Planning Board wraps up 2015 agenda with work sessions devoted to plans for Bethesda, Westbard and Lyttonsville
SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its calendar for December 2015. These events offer opportunities for the Planning Board members and Planning Department staff to engage with communities within Montgomery County. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.
Montgomery County and Planning Department Events in December 2015
December 1 – Sign up to testify at the County Council’s public hearing for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. The hearing will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. Residents and property owners are invited to comment on the Master Plan’s draft recommendations for land use and zoning, transportation networks, parks and open spaces.
To testify, community members can sign up online at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/calendar.html or call 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up is 10 a.m. on December 1. Past PowerPoint presentations of the Plan goals and other materials from MV Matters meetings are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.
December 3 – Attend the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting to learn about separated bike lanes proposed for the White Flint area. Also on the agenda is a work session for the Westbard Sector Plan with discussion focused on the future of the Willett Branch stream and open spaces in the area. Planners will also make a presentation to the Planning Board about updates related to the Transportation Policy Area Review (TPAR) process and trip generation rates used in support of Local Area Transportation Review (LATR). TPAR is used to determine adequacy of roadways and transit from a policy area-wide perspective. LATR is used to determine the adequacy of roadway intersections located in the vicinity of proposed new development.
December 9 – Attend the community meeting for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan to discuss parks and open spaces in the area. The session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville). RSVP to attend the meeting.
December 14 – Attend the community meeting for the Rock Spring Master Plan to learn about future development of this office park in Bethesda. The planner-led event will be held at Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda) from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP to attend the meeting.
December 15 – This Tuesday meeting of the Planning Board will be devoted to a work session on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan.
December 15 – Attend a community meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus, (Academic and Research Building 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD) to learn about the latest bicycle and pedestrian planning activities in the Life Sciences Center area. Staff will provide an update on the Life Sciences Center separated bike lane network related to the Bicycle Master Plan, as well as the Life Sciences Center Loop Trail design guidelines. RSVPs to attend the session are encouraged, but not required. RSVP for the December 15 meeting.
December 17 – The Planning Board’s last meeting of 2015 will include work sessions on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and Westbard Sector Plan. A full agenda for the meeting is posted on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.
Events include community meetings, Planning Board work sessions, announcement of the Department’s first annual Design Excellence Award on October 22 celebration and the Montgomery Modern book launch party on October 30.
SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its calendar for October 2015. These events offer opportunities for the Board and Planning Department staff to engage with communities within Montgomery County. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.
The agenda of upcoming Planning Board meetings being held this fall is posted on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.
Montgomery County and Planning Department Events in October 2015:
October 1 – Following the September 10 public hearing for the Montgomery Village Master Plan, the Planning Board will hold its first work session with the planning team to discuss the key issues that were raised. Learn more about the Montgomery Village Master Plan.
October 5 – The Planning Board is holding a work session with the planning team for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan to fine-tune its recommendations. Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan.
October 6 – Attend the community meeting for the Bicycle Master Plan at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD, from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP for the fifth and final Bicycle Master Plan kickoff community meeting which will focus on White Flint.
October 8 – Learn about the Scope of Work for the Rock Spring Master Plan and hear the Board’s discussion of the Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan at the Planning Board meeting. Check the Agendas & Staff Reports page two weeks prior to the meeting for details.
October 14 — Attend the White Flint 2 Community Open House at Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD) from 7 to 9 p.m. Learn more about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.
October 15 –The Planning Board will hold a second work session for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Learn more about the Montgomery Village Master Plan.
October 19 – Attend the public open house discussion about the Subdivision Staging Policy update at the Montgomery County Planning Department (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) from 7 to 9 p.m. This event presents the opportunity for the community to learn about the policy and share concerns about infrastructure and growth. In addition to planners, representatives of the Montgomery County Public Schools and Department of Transportation will participate in the discussion. Learn more about the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy.
October 22 – Take part in the Celebrate Design event at the Silver Spring Civic Building from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The winner of the first Montgomery County Design Excellence Award will be announced at this celebration, co-hosted by the Planning Department and Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Developers, architects, landscape architects, designers, property owners and community members are invited to attend the reception and awards event at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Purchase $35 tickets today. Learn more about the Design Excellence initiative.
October 22 –The Planning Board will meet with the planning team for the fourth work session on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan.
