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Apr 27 11

New Planning Department Website Highlights Current Development Applications

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – Want to know more about development projects proposed near where you live or work? To help residents, business people and county officials stay abreast of Montgomery County development activity, the Planning Department has launched a user-friendly Development Finder web site that provides details about building applications to be considered by the Planning Board.

The web page is anchored by a map of Montgomery County featuring pinpoint markers wherever applications recently have been filed. Those markers are hyperlinked to a database of applications specifying locations, applicant information, and details of proposed projects.

The online database, called the Development Activity Information Center and maintained by the Planning Department, includes application information such as the size of proposed buildings, numbers of proposed units, forest conservation plans, landscaping, etc. Links allow a user to download original applications, planner analyses and more.

The Planning Board has authority over development projects throughout the county and considers applications at its weekly meetings. For those who want to follow projects through the review process, the Development Finder provides a portal to project details leading up to the Board’s review.

For example, click on a pinpoint in Kensington to learn about a preliminary plan application for a store expansion; related links take a user to the plan drawing that shows the proposed new building footprint, street rights-of-way and parking as well as the original application from the property owner.

The Development Finder includes applications for preliminary plans, site plans, project plans and sketch plans. The web tool highlights projects submitted from July 1, 2010 to the present. If a project has been approved by the Planning Board, the project comes off the list.

The new Development Finder website is one of several online features designed to make county planning transparent and accessible, even for those who unable to attend Planning Board meetings. The Planning Department last year launched an online tool to locate forest conservation easements, maintains an online sign-up tool to sign up in advance to testify before the Board and, jointly with the Department of Parks, runs a weekly e-newsletter informing about upcoming projects and initiatives.

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Mar 24 11

Montgomery County Planners Seek Community Input for Burtonsville Commercial Crossroads Plan

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – For many who live or work in northeast Montgomery County, the crossroads of Routes 29 and 198 in Burtonsville provides a hub of valuable services, from car repair to grocery shopping to places to eat or worship. That 78-acre commercial area is the focus of a neighborhood study by county planners, who are analyzing ways to improve upon what’s there.

Those who frequent Burtonsville’s business district or care about its future are invited to a community design workshop, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 31. The workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to brainstorm improvements for Burtonsville and inform the planning study.

Residents, business owners and anyone interested are encouraged to roll up their sleeves at the workshop, also known as a charrette, and articulate the characteristics they want in a future downtown Burtonsville. Participants will be divided into small groups, then directed through visioning exercises.

For planners tasked with studying the commercial crossroads, community input will lay the groundwork for how a future sector plan might take shape. Master and sector plans look ahead 15 to 20 years to create a long-range planning framework for each community.

After the workshop, planners will adapt input into preliminary recommendations for consideration by the Planning Board in May. Once refined, those recommendations will go back before the Planning Board next summer.

Learn more about the Burtonsville Commercial Crossroads Neighborhood Planning Study.

Who:
Montgomery County Planning Department

What:
Burtonsville Commercial Crossroads Community Design Workshop


When:

7 p.m. Thursday, March 31

Where:

East County Service Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring

 

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Dec 7 10

Planning Board Goes on the Road to Hear Preliminary Recommendations for Long Branch Sector Plan

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – Planners preparing a vision for the future of Long Branch will present their preliminary ideas to the Planning Board on Thursday, December 9. To ensure all community members can participate, the Planning Board will convene at the Long Branch Library.

Residents, property owners, developers and anyone interested in the community should consider attending the meeting, which will include a preview of recommendations for the proposed Long Branch Sector Plan before planners present a complete draft plan to the Planning Board later this winter or spring.

Preliminary ideas call for reinforcing the commercial uses at Flower Avenue and Arliss Street in a town center that would feature a community space. Planners also recommend continued diverse and affordable housing options and retention of small businesses. Other recommendations call for better pedestrian mobility and safety by improving connections to buses and the future Purple Line, proposed to run along University Boulevard, Piney Branch Road and Arliss Street.

Master and sector plans look ahead 15 to 20 years to create a long-range planning framework for each community. Sector plans typically inventory land uses and analyze zoning, transportation, community facilities, environmental assets, and historic structures, among other elements. The plans help planners and policy-makers – such as the Planning Board and County Council – set policy and evaluate proposed development.

Planners will develop a draft Long Branch Sector Plan and present it to the Planning Board later this winter or spring. After that, the Planning Board will schedule a public hearing on the plan. After a detailed review of the draft during a series of work sessions, the Planning Board will send its draft to the County Council for final review and approval.

To sign up to speak before the Board, go to www.montgomeryapps.org/planning_board/testify.asp, call 301-495-4601 or sign up at the meeting.

Who:
Montgomery County Planning Department

What:
Long Branch Sector Plan preliminary recommendations


When:

6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 9


Where:

Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Avenue, 2nd floor

 

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Jun 28 10

Montgomery County Planners to Host Community Open House for New East County Science Center Master Plan

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – Planners, starting work on a new master plan for the East County this fall, are going into the community on Wednesday to solicit ideas and comments for what the plan might encompass.

The plan, called the East County Science Center Master Plan, will encompass the White Oak area east of New Hampshire Avenue and Colesville Road, including the Cherry Hill Road area and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) site.  At the June 30 open house, planners want to hear from residents, workers, landowners and anyone interested in the future of eastern Montgomery County as they begin to develop a scope of work for the project. 

The plan will create a new vision for the area that features a mixed-use life sciences center  building upon the presence of the FDA campus in White Oak. It will address the land use, urban design and transit access issues related to the future growth of the Cherry Hill area. That includes the FDA, the proposed Washington Adventist Hospital, County’s Site 2 (formerly a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission site) and the Percontee property.

At the open house, planners will discuss the upcoming project and solicit input from the community on issues that should be addressed. Residents are asked to drop in anytime between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. to learn about the purpose of the plan, the approximate boundaries of the planning area and proposed study area, demographic research, and the basics of master planning.

After the open house, planners will develop a scope of work that they will present to the Planning Board this fall.

Who:
Montgomery County Planning Department

What:
East County Science Center Master Plan Open House

When: 
4:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30 (drop in anytime)

Where:
Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904

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