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Jul 15 16

Planning Board Approves Transmittal of Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan to County Council for further review

by Christopher Peifer

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Council will hold public hearing on the Planning Board Draft before voting to approve and adopt the Sector Plan later this year

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, voted to approve the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan at its meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2016 and transmit the plan to the County Council and County Executive.

The Planning Board Draft of the Sector Plan is available for review on the Planning Department’s website. It reflects changes made in response to requests by the Greater Lyttonsville community to clarify use of the urban road code, district boundaries and language in the Plan Draft.

The County Council will hold a public hearing on the Planning Board Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan in fall 2016.

The community is invited to stay involved with the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan by:

-Visiting the Greater Lyttonsville Montgomery County Planning Department webpage.

-Signing up to participate in the public hearing or providing written testimony once the public hearing date is officially set by the County Council.

Background on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

Spurred by the future construction of two Purple Line light rail stations in Greater Lyttonsville, the new Sector Plan examines ways to leverage these significant public infrastructure investments, while preserving the integrity of area neighborhoods that have a rich history and a strong sense of community. The Plan recommends ways of connecting residential, industrial and institutional districts, attracting mixed-use development and expanding parks, trails and open spaces. Recent planning efforts build on the goal of the 2000 North and West Silver Spring Master Plan to preserve this diverse community as a desirable place to live, work and play.

After community meetings were held in January and April 2015, the Planning team revised suggestions for bike and pedestrian connections in and around the Rosemary Hills Lyttonsville Local Park.

Recommendations in the Plan focus on:
-Providing pedestrian and bicycle connections to the two proposed Purple Line light rail stations.

-Preserving, rather than rezoning, a majority of the industrial areas.

-Preserving single-family residential areas.

-Proposing zoning changes primarily in areas around the future Purple Line stations or close to the Silver Spring central business district.

Learn more about the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Feb 25 16

Planning Department Announces Calendar of March 2016 Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

Calendar of Events

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its March 2016 calendar of community meetings, work session and public events. These events offer opportunities for the Planning Board and Planning Department staff to discuss policies and engage with the public. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.

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Montgomery County Planning Department Events in March 2016

March 1 – Registration opens for the Makeover Montgomery 3 Conference. This event, being held from May 4 through May 6 in College Park and Silver Spring, MD, will focus on themes relevant to the future of our County. These topics are: The Sharing Economy, Social Equity and Opportunity, and Beyond Transit-oriented Development.

March 2 – The Bicycle Master Plan Community Advisory Group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on defining a low-stress bicycling network and discussing the major bicycling issues in Montgomery County.

March 3 – Attend, watch or listen live to the Planning Board meeting. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on topics to be discussed by the Board.

March 7 – The Montgomery County Council Planning, Housing & Economic Development (PHED) Committee will hold a work session for the Westbard Sector Plan with a focus on Parks and Open Space. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. on the 7th Floor Council Hearing Room. View the County Council Committee Agenda for more information.

March 7 – Attend the first phase of the MARC Rail Communities Plan Design Workshop at the Upcounty Regional Services Center (12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD 20874). This event will begin with technical discussions with various agencies, such as the County Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection, Historic Preservation Office, Maryland Transit Administration and State Highway Administration, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. An Open House/ Community Visioning Exercise follows in the evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring and share your ideas about the future of the Boyds and Germantown MARC station areas.

March 10 – The Planning Board will hold another work session for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan at this meeting. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on topics to be discussed by the Board.

March 14 – The Montgomery County Council Planning, Housing & Economic Development (PHED) Committee will hold a work session for the Westbard Sector Plan with a focus on Land Use and Zoning. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. on the 7th Floor Council Hearing Room. View the County Council Committee Agenda for more information.

March 14-16 – Participate in the second phase of the MARC Rail Communities Plan Design Workshop at the Upcounty Regional Services Center (12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD 20874). Planning staff will work with community stakeholders to explore and synthesize ideas in order to determine the planning priorities for Boyds and Germantown station areas. Discussions will focus on road access, parking, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation and other topics. The workshop on Monday, March 14 will focus on Boyds, and the session on Tuesday, March 15 will focus on Germantown. The event on Wednesday, March 16 will culminate with a recap of the week and presentation of the workshop alternatives and recommendations.

March 16 – Attend the third and final session of the three-part Winter Speakers Series focused on transportation. Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy for Nelson/Nygaard in San Francisco, will discuss new metrics for measuring the impact of traffic to help reach sustainability goals. The session is free and members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) attending the event can earn credit. Learn more about the session and the #smartmoves series.

March 17 – At its meeting, the Planning Board will discuss updating the school test methodology and impact tax calculations as part of the Subdivision Staging Policy. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on additional agenda items.

March 24 – The first work session for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan will be held at the Planning Board meeting. In addition, the Planning Board will hear preliminary transportation recommendations for the Subdivision Staging Policy. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on topics to be discussed by the Board.

March 31– Attend, watch or listen live to the Planning Board meeting. Consult the Planning Board Agenda for details about the session.

