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Sep 4 15

Scope of Work for Bicycle Master Plan Will Be Presented to Planning Board on September 10

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bicycle Master Plan

Community invited to hear about the approach to the Bicycle Master Plan at Board meeting

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is launching its Bicycle Master Plan this fall and will present the Scope of Work for the Plan at the Thursday, September 10 meeting of the County Planning Board.

The Scope of Work sets the direction for the plan. It defines the context, purpose and major issues addressed by the County’s new Bicycle Master Plan and highlights the process and time line proposed by Planning Department staff to develop the Plan.

View the Bicycle Master Plan Scope of Work.
View the State of Bicycling in Montgomery County briefing book.

The Bicycle Master Plan will consider the newest types of bikeways, such as separated and buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations. The network will be developed using an evaluation of the varying levels of stress imposed by traffic on cyclists along each roadway in the County.

Kick-off meetings will be held throughout the County during September and October. The first meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on September 8 at Paint Branch High School (14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD).

The second meeting will take place on September 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Germantown Regional Services Center (Room A, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD).

Subsequent meetings will be held in Silver Spring, Bethesda and Wheaton. The different locations allow County residents to pick the meeting that is the most convenient for them so they can more easily participate in the planning process.

To RSVP to these meetings and learn more, go to the Bicycle Master Plan webpage.

Stay connected to all of the latest updates with the Bicycle Master Plan by signing up for the Bicycle Master Plan eletter.

Sep 3 15

September 17 Work Session on Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan Will Address District-by-District Land Use and Zoning

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners and Planning Board will discuss recommended zoning for established and emerging districts within Downtown Bethesda

SILVER SPRING, MD –Staff from the Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will meet with the Planning Board on September 17 to discuss the district-by-district zoning recommended for established and emerging centers outlined in the Public Hearing Draft of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan.

Districts that will be discussed include Bethesda Row, Woodmont Triangle, Pearl and Wisconsin Avenue as time permits. This second work session follows the overview of the Plan presented to the Board in July and the public hearing about the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan held in June.

A third work session is scheduled for October 5 to address zoning in residential and edge districts. Two additional Planning Board reviews are scheduled in October and November to focus on the high performance area, ecology, open spaces and affordable housing. The work sessions involve detailed discussions about various aspects of the Sector Plan to refine its recommendations for the final plan that will be reviewed by the County Council in 2016.

View the Public Hearing Draft of the Bethesda Downtown Plan.

Summary of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan:

The new Sector Plan builds on the success of Downtown Bethesda by offering ways to strengthen its centers of activity – Bethesda Row, Wisconsin Avenue corridor, Woodmont Triangle and emerging  districts – over the next 20 years. Among its recommendations is a high performance area that incentivizes more energy-efficient buildings, new parks, tree-lined streets and innovative storm water management. The priority of the plan is to create a truly sustainable downtown. Other goals of the Plan focus on:

-A mix of housing options, including preservation of market-rate affordable apartments and new moderately priced dwelling units in exchange for development incentives.

-New and/or expanded civic greens at Veteran’s Park, Bethesda Farm Women’s Cooperative Market and along parts of the Capital Crescent Trail.

-Economic competitiveness within the region based on new development, public amenities and proximity to transit, including Metrorail and proposed Purple Line light rail.

-Density averaging (a planning tool that allows square footage to be sent from one mixed-use site to another mixed-use site) to create or enlarge parks, protect significant community landmarks and retain affordable housing.

Work on the Staff Draft of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan began in January 2014. Community participation was encouraged through public meetings and workshops, online surveys and happy hour events, which were intended to reach residents who don’t typically participate in the planning process.

The Plan serves as an amendment to the approved and adopted 1994 Bethesda Central Business District Sector Plan and the 2006 Woodmont Triangle amendment to that Sector Plan.

Since the Board’s public hearing in June, the plan is being revised through work sessions with the Planning Board before the final Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan is presented to the County Council for approval.  Council action is anticipated in spring 2016.

