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Jun 11 14

Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Workshop – July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to give feedback on existing strengths and weaknesses of the plan area   

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a community workshop for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on Tuesday, July 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to identify existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges for the Plan Area. The meeting will take place at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD) and all residents, property owners and business owners are invited to attend. RSVP’s are encouraged, but not required.

As a follow-up to the successful relaunch meeting held in early May, the planning team would like to invite residents to give their feedback on preferences for the Plan Area which will help to contribute to the overall plan, which will form the foundation for transforming the heart of Greater Lyttonsville.

Details:
What: Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Workshop
Who: Residents, property owners, and anyone focused on the future of Greater Lyttonsville
When: Tuesday, July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center – 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan: www.montgomeryplanning.org/greaterlp
Social Media: #GreaterLP

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

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.

Jun 9 14

Bethesda Downtown Plan Visual Preferences Survey Still Open to the Public

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bethesda logo

Results to date available online, survey still available to the public  

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department has extended the availability of the Bethesda Downtown Plan online visual preferences survey and encourages the community to vote on the look and feel that they would like to see in Downtown Bethesda.

The survey was launched in early May and the results thus far are available online. Due to the popularity of the survey, the survey’s availability has been extended until June 16. Take the survey today.

For each neighborhood in downtown Bethesda, the informal survey poses questions about street character, gathering spaces, and the preferred landscaping for those spaces. Survey results will give direction to Planning staff about how Downtown Bethesda should look and feel for the next twenty years and beyond.

Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan and how to get involved: www.bethesdadowntownplan.org

Jun 9 14

Attend the Bethesda Downtown Plan EcoDistrict Community Workshop – June 18, 7-9 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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The public is invited to participate in an EcoDistrict workshop

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will host a community workshop on an EcoDistrict concept for the Bethesda Downtown Plan on Wednesday, June 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center  Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD). RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

The workshop will introduce the concepts and principles of an EcoDistrict, with examples from across the country.  Participants will help define goals and objectives and set priorities for incorporation into the Bethesda Downtown Plan. Learn more about the EcoDistrict concept.

The Bethesda Downtown Plan Scope of Work approved by the Planning Board on Jan. 31, defined the Scope of Work to include three core themes of sustainability to guide the planning framework. These sustainability themes are explored further in the EcoDistrict concept:

- Economic sustainability
- Social sustainability
- Environmental sustainability

Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan and how to get involved: www.bethesdadowntownplan.org

May 27 14

Learn About Proposed “Ecodistrict” for Bethesda Downtown Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bethesda logo

Proposed Ecodistrict information now available online, along with opportunity to give comments on framework concept, and take online visual preferences survey 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department encourages the community to learn about the principles of an “ecodistrict” that is being proposed for incorporation into the Bethesda Downtown Plan. The purpose of the ecodistrict is to integrate the goals of social, economic and environmental sustainability over the broader downtown area. In order to achieve these goals, the sector plan recommendations and implementation strategies will have to be carefully crafted.

Learn about the proposed Bethesda Downtown Plan ecodistrict and give comments online.

Residents have until June 6 to take the online visual preference survey for the Bethesda Downtown Plan. This informal survey  poses questions about street character, gathering space, and the types of landscaping for each neighborhood in downtown Bethesda. The results will give direction to the Planning Department about how the Downtown could look and feel for the next twenty years and beyond.

The draft Framework Plan was presented at the May 17 Bethesda Downtown Plan Community Workshop. The concept shows several areas as “Expanded Centers of Activity” and two as “Emerging Centers of Activity.” These designations were informed by the community’s input at the March 1 Community Workshop. A “Symbolic Center” is shown at the Bethesda Metro Station which acknowledges the fact that while the area around the station is not a retail destination or center of a wide variety of activities, it is still a “Symbolic Center” and a transit destination. Blue circles show where lively, enhanced “Civic Gathering Spaces” can be in the future. The framework concept also shows other existing and proposed open spaces. Give your comments on this framework plan by emailing the Bethesda Downtown Plan Team: bethesdadowntownplan@montgomeryplanning.org

View the presentation from the successful May 17 community workshop. Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan and how to get involved: www.bethesdadowntownplan.org

About The Montgomery County Planning Department: The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department is comprised of 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org

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May 22 14

Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Monday Matters Meeting Series

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to meet the planning team, learn about existing conditions and give feedback

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a series of Monday evening meetings in June for the Greater Lyttonsville community to attend and learn more about the planning process for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan. As a follow-up to the successful relaunch meeting held in early May, the planning team would like to invite residents to learn about specific subject areas such as: urban design, historic preservation, land use, parks, environment and transportation, including the Purple Line. The planning team will discuss these subject areas and how they will contribute to the overall plan, which will form the foundation for transforming the heart of Greater Lyttonsville.

