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Apr 8 14

Park and Planning Spring 2014 Semi-Annual Report Now Available

by Bridget Schwiesow

Planning Board Chair and Department Heads present before Montgomery County Council

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Council considered the Park and Planning Spring 2014 Semi-Annual Report on Tuesday, April 1. The biannual report gives a recap of the work from the past six months and highlights the work program for FY15.

The full report is available online on the Montgomery Planning Department website. The video of the Council discussion of the Semi-Annual report is available on the Montgomery County Council website.

The Planning Department is focused on the following themes for FY15:
-Moving towards “finer-grained” planning and a focus on design excellence
-Continuous improvement of the Development Review process
-A focus on innovative housing ideas, new approaches to transportation modeling, and creative use of public assets through colocation
-New ways of using technology for both analysis and communication.

This is the last Semi-Annual presented by Planning Board Chair Françoise Carrier since she has announced she will not seek a second. This is also the last Semi-Annual for Parks Department Director Mary Bradford who is retiring after serving an eight year tenure.

Learn more about the Spring 2014 Semi-Annual Report.

Feb 18 10

County Planners Launch Blog Focusing on Community Design

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – Buildings, streets and spaces don’t just happen, they are created by our laws and lifestyles. And to really understand them, we need to take a closer look.

Join our planners in observing community design – the look of buildings, streets and spaces – in our new design blog, The Straight Line

The blog examines building form, sustainability, energy use, public art, and the interaction of people and places. Our planners and architects will contribute their thoughts every few weeks on what’s been built, what should be built and what could have been built better.

Initial posts cover public art uncovered in Silver Spring, food trucks, pedestrian challenges, a green apartment building in Portland, Oregon, and architecture along Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring. From the specific – an energy-efficient mixed-use building with a distinctively colored exterior – to the general – how hard it is to be a pedestrian in much of Montgomery County – the posts will get people thinking. Accompanying our missives are plenty of photos and related links.

Visit The Straight Line frequently to express your views.

Apr 8 08

MEDIA ADVISORY: Planning Board Takes a Break from Business to Celebrate Trees

by Kelli Holsendolph

SILVER SPRING, MD—During its regular weekly meeting Thursday, April 10, the Montgomery County Planning Board will take a break from business to celebrate trees as an early commemoration of the upcoming Montgomery Parks Arbor Day celebration.

Planning Board members will plant three Weeping Higan Cherry trees (Prunus subhirtella) next to the playground area at Fairview Urban Park, a short walk from Park and Planning Headquarters. The board, which recently recommended changes to strengthen the county’s Forest Conservation Law, will be accompanied by the Department of Parks’ signature tree mascot, “Woody the Tree.” 

A few weeks ago, the Department of Parks launched a countywide “Where’s Woody?” search to find its most recognizable costumed character in time for the annual Montgomery Parks Arbor Day celebration, Sunday, April 27, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood. Woody is expected to make several appearances at other park events this month.


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Montgomery County Planning Board
Montgomery County Department of Parks
“Woody the Tree”

Montgomery Parks Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony

Thursday, April 10, 2008 at approximately 11:30 am

Fairview Road Urban Park
8900 Fairview Road, Silver Spring

Montgomery County Planning Board, Director of Parks and costumed character “Woody the Tree” plant trees with golden shovels for Arbor Day.

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Kelli Holsendolph
Media Relations Manager
Montgomery County Department of Parks