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Sep 13 16

Public Invited to Celebrate PARK(ing) Day in Silver Spring on September 16 with County Departments of Parks, Planning and Transportation

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Agencies will transform downtown Silver Spring parking spaces into a temporary, pop-up park with a simulated separated bike lane at Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parksthe Montgomery County Planning Department, both part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and Montgomery County Department of Transportation invite the public to celebrate PARK(ing) Day on September 16, 2016 by stopping by a pop-up park situated on parking spaces in downtown Silver Spring.

The pop-up park, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include a simulated separated bike lane, games such as a large-size Jenga and life-size Scrabble, seated massages and more, courtesy of the Planning Department and Montgomery Parks. The parklet and bikeway will be located at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue and will feature plants, seating, and the bean bag toss game, Cornhole.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual event held on the third Friday in September. Cities around the globe celebrate it to encourage discussion around issues related to urban infrastructure, including the role of open space, transit and the environment.  Although the Silver Spring pop-up park is temporary, it promotes the idea of urban open space and encourages people to get more involved in the civic process to influence how public space is created and improve the quality of urban areas.

“PARK(ing) Day is a fun way to get people thinking about alternative uses for public space such as transforming parking spaces into parks,” says Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. “Bringing an ordinary parking space to life with greenery, activities and new transportation options, such as a bikeway, can help people visualize how we can take advantage of existing space in new and better ways. We should be thinking about these issues all year long – not just on one special day.”

The event will showcase the Planning Department’s Bicycle Master Planning team as they demonstrate how a separated bike lane would look with stationary bicycles in place in the parking space. Building more separated bike lanes around the County has been part of the discussion during the meetings on the Bicycle Master Plan. This plan will provide recommendations on improving connectivity and bicycle facilities throughout the County. Learn more about the Bicycle Master Plan.

About PARK(ing) Day:
PARK(ing) Day was invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio to invite people to rethink the way streets are used and to promote discussion around the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. Since its inception, the event has grown rapidly and in 2011 included 975 “park” installations in more than 160 cities on six continents. Park(ing) Day is an “open-source” project initiated by Rebar, but built by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to advance creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their urban conditions.

 

Jul 15 16

Cyclists To Visit White Flint 2, Rock Spring, and Grosvenor-Strathmore Planning Areas

by Christopher Peifer

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On July 29, 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 that are the subject of current plans.

Departing on Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m., the tour will travel mostly on low volume streets to visit the White Flint 2, Rock Spring, and Grosvenor-Strathmore plan areas. Plans for these communities are currently underway and the bike tour will highlight those areas now under consideration for improvements.

Join the bicycle tour

The public is invited to join the bike tour at the Battery Lane Urban Park in Bethesda (4960 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD) at 10 a.m. or can meet the group at various stops along the way. The approximately 15-mile tour is designed for experienced cyclists who must bring their own bikes and helmets. The ride is designed as a point-to-point tour, beginning in Bethesda and ending in Rockville Town Center. 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 White Flint 2, Rock Spring, and the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station redevelopment at key stops along the tour route:

  • Westlake Terrace bridge over the I-270 Spur, connecting Rock Spring Park to the Montgomery Mall
  • The intersection of Fernwood Road at Democracy Boulevard
  • Redevelopment of the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station
  • The intersection of Rockville Pike and Grosvenor Lane/ Beach Drive
  • The intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard
  • The Pike and Rose development

Understand bicycle planning goals

In addition to showcasing plan area, the tour will help participants understand the goals of the Bicycle Master Plan. This Plan was 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.

Apr 11 16

Montgomery Parks Celebrates National Scrabble Day on April 13, 2015

by Melissa Chotiner

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Chair Casey Anderson Challenges Area Officials to a Game of Scrabble in the Parks.

Silver Spring, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is celebrating National Scrabble Day, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by inviting people to play Scrabble in the parks. Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Chair Casey Anderson, an avid Scrabble player, will play against several area officials including Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer (At-Large), Senator Jamie Raskin (D-District 20) and Senator Cheryl Kagan (D-District 17).

