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Nov 20 15

Bicycle Master Plan Moves Ahead with Community Advisory Group and Planning Board Review of Separated Bike Lanes in White Flint Area

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bicycle Master Plan

Recent progress of master plan follows community meetings held in September and October 2015

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is making progress on the Bicycle Master Plan for the County through several initiatives.

On Thursday, November 19, the Planning Board approved the 21-member Bicycle Master Plan Community Advisory Group, which will advise Planning staff as the Master Plan develops. The group consists of 13 members from cycling and other organizations, and eight community members who applied to be part of the effort. These County residents were chosen from 60 applicants. The 21 members of the group are listed on the Bicycle Master Plan website.

On Thursday, December 3, the Planning Board will review a proposal for the White Flint Separated Bike Lane Network. Due to the pace of development in White Flint, the Planning Department is advancing work in this area of the County so that meaningful opportunities to construct segments of an enhanced bicycling network can be pursued before the actual Bicycle Master Plan is approved in 2017. Separated bike lanes (also known as cycle tracks or protected bike lanes) encourage more people to bicycle because they provide separation from motor vehicles and pedestrians.

The public is invited to attend the Planning Board meeting (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) on December 3 and submit comments to the Planning Board about issues related to the White Flint Separated Bike Lane Network.

Bicycle Master Plan Background

The Bicycle Master Plan will develop a low-stress bicycling network that encourages more people to ride a bike in Montgomery County. It will evaluate an array of bikeway types, including separated, buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as how to provide 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.

Community meetings held in five locations throughout the County during September and October 2015 allowed participants to record comments on how the bicycle connections in the County could be improved. Those comments were recorded on a digital feedback map and will be taken into account as work continues on the new Bicycle Master Plan. View the feedback map.

May 18 15

Montgomery Parks Issues Request for Proposals to Find a Tenant for the Historic Darby Store

by Melissa Chotiner

Pre-bid meeting (for people who were unable to attend first meeting) will take place Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9 a.m., RSVP required by June 3.

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a tenant for the Darby Store, located in the Beallsville Historic District at 19801 Darnestown Road, Beallsville, MD 20839. Montgomery Parks is seeking a tenant to reinvigorate the building while keeping in mind its historic character.

Darby Store current photoA mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Owens Local Park Activity Building, 19900 Beallsville Road, Beallsville, MD, 20932.  This is the second meeting intended for interested parties who were not able to attend the first meeting. Attendees must RSVP by June 3 to Jana.Harris@MNCPPC.org or Julie.Mueller@MontgomeryParks.org

M-NCPPC is looking for a tenant who will have creative ideas for this special building that may include but are not limited to:

  • Handicraft, music, book, gift, art, variety store
  • Antiques, furniture or furnishings shop
  • Garden supply, hardware center
  • Charitable / philanthropic institution, museum
  • Office space

Parks staff will discuss the RFP process, outline conditions for use of the historic site and answer questions. The Darby Store will be open directly following the meeting for interested parties to inspect. All potential tenants must attend the pre-bid meeting.

Interested parties may download the Darby Store Leasing RFP (#P35-127) or by contacting Jana.Harris@MNCPPC.org. The application deadline is July 7, 2015.

About the Darby Store
Located at the intersection of Routes 28 and 109 in the Beallsville, MD Historic District, this beautiful rehabilitated country store offers a generous 3,500+ square feet of combined retail, office and storage space. It also includes a new parking lot, HVAC, plumbing and electric systems, and an ADA accessible front entrance. The property is zoned Neighborhood Retail (NR).

Centrally located in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, the Darby Store is less than a mile from Woodstock Equestrian Special Park, and easily accessible from Bethesda, Poolesville, Frederick and Sugarloaf Mountain. This area boasts many local businesses such as wineries, pick-your-own farms, artist studios, and hiking trails. The store sits at the intersection of two Rural Rustic Roads that are a favorite recreational route for tourist exploration and cyclists.

M-NCPPC has been working hard to bring new life to this quaint store. Its rehabilitation will be completed by the end of June 2015.

For questions about the RFP or to obtain a copy, please contact Jana.Harris@MNCPPC.org. For general information about the Darby Store and the proposal please contact Julie Mueller at Julie.Mueller@MontgomeryParks.org or by phone at 301-650-4390.

 

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

 

 

Accessibility

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Contact us a minimum of five business days in advance of the program start date or public meeting date to request a disability accommodation. CONTACT INFO HERE.

 

 

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Apr 16 15

Newest Concepts for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Presented at April 29 Community Meeting

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Residents and business owners invited to provide feedback on planning framework.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a community meeting to discuss the concepts for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on Wednesday, April 29, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD).