For questions or comments about the Public Hearing Draft, please email bethesdadownplan@montgomeryplanning.org

 

Sep 3 15

Audio Difficulties With Live Video Stream of September 3 Planning Board Meeting

by Bridget Schwiesow

Planning Department staff is working to resolve the audio issue that is preventing the live stream to be heard on the Planning Board website. 

We are experiencing a technical difficulty with audio being streamed online during today’s Planning Board meeting. Planning staff is working to resolve the issue and the on-demand recording of the meeting should be available in the afternoon on Friday, September 4 at http://mncppc.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2.

Please contact Bridget Schwiesow, Communication Manager, with any questions or concerns at bridget.schwiesow@montgomeryplanning.org

Sep 3 15

School Issues Raised at Rock Spring Master Plan Meeting Will Begin to Be Addressed at Community Meeting on September 17

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Montgomery County Public School’s Bruce Crispell will join planning teams for Rock Spring and White Flint 2 to discuss school capacity issues in the Walter Johnson school cluster

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, launched the Rock Spring Master Plan with a community meeting held at Walter Johnson High School on Tuesday, September 1 to discuss the goals of the Plan. About 150 people attended the event to learn about the demographics, existing conditions and placemaking challenges in the area, and opportunities to participate in the planning process.

Many attendees provided valuable feedback about their goals and vision for enlivening the office park. Numerous participants raised concerns about schools in the Rock Spring area, which is located within the Walter Johnson school cluster.

The community has the opportunity to learn more about school issues in Rock Spring at a September 17 meeting hosted by the Montgomery County Planning Department master planning teams for Rock Spring and White Flint 2.

The planners will join representatives from Montgomery County Public Schools to address common challenges and opportunities within the Walter Johnson school cluster.  The meeting will be held at Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD) from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

RSVP for the September 17 Rock Spring and White Flint 2 Meeting.

The September 17 meeting represents the beginning of a dialogue about how to address school facility issues in the areas covered by the Rock Spring and White Flint 2 master plans. Representatives from the Planning Department and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will address the roles of their agencies and the various tools available to address school capacity issues.

During the upcoming master planning processes for these two areas, the Planning staff and MCPS staff will collaborate with the community to ensure that land use and zoning recommendations are coordinated with the corresponding recommendations for educational facilities.

Meeting Details:
Rock Spring and White Flint 2 Master Plans Community Meeting
Thursday, September 17
Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD)
7 to 9 p.m.
RSVP for the Rock Spring and White Flint 2 Master Plans Community Meeting

Background on the Rock Spring Master Plan:

The Rock Spring area of North Bethesda is included in the 1992 North Bethesda/Garrett Park Sector Plan and mostly comprises single-use office buildings. The headquarters for Lockheed Martin and Marriott International are located within Rock Spring and Montgomery Mall is located just to the west.

The 1992 Sector Plan recommended the North Bethesda Transitway to link the Metrorail Red Line with Montgomery Mall via Old Georgetown Road and Rock Spring Drive. The Transitway was originally conceived as a link between the Grosvenor Metrorail Station to the east, through Rock Spring, to a planned transit center at Montgomery Mall. It is included in the approved 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan (CTCFMP) and would increase transit accessibility for this area, providing a framework for re-evaluating redevelopment of the area.

Rock Spring is part of the North Bethesda/Potomac office submarket. It accounts for 48 percent of office inventory in North Bethesda and 7 percent of office space Countywide. The current office vacancy rate in Rock Spring is 21.6 percent, higher than the overall County vacancy rate of 15 percent.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has vacated approximately 160,000 square feet of leased office space in Rock Spring for a new site in Twinbrook and Marriott International is also looking for a new location for its headquarters.

Challenges confronting the Rock Spring planners include:

  • Reinventing a suburban office park, with its auto-oriented street network and surface parking lots.
  • Identifying opportunities for a new street grid.
  • Examining places for public use spaces and amenities.
  • Introducing residential and retail uses into predominately non-residential development to create a mixed use environment.
  • Planning sustainable environmental measures.
  • Evaluating infrastructure needs for the area.