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Scrabble was invented in 1933 by Alfred Mosher Butts—who was born on April 15. According to the Hasbro Scrabble website, there are over 100,000 words in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Over 6,500 new words were added to the dictionary last year, including “twerking,” “emoji,” and “hashtag.”

 

Montgomery Parks is hosting Scrabble games at three sites on Wednesday, April 15, including Woodside Urban Park and Fairview Urban Park both in Silver Spring and Elm Street Local Park in Bethesda. The event is part of Montgomery Parks earth month #ParkKind campaign encouraging park users to be kind to the earth, kind to themselves and kind to others by performing random acts of kindness in parks.

“I’m excited about playing Scrabble, but I’m even more interested in making sure everyone knows that we have so many ways to have fun in our parks every day of the year,” said Anderson. “I hope that when people see what we’re doing it will open their eyes to some of the possibilities we are making available by bringing more activities and features to our urban parks.”

 

WHO:           Montgomery County elected officials, leaders and members of the community are invited to play Scrabble in the parks in celebration of National Scrabble Day.

 

WHAT:          Join Casey Anderson, chair of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for a game of Scrabble on a life size Scrabble board with life size tiles at Woodside Urban Park (from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) and Elm Street Local Park (from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.). Scrabble games will also be held at Fairview Urban Park. As part of the celebration Montgomery Parks will give away Scrabble games at random to participants.

 

WHERE:       *Woodside Urban Park, 8800 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
**Elm Street Urban Park, 4600 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD 20815
Fairview Urban Park, 8900 Fairview Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

WHEN:          Wednesday, April 13, 2016
*10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
**12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 

WHY:             Celebrate National Scrabble Day while enjoying the outdoors in Montgomery Parks.

 

About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org

 

Nov 23 15

New Development Database Tool Launched by County Executive, Planning Department and Montgomery Business Development Corporation

by Bridget Schwiesow

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New digital tool allows residents and businesses to learn about new development projects and promote their communities in the County

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has helped the Office of the County Executive launch a new online tool in partnership with the Montgomery Business Development Corporation for tracking the progress of development in the County. Called the Development Database, this digital resource builds on existing digital information about planned and projects under construction. Its introduction was announced at a press conference held on Monday, November 23 in the County’s Executive’s Conference Room in Rockville.

“Montgomery County has made tremendous investments in making our community more attractive, walkable and vibrant, even during the worst economic downturn,” said County Executive Ike Leggett, “because quality of place is essential to attracting businesses and talent.”

The web-based portal allows users to visually explore proposed, approved, under construction and recently completed development projects in Montgomery County. The Database lets residents see what is planned in their communities and enables businesses to easily gather information about development in the pipeline to help with investment decisions.

“This tool represents a collaborative effort to promote development in the County and draw attention to the new, sustainable designs being built in our communities,” said Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. “It provides an easy, accessible way to understand the quality of growth in the County.”

County officials can use the tool to promote the diversity and robustness of Montgomery’s real estate market. This mapping tool consolidates information from multiple County data sources and provides user-friendly descriptions, as well as photographs of the projects. As a “living” resource, the database will be continuously updated as new projects are proposed, approved and built.

“Supporting economic development efforts in the County is a priority for the Planning Department,” said Planning Director Gwen Wright. “This Development Database tool is an example of our commitment to make doing business in the County as user-friendly and transparent as possible.  It is exciting that we were able to collaborate with our County partners to further this goal.”

“The Development Database is an innovative tool that our business community can utilize to gather current, relevant and data-driven information concerning significant real estate development projects in Montgomery County.  Additionally, the Database is a great marketing tool to attract prospective developers and corporations considering investment in our community,” said Robby Brewer, Chair of the Montgomery Business Development Corporation.

The new database can be accessed at montgomerybusiness.org/developmentdatabase. It complements the Planning Department’s digital Development Activity Information Center (DAIC), launched in 2005. DAIC, already an indispensable tool, provides the public a reivew timeline and document access related to the latest development projects. Now, with the enhanced Development Database, the public will have access to project narratives and photos, providing a more user-friendly experience.