RSVP for the April 29 Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Meeting.

Since the last public meeting on January 21, staff has been refining the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan to reflect community feedback about specific areas and will present those changes as well as a recap of the planning process at the April 29 event. Improved pedestrian and cyclist paths, changes to zoning and density, and affordable housing will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to comment on the plan concepts before they are presented to the Planning Board on Thursday, May 7.

Learn more about the latest developments in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on our website. Please check out the site for additional details and the meeting agenda.

Apr 6 15

Community Meeting on April 22 Will Address Newest Concepts for Westbard Sector Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

 

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Community Meeting on April 22 Will Address Newest Concepts for Westbard Sector Plan
Residents and business owners invited to provide feedback on planning framework.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a community meeting to discuss concepts for the Westbard Sector Plan on Wednesday, April 22, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD). Anyone who lives and works in the area or has an interest in the future of the Westbard community is invited to attend this event.

RSVP for the Westbard Plan Concepts Community Meeting.

The updated Sector Plan seeks to transform part of Westbard from an area focused on older commercial centers and light industrial uses into a more pedestrian-friendly town center that preserves the local services on which the community depends. At the April 22 session, planners will present the newest plan concepts and provide an opportunity for attendees to comment and ask questions. This meeting will serve as a valuable “feedback loop” for planners before they present the Westbard Concept Framework Plan to the Planning Board on April 30, 2015.

The meeting will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to review the evolving development of the plan concepts since the November 2014 charrette, when planners met with state and local agencies, citizen associations, business owners and residents from the Westbard area. Feedback from the weeklong workshops helped to shape preliminary ideas for building density and heights, public facilities, transportation improvements, parks and open space as well as environmental recommendations.

History of Westbard Planning:
The 1982 Westbard Sector Plan is now being updated at the direction of the Montgomery County Council to keep pace with the times and changes in the area. Some of that plan’s recommendations were never realized, including design concepts aimed at improving the public realm, such as:

-Implementing streetscape improvements on River Road and side streets.
-Providing gateway features into Westbard.
-Improving the existing Willett Branch stream valley that runs through the Sector Plan area.
-Creating an urban park at the corner of Westbard Avenue and Ridgefield Road.
-Creating a major commercial/retail development on Westbard Avenue.
-Improving environmental features of the Westwood Shopping Center.

Some of these ideas are being addressed in the updated Westbard Sector Plan and will be discussed at the April 22 meeting.

Apr 6 15

Planners Will Present Newest Concepts for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan at Community Meeting on April 29

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Residents and business owners invited to provide feedback on planning framework.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a community meeting to discuss the concepts for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on Wednesday, April 29, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD).

RSVP for the April 29 Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Meeting.

Since the last public meeting on January 21, staff has been refining the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan to reflect community feedback about specific areas and will present those changes as well as a recap of the planning process at the April 29 event. Participants will have the opportunity to comment and make suggestions about the proposals before the plan concepts are presented to the Planning Board on Thursday, May 7.

Learn more about the latest developments in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on our website.

Dec 10 14

Montgomery Parks to Host Community Meeting on Rockwood Manor Special Park Feasibility Study

by Melissa Chotiner

Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7 – 9 p.m. at Rockwood Manor

 

SILVER SPRING, MD—M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks will host a community meeting on the recently completed feasibility study for Rockwood Manor Special Park on Wednesday, January 14 from 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting will take place at Rockwood Manor in Brooke Hall, 11001 MacArthur Boulevard, Potomac, MD 20854.

 

Parks staff will present facility rental policy changes and findings of noise, traffic and environmental studies.  Other items to be discussed include possible future improvements to emergency vehicle access, handicap accessibility, environmental quality issues and overall visitor experience.

 

Montgomery Parks initiated the feasibility study in the spring of 2014 to address the fact that the entrance drive into Rockwood Manor is not able to accommodate emergency vehicles or two-way traffic. In addition, members of the community had been voicing concerns over noise and activity at Rockwood Manor during private events.  The study was also initiated to address these concerns and potential ways to resolve the issues.


Rockwood Manor Special Park
is a 30-acre site that features the historic Rockwood Manor House. The house served as the Girl Scout National Center from 1939 – 1979. M-NCPPC has operated the park since 1983. The manor house is available for lease as a special event center and features overnight lodging space.
For additional information please visit www.ParkProjects.org and click on Rockwood Manor Special Park under Public Meetings.
Contact:

Aaron Feldman, Project Manager
M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks
9500 Brunett Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Aaron.Feldman@MontgomeryParks.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

 

 

 

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Aug 29 14

Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited by Montgomery Planning to participate in meeting about the future of Westbard

SILVER SPRING, MD The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a community meeting on the Westbard Sector Plan on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. at Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD). Anyone who lives or works or has an interest in the future of the Westbard community is invited to attend the PlanWestbard kickoff meeting at which the existing conditions and opportunities and constraints of the plan area will be discussed. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.

