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Apr 12 16

Planning Department’s Information Counter Will Close on Friday, April 15 and Resume Full Operations on Tuesday, April 19

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Counter operations will be limited to receipt and pick-up of documents, and staff queries

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Information Counter of The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will have greatly limited  operations due to building maintenance work starting Friday, April 15, 2016  at noon and continuing through Monday, April 18.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, April 19.

While the maintenance work is underway, information staff will not be able to provide hard copies of documents or print any document, such as a record plat, a zoning map or master plans. However, staff will still be available to answer questions both on the phone and at the counter, and applicants may drop off or pick up documents.

Questions?  Call 301-495-4610 for answers.

Find out more about the Planning Department’s information counter.

Feb 18 16

Community Meeting for Rock Spring Master Plan Now Scheduled for February 25 to Discuss Parks and Open Spaces, and Transportation Policies

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Meeting cancelled due to snowstorm has been rescheduled to address potential open spaces, transportation metrics and connectivity in Rock Spring area of North Bethesda

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department and Department of Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD) to discuss the Rock Spring Master Plan.

This meeting will address topics originally scheduled for the January meeting that was cancelled due to inclement weather. Staff from the Department of Parks will start the meeting by presenting information about parks and open spaces, opportunity areas and roles and responsibilities related to these topics.

The second half of the meeting will be dedicated to a discussion about transportation and connectivity. Staff from the Planning Department will present information on transportation policies, land use and transportation modeling, and review connectivity issues identified at previous community meetings.

Learn more about the Rock Spring Master Plan.

Background on Rock Spring
Once considered a premier office location, Rock Spring has been particularly hard hit by the current downturn in the office market.  Single-use business parks without access to transit, like Rock Spring, are struggling with the highest office vacancies. The current office vacancy rate in Rock Spring is 23.7 percent, higher than the County’s overall vacancy rate of 15 percent. Within the context of changing preferences of employers and their workforces for transit-served locations with a dynamic mix of uses, this planning effort will explore ways to reimagine Rock Spring.

The 1992 North Bethesda/Garrett Park Sector Plan recommended some mixed-use zoning in the Rock Spring area, and one residential development of 386 multi-family units has been completed and a new 168-unit townhouse project is under construction. Much of the property in Rock Spring was converted to the Employment Office (EOF) zone when the new County Zoning Ordinance became effective on October 30, 2014. The Rock Spring Master Plan effort will involve a more detailed and nuanced assessment of the area’s zoning.

In addition, the 1992 Sector Plan recommended the North Bethesda Transitway to connect the White Flint area with Montgomery Mall via Old Georgetown Road and Rock Spring Drive. The Transitway is included in the approved 2013 Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan (CTCFMP) and provides a framework for re-evaluating Rock Spring.

Challenges confronting the Rock Spring planners include:

-Reinventing an auto-centric suburban office park.

-Identifying opportunities for improved connectivity.

-Examining places for public use spaces and amenities.

-Introducing residential and retail uses into predominately non-residential development to create a mixed use environment.

-Identifying sustainable environmental measures.

-Analyzing the impact of potential new residential development on the area’s public schools.

-Evaluating infrastructure needs for the area.

For more information about the Rock Spring Master Plan, contact the lead planner:

Andrea Gilles, tel. 301.495.4541, email Andrea.Gilles@montgomeryplanning.org

Stay connected with the latest information about the Rock Spring Master Plan:
www.montgomeryplanning.org/rockspring

Jan 6 16

Planning Department Releases Public Hearing Draft of Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to review latest version of Sector Plan before the public hearing on Thursday, February 11 in Silver Spring

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has posted the Public Hearing Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on the Department’s web site. This posting follows the Montgomery County Planning Board’s approval of the Working Draft as the Public Hearing Draft on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

The Public Hearing Draft reflects changes in response to issues that were raised by the Lyttonsville community over zoning classifications, 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.

Community Invited to Testify at Public Hearing
The Board’s public hearing on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan is scheduled for Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) when the community is invited to comment on the Plan’s recommendations.

Consult the Planning Board Agenda for details about the public hearing.

Time slots to testify are limited, so beginning 10 days in advance of the hearing date, the public is encouraged to go online to sign up to testify: http://www.montgomeryapps.org/planning_board/testify.asp.

In order to hear from as many people as possible, each speaker will only have up to three minutes to comment.

The public is also invited to submit comments on the Public Hearing Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan via email to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org. These comments will become part of the public testimony and public record for the Plan.

