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Nov 17 15

Montgomery County Council Will Hold December 1 Public Hearing on the Planning Board Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Residents and property owners invited to sign up to comment on Plan

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will present an overview of the Planning Board Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan to the County Council during the day on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Following this brief presentation, the Council’s public hearing on the Plan will start at 7:30 p.m. on December 1 in the Council Hearing Room at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.

At the hearing, residents and property owners are invited to comment on the Master Plan’s draft recommendations for land use and zoning, transportation networks, parks and open spaces.

To testify at the December 1 hearing, community members can sign up online or call 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up is 10 a.m. on December 1.

Speakers should bring 15 copies of their testimony to the hearing and provide a written copy at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing; email to county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Past PowerPoint presentations of the Plan goals and other materials from MV Matters meetings are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.

Master Plan Background
Montgomery Village has not been part of a Master Plan review since the 1985 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan, nor has it been the subject of a discrete County master plan in the past. Although Montgomery Village was within the boundaries of both the 1971 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan and the 1985 Master Plan, neither plan contains recommendations or guidance for this community because the Village fell within the Town Sector Zone, which did not allow the rezoning of properties for a 50-year period that comes to a close in 2015. When the Planning Department initiated an update to the Gaithersburg Master Plan in 2007, Montgomery Village was originally included within its boundaries. However, with large swaths of land on both sides of I-270 presenting different planning issues and challenges, the Planning Department realized the area was too big to be analyzed effectively.

In 2008, the Planning Department divided the large Gaithersburg Master Plan area into two planning efforts – one for the west side of I-270, which became the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan (GSSC) – and one for the east side of I-270 – Gaithersburg East. In 2014, the County Council directed the Planning Department to further refine the Gaithersburg East Plan to have one plan for Montgomery Village and one plan for the remainder of Gaithersburg East. The Council also directed the Planning Director to work efficiently on the Montgomery Village Plan, with the goal of having a draft plan transmitted to the Council within 14 months of the plan start date, because it wanted the zoning to be reassessed holistically before the prohibition on piecemeal rezoning of Town Sector property expired in 2015.

Oct 13 15

Planning Board Holds Final Work Session for the Montgomery Village Master Plan on October 22

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Final session will examine Planning Board’s changes to the Public Hearing Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is holding its final work session on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) to discuss the Planning Board changes to the Public Hearing Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan and vote to transmit the Planning Board Draft Montgomery Village Master Plan and associated zoning text amendment to the Montgomery County Council and the County Executive. Note: the Board will vote to tarnsmit the Master Plan to the County Council and the County Executive.

Topics to be discussed during the work session include:

  • Correction and clarification regarding Wightman Road.
  • Future right-of-way for the Stewartown Road extension.
  • Section added to the Plan for the site where the Montgomery Village Foundation’s offices are located on Apple Ridge Road.
  • Revisions to the proposed Montgomery Village Overlay Zone.

This is the second and final work session. It follows the detailed discussion about the Master Plan and specific refinements to the Public Hearing Draft Master Plan.

View the Public Hearing Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan.

About the Montgomery Village Master Plan

The new Master Plan builds on the assets of Montgomery Village through four major recommendations:

Preserve the Village’s character: Built in the 1960s by Kettler Brothers, Montgomery Village was purposefully planned with a vast range of housing types. From the apartment communities clustered in the lower Village to the grand colonials of Whetstone, the homes appeal to a variety of lifestyles with a wide selection of designs and prices for residents. The Master Plan recommends preserving this variety and expanding housing choices in the future.

Maintain the public recreation and open spaces: The Village’s sylvan environment is one of its greatest assets. The Master Plan strongly recommends that most of its recreation and open spaces be maintained and preserved. When new development or redevelopment occurs, developers should emulate the Kettlers’ town planning principles to provide ample green spaces, vistas and recreational opportunities. Additional trail connections, with natural or hard surfaces, should be provided to enhance community connectivity.