The new Development Database enhances DAIC by providing more descriptive information about future projects. The database makes it easier to track construction projects in the pipeline and understand the extent of development throughout the County.

Oct 7 15

Montgomery Parks and Planning Departments Outline Future Plans in Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report to County Council

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Report features upcoming initiatives as well as accomplishments from past six months including the Planning Department’s work on updating sector plans and the Parks Department’s efforts on urban parks and athletic fields.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Parks and Planning Departments, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, showcased recent accomplishments and outlined plans for the next six months in a presentation on Tuesday, October 6, to the Montgomery County Council of the Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report. The report submitted by Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson, highlighted some of the following accomplishments from the past six months:

Planning Highlights:

  • Encouraging bikeable, pedestrian-friendly development near transit by working on master and sector plans such as Greater Lyttonsville, the Bethesda Downtown Plan and White Flint 2.
  • Updating the Bicycle Master Plan.
  • Looking beyond Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) to create more vibrant communities in areas without immediate access to transit, including Westbard, Montgomery Village and Rock Spring.
  • Kicking off the Subdivision Staging Policy to explore new tools for balancing growth and infrastructure.

Parks Highlights: 

  • Activating urban parks with special programs and activities. Examples include events such as Touch a Truck, Dig and Draw, and cookouts at Wall Park.
  • Assessment and maintenance of athletic fields – which is being done in coordination with Montgomery County Public Schools and the County’s Community Use of Public Facilities.
  • Efforts to improve the park trail network by amending the Countywide Park Trails Plan.

“We are working hard to build upon our agency’s past achievements to successfully confront the challenges of the future,” said Casey Anderson, Planning Board Chair. “Parks and Planning both play a critical role in building communities, and we are finding innovative ways not only to preserve the quality of life Montgomery County has enjoyed in the past but to make it even better. This means a heightened focus on design excellence, an increased emphasis on walkability and access to more diverse recreational opportunities in both urban and suburban neighborhoods, and a continued commitment to economic, social, and environmental sustainability in everything we do.”

New Parks Initiatives:

The Parks Department will be expanding on many of its recent accomplishments in the coming six months including:

  • Finding new ways to activate urban parks by working with partner organizations and introducing fun activities and amenities, such as informational kiosks, movable tables and chairs, and outdoor exercise equipment.
  • Identifying land that can be acquired for new urban parks
  • Evaluating athletic fields to determine which fields are the best candidates for future renovations.

New Planning Initiatives:

As outlined in the Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report, the Planning Department’s initiatives for the next six months include:

  • Revising the Subdivision Staging Policy to guide the timing of private development with the availability of public services, including roads and schools.
  • Studying the factors contributing to increased housing costs to identify the best ways to preserve and encourage affordable rental apartments in the County.
  • Updating the Recreation Guidelines to encourage a greater range of activities that will appeal to residents of all ages.
  • Analyzing retail trends to guide future planning efforts and land use decisions in areas where opportunities for change are possible.
  • Expanding the Design Excellence program and creating new design guidelines for master plans.

New Master Plans:

The Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report includes information about newly launched master planning efforts, including:

  • The Rock Spring Master Plan, focused on reimagining an office park located to the east of Montgomery Mall as a vibrant, mixed-use community.
  • The White Flint 2 Sector Plan, which will examine opportunities for redevelopment and infill in an area between Rockville and White Flint.
  • The Bicycle Master Plan, which seeks to improve routes and facilities for cyclists throughout the County.
  • The MARC Rail Station Plan for Germantown and Boyds, which will evaluate the land use, zoning, design and accessibility of station areas.
Sep 17 15

Celebrate Parking Day September 18, 2015 with Montgomery Parks, the Montgomery County Planning Department and Department of Transportation

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Agencies join together to transform downtown Silver Spring parking space into a temporary, pop-up parklet at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, the Montgomery County Planning Department part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and Montgomery County Department of Transportation invite the public to celebrate PARK(ing) Day on September 18, 2015 by transforming a parking space in downtown Silver Spring into a temporary pop-up park. The parklet will be located at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue and will feature plants, seating, and the bean bag toss game, Cornhole. People may stop by and enjoy the open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual event held on the third Friday in September; cities around the globe celebrate it to encourage discussion around issues related to urban infrastructure including the role of open space, transit and the environment.  In addition to the fun nature of the event, PARK(ing) Day provides an opportunity for cultural expression, socializing and play. Although this project is temporary, the broader goal is encourage people to get more involved in the civic process to promote more urban open space, influence how public space is created, and improve the quality of urban areas.