Plan Work Sessions and Council Action
Following the public hearing on February 11, 2016, the Planning Board will hold work sessions on the Sector Plan starting in March. The sessions will continue as needed for the Board to 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 to reflect 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 meeting.

Signing up to participate in the public hearing or providing written testimony (a sign-up window will open once the public hearing date is officially set by the Planning Board).

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 23 15

School-related Updates to Subdivision Staging Policy Will Be Discussed at Public Meeting on January 12

by Bridget Schwiesow

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School tests and facility funding to be highlighted at community event

Silver Spring, MD The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is now updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council in 2016. The intent of the Subdivision Staging Policy is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and roads, are adequate to meet the needs of new development and growth.

On Tuesday, January 12, a community meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Planning Department auditorium (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) to discuss current school tests and school facility funding as they relate to the staging of subdivision development. Feedback from this event will help planners revise the sections related to schools in the current Subdivision Staging Policy. RSVPs are encouraged, but required.

RSVP for the January 12 Subdivision Staging Policy community meeting.

This meeting follows the policy update held on October 19 at the Montgomery County Planning Department. At that event, planners provided an overview of the Subdivision Staging Policy and answered questions about infrastructure and growth, particularly with respect to school capacity.

View the video recap from the October 19 Subdivision Staging Policy kickoff meeting.

Background on Subdivision Staging Policy

The County’s Subdivision Staging Policy is revised every four years. Planners are currently researching new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning to help them revise the regulations to make them as useful as possible in managing growth in the county. The policy update will first be presented to the Planning Board in May 2016 for comment. This quadrennial policy includes criteria and guidance for the administration of the County’s Adequate Public Facility Ordinance (APFO), which matches the timing of private development with the availability of public services.

In the past, the APFO was designed to ensure that road and school capacity – as well as water and sewer and other infrastructure — kept pace with growth. Where new areas of the County were developed, infrastructure to support new homes and businesses was needed.

Today, much of the County has been developed. Growth is occurring through infill development and redevelopment. This type of growth creates pressure on transportation systems and school facilities. In updating the Subdivision Staging Policy, staff will evaluate whether the existing methodologies effectively account for these changing growth patterns.

Learn More About the Update to the Subdivision Staging Policy

Sign up for the Subdivision Staging Policy e-newsletter

Check out the Subdivision Staging Policy webpage

Watch the Subdivision Staging Policy promo video

Contact Planning Department staff:

Pamela Dunn, Chief of Functional Planning and Policy, tel. 301-650-5649, Pamela.Dunn@montgomeryplanning.org

Nov 25 15

Thanksgiving Message from the Montgomery County Planning Department

by Bridget Schwiesow

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During this Thanksgiving season, the Montgomery County Planning Department is grateful for:

-All the public participation in the planning process for Downtown Bethesda, Westbard, Greater Lyttonsville, Montgomery Village and other communities.

-Continued support of the Purple Line light rail system in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

-Applying the new Zoning Ordinance, enacted in 2014, to new development across the County.

-The newly launched Countywide Bicycle Master Plan effort to create safer, more up-to-date cycling paths and facilities.

-Updating the Subdivision Staging Policy to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and roads, are adequate for County growth.

-Our first Planning Department Design Excellence Award competition to encourage high quality architecture in the County by honoring projects like the Silver Spring Civic Building, which won our top award.

-Seeking to preserve affordable housing in the County.

-Approval of funding for a geothermal heating and cooling system in our future Wheaton headquarters to help ensure it is the first LEED-Platinum-certified public building in the County.

-Our successful 2015 Winter Speakers Series, “A Once and Future County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County,” that was hosted by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the Planning Board.

-The continuing dedication of Montgomery County residents, businesses, consultants and developers in working to keep our neighborhoods vibrant.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 19 15

Planning Department Announces Calendar of December Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planning Board wraps up 2015 agenda with work sessions devoted to plans for Bethesda, Westbard and Lyttonsville

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its calendar for December 2015. These events offer opportunities for the Planning Board members and Planning Department staff to engage with 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 County and Planning Department Events in December 2015

December 1 – Sign up to testify at the County Council’s public hearing for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. The hearing will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. 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, community members can sign up online at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/calendar.html or call 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up is 10 a.m. on December 1. Past PowerPoint presentations of the Plan goals and other materials from MV Matters meetings are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.

December 3 – Attend the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting to learn about separated bike lanes proposed for the White Flint area. Also on the agenda is a work session for the Westbard Sector Plan with discussion focused on the future of the Willett Branch stream and open spaces in the area. Planners will also make a presentation to the Planning Board about updates related to the Transportation Policy Area Review (TPAR) process and trip generation rates used in support of Local Area Transportation Review (LATR). TPAR is used to determine adequacy of roadways and transit from a policy area-wide perspective. LATR is used to determine the adequacy of roadway intersections located in the vicinity of proposed new development.