Encourage reinvestment: Montgomery Village has six conveniently located shopping areas (Montgomery Village Crossing, Montgomery Village Plaza, The Village Center, Goshen Plaza, Goshen Crossing and Goshen Oaks) throughout the community that serve the everyday retail needs of residents. Over several decades, however, retail competition has grown in the mid-County area and consumer preferences have shifted, as has the tenant mix in the Village’s centers. Some redevelopment opportunities exist in the Village, and the Master Plan strongly recommends a sustainable and competitive Village Center. Short blocks with identifiable edges to reinforce the mixed uses and the introduction of new housing units can potentially transform the suburban blocks into walkable, connected and inviting areas, reinvigorating a sense of community and creating attractive centers for community life.

Enhance connectivity: The Master Plan encourages increased options for mobility and connectivity by all modes — transit, walking, biking and private motor vehicles. The Village’s private street network, coupled with many trails and pedestrian connections, offers unique opportunities to enhance multimodal links. Montgomery Village can improve connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists by providing missing links to open spaces, parks, the Village Center and other destinations around the community and beyond.

In order to help achieve these goals, the Master Plan recommends an overlay zone as an implementation measure. The Town Sector zone will not be used going forward, which means all the properties in the village must be rezoned. A large-scale rezoning of this kind is rare, and concerns have been raised about its implementation. The Montgomery Village Overlay Zone is intended to preserve the unique Village character; protect existing open space and conservation areas; and ensure a compatible relationship between new and existing development.

Past PowerPoint presentations and other materials from the Montgomery Village Master Plan process are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.

Jul 16 15

Planners Release Working Draft of Montgomery Village Master Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Recommendations include preserving Village character and open spaces, enhancing connectivity and encouraging reinvestment in retail centers

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is presenting the Working Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, July 23.

Pending the Board’s approval, the public hearing for the Montgomery Village Master Plan is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 10 at which time community residents and property owners can testify about the Plan. A public notice about the hearing will be sent when the date and location are confirmed.

View the Montgomery Village Master Plan Working Draft

The new Master Plan builds on the assets of Montgomery Village through four major recommendations:

Preserve the Village’s character: Built in the 1960s by Kettler Brothers, Montgomery Village was purposefully planned with a vast range of housing types.  From the apartment communities clustered in the lower Village to the grand colonials of Whetstone, the homes appeal to different lifestyles with a wide selection of designs and prices for residents. The Master Plan recommends preserving this variety and expanding housing choices in the future.

Maintain the public recreation and open spaces: The Village’s sylvan environment is one of its greatest assets. The Master Plan strongly recommends that its recreation and open spaces be maintained and preserved. When new development or redevelopment occurs, developers should emulate the Kettlers’ town planning principles to provide ample green spaces, vistas and recreational opportunities.  Additional trail connections, with natural or hard surfaces, should be provided to enhance community connectivity.

Encourage reinvestment: Small town autonomy includes conveniently located retail centers throughout the community. The Village’s six centers serve the everyday retail needs of residents; however, over several decades, as retail competition has grown in the mid-County area, consumer preferences have shifted, as has the tenant mix in the Village’s centers. Limited redevelopment opportunities exist in the Village and the Master Plan strongly recommends a sustainable and competitive Village Center.  Short blocks with identifiable edges to reinforce the mixed uses and the introduction of new housing units can potentially transform the suburban blocks into walkable, connected and inviting public spaces, reinvigorating a sense of community and creating attractive centers for community life.

Enhance connectivity: The Master Plan encourages increased options for mobility and connectivity by all modes — transit, walking, biking and private motor vehicles. The Village’s private street network, coupled with many trails and pedestrian connections, offers unique opportunities to enhance multimodal links. Montgomery Village can improve connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists by providing missing links to open spaces, parks, the Village Center and other destinations around the community and beyond.

-Montgomery Village Overlay Zone: The Master Plan recommends an overlay zone as an implementation measure, as large-scale rezoning of this kind is unique and concerns have been raised about its implementation and potential consequences.  The Montgomery Village Overlay Zone is intended to preserve the unique Village character; protect existing open space and conservation areas; and ensure a compatible relationship between new and existing development.

Past PowerPoint presentations and other materials from the Montgomery Village Master Plan process are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.

