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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.

Nov 13 14

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Workshop Explains Expansion of State and County Funds for Rehabilitation Projects

by Bridget Schwiesow


Small business owners and residents invited to November 18 presentation on recent enhancements to County and state rehabilitation tax credit programs

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office Supervisor Scott Whipple will join staff from the Maryland Historical Trust at a November 18 presentation in Takoma Park on recent enhancements to County and state historic preservation tax credit programs. Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly expanded the Maryland Sustainable Communities Tax Credit program to help owners of small businesses complete rehabilitation projects in designated historic districts, and beginning in 2014, the county credits were increased to 25% from 10%.

“Montgomery County homeowners have made great use of the state historic preservation tax credits, often in concert with the county’s credits, but only a few commercial projects have received the state credits. That should change under the newly expanded state program,” says Whipple. “The expanded program will help owners of historic commercial property in Takoma Park, Kensington, and elsewhere in the county participate in this powerful historic preservation incentive program.”

This workshop is an opportunity for property owners to learn about the changes to the state program that make the credits more accessible for renovation projects, such as those in historic districts like Takoma Park or Kensington. The credits are also available to the owners of historic residential properties who rehabilitate their properties. The County’s 25 percent can be used with the state credits, greatly enhancing the benefit of the credits to owners who make investments in their historic properties.

A question and answer session will follow the presentations by state and county preservation experts to offer the opportunity for the public to understand the program details more fully.

Details:
What: Workshop on revised Maryland and Montgomery County historic preservation tax credits
When: Tuesday, November 18, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Historic Takoma Inc. Headquarters (7328 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD)
Why: Learn how to get a share of state and county funds dedicated to preserving historic structures and rebuilding the best of Maryland Communities

Nov 12 14

Montgomery Village Residents, Business Owners and Students Invited to Leave Comments on Montgomery Village Plan “Wall”

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Participatory exhibit at the Gaithersburg Library allows public to write down ideas for planning the Village’s future

Silver Spring, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting anyone with an interest in the future of Montgomery Village to participate in the Graffiti Wall Exhibition. The poster-board “wall” will be up from now until November 17, 2014 at the Gaithersburg Public Library (18330 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20879).

What is a graffiti wall?  It provides the opportunity to jot down your thoughts and comments, and even add a drawing or two about what is unique about Montgomery Village and what YOU want in your Village. Staff is looking for suggestions and solutions to the question: what is next for Montgomery Village and how will we get there?

It is sometimes hard to come and participate in a workshop setting when there’s homework, soccer practice and other family activities, so the Planning Department is bringing the wall to you as a way to encourage open dialogue on the future of your Village.  It’s easy – just come to the library during regular business hours and write on the Montgomery Village Graffiti Wall. Information collected here will be used to continue our dialogue during the next round of community forums, starting on December 8 at 7 p.m. at Watkins Mill High School (10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879).

Stay Connected:
Sign up: for the Montgomery Village Newsletter
Call: the #MVPlan Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: 301-495-4723
Learn More: www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp
Use in Social Media: #MVPlan

Learn more about the Montgomery Village Master Plan and how to get involved: www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp

Montgomery Village Background:
Montgomery Village has not been reviewed 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 narrative, recommendations or guidance for this community. 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 further refine the Gaithersburg East plan 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

Nov 7 14

Community Invited to Participate in Montgomery Planning’s “The Takeaway” – A Series of Online Conversations

by Bridget Schwiesow

First online event will focus on the Westbard Sector Plan using Google Hangout tool

Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting anyone with an interest in the future of Westbard to participate in a series of online conversations regarding the Westbard Sector Plan. The dialogue will start the week of November 10 and continue during the Westbard community workshops being held on November 10, 12, 13 and 14 to encourage public participation in the planning process.

Through the “Google Hangout” platform, planners are providing another alternative for community engagement that can be done from the convenience of a computer or a mobile device.

How it works: To participate in the online video chat, attendees will need a Gmail account and web cam-enabled mobile device or computer. The series can also be followed via an online live stream. Navigate to the Montgomery Planning Department Takeaway Series and join the conversation. Interested stakeholders can also participate via Twitter, Facebook, or our PlanWestbard webpage. After the live event, the Takeaway event can be accessed on www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard .

Learn more about Google Hangout.

This online series follows the PlanWestbard Kickoff meeting in September and Scope of Work meeting on October 21. The Takeaway Series will launch with the weeklong Community Charrette starting on November 10.

Themes to be discussed at The Takeaway Series:

-Connectivity
-Parks and Open Space
-Environment
-Land Use, Zoning and Design

“During the outreach process, staff heard that while there was an interest in participating in the Charette in person, it was not always convenient,” said Melissa Williams, Outreach Coordinator. “Now we are excited to offer this new online tool to make it easy for stakeholders to get involved with the process, get connected with staff and stay engaged with the Westbard Sector Plan.”

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 6 14

Speaker Series Starts November 12 To Examine the Influence of Past Planning Decisions on Today’s Montgomery County

by Bridget Schwiesow

 

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Planners, developers and historians reveal how politics and policies transformed the community 

SILVER SPRING, MD – On Wednesday, November 12, the Montgomery County Planning Department is launching its Winter Speakers Series, titled “A Once and Future County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County.” The five evening sessions will offer presentations by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the County’s Planning Board; panel discussions among regional planning experts; and question-and-answer sessions with attendees. Topics will reflect the subject of Hanson’s soon-to-be published book: Suburb: Planning Politics and the Public Interest in Montgomery County 1910-2010.

“Suburbs are places we hate to love. They have been disparaged as sprawling and soulless, but they have evolved into diverse places with growing populations and robust economies,” says Royce Hanson. “This speaker series will focus on the planning and development policies that have helped transform Montgomery County into one of the nation’s most innovative suburbs. The analysis of this progress is valuable for county residents and professionals to learn about as we move forward with new plans.”

The first session, “Planners, Politicians and How Montgomery County Got This Way,” will focus on development in the county from the end of the First World War to the present day. The presentation will examine the competing interests in approaching development; the strategic decisions of governing regimes; and the evolution of public engagement within the planning process. Panelists include the following experts:

Gus Bauman was Chairman of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission from 1989 to 1993 after serving as its legal counsel in the 1970s. An attorney who focuses on land use and environmental issues, Bauman currently advises on comprehensive planning, project development and natural resource regulation. His writings on land use and wetlands regulations have been cited by the Supreme Court. Before joining the Washington firm of Beveridge & Diamond, he was litigation counsel and legal department director for the National Association of Home Builders.

Lucille Harrigan served as the Legislative Information Coordinator for the Montgomery County Council for more than two decades. Before assuming that position in 1977, Harrigan worked as a speechwriter for the US Department of State and a contract writer for the Defense Department and US Information Agency. She has also taught courses in comparative government at Montgomery College. Recently, Harrigan co-wrote a series of papers on urban sprawl and metropolitan growth in the Washington region.

Harry Lerch is one of the most influential land use and zoning attorneys in the region. His law practice, Lerch, Early & Brewer, focuses on eminent domain and condemnation proceedings, zoning, planning, traffic mitigation, historic preservation and legacy open space. Prior to joining the Bethesda firm in 1970, Lerch served as general counsel for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. During his tenure at M-NCPPC, he oversaw the purchase of more than 14,000 acres of park land and was responsible for drafting legislation affecting zoning, subdivision and planning.

Each 90-minute event is free to the public and will be streamed online live. The November 12 session will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. Presentations in December and subsequent months will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m.

Learn more about the Once and Future County Speakers Series.

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

Nov 5 14

Weeklong Community Charrette to Plan Westbard’s Future Starts on Monday, November 10

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to brainstorm, collaborate with planners November 10-18 to capture best ideas for sector plan area

SILVER SPRING, MD – On November 10, 2014, the Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will launch a weeklong charrette – a series of intensive workshops –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 these meetings to offer their ideas about the area.

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

The community charrette will start on Monday, November 10, with walking tours of Westbard to familiarize participants with the area. The tours will be conducted at 10 a.m. and noon, starting at Westwood II Mall (5110 Ridgefield Rd, Bethesda, MD).