Dec 21 15

Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Revised Working Draft Approved by Planning Board on December 17

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Working Draft of Sector Plan responds to community concerns over zoning classifications, district boundaries and other issues

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, approved the staff’s revised Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan as the Planning Board Draft on its meeting held on Thursday, December 17.

The Working Draft focused on key aspects of the plan including issues such as commercial and residential affordability, as well as much needed public benefits within the Sector Plan area. The Plan addressed issues that were raised by the community over zoning classifications, district boundaries and zoning and density. A public hearing on the Working Draft, now titled the Public Hearing Draft, is scheduled for February 11, 2016.

View the Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

View the Staff Report for the December 17 Planning Board presentation including errata sheet.

The Board’s public hearing in February will be held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). The community will be invited to provide written or emailed testimony prior to the public hearing and can also sign up to speak in person at the hearing.

The community is invited to stay involved with the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan by:

-Visiting the Greater Lyttonsville Montgomery County Planning Department webpage.

-Listening or watching the staff presentation live or on-demand from the December 17 meeting.

Signing up to participate in the public hearing or providing written testimony.

November 2015 Community Meeting Recap
A community meeting was held on November 18, 2015 so that the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan team could address concerns from residents regarding the Working Draft recommendations. Approximately 50 attendees listened to the planners’ presentation on these topics of concern, including the following:

-Urban Road Code clarifications.

-Total number of residential units and their effect on local schools and transportation.

-Zoning classifications: Commercial Residential Neighborhood versus Commercial Residential Town zones.

-Community benefits of land swaps with the Montgomery County Parks Department.

-Preserving community character.

-Language used in the Draft Plan to explain goals.

For more details on this November meeting, consult the presentation online.

Background on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

Spurred by the future construction of two Purple Line light rail stations in Greater Lyttonsville, the new Sector Plan examines ways to leverage these significant public infrastructure investments, while preserving the integrity of area neighborhoods that have a rich history and a strong sense of community. The Plan recommends ways of connecting residential, industrial and institutional districts, attracting mixed-use development and expanding parks, trails and open spaces. Recent planning efforts build on the goal of the 2000 North and West Silver Spring Master Plan to preserve this diverse community as a desirable place to live, work and play.

After community meetings were held in January and April 2015, the Planning team revised suggestions for bike and pedestrian connections in and around the Rosemary Hills Lyttonsville Local Park.

Recommendations in the Plan focus on:

-Providing pedestrian and bicycle connections to the two proposed Purple Line light rail stations.
-Preserving, rather than rezoning, a majority of the industrial areas.
-Preserving single-family residential areas.
-Proposing zoning changes primarily in areas around the future Purple Line stations or close to the Silver Spring central business district.

Learn more about the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Oct 7 15

Scheduling Update: Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Working Draft Presentation To Planning Board is Rescheduled

by Bridget Schwiesow

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SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has rescheduled the presentation of the Greater Lyttonsville Working Draft to the Montgomery County Planning Board that had been on the Board’s agenda for Thursday, October 8. The new date for the presentation will be announced very soon.

The Planning Department has rescheduled this presentation so that there is an opportunity to have additional community meetings to answer questions related to the recommendations in the Greater Lyttonsville Working Draft.

View the Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

“The Planning Department is committed to real and honest engagement with communities that are participating in master plan efforts. We heard from the Lyttonsville community that more discussion is needed. It is very important that communities be given every opportunity to discuss and understand master plan recommendations,” said Planning Director Gwen Wright.

The Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan represents the initial set of staff recommendations for the plan area. These include zoning and land use, transportation, community facilities, environment and parks and open space.

There will be additional opportunities for residents and property owners to participate in the process. All stakeholders are encouraged to attend to meet with planners to discuss the draft plan and any other questions they might have about the process. Additional meetings will be announced soon. Contact staff directly with any comments and questions:

Erin Banks, Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Project Manager, 301-495-4598 Erin.Banks@montgomeryplanning.org

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.

Jan 20 15

Community Meeting on January 21 Provides Opportunity for Feedback on Concepts for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners seek suggestions from local residents and business owners on proposed land use, design, connections s and potential economic development for Lyttonsville

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting interested residents and business owners to a meeting on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

At this event, county planners will present the newest concepts for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and the results of a recent economic development study of the area. This meeting is an opportunity for the public to comment on the concept framework recommendations to see if any changes should be made before the Montgomery County Planning Board is briefed in April 2015.

To learn more about the progress on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, view these videos below:

– The on-demand video recording of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop from September 29.
-The GreaterLP recap video from the July 15 community workshop.
-Check out this video segment with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area.
-Watch the “GreaterLP Needs You” short promotional video.

Learn about the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Dec 22 14

Community Meeting on January 21 Provides Opportunity for Feedback on Concepts for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners seek suggestions from local residents and business owners on proposed building densities and potential economic development for Lyttonsville.

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting interested residents and business owners of the Greater Lyttonsville community to a meeting on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to discuss the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

Planners will present their concepts for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and the results of a recent economic development study completed by the Washington, DC-based consultant Bolan Smart. This meeting is a chance for the public to weigh in on the concept framework recommendations before they are presented for approval to the Montgomery County Planning Board in March 2015. We are looking for your feedback on different planning scenarios for the community, including low, medium and high-density development options.