Stay Connected:
Sign up: for the Montgomery Village Master Plan eNewsletter
Call: the MVPlan Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: tel. 301-495-4723
Follow: updates on Twitter using #MVPlan and learn more by visiting www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp

Master Plan Background:
Montgomery Village has not been part of a Master Plan review since the 1985 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan, nor has it been the subject of a discrete County master plan in the past. Although Montgomery Village was within the boundaries of both the 1971 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan and the 1985 Master Plan, neither plan contains recommendations or guidance for this community because the Village fell within the Town Sector Zone, which did not allow the rezoning of properties for a 50-year period that comes to a close in 2015. When the Planning Department initiated an update to the Gaithersburg Master Plan in 2007, Montgomery Village was originally included within its boundaries. However, with large swaths of land on both sides of I-270 presenting different planning issues and challenges, the Planning Department realized the area was too big to be analyzed effectively.

In 2008, the Planning Department divided the large Gaithersburg Master Plan area into two planning efforts – one for the west side of I-270, which became the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan (GSSC) – and one for the east side of I-270 – Gaithersburg East. In 2014, the County Council asked the Planning Department to refine the Gaithersburg East Plan to have one plan for Montgomery Village and one plan for the remainder of Gaithersburg East. The Council also directed the Planning Director to work very efficiently on the Montgomery Village Plan, with the goal of having a draft plan transmitted to the Council within 14 months of the plan start date. The Council wanted the zoning to be reassessed holistically before the prohibition on piecemeal rezoning of Town Sector property expired in 2015.

Jun 30 15

Public Meeting To Discuss Montgomery Village Master Plan Will Be Held on July 7

by Bridget Schwiesow

Montgomery Village

Residents and property owners invited to comment before Working Draft of Montgomery Village Plan is presented to Planning Board on July 23

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is holding the last of the MV Matters community meetings on Tuesday, July 7 to present the staff recommendations for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Montgomery Village Middle School at 19300 Watkins Mill Road, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. (Please note the change in the meeting location from the Watkins Mill High School, which is currently being renovated.)

Residents and property owners are invited to offer input about the Master Plan’s draft recommendations for land use and zoning, transportation networks, parks and open spaces. Planning Department staff will also provide an overview of the Draft Montgomery Village Overlay Zone, explaining its purpose and intent.

The Working Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan is scheduled to be presented to the Planning Board on July 23, 2015. The tentative date for the Planning Board Public Hearing on the Montgomery Village Master Plan is Thursday, September 10, 2015, when community residents and property owners can testify about the Plan. A public notice about the hearing will be sent when the date is confirmed.

Past PowerPoint presentations and other materials from previous MV Matters meetings are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.

What is MV Matters All About?
MV Matters is a series of outreach events meant to engage the community in the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Village residents are invited to learn about specific subject areas, such as urban design, land use, parks, environment and transportation at the sessions. Through the meetings, planners have received initial feedback from residents on what they view as the most important issues in the village. For more information on the Scope of Work for the Montgomery Village Master Plan, go to www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp

Stay Connected:
Sign up: for the Montgomery Village Master Plan eNewsletter
Call: the MVPlan Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: tel. 301-495-4723
Follow: updates on Twitter using #MVPlan and learn more by visiting www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp

Master Plan Background:
Montgomery Village has not been part of a Master Plan review since the 1985 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan, nor has it been the subject of a discrete County master plan in the past. Although Montgomery Village was within the boundaries of both the 1971 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan and the 1985 Master Plan, neither plan contains recommendations or guidance for this community because the Village fell within the Town Sector Zone, which did not allow the rezoning of properties for a 50-year period that comes to a close in 2015. When the Planning Department initiated an update to the Gaithersburg Master Plan in 2007, Montgomery Village was originally included within its boundaries. However, with large swaths of land on both sides of I-270 presenting different planning issues and challenges, the Planning Department realized the area was too big to be analyzed effectively.

In 2008, the Planning Department divided the large Gaithersburg Master Plan area into two planning efforts – one for the west side of I-270, which became the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan (GSSC) – and one for the east side of I-270 – Gaithersburg East. In 2014, the County Council directed the Planning Department to further refine the Gaithersburg East Plan to have one plan for Montgomery Village and one plan for the remainder of Gaithersburg East. The Council also directed the Planning Director to work efficiently on the Montgomery Village Plan, with the goal of having a draft plan transmitted to the Council within 14 months of the plan start date, because it wanted the zoning to be reassessed holistically before the prohibition on piecemeal rezoning of Town Sector property expired in 2015.