October 26 – The Planning Board will hold the first of four work sessions on the Westbard Sector Plan. Learn more about the Westbard Sector Plan Public Hearing Draft.
October 29 –The Planning Board will hold the third work session for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Learn more about the Montgomery Village Master Plan.
October 30 – Attend the Montgomery Modern book launch party for the new book authored by Clare Lise Kelly, 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.
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.
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
On June 12, Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson will lead a bike tour through the communities to gain a clearer understanding of planning recommendations and goals
SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson will join staff from the County Planning Department and Department of Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, on a bicycle tour of the communities in the southern portion of the County that are the subjects of current Sector Plans.
On Friday, June 12, from 11 am to 4 pm, the group will travel mostly on the Capital Crescent Trail to visit Lyttonsville, Downtown Bethesda and Westbard. Sector Plans for these communities are in process and the bike tour will highlight those areas now under consideration for improvements.
“The bike tour will allow us to experience the planning areas at a more fine-grained level of detail,” says Anderson. “At the same time, it will help us identify the places where a safer, more connected bicycle network is still needed in the County.”
Join the bicycle tour
The public is invited to join the bike tour at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) at 11 a.m. or can meet the group at various stops along the way. The 15-mile round trip is designed for experienced cyclists who must bring their own bikes and helmets. All participants are required to sign a form for indemnification and release of all claims before they begin the bike tour.
Planners will speak about their visions for Lyttonsville, Bethesda and Westbard at key stops along the tour route:
11:25 a.m. – Rosemary Hills Elementary School (behind the school at the sign for the future Capital Crescent Trail).
12:30 p.m. – Battery Lane Urban Park in Bethesda.
1:30 p.m. – Veteran’s Park in Bethesda (Fairmont and Norfolk Avenues).
2:30 p.m. – Giant Shopping Center in Westbard (west side of the parking lot near Kenwood Condominium).
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Return to Planning Department headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue.
All times are approximate and subject to change.
Understand bicycle planning goals
In addition to showcasing Sector Plan areas, the tour will help participants understand the goals of the Countywide Bicycle Master Plan. This Plan will be launched in July 2015 to develop a high-quality, low-stress bicycle network reflecting 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 Bicycle Master Plan will initially focus on creating a high-quality bicycle network along the rapidly developing route of the future Corridor Cities Transitway, a 15-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) line proposed to run from the Shady Grove Metrorail Station, through the Life Sciences Center area and ultimately to Germantown and Clarksburg.
Planners seek community feedback on ideas for civic spaces, transportation options, building heights and environmental practices.
Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites stakeholders and residents to learn more about the ongoing Bethesda Downtown Plan at a happy hour on January 22 and a public meeting on January 29. Results from the online questionnaire posted in December 2014, called the “Feedback Loop,” will be presented at both events. This digital survey encouraged the public to offer views on a number of concepts, ranging from bike paths to building heights.
Planners will discuss the latest developments in the Bethesda Downtown Plan at the informal happy hour that is being sponsored by SK&I Architectural Design Group (4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD) from 5-8:00 p.m. All residents who want to learn more about the plan and the planning process are welcome to attend. For more on the ideas being proposed, consult the slide presentation, Bethesda Downtown Plan Concepts: Planning Board Briefing 12.11.14, and watch the video of the presentation to the Planning Board.
A more formal public meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814). At that event, planning staff will present the Bethesda Downtown Plan concepts, comments from the Planning Board meeting on December 11, 2014 and results from the online Feedback Loop. The staff will conclude the meeting by answering questions from the audience.
RSVP for the meeting on Thursday, January 29.
The concepts proposed for the Bethesda Downtown Plan include:
-New civic gathering spaces and green amenities.
-Transportation options, including bike paths and Purple Line access.
-Pedestrian networks and street extensions.
-Proposed allowable building heights.
-Transitional areas next to residential neighborhoods.
-Focal areas of sustainability incorporating best environmental practices.
After the January public events, planners will complete the Staff Draft of the Bethesda Downtown Plan by April 2015. They will present the Staff Draft to the public later in the spring to receive more feedback and fine-tune the plan.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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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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.
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
Find out about the planning process and see the work to date
- It’s the mid-point of the Bethesda Downtown Plan planning process and you can still give your thoughts on the future of Downtown Bethesda
- Drop-in tonight and ask questions and discuss your ideas and concerns with planners
- Newcomers and long-time participants welcome!
