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Feb 17 16

Public Hearing Held on February 11 for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community testimony focused on proposed changes to zoning and their effect on density, school capacity and traffic congestion

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held a public hearing for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan at its headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Community residents and property owners testified primarily about proposed zoning changes in the Plan and their potential effect on density, school capacity and transportation issues.

The Public Hearing Draft is available for review on the Planning Department’s website. This posting occurred after the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the Working Draft as the Public Hearing Draft on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

The Public Hearing Draft reflects changes that were made in response to clarifications requested by the Greater Lyttonsville community regarding issues such as the urban road code, district boundaries and language in the Plan Draft.

View the Public Hearing Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

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

Plan Work Sessions and Council Action

The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold work sessions on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan starting in March 2016. The sessions will continue as needed for the Board to fully discuss the community testimony as well as issues Board members want to address.

At the conclusion of the work sessions, the Plan will be revised at the Planning Board’s direction before being transmitted to the County Council and County Executive as the Planning Board Draft. The County Council will hold a public hearing on the Planning Board Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan later in 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.

-Listening or watching the staff presentation live or on-demand from the December 17, 2015 meeting or the February 11, 2016 public hearing.

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.

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.

Nov 20 15

November 18 Meeting Held to Clarify Concepts for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and Respond to Community Concerns

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners explained zoning classifications, proposed housing’s effect on schools and transportation, community character and other issues related to Sector Plan

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held a meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to explain key concepts for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

About 50 attendees listened to the planners’ presentation about 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, consult the presentation online.

Planners will present the Working Draft of the Plan to the Planning Board on December 17, 2015. A public hearing for the Plan will be scheduled in February 2016.  Learn about the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

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.

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.

Oct 8 14

Recap: September 29 Visioning Workshop Advances Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Silver Spring, MD — The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop on Monday, September 29, at the Montgomery County Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave.) allowed residents and business owners to learn more about the planning process for the community. Staff presented recent community feedback regarding strengths, challenges, and opportunities within six different areas of Greater Lyttonsville. 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.

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

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

To get up to speed on the progress 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

Jun 11 14

Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Workshop – July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to give feedback on existing strengths and weaknesses of the plan area   

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a community workshop for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on Tuesday, July 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to identify existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges for the Plan Area. The meeting will take place at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD) and all residents, property owners and business owners are invited to attend. RSVP’s are encouraged, but not required.

As a follow-up to the successful relaunch meeting held in early May, the planning team would like to invite residents to give their feedback on preferences for the Plan Area which will help to contribute to the overall plan, which will form the foundation for transforming the heart of Greater Lyttonsville.

Details:
What: Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Workshop
Who: Residents, property owners, and anyone focused on the future of Greater Lyttonsville
When: Tuesday, July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center – 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan: www.montgomeryplanning.org/greaterlp
Social Media: #GreaterLP

For the recap of the May 6 community meeting, view the presentation and the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Briefing Book which summarizes the existing conditions of the Plan Area.

The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan was initially started in summer 2012 but was placed on hold at the direction of the County Council. Now, planners are looking to re-engage the community from the area west of Silver Spring and east of Rock Creek Park to determine the vision for the area that will guide development for the next twenty years and beyond.

The planning process will include a review of zoning and land use, with a particular focus on the commercial area along Brookville Road and the two proposed Purple Line stations. The Plan will look at potential locations for mixed-use development near stations, examine important employment centers, seek to preserve and enhance the existing single-family neighborhood character, coordinate with the Fort Detrick Forest Glen Annex planning process, address quality of life issues, and strive to maintain affordable housing and support cultural diversity. It will also address connections between the existing residential neighborhoods and employment areas along Brookville Road.

May 22 14

Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Monday Matters Meeting Series

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to meet the planning team, learn about existing conditions and give feedback

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a series of Monday evening meetings in June for the Greater Lyttonsville community to attend and learn more about the planning process for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan. As a follow-up to the successful relaunch meeting held in early May, the planning team would like to invite residents to learn about specific subject areas such as: urban design, historic preservation, land use, parks, environment and transportation, including the Purple Line. The planning team will discuss these subject areas and how they will contribute to the overall plan, which will form the foundation for transforming the heart of Greater Lyttonsville.

All residents, property owners, and business owners are invited to attend the Monday Matters meetings on June 2, 9 and 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD), 2nd Floor Classroom.

Details:
What: Greater Lyttonsville Monday Matters Meeting Series
Who: Residents, property owners, and anyone interested in Greater Lyttonsville
When: 
Monday, June 2 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Urban Design, Historic Preservation, Land Use
Monday, June 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Parks, Environment
Monday, June 16 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Topics: Transportation, Purple Line

Where: Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center – 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan: www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/lyttonsville
Social Media: #GreaterLP

For the recap of the May 6 community meeting, view the presentation and the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Briefing Book which summarizes the existing conditions of the Plan Area.

The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan was initially started in summer 2012 but was placed on hold at the direction of the County Council. Now, planners are looking to re-engage the community from the area west of Silver Spring and east of Rock Creek Park to determine the vision for the area that will guide development for the next twenty years and beyond.

The planning process will include a review of zoning and land use, with a particular focus on the commercial area along Brookville Road and the two proposed Purple Line stations. The Plan will look at potential locations for mixed-use development near stations, examine important employment centers, seek to preserve and enhance the existing single-family neighborhood character, coordinate with the Fort Detrick Forest Glen Annex planning process, address quality of life issues, and strive to maintain affordable housing and support cultural diversity. It will also address connections between the existing residential neighborhoods and employment areas along Brookville Road.