For more information about the Rock Spring Master Plan contact:

Lead Planner, Don Zeigler, tel.301.495.4638, email Don.Zeigler@montgomeryplanning.org

Senior Urban Designer, Michael Bello, tel. 301-495-4597, email Michael.Bello@montgomeryplanning.org

Stay connected with the latest information about the Rock Spring Master Plan:
www.montgomeryplanning.org/rockspring

Connect on Twitter: #ReImagineRockSpring
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Sep 2 15

Update to Subdivision Staging Policy To Be Discussed at Open House

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to discuss growth and infrastructure issues at meeting on October 19, 2015 in Silver Spring

Silver Spring, MD The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council by November 15, 2016. The intent of the Subdivision Staging Policy is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and roads, are adequate to meet the needs of new development and growth.

“The update to the Subdivision Staging Policy is one of our most important initiatives,” says Planning Director Gwen Wright. “This effort happens every four years and lays the groundwork for how our County can grow and thrive.”

A public open house addressing the policy update will be held on Monday, October 19 at the Montgomery County Planning Department headquarters in Silver Spring (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). This event presents the opportunity for the community to learn more about the Subdivision Staging Policy and share concerns about infrastructure and growth. Representatives of the Montgomery County Public Schools and Department of Transportation will participate in the discussions. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

RSVP for the Subdivision Staging Policy Community Open House.

The session builds on the Infrastructure Forum held in March 2015 that was co-sponsored by the Planning Department and County Councilmember Roger Berliner to address issues and concerns associated with schools and transportation.

Background on Subdivision Staging Policy:

Revisions to the Subdivision Staging Policy are currently underway. Planning staff is researching new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning in preparation for the revised regulations, which will be first presented to the Planning Board in May 2016 for comment. This quadrennial policy includes criteria and guidance for the administration of the County’s Adequate Public Facility Ordinance (APFO), which matches the timing of private development with the availability of public services.

In the past, the APFO was designed to ensure that road and school capacity – as well as water and sewer and other infrastructure –kept pace with growth. Where new areas of the County were developed, infrastructure to support new homes and businesses was needed.

Today, much of the County has been developed. Growth is occurring through infill development and redevelopment, including the resale of homes in many of the County’s established neighborhoods. This type of growth creates pressure on transportation systems and school facilities; however, the current tools used to evaluate the impact of development may not adequately access these changing growth patterns and are being examined for their effectiveness.

Sep 1 15

Community Invited to Testify at September 10 Public Hearing for Montgomery Village Master Plan in Rockville

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Latest version of Master Plan is posted online for review before public hearing

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will take testimony on the Public Hearing Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the third floor hearing room of the Council Office Building located at 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland. The public is invited to testify at the meeting to offer feedback about the Master Plan, which is posted on the Planning Department’s web site.

Only a limited number of time slots for testimony on September 10 are available, so the public is encouraged to call 301-495-4605 or go online to sign up at http://www.montgomeryapps.org/planning_board/testify.asp or call the Chair’s Office at 301.495.4605. In order to hear from as many people as possible, each speaker will be limited to three minutes for testimony.

The public is also invited to submit comments on the Public Hearing Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan via email to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org. These comments will become part of the public testimony and public hearing record for the Plan.

Following the public hearing on September 10, the Planning Board will hold work sessions on the Master Plan during October to discuss the community testimony as well as issues identified by Board members.

At the conclusion of the work sessions, the Plan will be revised in accordance with the Planning Board’s direction and transmitted to the County Executive and County Council. The County Council will then hold a public hearing on the Planning Board Draft Montgomery Village Master Plan.

Background on Montgomery Village Master Plan:

The new Master Plan builds on the assets of Montgomery Village through four major recommendations:

Preserve the Village’s character: Built in the 1960s by Kettler Brothers, Montgomery Village was purposefully planned with a vast range of housing types. From the apartment communities clustered in the lower Village to the grand colonials of Whetstone, the homes appeal to a variety of lifestyles with a wide selection of designs and prices for residents. The Master Plan recommends preserving this variety and expanding housing choices in the future.