All residents, property owners, and business owners are invited to attend the Monday Matters meetings on June 2, 9 and 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD), 2nd Floor Classroom.

Details:
What: Greater Lyttonsville Monday Matters Meeting Series
Who: Residents, property owners, and anyone interested in Greater Lyttonsville
When: 
Monday, June 2 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Urban Design, Historic Preservation, Land Use
Monday, June 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Parks, Environment
Monday, June 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Transportation, Purple Line

Where: Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center – 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan: www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/lyttonsville
Social Media: #GreaterLP

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

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.

May 20 14

Montgomery Parks Announces Special Events, Festivals and Programs for July, August and September

by Melissa Chotiner
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BlackHillfamilytrek2SILVER SPRING, MD—Are you ready for the summer? Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has you covered with a host of special events, festivals and programs for July, August and September 2014. You can find everything from firework displays to outdoor festivals to ice skating shows in Montgomery Parks; and all affordable and family-friendly.

A sampling is listed below; all summer offerings can be found in the Montgomery County Summer 2014 Guide to Recreation and Parks Programs at www.MontgomeryParks.org/guide and in print at select Parks and Recreation facilities, government buildings and libraries, while supplies last.

JULY 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGAMS

Montgomery County Celebrates Independence Day

Germantown Glory

Friday, July 4, 7:00 p.m.

Free

South Germantown Recreational Park

18041 Central Park Circle

Boyds, MD

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec

Live music begins at 7:00 p.m. featuring “In Gratitude, A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire.” Fireworks begin at 9:15. Food vendors will be on site.

A second July 4 celebration is offered by Montgomery County at Einstein High School in Kensington.

Mid-County Sparkles

Friday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.

Free

Einstein High School

11135 Newport Mill Road

Kensington, MD 20895

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec

Come celebrate Independence Day with live music and fireworks. Live music begins at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Food vendors will be on site.

Little Bennett Outdoor Fest

Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Free

Little Bennett Regional Park

23705 Frederick Road

Clarksburg, MD 20871

www.LittleBennettCampground.com

A full day of outdoor activities, games, hands-on learning and fun! Get new ideas on how to protect and enjoy the great outdoors from outdoor groups and retailers, conservation organizations and Montgomery Parks professionals. Activities include pitch-a-tent contest, live music, campfire building demo, hayride tours, s’mores, naturalist-led hikes and more.

Theatre on Ice

Saturday, July 26, 6:00 p.m.

Free

Cabin John Ice Rink

10610 Westlake Drive

Rockville, MD 20852

www.CabinJohnIce.com

Come see the Theater on Ice camp skating performances. Enjoy a themed show set to music and choreographed by professional instructors.

AUGUST 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Theatre on Ice

Friday, August 8, 11:00 a.m.

Free

Wheaton Ice Arena

11717 Orebaugh Ave

Wheaton, MD 20902

www.WheatonIceArena.com

Come see the Theater on Ice camp skating performances. Enjoy a themed show set to music and choreographed by professional instructors.

Nature’s Summer Theatre

Friday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

$5, www.ParkPASS.org (Course #283300)

Locust Grove Nature Center

7777 Democracy Boulevard

Bethesda, MD 20817

Spend a summer evening watching birds and bats dance in the sky, hear a concert performed by insects and frogs, and explore a dazzling sunset light show. The evening ends with an outdoor film in our wild theater. Young performers can try out interpretive dance moves, shadow puppets, and frog songs, among other fun activities. All adults and children must register and pay fee. Ages 2 and up.