Jun 29 15

Montgomery County Planning Department Announces Calendar of July Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

Calendar of Events
Residents and property owners invited to get involved with special events and community meetings to discuss plans for the County’s future

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its calendar for July 2015. These events offer ways to engage with planners and Planning Board members, and help shape the future of communities within Montgomery County. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.

Stay connected to us online by following Montgomery Planning Department news and information on Twitter: @montgomeryplans and like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/montgomeryplanning.

Montgomery Planning July 2015 Events:

July (ongoing through August 21) – Enter a development or building project that you admire in the Montgomery Planning Department’s First Annual Design Excellence Award competition. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org/designxawards for more information.

July 7 – Attend the last of the MV Matters community meetings to learn about the staff recommendations for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Montgomery Village Middle School at 19300 Watkins Mill Road, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. (Please note the change in the meeting location from the Watkins Mill High School, which is currently being renovated.) Residents and property owners are invited to offer input about the Master Plan’s recommendations for land use and zoning, transportation networks, parks and open spaces. Past PowerPoint presentations and other materials from previous MV Matters meetings are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.

July 16 – Attend the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting to learn about the Westbard Sector Plan. The Working Draft of the Sector Plan will be presented and reviewed for approval to set a public hearing date. A full agenda for the meeting is posted on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.

July 20 – The Planning Board’s first worksession on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan will be held to refine its planning concepts based on the public hearing held on June 24. Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan.

July 23 – The Planning Board will review the Working Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Learn more about the planning process for Montgomery Village.  In addition, a number of other important issues will tentatively be on the Planning Board agenda for July 23, including the mandatory referral of the new M-NCPPC headquarters in Wheaton and amendments to the Clarksburg Town Center.

July 30 – Attend the last Planning Board meeting of the summer to learn about the scope of work for the new White Flint 2 Sector Plan, which was launched in June at a community open house in North Bethesda. Please note that the July 30 meeting

Mar 24 15

Montgomery Village Meeting on March 25 Focuses on Overlay Zone

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Residents and property owners invited to discuss proposed zoning changes and progress of plan

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites business owners and residents to discuss the Montgomery Village Master Plan at a meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD).

Planning Department staff will recap the Master Plan process so far and provide additional details of the Draft Montgomery Village Overlay Zone. Staff will provide an overview of the Draft Overlay Zone’s purpose, proposed land uses and potential development standards.

Staff is scheduled to provide a status briefing to the Planning Board on the Montgomery Village Master Plan on April 16. The next steps in the Master Plan process include transportation modeling and drafting of preliminary recommendations for the Staff Draft of the Plan, which is scheduled to be presented to the Planning Board in June.  Planning staff will schedule another community meeting when the results of the transportation modeling are available.

Past PowerPoint presentations and other materials from previous MV Matters meetings are posted on the MVMatters webpage.

What is MV Matters All About?
MV Matters is a series of outreach events meant to engage the community in the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Village residents are invited to learn about specific subject areas, such as urban design, land use, parks, environment and transportation at the sessions. Through the meetings, planners have received initial feedback from residents on what they view as the most valuable places in the village. For more information on the Scope of Work for the Montgomery Village Mater Plan, go to www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/meetings_archive/

Stay Connected:
Sign up: for the Montgomery Village Master Plan eNewsletter
Call:
the MVPlan Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: 301-495-4723
Learn More: www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp
Use: #MVPlan

Master Plan Background:
Montgomery Village has not been part of a Master Plan review since the 1985 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan, nor has it been the subject of a discrete County master plan in the past. Although Montgomery Village was within the boundaries of both the 1971 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan and the 1985 Master Plan, neither plan contains recommendations or guidance for this community because the Village fell within the Town Sector Zone, which did not allow the rezoning of properties for a 50-year period that comes to a close in 2015. When the Planning Department initiated an update to the Gaithersburg Master Plan in 2007, Montgomery Village was originally included within its boundaries. However, with large swaths of land on both sides of I-270 presenting different planning issues and challenges, the Planning Department realized the area was too big to be analyzed effectively.