The meeting will give attendees an opportunity to hear about the existing conditions of the plan area, meet the planning team and learn about the planning process.

The Westbard Sector Plan is one of the oldest plans still in use in Montgomery County, having last been revised in 1982. It is now being updated at the direction of the Montgomery County Council to keep pace with the times and to reflect the changes in the community. At the kickoff meeting, the community will have an opportunity to review the Westbard Briefing Book which will focus on existing conditions of the area.

A meeting on Oct. 21 will present the Scope of Work which will focus on the areas and issues identified at the kickoff meeting. A week-long planning workshop is scheduled for November which will allow the community to give their perspective and provide feedback on the planning process.

Details:
What: Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff Meeting: Existing Conditions and Opportunities and Constraints
Who: Residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in the future of Westbard
When: Tuesday, Sept. 23 (7 – 9 p.m.)
Where: Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD)
Sign up: for the PlanWestbard-E-Newsletter
Call: the PlanWestbard Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: 301-495-4567
Follow: updates on Twitter: @planwestbard
Learn: more: www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard

Information and ideas gathered at this meeting will inform the planning process. This is an opportunity for the community to contribute to planning for a successful Westbard that will continue to thrive for the next twenty years and beyond.

Learn more about the Westbard Sector Plan and how to get involved: www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard

Background on Westbard:
Westbard lies in the southwestern part of Montgomery County, approximately one mile from the D.C. boundary line. It is less than two miles from the commercial areas of Friendship Heights and Bethesda. The Westbard area is served by two major northwest to southeast highways, River Road and Massachusetts Avenue, and is surrounded by well-established single-family neighborhoods. Over a period of years, residential uses were built around the commercial/industrial areas which extend along River Road and Westbard Avenue. The popular regional Capital Crescent Trail runs the length of Westbard.

Jun 11 14

Montgomery Parks Hosts Second Community Meeting on Wheaton-Claridge Local Park Renovation

by Melissa Chotiner

SILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission invites the public to participate in a community meeting regarding the renovation of Wheaton-Claridge Local Park. The meeting will take place Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Wheaton-Claridge Local Park, Park Activity Building.

 

Parks staff will present concept alternatives that were developed based upon input received during the first community meeting in February 2014. Comments to the plan alternatives will be used to develop a final plan and cost estimate to renovate the park.

 

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7 – 9 p. m.
Wheaton-Claridge Local Park Renovation Community Meeting
Wheaton-Claridge Local Park
Park Activity Building
11901 Claridge Road
Wheaton, MD 20902
 

For additional informant about the project please visit www.ParkProjects.org and click Wheaton-Claridge Local Park Renovation under “Public Meetings.” To submit written comments or questions, please contact Ching-Fang Chen at Ching-Fan.Chen@MontgomeryParks.org.

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About Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

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

 

Mar 18 14

Attend the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment Community Meeting

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Attend this second community meeting to find out about the plan and how you can get involved

The meeting is happening on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Aspen Hill Library
(4407 Aspen Hill Road).

Learn more about this plan and how you can get involved.

Plan background:
In the spring of 2013, the County Council programmed the preparation of a minor master plan amendment in 2014 for the properties currently zoned for officearound the former Vitro site at Connecticut Avenue and Aspen Hill Road. The 1994 Aspen Hill Master Plan recommends only office uses for the site. The minor amendment process provides an opportunity to reassess the subject area and analyze additional redevelopment and zoning opportunities.

Questions, comments?
Contact: Andrea Gilles, (se habla español) 301-495-4541
Andrea.Gilles@montgomeryplanning.org

Mar 18 14

Attend the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan Community Meeting — March 19

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Learn about the preliminary recommendations from the four-day public design workshop
Attend the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan Community Meeting hosted by the Montgomery County Planning Department on Wednesday, March 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. to stay involved in the planning process. The meeting will be held at the Sandy Spring Meeting House located at 17715 Meeting House Road, Sandy Spring, MD.

Learn more about the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan and how you can be a part of the process.

Questions, comments? Contact:
Kristin O’Connor, Area 3: Up-County & Rural Planning, Lead Planner
301-495-2172
Kristin.Oconnor@montgomeryplanning.org