“PARK(ing) Day is an opportunity to provoke people’s thinking about what they are giving up for a parking space,” says Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. “Every time we dedicate a chunk of land for parking, that is space not available for a park or an open space. Through this event, we want to raise awareness and ask people to think about more efficient ways to arrange parking to accommodate other amenities.”

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Planning Department will also show on Park(ing) Day just how many bicycles can be accommodated in a bike corral rather than a typical sidewalk rack. The bike corral, on loan from the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, will show that eight bicycles can fit for every one parking space. Bike corrals are especially useful in areas with narrow sidewalks or areas heavily trafficked by pedestrians, where it would be impractical or obstructive to install a sidewalk rack. Installing more bike corrals around the County has been part of the discussion during the kickoff meetings of the Bicycle Master Plan. This plan will provide recommendations on improving connectivity and bicycle facilities throughout the County.

About PARK(ing) Day:
PARK(ing) Day was invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio to invite people to rethink the way streets are used and to promote discussion around the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. Since its inception, the event has grown rapidly and in 2011 included 975 “Park” installations in more than 160 cities on six continents. PARK(ing) Day is an “open-source” project initiated by Rebar, but built by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to advance creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their urban conditions.

Sep 15 15

M-NCPPC “Best in Nation” with Unprecedented Sixth Gold Medal Award Win

by Abbigail Irelan

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) today won the prestigious 2015 National Gold Medal Award for excellence in Parks and Recreation Management. The Gold Medal is one of the highest professional awards available to parks and recreation agencies throughout the country and involves a stringent qualification and judging process.  The Gold Medal Award is presented annually by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

M-NCPPC has a long history of Gold Medal successes, winning the prize in 1973, 1977, 1984 and 2003. M-NCPPC won its fifth Gold Medal in 1983 for leadership in special recreation and outstanding community achievement in serving people with disabilities. This year’s win secured the agency’s sixth Gold Medal. No other agency in the country has ever won six.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary with NRPA, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Gold Medal Award winners were selected from finalists in five population classes, and Grand Plaque recipients were announced today, September 15, during NRPA’s Annual Congress & Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The Commission is extremely honored and privileged to receive this unprecedented, sixth National Gold Medal on behalf of the 1.8 million residents we serve in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, and on behalf of our talented and creative staff members and unselfish volunteers’” M-NCPPC Chairman Elizabeth M. Hewlett said. “In partnership with our actively engaged citizens, M-NCPPC has worked diligently throughout our 85-plus year history to successfully deliver outstanding, affordable parks and recreation opportunities and experiences for all.”

“This award is a product of the hard work and dedication of our staff,” M-NCPPC Vice Chair Casey Anderson said. “I’m thrilled that they are getting the recognition they deserve. They know that we need to innovate and adapt to meet the challenge of being the best, and I am proud to work with them.”

“We continue our commitment to delivering outstanding parks and recreation services to the residents of Prince George’s County,’” said Ronnie Gathers, Director of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. “Recognition by this distinguished organization honors the dedication of our staff and motivates us to continue to perform at the highest level.”

Michael F. Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks, said, “This prestigious national award reflects the high standards of excellence we strive for. This award also reflects that hard work and commitment of our talented staff and community volunteers who support our mission as well as our parks, facilities and programs. We are both honored and humbled by this award, and are committed to continuing our efforts to protect and provide excellent, safe and accessible parks and programs to the residents of Montgomery County.”       

