportation analysis and monitoring program.
Opening phase one of development in White Flint allows property owners to submit development applications. The Board approved three sketch plan applications – North Bethesda Market II, North Bethesda Gateway and Mid-Pike Plaza – last winter, but have not accepted more detailed site plans because the staging plan had not been developed. Now that the staging plan has been approved, planners expect applications for those plans as well as others, such as at the White Flint Metro site.
Planners and County Councilmembers have looked to White Flint as an economic engine for the county, given its strategic location along Metro’s Red Line and the availability of re-developable land.
Montgomery County Planning Board
White Flint Phase 1 Ribbon-Cutting
White Flint Mall Center Court
11301 Rockville Pike
(enter off Lot 1 next to Cheesecake Factory)
11 a.m. Friday, July 22
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SILVER SPRING – Silver Spring resident Casey Anderson, an attorney and community activist, was sworn in today as a commissioner on the five-member Montgomery County Planning Board. Anderson was appointed by the Montgomery County Council earlier this month to replace former Commissioner Joe Alfandre.
Norman Dreyfuss, a developer and affordable housing advocate, also was sworn in today. Dreyfuss was reappointed to a second term on the Planning Board.
A former newspaper reporter and congressional staffer, Anderson is a partner in a litigation consulting firm.
Before his appointment to the Planning Board, Anderson served on the boards of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the Citizens League of Montgomery County, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Committee for Montgomery. He also is a former vice president of the Woodside Civic Association and executive vice chairman of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board.
Anderson holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the IDI Group Companies, Dreyfuss is a developer with decades of experience throughout the Washington, D.C., region. Dreyfuss has worked in all aspects of community development. Among other projects, Dreyfuss developed Leisure World of Maryland, the region’s largest retirement community, Leisure World has more than 8,000 residents.
A champion of affordable housing, Dreyfuss serves as a commissioner on the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission and co-chairs the county’s annual Affordable Housing Conference. He has served on the County Affordable Housing Task Force and numerous other commissions and task forces related to condominiums, affordable housing, and master planning.
Learn more about the Planning Board.
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SILVER SPRING, MD—The Montgomery County Planning Board awarded certificates of appreciation to 92 Capital Crescent Trail Coalition (CCTC) volunteers for collecting user data on the county’s popular Capital Crescent Trail. CCTC Chair Peter Gray and volunteers Wayne Phyillaier and Christopher Marston were present at last Thursday’s Planning Board meeting to accept the award on the group’s behalf.
“I want to thank the Capital Crescent Trail Coalition for their efforts,” said Montgomery County Department of Parks Director Mary Bradford during last Thursday’s Planning Board meeting, “and pledge our department’s continued commitment to working with the coalition to improve management, safety and future development of the trail.”
The 92 CCTC volunteers gathered data from thousands of Capital Crescent Trail users during the fall of 2006 to produce the May 2007 Capital Crescent Trail/Georgetown Branch Trail Survey Report for the Department of Parks. The Department of Parks will use these survey findings on the amount and type of use on the trail to make future management decisions about park trail planning and proposed development projects near the trail.
“The coalition’s survey analysis is a tremendously valuable resource for us,” said Department of Parks Park Planning Supervisor Tanya Schmieler. “This is the largest, single, park and trail planning volunteer effort to date and we are extremely appreciative of the coalition.”
The 140-hour CCTC volunteer project detailed user counts at 4 locations along the Capital Crescent Trail: Grubb Road, Elm Street Park, the Bethesda Trailhead and Brookeway Drive. The group first conduced a survey of trail users in 1996 and again in 2000. Survey findings from 2006 reveal that Capital Crescent Trail use is up significantly—over 50 percent—from 160 average users per hour in 1996 to over 240 hourly users in 2006. The group’s findings also substantiate the popularity of hard surface trails in the county, with more than 500 hourly users on the Capital Crescent Trail during peak periods. In addition, survey results document trends in the variety of trail use, finding bicyclists were the heaviest users at all survey sites except Bethesda Avenue where walkers predominated, and people using roller blades on the trail have consistently declined—from over 10 percent in 1996, down to only 1-2 percent in 2006.
During last Thursday’s meeting, CCTC Chair Peter Gray told the Planning Board that one of the most pressing issues along the trail was the safety of all of the trail users and avoiding conflicts and accidents among and between users, especially pedestrians and bikers.