RSVP for the Greater Lyttonsville January 21 Community Meeting.

This meeting is a follow-up to the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop, held on September 29 at the Montgomery County Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue). At that event, staff presented recent community feedback about six areas within Greater Lyttonsville and maps of existing conditions, opportunities and constraints for each of these activity centers. The workshop included an interactive exercise to explore community character as it relates to open spaces, streetscapes, environmental elements, land uses, buildings and community facilities.

To learn more about the progress on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, view these videos below:

-The on-demand video recording of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop from September 29.

-The GreaterLP recap video from the July 15 community workshop

-Check out this video segmen with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area.

-Watch the GreaterLP Needs You short promotional video.

Learn about the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Sep 29 14

Attend or Watch the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop Tonight

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners will ask community to give in-person and online feedback 

The community is invited to attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop starting at   5 p.m. on Monday, September 29 at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave.).

The workshop, which will be held from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., will have an open house format, with the presentation being given at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 pm. At each one, Staff will present the planning process, recent feedback that has been provided regarding constraints and opportunities, as well as next steps. The workshop will also include an interactive exercise to explore community character as it relates to open spaces, streetscapes, environmental elements, land uses, buildings, and community facilities.

Watch the live online streaming of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop.
http://mncppc.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

Attendees, residents and business owners will also have the opportunity to take the Greater Lyttonsville Visioning Questionnaire that will ask respondents what they would like to see in the Sector Plan Area. The online questionnaire will be available for the next two weeks and will help to guide the planners in their work as they form preliminary recommendations.  Take the questionnaire here.

The Planning Board will receive a briefing at their regular meeting on Oct. 16 that will summarize the outcomes of the Sept. 29 workshop. All are invited to attend. The summary will also be available on the Planning Board website online one week before the Planning Board briefing.

Details:
Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop

Monday, Sept. 29
5 – 8:30 p.m.
Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910)
All community members and children are invited. Snacks will be provided

To get up to speed on the progress so far on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, view these videos below:

-The GreaterLP recap video from the July 15 community workshop

-Check out this video segment with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area.

-Watch the GreaterLP Needs You short promotional video

Learn about the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Sep 5 14

Community Invited to Greater Lyttonsville Visioning Workshop – Sept. 29  

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners will ask community to give their feedback on vision for Greater Lyttonsville area  

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the Greater Lyttonsville community to participate in a community visioning workshop on Monday, Sept. 29 starting at
5 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD ). The event will provide attendees an opportunity to share their vision on how the Greater Lyttonsville area can be improved over the next twenty years. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.

Building on the success of the last community meeting held in July, and a series of outreach events that reached out to the business community and families, the Greater Lyttonsville team has scheduled this second workshop to further encourage the community to help define the vision for the sector plan area.

The workshop, which will be held from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., will have an open house format, with the presentation being given at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 pm. At each one, Staff will present the planning process, recent feedback that has been provided regarding constraints and opportunities, as well as next steps. The workshop will also include an interactive exercise to explore community character as it relates to open spaces, streetscapes, environmental elements, land uses, buildings, and community facilities.

The Planning Board will receive a briefing at their regular meeting on Oct. 16 that will summarize the outcomes of the Sept. 29 workshop. All are invited to attend. The summary will also be available on the Planning Board website online one week before the Planning Board briefing.

Details:
Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop

Monday, Sept. 29
5 – 8:30 p.m.
Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910)
RSVP for the event
All community members and children are invited. Snacks will be provided

To get up to speed on the progress so far on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, view these videos below:

-The GreaterLP recap video from the July 15 community workshop

-Check out this video segment with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area.

-Watch the GreaterLP Needs You short promotional video

Learn about the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Aug 4 14

Get Involved with the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan This Week

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Meet Planning Department staff at two community events – National Night Out and Sunrise Series meeting 

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the Greater Lyttonsville community to meet with Planning Department staff at two community events this week to learn more about the planning process for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

Planners will host a booth at the Greater Lyttonsville community’s participation in the annual National Night Out event Tuesday, August 5 scheduled from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at the Gwendowlyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD). The participation in the annual neighborhood event is meant to encourage youth and families to get involved with the sector plan process. There will be interactive planning activities and staff on hand to answer questions about the planning process.

Business owners and employees are invited to attend the final “Sunrise Series” meeting Thursday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Parking Lot in rear of 2402-2465 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD (Technical Service Park). The early morning meeting will offer free breakfast to attendees, an opportunity to meet with planners and provide feedback through a questionnaire to gather more information from area employees and business owners as it relates to the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

The Sunrise Series meetings will be hosted in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the Silver Spring Regional Center.

Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Weekly Events Details:
National Night Out – Lyttonsville Community
Tuesday, August 5
National Night Out is scheduled for 6:15 – 8 p.m.
Coffield Center 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD

Sunrise Series Meeting for Area Businesses  
Thursday, August 7, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Parking Lot in rear of 2402-2465 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD (Technical Service Park)

Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan and fill out the questionnaire: www.montgomeryplanning.org/greaterlp