Established in 1927 by state law to acquire, develop and maintain park land and open space, and to plan for the orderly development of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, M-NCPPC has grown and evolved to keep pace with the growth and diversity of the bi-county area it serves. Under direction of its Montgomery County Department of Parks and Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Commission today maintains more than 57,000 acres of parkland and open space, operates more than 200 recreational facilities, and attracts more than 25 million visitors each year. 

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org or www.aapra.org.

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

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.www.montgomeryparks.org

Jun 25 15

Casey Anderson and Norman Dreyfuss Begin New Four-Year Terms on Montgomery Planning Board

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Anderson and Dreyfuss sworn in by Clerk of the Circuit Court to serve on the five-member Planning Board

SILVER SPRING, MD  The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), reinstated Casey Anderson (D) as Planning Board Chair and Norman Dreyfuss (R) as a member of the Board. Both will serve four year terms.

Anderson and Dreyfuss were sworn in by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Barbara Meiklejohn, at the start of the Planning Board meeting on June 25. The other members of the five-person Planning Board are Amy Presley (R), Natali Fani-González (D) and Marye Wells-Harley (D).

The County Council originally appointed Anderson to the Planning Board in June 2011 and designated him as Chair in July 2014. Dreyfuss was first appointed to a partial term in February 2010 and will now begin his second full term. Both members applied for reappointment.

“I am honored to be reappointed by the County Council as Planning Board Chair,” said Anderson. “I look forward to reorienting our agency by aligning transportation rules more closely with economic development goals. We will facilitate a wider variety of housing types to meet the needs of our changing population and workforce, and streamline regulatory processes to speed up the review of new development while protecting the public interest.”

The Montgomery Planning Board oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and Montgomery Parks. Several of the board’s priorities related to parks include activating urban parks; increasing ball field capacity and facilities for active recreation; and enhancing and expanding the parks’ world class trail network, according to Anderson.

“Thank you to Council President George Leventhal and the Council for their approval of my reappointment,” said Dreyfuss. “I am pleased to continue the work of the Planning Board and provide a thoughtful and realistic approach to the most pressing land use projects and issues facing our region.”

About the Montgomery County Planning Board

The Planning Board oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and Department of Parks, and advises the County Council on land use and community planning. The Chair serves a full time position on the Montgomery County Planning Board and receives a salary of $200,000. The part-time Board Members receive an annual salary of $30,000. They also serve as Commissioners of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a bicounty agency established in 1927 to protect public land.

As part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Planning Board works to:

-Manage physical growth.
-Plan communities.
-Protect and steward natural, cultural and historical resources.
-Provide leisure and recreational experiences.

Jun 9 15

County Council Reappoints Casey Anderson and Norman Dreyfuss to Planning Board

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Anderson and Dreyfuss will both serve four-year terms on the five-member Planning Board

SILVER SPRING, MD  The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), announces the Montgomery County Council’s reappointment of Casey Anderson (D) to the position of Planning Board Chair for a four-year term. The Council also reappointed Planning Board member Norman Dreyfuss (R) to a four-year term.

In addition to Anderson and Dreyfuss, the Planning Board members are Amy Presley (R), Natali Fani-González (D) and Marye Wells-Harley (D).

The Council originally appointed Anderson to the Planning Board in June 2011 and designated him as Chair in July 2014. Norman Dreyfuss was first appointed to a partial term in February 2010 and is now completing his first full term. Both members applied for reappointment.

“I am honored to be reappointed by the County Council as Planning Board Chair,” said Anderson. “I look forward to reorienting our agency. We need to align transportation rules more closely with economic development goals. We will facilitate a wider variety of housing types to meet the needs of our changing population and workforce, and streamline regulatory processes to speed up the review of new development while protecting the public interest.”

In overseeing the County Department of Parks, Chair Anderson said he will focus on creating great urban parks, providing more ball field capacity and facilities for active recreation, and building a world-class trail network.

“Thank you to Council President George Leventhal and the Council for their approval of my reappointment,” said Norman Dreyfuss. “I am pleased to continue the work of the Planning Board and provide a thoughtful and realistic approach to the most pressing land use projects and issues facing our region.”