SEPTEMBER 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Pawpaw Festival

Sunday, September 7, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free

Meadowside Nature Center

5100 Meadowside Lane

Rockville, MD 20855

Apple Festival

Friday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Meadowside Nature Center

5100 Meadowside Lane

Rockville, MD 20855

Monarch Fiesta Day

Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Free

Black Hill Visitor Center

20926 Lake Ridge Drive

Boyds, MD 20841

www.BlackHillNature.org

Celebrate the monarch butterfly and its amazing annual migration to Mexico. Activities include monarch tagging and release, tours of the monarch waystation, migration activity, monarch photo opportunity, insect hunt, monarch movie, story time, crafts and more.

About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

May 12 14

Approved and Adopted Glenmont Sector Plan Available Now

by Bridget Schwiesow

Cover of Glenmont Sector Plan

Final Sector Plan and Design Guidelines available online 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Approved and Adopted Glenmont Sector Plan is now available online.  The County Council approved the Sector Plan in November 2013. The Plan area covered approximately 711 acres around the Glenmont Metro Station, with a diverse population of 12,582. The planning process was enhanced by the community outreach strategy, which was comprised of public meetings, stakeholder interviews and community visioning workshops. With a focus on encouraging mixed-use development at the Glenmont Shopping Center, the Glenmont Sector Plan takes a fresh look at the opportunities for revitalization and the challenges of transforming the core of Glenmont from an auto-oriented development into a transit-oriented, walkable, mixed-use community.

The Approved and Adopted Sector Plan can be accessed online along with the history of the planning process.

The Glenmont Sector Plan Design Guidelines are also now available to the public. Design Guidelines, approved by the Planning Board, help implement the recommendations of the Sector Plan. They illustrate how plan recommendations and zoning ordinance requirements can be met in the context of individual sites through best practices for building and site design.

Building upon the work that came out of the Glenmont Sector Plan, the County Department of General Services was successful in their bid to obtain assistance from the Urban Land Institute (ULI)-Council of Government (COG) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Program. The twelve-week program will evaluate the challenges of redeveloping the Glenmont Shopping Center and suggest strategies to implement the vision of the Sector Plan.

May 7 14

Attend Next Bethesda Downtown Plan Workshop – Saturday, May 17

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bethesda logo

Planners to present a preliminary framework concept for the Bethesda Downtown Plan and get ideas on character of Downtown neighborhoods

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a second workshop for the Bethesda Downtown Plan on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (4301 East-West Hwy., Bethesda, MD). Planners will present a framework concept for the plan based on feedback from numerous community meetings held since last fall, followed by a break-out session where participants will work in groups to examine the characteristics of the various neighborhoods that make up the Downtown Bethesda. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to weigh in on an online visual survey leading up to and during the event. For each neighborhood in downtown Bethesda, the informal survey will pose questions about street character, gathering space, and the types of landscaping for those spaces. The survey is available now and will give direction to the Planning Department about how the Downtown could look and feel for the next twenty years and beyond.

Details:
What: Bethesda Downtown Presentation and Workshop
Who: Residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in the future of Downtown Bethesda
When: Saturday, May 17 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Where: Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (4301 East-West Hwy., Bethesda, MD)

Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan and how to get involved: www.bethesdadowntownplan.org

May 5 14

Montgomery Parks and Kensington Historical Society to Celebrate a Milestone on the Road to Rehabilitation of the Historic Brainard Warner Manor

by Melissa Chotiner
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Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2 – 4 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, May 18, 2 – 4 p.m.
Warner Circle Special Park, 10231 Carroll Place, Kensington, MD 20839 
 

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the Kensington Historical Society will celebrate a milestone on the road to rehabilitation of the historic Brainard Warner Manor on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. The 1891 house, located in Warner Circle Special Park in Kensington, recently had two non-historic wings removed as part of a major rehabilitation effort to return the house to its historic beauty and restore the grounds. These efforts have been funded with support from Montgomery Parks Legacy Open Space Program, Restoration of Historic Structures Fund, and state bond bills. Additional fundraising efforts are in progress to support rehabilitation of the interior.

BRAINARD WARNER MANOR CELEBRATION

WHO:    Members of the community, elected officials and local businesses and organizations are invited to a community celebration.

WHAT:   A community celebration at the historic Brainard Warner Manor will feature a speaking program followed by refreshments and family activities.