The Department of Parks met with representatives from the CCTC earlier this month to discuss trail safety. During the meeting the group discussed current safety measures being employed along the Capital Crescent Trail, such as rule enforcement by Park Police, Park Rangers and Park Police volunteers and public education about sharing the trails; and identified possible safety improvements, such as progressive physical trail improvements and the redevelopment of the trail if required.
The Capital Crescent Trail is an 11 mile paved trail, which follows an abandoned railroad right of way which extends from Georgetown in the District of Columbia to Silver Spring in Montgomery County. It is the most popular trail in the county’s parks system, which includes nearly 200 miles of paved and natural surface trail.
For more on trails in the county’s parks system, visit www.MontgomeryTrails.org.
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INTERESTED MEDIA: Photo of certificate presentation available upon request.
Media Relations Manager
Montgomery County Department of Parks
SILVER SPRING, MD — This afternoon the Montgomery County Planning Board unanimously and enthusiastically approved a $1 million real estate contract to purchase the historic site and former home of Josiah Henson, a slave that served as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s model for her novel on slavery, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Originally a larger tobacco plantation, the one-acre property, including the 18th century main house with log kitchen wing, is located at 11420 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda.
Currently the property is designated on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation but has been in private ownership and not accessible to the public. When the settlement is completed, the property will become part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s 32,639-acre park system in Montgomery County, Maryland. To protect the property for future generations, the Board will explore options for restoring the building, interpreting its history and making it accessible to the public.
The heirs of Marcel and Hildegarde Mallet-Prevost who owned the property since the 1960s and the Planning Board hope to settle on the property by the end of next week. If all goes according to plan, it is the Board’s intention to hold a deed transfer ceremony on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Monday, January 16.
Josiah Henson, a slave who lived and worked on the property for more than 30 years, escaped to freedom in Canada in 1830, where he published his autobiography “The Life of Josiah Henson” in 1849. Harriet Beecher Stow based her 1852 novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” on his writings. Henson became prominent in the abolitionist movement and traveled in the United States and England to tell his life story. He lived to the age of 94 and is buried near his home in Dresden, Ontario, which has been preserved as a Canadian historic site.
Montgomery County will provide the initial funding to purchase the property and will apply for 100 percent grant assistance from Maryland’s Program Open Space over the coming months.
SILVER SPRING, MD — The Montgomery County Planning Board invites organizations and members of the community to comment on how to improve the Board’s public hearing process, at a special public hearing on Thursday, January 19, 2006, 7 p.m., in the M-NCPPC auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.
“This hearing gives our residents a unique opportunity to share their ideas, comments and suggestions on ways to enhance our transparency and encourage greater community participation and public access to the land use and development decision-making process,” said Derick P. Berlage, Montgomery County Planning Board Chairman.
Information and advance signups are available from Community Outreach and Media Relations, 301-495-4600. Speakers may also sign up at the public hearing.
Written comments are also welcome and may be addressed to Derick P. Berlage, Chairman, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910, faxed to 301-495-1320 or e-mailed MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org.
SILVER SPRING, MD — The Montgomery County Planning Board encourages public testimony on the proposed park management plan for the new Serpentine Oaks Conservation Park, located on the north side of Piney Meeting House Road in Potomac, on Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m., 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring.
Plans proposed for the park include an interpretive trail network to provide low impact access to the park and outdoor educational opportunities. Montgomery County’s conservation parks are reserved for environmental protection and the enjoyment of nature.
Acquired beginning in 2002 through the Legacy Open Space program, the 300+ acre Serpentine Oaks Conservation Park harbors more than 20 threatened or endangered plants in a rare “serpentine” ecosystem. This unique ecosystem is profoundly influenced by the unique rock that underlies the area and supports a rare plant community that adapted to the thin soils and high concentrations of metals. Many rock outcroppings in the park expose this mottled greenish rock. Composed of a variety of oaks, the forest also includes hickory and pine trees, all of which have a short, stunted appearance even though most are mature trees.
“Our visionary Legacy Open Space program focuses on preserving the county’s best natural areas, historical resources and urban open spaces,” said Derick P. Berlage, Planning Board Chairman. “And this new park is an outstanding example of the program’s power to preserve unique natural features.” In North America, the largest remaining serpentine ecosystems are found in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
To sign up in advance to speak, call 301-495-4600. Organizations will have five minutes to speak, and individuals have three minutes. For more information, those interested may log on www.montgomeryparks.org.