Within three days of the Council’s appointments, the names of the appointees will be delivered to the County Executive, who will approve or disapprove the appointment within 30 days.

About the Montgomery County Planning Board
The Planning Board oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and Department of Parks, and advises the County Council on land use and community planning. The Chair serves a full time position on the Montgomery County Planning Board and receives a salary of $200,000. The part-time Board Members receive and annual salary of $30,000. They also serve as Commissioners of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a bicounty agency established in 1927 to protect public land.

As part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Planning Board works to:

-Manage physical growth.
-Plan communities.
-Protect and steward natural, cultural and historical resources.
-Provide leisure and recreational experiences.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Board.

About Casey Anderson
Casey Anderson is a Silver Spring resident, attorney and community activist. Previously, Anderson served on the boards of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Citizens League of Montgomery County, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Committee for Montgomery. He is also a former vice president of the Woodside Civic Association and executive vice chairman of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board. Anderson holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University, and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.

About Norman Dreyfuss
Appointed to the Planning Board in February 2010, Norman Dreyfuss, is executive vice president of IDI MD, the developer of Leisure World and many other developments throughout the Washington, D.C., region. Dreyfuss, who has worked in all aspects of community development, is a champion of affordable housing and co-chairs the County’s annual Affordable Housing Conference. He formerly served as Commissioner on the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission. A resident of Potomac, Dreyfuss holds a law degree from American University and degrees in mechanical engineering and fine arts from Rutgers University.

Jun 9 15

Planning Staff Will Participate in Transit Progress Day Festivities at National Capital Trolley Museum on June 13

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planning Board Chair and planners will discuss current projects related to Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway, Bus Rapid Transit and bike plans

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department and Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will participate in the Transit Progress Day event at the National Capital Trolley Museum (1313 Bonifant Road, Colesville, MD) from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.

The public is invited to learn more about County plans for future Purple Line light rail stations, Corridor Cities Transitway, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network, Bicycle Master Plan and other transportation-related projects. Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson and transportation planner Tom Autrey will be on hand to explain the details and answer questions about the recent projects and plans.

WHAT: Transit Progress Day

WHEN: Saturday, June 13 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE: National Capital Trolley Museum
1313 Bonifant Road
Colesville, MD 20905
Tel: 301-384-6088

About the National Capital Trolley Museum

The National Capital Trolley Museum is located in the M-NCPPC’s Northwest Branch Park and operates as a Montgomery County Department of Parks Partner. Opened to the public in 1969, the museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history of Washington’s electric street railways. The collections consist of 17 streetcars from Washington D.C. and other cities. Many of these are operated on a one-mile demonstration railway. The museum includes an O-scale model layout representing a Washington streetscape from the 1930s, a film program and traditional exhibits of street railway artifacts and photographs.

About the Bicycle Master Plan

One of the Planning Department’s newest efforts is a plan for bicycle routes and facilities that will be launched on July 1, 2015. This Bicycle Master Plan will focus on developing a high-quality, low-stress network reflecting the latest biking practices and will consolidate all bicycle recommendations into a single plan for the first time since 1978. A key objective of the Bicycle Master Plan will be to improve bike access to and from existing and planned transit stations throughout the County.

“Our goal is to create the best bikeway network in the entire country,” says Anderson, who is an active cyclist. “We have an active bike community with organizations like the Washington Area Bicyclists Association and Montgomery Bicycle Advocates (Mo Bike) that will be involved in the planning process.”

The County Bicycle Master Plan will embrace the newest types of bike routes, such as separated bike lanes, buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities. Already, a new cycle track built on North Bethesda’s Woodglen Drive in 2014 and similar bikeways planned for Shady Grove and White Flint reflect these newer types of designs.

The Bicycle Master Plan will initially focus on developing a high-quality bicycle network in the Great Seneca Science Corridor area of the Corridor Cities Transitway, a 15-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) line proposed to run from the COMSAT facility near Clarksburg to the Shady Grove Metrorail Station.

For more information about the Bicycle Master Plan, go to: www.montgomeryplanning.org/bikeplan