Brainard Warner Manor Celebration Schedule:

2:00         Guests arrival and refreshments

2:15           Speaking program

  • Mary Bradford, Director of Montgomery Parks
  • Peter Fosselman, Mayor of Kensington
  • Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive
  • Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Councilmember
  • Richard Madaleno, Maryland State Senator, District 18
  • Julie O’Malley, President, Kensington Historical Society

2:45         Family-friendly activities including historic games and crafts

4:00         Celebration concludes

WHEN:     Saturday, May 17, 2014,* 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

                  *Rain date: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE:     Brainard Warner Manor

Warner Circle Special Park

10231 Carroll Place

Kensington, MD 20895

WHY:      Celebrate an important milestone in the rehabilitation of this historic house that is undergoing a long-term rehabilitation including architectural and engineering work to transform the vacant building.

Montgomery Parks, with the ongoing support of the Town of Kensington and community leaders, has been working to rehabilitate the 1891 Historic Brainard Warner Manor for many years. The former home of Kensington founder, Brainard Warner, the site was acquired by the Parks Department in 2005 through the Legacy Open Space Program, to preserve the structures and the historic landscape that has served as a de facto town green for decades. The site is listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, and is also included in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Brainard Warner Manor is one of 117 historic structures located in Montgomery Parks. For more information about historic structures and sites in Montgomery Parks please visit www.historyintheparks.org.

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Apr 29 14

Attend Makeover Montgomery 2 | Moving Forward Montgomery May 8 – 10

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Three-day conference will explore latest planning trends from across the region

SILVER SPRING, MD – The community is invited to register for Makeover Montgomery 2 | Moving Forward Montgomery. The three-day conference is happening May 8-10 and will look at the latest trends, issues and solutions that can help move our community forward. This event is following on the success of the Makeover Montgomery conference in 2011 which focused on the Zoning Rewrite project. Now, the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland have joined forces again to host Makeover Montgomery 2 | Moving Forward Montgomery (MM2).

The conference will kick off on Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland, College Park with a keynote address delivered by Ellen Dunham-Jones, award-winning architect and professor of contemporary architecture and urban design at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture. Ms. Dunham-Jones is also a board member of the Congress for New Urbanism and coauthor of “Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs.”

The conference will then continue on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at the Silver Spring Civic Building located in downtown Silver Spring (One Veterans Pl., Silver Spring, MD). Conference organizers are pleased to present an exciting lineup of regional and national experts to lead discussions on a variety of topics within the following tracks:

  • Transportation and Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
  • Creative Use of Public Assets/Public-Private Partnerships
  • Current Planning Trends

All across the country, suburban planners and residents are grappling with how to adapt to demographic shifts, changing housing preferences, and growing infrastructure costs – all while making their communities more sustainable. This event will address these themes and more with some of the brightest planning minds from across the country.

Review the full conference agenda including speakers and topics. Learn about the full conference agenda and registration information.

MM2 Conference Details:
MM2 | Moving Forward Montgomery
May 8, 2014, 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Auditorium on the campus of The University of Maryland, College Park
May 9-10, 2014, starting at 8 a.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building  (1 Veterans Pl., Silver Spring)
Registration fee: $35
AICP CM and AIA CE credits are pending

About The Montgomery County Planning Department:
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department is comprised of 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

About The National Center for Smart Growth:
The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education (NCSG) is a nonpartisan center for research on smart growth and related land use issues in Maryland, in metropolitan regions around the nation, and in Asia and Europe. Located at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, just eight miles from Washington, D.C., the NCSG was founded in 2000 as a cooperative venture of four University of Maryland schools: Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Public Policy; Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Engineering.  The mission of the NCSG is to bring the diverse resources of the University of Maryland and a network of national experts to bear on issues related to land use and the environment, transportation and public health, housing and community development, and international urban development. The NCSG accomplishes this through independent, objective, interdisciplinary research, outreach and education.

About The Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland:
The Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland brings together an active community of scholars and students to creatively confront the issues facing our cities and metropolitan regions. Through instruction, participation in research, and community interaction, students explore the changing character and critical problems of modern urban development. The core curriculum of the Urban Studies and Planning Program emphasizes understanding of the political, economic, institutional and social context in which professional planners work with a variety of stakeholders to develop and implement plans and programs. The aim of the Master of Community Planning degree is to prepare planning professionals and future scholars. The Program is located within the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

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