Maintain the public recreation and open spaces: The Village’s sylvan environment is one of its greatest assets. The Master Plan strongly recommends that most of its recreation and open spaces be maintained and preserved. When new development or redevelopment occurs, developers should emulate the Kettlers’ town planning principles to provide ample green spaces, vistas and recreational opportunities. Additional trail connections, with natural or hard surfaces, should be provided to enhance community connectivity.

Encourage reinvestment: Montgomery Village has six conveniently located retail centers (Montgomery Village Crossing, Montgomery Village Plaza, The Village Center, Goshen Plaza, Goshen Crossing and Goshen Oaks) throughout the community which serve the everyday retail needs of residents. Over several decades, however retail competition has grown in the mid-County area, consumer preferences have shifted, as has the tenant mix in the Village’s centers. Limited redevelopment opportunities exist in the Village and the Master Plan strongly recommends a sustainable and competitive Village Center. Short blocks with identifiable edges to reinforce the mixed uses and the introduction of new housing units can potentially transform the suburban blocks into walkable, connected and inviting areas, reinvigorating a sense of community and creating attractive centers for community life.

Enhance connectivity: The Master Plan encourages increased options for mobility and connectivity by all modes — transit, walking, biking and private motor vehicles. The Village’s private street network, coupled with many trails and pedestrian connections, offers unique opportunities to enhance multimodal links. Montgomery Village can improve connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists by providing missing links to open spaces, parks, the Village Center and other destinations around the community and beyond.

In order to help achieve these goals, the Master Plan recommends an overlay zone as an implementation measure. The Town Sector zone will not be used going forward, which means all the properties in the village must be rezoned. A large-scale rezoning of this kind is rare, and concerns have been raised about its implementation and potential consequences. The Montgomery Village Overlay Zone is intended to preserve the unique Village character; protect existing open space and conservation areas; and ensure a compatible relationship between new and existing development.

Past PowerPoint presentations and other materials from the Montgomery Village Master Plan process are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.

Stay Connected:
Sign up: for the Montgomery Village Master Plan eNewsletter
Call: the MVPlan Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: tel. 301-495-4723
Follow: updates on Twitter using #MVPlan and learn more by visiting www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp

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 Planning Department realized the area was too big to be analyzed effectively.

In 2008, the Planning 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 asked the Planning Department to 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 very efficiently on the Montgomery Village Plan, with the goal of having a draft plan transmitted to the Council within 14 months of the plan start date. The Council wanted the zoning to be reassessed holistically before the prohibition on piecemeal rezoning of Town Sector property expired in 2015.

Sep 1 15

Draft Scope of Work for White Flint 2 Sector Plan Will Be Presented to Planning Board on September 3

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Goals discussed for filling in the gaps between the areas covered by the plans for White Flint, Twinbrook and Rockville Pike through new planning effort

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, launched the White Flint 2 Sector Plan at a community open house on June 25.

On Thursday, September 3, the Montgomery County Planning Board members will return from their summer recess and review the Draft Scope of Work for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan to discuss the planning objectives they would like to achieve in this area. The meeting will be held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).

Community residents and business owners are invited to attend this meeting to learn about the goals of the Sector Plan and existing conditions, opportunities and challenges.

View the draft of the White Flint 2 Scope of Work.

Background on the White Flint 2 Sector Plan

The White Flint 2 Plan aims to fill in the gaps between the areas covered by the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, Twinbrook Sector Plan and the pending City of Rockville plan for Rockville Pike (MD 355). Its land use, zoning and transportation recommendations will apply to properties in a bow-tie-shaped area between the boundaries of these already established Plans. White Flint 2 will link common elements between the Plan areas, including Rockville Pike and the proposed network of bike lanes and public open spaces.

Planners will be looking at parcels along Executive Boulevard, west of Old Georgetown Road; east of the CSX rail tracks, between Randolph Road and Nicholson Lane; and north of Montrose Parkway along Rockville Pike to the city limits of Rockville. Nicholson Court, which was a part of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, will also be included in the proposed plan area.