- The next public meeting will be a Workshop on Saturday, May 17 at B-CC High school
- The Draft Plan is scheduled to go to the Planning Board starting in Fall 2014
Here’s what you will see tonight:
- A new diagram that shows the prevailing thoughts about subareas, centers and connections
- Updated posters of existing conditions and what we have heard
- Questions that will be asked:
- Which are your highest priority districts to focus on?
- What do you want outdoors? (Show us your priorities.)
- Which one-way streets should be two way?
- Which streets should be closed to cars for special events?
You are invited to continue to participate online with the planning process. Questions will be posted online in the upcoming months to find out more about what you would like Bethesda to be like in the future.
Sign up for the Bethesda Downtown Plan e-mail newsletter and stay connected to the plan: www.bethesdadowntownplan.org
Questions? Comments? Contact us:
Elza Hisel-McCoy, Assoc. AIA, LEED-AP, Project Manager 301.495.2115
Marc DeOcampo, AIA, LEED-AP, Master Planner-Supervisor 301.495.4556
Margaret K. Rifkin, AICP, RLA, Outreach 301.495.4583
Silver Spring, MD — The Department of Park and Planning in Montgomery County announced today that a portion of Little Falls Trail in Bethesda has been closed due to unsafe conditions of a concrete slab that has been undermined by storm flows in the adjacent stream.
The closed trail section is located between Massachusetts Avenue and Westmoreland Hills Local Park on Elliot Road. Park management is encouraging trail users to use the Capital Crescent Trail as an alternative since it parallels Little Falls Trail in this area.
Andy Frank, an Engineer with the Department, describes this portion of Little Falls Trail as “actually a cantilevered concrete slab, which was built over stone that has since been scoured away by the stream water that rushes by during storm events.” He stated that these storm events through the years have caused the concrete to be undermined, and it appears to have recently shifted slightly. A recent inspection confirmed the need to close access to assure public safety.
Park management installed jacks temporarily to prevent further damage. During the next eight weeks, a system of approximately ten concrete piers with steel support beams will be installed under the trail to permanently provide the needed support. “A future stream restoration project, planned for later this year, will provide even more stabilization to this situation,” said Frank.
Trail maps of both the Capital Crescent Trail and the Little Falls Trail can be found on the Department’s website at http://www.mcparkandplanning.org/parks/ppsd/parktrails/trail_maps.shtm.
(Cut Line to Photo A)
A portion of the Little Falls Trail in Bethesda has been closed due to unsafe conditions.
(Cut line for Photo B)
Park management installed jacks to temporarily stabilize the trail section along Little Falls Stream.
BETHESDA, MD – The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in partnership with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club, Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Friends of Norwood Park dedicated a universally accessible playground at Norwood Local Park.
The B-CC Rotary Club and Friends of Norwood Park raised over $150,000 dollars for the purchase and installation of the playground equipment, commemorative storyboards and means of donor recognition.
“The public/private partnership between M-NCPPC, the BCC Rotary, the Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Friends of Norwood Park made this playground a reality,” said Derick P. Berlage, chairman of M-NCPPC’s Montgomery County Planning Board.
The playground includes a totally accessible structure with decks, ramps, slides, a fire truck, clubhouse, a tire swing, two old fashioned see-saws, an airplane spring toy, four tot swings, a whirl/merry-goround, and an older kids’ fitness structure with a track ride, turning bars, log roll and three rotating rings.
Accessible playgrounds provide active, safe recreational opportunities for children of all abilities to play together. M-NCPPC currently offers fully accessible playgrounds at Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Park in Silver Spring and at Falls Road Local Park in Potomac.
“Our B-CC Rotary sought out this community project as part of its worldwide PolioPlus program,” said Pam Cudahy, Club President. “It is our way of celebrating Rotary International’s centennial year in 2005. It has been especially rewarding to work in partnership with M-NCPPC, the Montgomery Parks Foundation and the community.”
A worldwide service organization of approximately 1.2 million business and professional leaders in 166 countries, Rotary International launched the PolioPlus program in 1985 to protect children from the consequences of polio.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the participation of all individuals in its programs and facilities. For assistance with special needs, such as large print materials, sign language interpretation, listening devices, etc., please call 301-495-4600, TTY 301-495-1331 or the Maryland Relay Service