A workshop will also be held on Monday, starting at 9 a.m. at Westwood II and continuing until 5 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss concepts during these hours. No charrette activities will take place on Tuesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

On Wednesday, November 12, and Thursday, November 13, business owners and residents are invited to attend the “Sunrise Series” meetings being held from 7-8:30 a.m. at Westwood II. The community workshops will commence on those days and on Friday, November 14, at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

Evening presentations will be held during the week at Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd, Bethesda, MD) from 6-9 p.m. The summary of the charrette and its influence on the Concept Plan will be presented on Tuesday, November 18 at Westland Middle School (5511 Massachusetts Ave, Bethesda, MD) from 7-9 p.m.

What is a charrette?
char·rette (SH??ret/)Noun. A meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions together. The idea comes from the School of Fine Arts (École des Beaux Arts) in Paris where students would put their final drawings on a cart (charrette) to turn in for grading by a professor. Students would sometimes hop on the cart to finish their drawings.

The charrette will offer residents and stakeholders an opportunity to drop in and work one-on-one with the staff who will capture the ideas, visions and goals of the Westbard community.

Residents, business owners and property owners are invited to drop-in and meet with planners and representatives from other agencies during the daytime hours. The Sunrise Series was designed to serve those who have to be at work during the hours of 9 – 5. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required: www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard.

Charrette Schedule At A Glance:

Monday, November 10 –Walking tours will be conducted in the community at 10 a.m. and noon starting at Westwood II. The Charrette Drop-In hours will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. The evening Visioning Session will be at Walt Whitman High School from 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, November 11 – Observance of Veterans Day (no charrette activities).

Wednesday, November 12- A “Sunrise Series” meeting will be held for business owners and residents from 7-8:30 a.m. at Westwood II. Charrette Drop-In hours will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Westwood II. The Framework Concept will be presented at Walt Whitman High School from 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, November 13- A “Sunrise Series” meeting will be held for all stakeholders from 7-8:30 a.m. at Westwood II. Charrette Drop-In hours will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Westwood II. The community will be asked to give feedback on the preferred options for the Framework Concept at Walt Whitman High School from 6-9 p.m.

Friday, November 14- The community is invited to drop in at Westwood II during the day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to talk with Montgomery Planning Department staff as they refine the concept plan.

Monday, November 17- Planners will be working on the results of the charrette in preparation for Tuesday’s evening presentation of the completed Concept Plan (no Charrette Drop-in hours).

Tuesday, November 18- Planners will summarize the results of the charrette and its influence on the plan at Westland Middle School from 7-9 p.m.

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.

Nov 3 14

Montgomery County Planning Director Gwen Wright Presents Strategies for Community Wellness at National Institutes of Health Seminar

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Walkable, transit-oriented developments, community parks and gardens, Agricultural Reserve and food resource network improving health of County.

SILVER SPRING, MD – Gwen Wright, director of the Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will present key strategies for achieving healthy communities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Wright will join Acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak and other experts at the seminar “The National Prevention Strategy: Prioritizing Prevention to Improve the Nation’s Health,” held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 on the NIH campus in Bethesda.

The event is part of the “Mind the Gap: Translating from Clinic to Curbside” series of seminars aimed at discussing real-world solutions to national health problems, such as the obesity epidemic.

Wright will explain how Montgomery County’s new master plans and zoning ordinance promote healthy lifestyles in encouraging mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly and sustainable communities where residents can walk and bike to homes, stores, offices, parks and transit. She will highlight the programs undertaken by the Montgomery Parks Department in promoting exercise, recreation and health, including partnerships with some local physicians.

In addition, Wright will discuss the benefits of the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, with its 90,000 acres of farmland. This rural area provides fresh produce to residents at pick-your-own farms, orchards and farm stands, and supplies food to grocery chains and restaurants.

Several health-related planning tools will also be presented, including an electronic food resources map pinpointing community gardens, farmers’ markets and grocery stores.

Details:
What: The National Prevention Strategy: Prioritizing Prevention to Improve the Nation’s Health
When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Building 45 (Natcher), Balcony B, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
Watch: Live and archived videocast will be available at www.videocast.nih.gov
Connect: During the seminar follow on Twitter @NIHprevents and #NIHMtG.

The Mind the Gap event is sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention, National Institutes of Health; Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services