In 2008, the Planning Department divided the large Gaithersburg Master Plan area into two planning efforts – one for the west side of I-270, which became the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan (GSSC) – and one for the east side of I-270 – Gaithersburg East. In 2014, the County Council directed the Planning Department to further refine the Gaithersburg East Plan to have one plan for Montgomery Village and one plan for the remainder of Gaithersburg East. The Council also directed the Planning Director to work efficiently on the Montgomery Village Plan, with the goal of having a draft plan transmitted to the Council within 12 months of the plan start date, because it wanted the zoning to be reassessed holistically before the prohibition on piecemeal rezoning of Town Sector property expired in 2015.

Feb 5 15

Meeting on February 9 Addresses Commercial Centers and Open Spaces in Montgomery Village

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Discussion will focus on new zoning categories and future uses of former golf course

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites business owners and residents to attend a meeting to discuss the Montgomery Village Master Plan on Monday, February 9, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD).

This session will focus on the commercial centers, open space preservation and connections, and the former golf course. County planning staff will provide an overview of each topic and opportunities for participants to comment on those areas they would like to see revitalized, preserved or connected to, and discuss concerns and suggestions regarding the properties. Since the meeting scheduled for January 26 was cancelled due to snowy weather, planners have combined topics originally scheduled for discussion on that date  with those on the agenda for February 9.

The PowerPoint presentation and other materials from the last MV Matters meeting on January 12 are posted on the MVMatters webpage. The purpose of that session was to explain how the existing Town Sector zoning for the residential sections of Montgomery Village will be translated into new zones that will accommodate the variety of housing found in the community.

The next MV Matters meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria. Topics for discussion at that session will be announced at the February 9 event.

What is MV Matters All About?
MV Matters is a series of outreach events meant to engage the community in the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Village residents are invited to learn about specific subject areas, such as urban design, land use, parks, environment and transportation at the sessions. Through the meetings, planners have received initial feedback from residents on what they view as the most valuable places in the village. For more information on the Scope of Work for the Montgomery Village Mater Plan, go to www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/meetings_archive/

Stay Connected:
Sign up: for the Montgomery Village Master Plan eNewsletter
Call:
the MVPlan Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: 301-495-4723
Learn More: www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp
Use: #MVPlan

Master Plan Background:
Montgomery Village has not been part of a Master Plan review since the 1985 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan, nor has it been the subject of a discrete County master plan in the past. Although Montgomery Village was within the boundaries of both the 1971 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan and the 1985 Master Plan, neither plan contains recommendations or guidance for this community because the Village fell within the Town Sector Zone, which did not allow the rezoning of properties for a 50-year period that comes to a close in 2015. When the Planning Department initiated an update to the Gaithersburg Master Plan in 2007, Montgomery Village was originally included within its boundaries. However, with large swaths of land on both sides of I-270 presenting different planning issues and challenges, the Planning Department realized the area was too big to be analyzed effectively.

In 2008, the Planning Department divided the large Gaithersburg Master Plan area into two planning efforts – one for the west side of I-270, which became the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan (GSSC) – and one for the east side of I-270 – Gaithersburg East. In 2014, the County Council directed the Planning Department to further refine the Gaithersburg East Plan to have one plan for Montgomery Village and one plan for the remainder of Gaithersburg East. The Council also directed the Planning Director to work efficiently on the Montgomery Village Plan, with the goal of having a draft plan transmitted to the Council within 12 months of the plan start date, because it wanted the zoning to be reassessed holistically before the prohibition on piecemeal rezoning of Town Sector property expired in 2015.

Jan 26 15

January 26 Meeting at Montgomery Village Canceled Due to Snowy Weather

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Discussion about proposed commercial zoning has been moved to February 9 and additional meeting dates will be announced.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has canceled tonight’s MVMatters meeting due to inclement weather and travel concerns. The planned discussion of proposed commercial zoning and details of the Montgomery Village Master Plan is rescheduled for February 9, 2015 at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD). Additional meeting dates will be announced by the Planning Department in coming days.

The PowerPoint presentation and other materials from the last MVMatters meeting on January 12 are posted on the MVMatters webpage. The purpose of this session was to explain the updates to the existing zoning for Montgomery Village – the Town Sector Zone –with new zoning categories.  Discussion focused on proposed zoning for residential properties.

At future MV Matters meetings, commercial properties and use of the former golf course will be discussed, as well as strategies for retaining and preserving open spaces in the community.