Challenges of the plan include improving transportation networks, including the redesign of Rockville Pike into a tree-lined boulevard; integrating land uses on both sides of the CSX tracks and proposed MARC station; and encouraging mixed-use, walkable developments.

For more information about the White Flint 2 Plan and June 25 open house, contact the planners:

Nkosi Yearwood, tel. 301-495-1332, email Nkosi.Yearwood@montgomeryplanning.org
Andrea Gilles, tel. 301-495-4541, email andrea.gilles@montgomeryplanning.org

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Aug 28 15

Rock Spring Master Plan to Launch on September 1 at Open House Event

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to meet with planners, learn about goals for the area and provide feedback about initial ideas for the Master Plan

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is launching the Rock Spring Master Plan on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 7 p.m. at an open house to be held at Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD).

Community residents and business owners are invited to discuss the goals of the Master Plan and learn about existing conditions and challenges for reimagining an older suburban office park as a vibrant, mixed-use community. Ideas for discussion include a new street network, public use spaces and amenities, residential and non-residential uses, sustainable environmental measures, and infrastructure needs within this area of North Bethesda.

County planners will explain the planning process and opportunities for public participation. Community feedback on the initial ideas for the Plan will be recorded on a “feedback wall” at the event. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

RSVP for the September 1 Rock Spring Master Plan Open House.

Background on Rock Spring
The challenges of developing a strategy for the Rock Spring area stem from its single-use status as an office park with high vacancy rates and little in the way of amenities and uses that might attract a new generation of companies. The current office vacancy rate in Rock Spring is 21.6 percent, higher than the County’s vacancy rate of 15 percent.

The 1992 North Bethesda/Garrett Park Sector Plan recommended some mixed-use zoning in the Rock Spring area, but only one residential development of 390 multi-family units has been constructed. A new townhouse project has recently begun development. Most of the property in Rock Spring was converted to the Employment Office (EOF) zone during the recent zoning rewrite effort.

In addition, the 1992 Sector Plan recommended the North Bethesda Transitway to connect the White Flint area with Montgomery Mall via Old Georgetown Road and Rock Spring Drive. The Transitway is included in the approved 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan (CTCFMP) and provides a framework for re-evaluating Rock Spring.

Challenges confronting the Rock Spring planners include:

  • Reinventing a suburban office park, with its auto-oriented street network and surface parking lots.
  • Identifying opportunities for a new street grid.
  • Examining places for public use spaces and amenities.
  • Introducing residential and retail uses into predominately non-residential development to create a mixed use environment.
  • Planning sustainable environmental measures.
  • Evaluating infrastructure needs for the area.

Learn more about the Rock Spring Master Plan.

For more information about the Rock Spring Master Plan and September 1 open house, contact:
Don Zeigler, tel.301.495.4638, email Don.Zeigler@montgomeryplanning.org.

Stay connected with the latest information about the Rock Spring Master Plan:
www.montgomeryplanning.org/rockspring

Connect on Twitter: #ReImagineRockSpring
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/montgomeryplanning

Aug 27 15

Montgomery Planning Countywide Bicycle Master Plan Meetings Start in September

by Bridget Schwiesow

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The public is invited to five meetings across the County during September and October 2015 to learn about the details of the Bicycle Master Plan and provide feedback

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is launching its Bicycle Master Plan with community meetings in September so the public can learn more about the goals and methods of this Countywide effort.

The Bicycle Master Plan will consider the newest types of bikeways, such as separated and buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations. The network will be developed using an evaluation of the varying levels of stress imposed by traffic on cyclists along each roadway in the County.

The first public meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on September 8 at Paint Branch High School (14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD). The second meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Germantown Regional Services Center (Room A, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD).

Three subsequent meetings will take place during September and October in Silver Spring, Wheaton and Bethesda. The different locations allow County residents to pick the one that is most convenient for them so they can more easily participate in the planning process.

Each event will consist of a short presentation by County planner and project manager David Anspacher, followed by an opportunity to meet with Planning Department staff and learn about relevant topics, such as how traffic stress affects cycling and the state of bicycling in Montgomery County.