What is MV Matters All About?
MVMatters is a series of outreach events meant to engage the community in the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Village residents are invited to learn about specific subject areas, such as urban design, land use, parks, environment and transportation at the sessions. Through the meetings, planners have received initial feedback from residents on what they view as the most valuable places in the village. For more information on the Scope of Work for the Montgomery Village Mater Plan, go to www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/meetings_archive/

Stay Connected:
Sign up: for the Montgomery Village Master Plan eNewsletter
Call:
the MVPlan Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: 301-495-4723
Learn More: www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp
Use: #MVPlan

Master Plan Background:
Montgomery Village has not been part of a Master Plan review since the 1985 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan, nor has it been the subject of a discrete County master plan in the past. Although Montgomery Village was within the boundaries of both the 1971 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan and the 1985 Master Plan, neither plan contains recommendations or guidance for this community because the Village fell within the Town Sector Zone, which did not allow the rezoning of properties for a 50-year period that comes to a close in 2015. When the Planning Department initiated an update to the Gaithersburg Master Plan in 2007, Montgomery Village was originally included within its boundaries. However, with large swaths of land on both sides of I-270 presenting different planning issues and challenges, the Planning Department realized the area was too big to be analyzed effectively.

In 2008, the Planning Department divided the large Gaithersburg Master Plan area into two planning efforts – one for the west side of I-270, which became the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan (GSSC) – and one for the east side of I-270 – Gaithersburg East. In 2014, the County Council directed the Planning Department to further refine the Gaithersburg East Plan to have one plan for Montgomery Village and one plan for the remainder of Gaithersburg East. The Council also directed the Planning Director to work efficiently on the Montgomery Village Plan, with the goal of having a draft plan transmitted to the Council within 12 months of the plan start date, because it wanted the zoning to be reassessed holistically before the prohibition on piecemeal rezoning of Town Sector property expired in 2015.

Jan 21 15

New Zoning for Montgomery Village Discussed at January 12 Public Meeting

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community residents and county planners discuss proposed zoning for residential properties during second session of Montgomery Village Matters series

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held the second of its MV Matters community meetings to discuss details of the Montgomery Village Master Plan on Monday, January 12, from 7-9 p.m. at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD). The purpose of the meeting was to explain that the existing Town Sector Zone would not be used in the new plan but that the new zoning categories would closely resemble what is in place now.  Discussion focused only on the zoning being proposed for residential properties.

At the start of the meeting, Montgomery County planning staff explained basic information about what zoning is, why zoning is used, the standards and uses included in zoning districts, and what zoning does or does not do. Participants then proceeded to specific breakout groups to discuss the proposed zoning for single family homes, townhouses and multi-family dwellings in Montgomery Village with staff.  Fact sheets about the zoning details and maps showing the proposed zones were made available. Staff answered questions and noted concerns and items for follow-up.

View the MV Matters PowerPoint presentation from the January 12 meeting.

Discussion about the new zoning in Montgomery Village will continue at the next MV Matters meeting on Monday, January 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD). The focus will be on the commercial centers in the Village.  County planning staff will provide an overview of the centers and will ask participants to comment on those areas they would like to see revitalized and to share their concerns and suggestions regarding these properties.

At a community meeting on Monday, February 9, the Montgomery Village property that was formerly used as a golf course will be discussed, as well as strategies for retaining and preserving open spaces in the community.

What is MV Matters All About?
MVMatters is a series of outreach events meant to engage the community in the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Village residents are invited to learn about specific subject topics, such as urban design, land use, parks, environment and transportation at the sessions. Through the meetings, planners have received feedback from residents on what they view as their top priorities for the village. For more information on the Scope of Work for the Montgomery Village Mater Plan, go to www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/meetings_archive/

Stay Connected:
Sign up: for the Montgomery Village Master Plan eNewsletter
Call:
the MVPlan Hotline for updates on upcoming planning events: 301-495-4723
Learn More: www.montgomeryplanning.org/mvp
Use: #MVPlan

Master Plan Background:
Montgomery Village has not been part of a Master Plan review since the 1985 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan, nor has it been the subject of a discrete County master plan in the past. Although Montgomery Village was within the boundaries of both the 1971 Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan and the 1985 Master Plan, neither plan contains recommendations or guidance for this community because the Village fell within the Town Sector Zone, which did not allow properties to be rezoned for a 50-year period that comes to a close in 2015. When the Planning Department initiated an update to the Gaithersburg Master Plan in 2007, Montgomery Village was originally included within its boundaries. However, with large swaths of land on both sides of I-270 presenting different planning issues and challenges, the Planning Department realized the area was too big to be analyzed effectively.

In 2008, the Planning Department divided the large Gaithersburg Master Plan area into two planning efforts – one for the west side of I-270, which became the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan (GSSC), and one for the east side of I-270 – Gaithersburg East. In 2014, the County Council directed the Planning Department to further refine the Gaithersburg East Plan to have one plan for Montgomery Village and one plan for the remainder of Gaithersburg East. The Council also directed the Planning Director to work efficiently on the Montgomery Village Plan, with the goal of having a draft plan transmitted to the Council within 12 months of the plan start date, because it wanted the zoning to be reassessed holistically before the prohibition on piecemeal rezoning of Town Sector property expired in 2015.

Dec 18 14

Planning Department Releases Scope of Work for Montgomery Village Master Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Report specifies boundaries, planning issues, community outreach strategies and schedule for current master planning effort in the Village

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has issued its Scope of Work for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. This plan will build upon the visioning exercises conducted by the Montgomery Village Foundation, which identified several key sites within the 2,435-acre community where redevelopment is anticipated or encouraged. The purpose of the Master Plan is to consider the future of Montgomery Village, consider potential redevelopment scenarios and prepare new zoning classifications to replace the current Town Sector Zone.

Review the Montgomery Village Master Plan Scope of Work and Plan’s major milestones

The Montgomery Village Plan Scope of Work outlines the various elements that will be key to completion of the new Master Plan, including the following:

Physical boundaries for the Montgomery Village Master Plan:
Montgomery Village is located in the central part of Montgomery County, east of I-270 and north of Gaithersburg. The community is roughly bordered by Great Seneca Park on the west, Warfield Road on the north, Goshen Road on the east and Lost Knife Road on the south, and the planning area is contained within those boundaries.

Background on Montgomery Village and the Montgomery Village Foundation: Montgomery Village was developed in the 1960s by the Kettler brothers, whose vision was to create attractive and desirable residential neighborhoods with a range of housing choices and plenty of green space and recreational opportunities. In 1966, the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) was created as a nonprofit organization whose mission was to promote the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Montgomery Village.

-Town Sector Zone and Development Plan: The development of Montgomery Village was based on “new town” principles intended to establish a level of self-sufficiency for the Village. The Town Sector Zone (T-S Zone) – was created and approved by the County Council in 1965. Land use guidance for Montgomery Village was provided by the Development Plan, which was approved with the original T-S zoning application. This plan identified the locations and densities for residential and commercial uses, road network, sites for public schools and open spaces, trails and bike paths.

Planning framework: Montgomery Village has not been part of a master plan since 1985 and it has never been the subject of a discrete County master plan until now.

Purpose and summary of Plan issues: The County Council directed the Planning Department to expedite work on a master plan for Montgomery Village to address potential redevelopment scenarios and to assign new zoning categories to replace the current   Town Sector zoning, which is being phased out per the new Zoning Code.

Montgomery Village today: Montgomery Village is aging – in 2015 the planned community will be 50 years old – so this is a good time to take a comprehensive look at the future of the Village. The majority of the Village was developed between 1965 and 1980, and there has been relatively little development in recent years.

Community outreach and Plan schedule. The Montgomery Village Master Plan officially started on October 1, 2014, and the Planning Board Draft of the Master Plan is scheduled to be transmitted to the County Council and County Executive by October 2015. Community meetings will be held on a regular basis through June 2015.

Stay involved with the planning process by attending the MV Matters series. This sequence of outreach events aims to engage the community in the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Planners have received initial feedback from residents on what they view to be essential to the future of the Village and are now prepared to discuss these issues in greater detail. All events will be held at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD) from 7-9 p.m.  Spanish translators can be provided upon request.

Workshop #2: Monday, January 12
Workshop #3: Monday, January 26
Workshop #4: Monday, February 9

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