Attendees will also have the chance to contribute comments about bicycling safety and facilities they would like to see on an interactive “feedback map,” created for that part of the County associated with the meeting location. Community comments will be used to guide the planners during their work.

“These five meetings are intended to engage residents throughout the County and give them the opportunity to meet staff, learn about the plan and give feedback,” says Planning Director Gwen Wright. “I’m excited about new technology tools, such as interactive maps, that will help us plan new facilities so we can be one of the first suburban jurisdictions to comprehensively plan for bikes.”

Bicycle Master Plan Meeting Schedule:
All meetings will be held from 7 to 9 pm. Meeting RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Register to attend each of the Bicycle Master Plan Kick-Off meetings listed below.

Tuesday, September 8 – Meeting 1 at Paint Branch High School, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD. RSVP for Meeting 1.

Wednesday, September 9 – Meeting 2 at the Germantown Regional Services Center, Room A, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD. RSVP for Meeting 2.

Tuesday, September 15 – Meeting 3 at the Planning Department headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. RSVP for Meeting 3.

Monday, September 21 – Meeting 4 at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. RSVP for Meeting 4.

Tuesday, October 6 – Meeting 5 at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD. RSVP for Meeting 5.

Bicycle Master Plan Background:

The official kickoff of the Bicycle Master Plan comes after planners participated in Councilmember Hans Riemer’s Second Great MoCo Bike Summit on Saturday, June 6 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. That event focused on ways of incorporating next-generation bicycle facilities into the County’s transportation network and included participation by Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson and the County Department of Transportation.

At the summit, County planner David Anspacher presented an overview of the new Bicycle Master Plan and its focus on developing a high-quality network of cycling routes throughout the County.

In addition to hearing the presentations, the approximately 100 attendees had the opportunity to provide written feedback on a large scale County map affixed to the wall of the Silver Spring Civic Center.  Attendees were asked to give comments on how the bicycle connections in the County could be improved. Those comments have now been included on an online map and will be considered by planners as work begins on the update to the Bicycle Master Plan. View the feedback map from the June 6 Bike Summit.

Questions or Comments?
Contact: David Anspacher, Planner and Project Manager
Email: David.Anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
Telephone: 301.495.2191

Aug 27 15

Attend the Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party – Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to The Writer’s Center in Bethesda to hear from author Clare Lise Kelly and learn about the County’s mid-century neighborhoods and landmarks 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a book launch party for the new book entitled Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 on Friday, October 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD).

The event, sponsored by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office, is free. Ms. Kelly will give a presentation and attendees will have an opportunity to purchase a signed book. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.

Register to attend the Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party.

Details:
Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party
sponsored by the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office
Friday, October 30, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
At The Writer’s Center located in Bethesda, MD (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD).

The publication of Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 and the launch party event are part of the Historic Preservation Office’s award-winning Montgomery Modern initiative to educate the public about the architectural heritage of Montgomery County. This preservation program has included a bus tour, bike tour and other outreach events dedicated to the wealth of mid-century modern architecture in the county. Learn more about the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative.

Montgomery Modern may be purchased during the Launch Party and will soon be available by accessing Lulu.com, the on-demand publishing service used for this publication.

About the Book:
Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 by Clare Lise Kelly

This book, written by MNCPPC senior architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly, provides the historic context for modern architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, from its first appearance in the 1930s through the 1970s. Richly illustrated with photographs by Carol Highsmith, period photographs and architectural renderings, the book is organized by building types set within four main time periods.  The work includes biographical sketches of practitioners (architects, landscape architects, developers, planners) and an inventory of key projects including buildings and subdivisions.  Montgomery Modern is intended to raise awareness about the significance of modern architecture and the fragile nature of the built environment from the recent past.

Carol Highsmith, has been called “America’s Photographer,” having made a career documenting the nation’s built environment, focusing on its fragile and disappearing architectural heritage. Her photographs are housed in a permanent collection at the Library of Congress.

Questions or comments?
Contact Clare Lise Kelly, Research and Designation Coordinator for the Historic Preservation Office
Clare.Kelly@montgomeryplannig.org