December 9 – Attend the community meeting for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan to discuss parks and open spaces in the area. The session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville). RSVP to attend the meeting.

December 14 – Attend the community meeting for the Rock Spring Master Plan to learn about future development of this office park in Bethesda. The planner-led event will be held at Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda) from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP to attend the meeting.

December 15 – This Tuesday meeting of the Planning Board will be devoted to a work session on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan.

December 15 – Attend a community meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus, (Academic and Research Building 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD) to learn about the latest bicycle and pedestrian planning activities in the Life Sciences Center area. Staff will provide an update on the Life Sciences Center separated bike lane network related to the Bicycle Master Plan, as well as the Life Sciences Center Loop Trail design guidelines. RSVPs to attend the session are encouraged, but not required. RSVP for the December 15 meeting.

December 17 – The Planning Board’s last meeting of 2015 will include work sessions on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and Westbard Sector Plan. A full agenda for the meeting is posted on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.

Oct 7 15

Montgomery Parks and Planning Departments Outline Future Plans in Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report to County Council

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Report features upcoming initiatives as well as accomplishments from past six months including the Planning Department’s work on updating sector plans and the Parks Department’s efforts on urban parks and athletic fields.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Parks and Planning Departments, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, showcased recent accomplishments and outlined plans for the next six months in a presentation on Tuesday, October 6, to the Montgomery County Council of the Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report. The report submitted by Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson, highlighted some of the following accomplishments from the past six months:

Planning Highlights:

  • Encouraging bikeable, pedestrian-friendly development near transit by working on master and sector plans such as Greater Lyttonsville, the Bethesda Downtown Plan and White Flint 2.
  • Updating the Bicycle Master Plan.
  • Looking beyond Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) to create more vibrant communities in areas without immediate access to transit, including Westbard, Montgomery Village and Rock Spring.
  • Kicking off the Subdivision Staging Policy to explore new tools for balancing growth and infrastructure.

Parks Highlights: 

  • Activating urban parks with special programs and activities. Examples include events such as Touch a Truck, Dig and Draw, and cookouts at Wall Park.
  • Assessment and maintenance of athletic fields – which is being done in coordination with Montgomery County Public Schools and the County’s Community Use of Public Facilities.
  • Efforts to improve the park trail network by amending the Countywide Park Trails Plan.

“We are working hard to build upon our agency’s past achievements to successfully confront the challenges of the future,” said Casey Anderson, Planning Board Chair. “Parks and Planning both play a critical role in building communities, and we are finding innovative ways not only to preserve the quality of life Montgomery County has enjoyed in the past but to make it even better. This means a heightened focus on design excellence, an increased emphasis on walkability and access to more diverse recreational opportunities in both urban and suburban neighborhoods, and a continued commitment to economic, social, and environmental sustainability in everything we do.”

New Parks Initiatives:

The Parks Department will be expanding on many of its recent accomplishments in the coming six months including:

  • Finding new ways to activate urban parks by working with partner organizations and introducing fun activities and amenities, such as informational kiosks, movable tables and chairs, and outdoor exercise equipment.
  • Identifying land that can be acquired for new urban parks
  • Evaluating athletic fields to determine which fields are the best candidates for future renovations.

New Planning Initiatives:

As outlined in the Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report, the Planning Department’s initiatives for the next six months include:

  • Revising the Subdivision Staging Policy to guide the timing of private development with the availability of public services, including roads and schools.
  • Studying the factors contributing to increased housing costs to identify the best ways to preserve and encourage affordable rental apartments in the County.
  • Updating the Recreation Guidelines to encourage a greater range of activities that will appeal to residents of all ages.
  • Analyzing retail trends to guide future planning efforts and land use decisions in areas where opportunities for change are possible.
  • Expanding the Design Excellence program and creating new design guidelines for master plans.

New Master Plans:

The Fall 2015 Semi-Annual Report includes information about newly launched master planning efforts, including:

  • The Rock Spring Master Plan, focused on reimagining an office park located to the east of Montgomery Mall as a vibrant, mixed-use community.
  • The White Flint 2 Sector Plan, which will examine opportunities for redevelopment and infill in an area between Rockville and White Flint.
  • The Bicycle Master Plan, which seeks to improve routes and facilities for cyclists throughout the County.
  • The MARC Rail Station Plan for Germantown and Boyds, which will evaluate the land use, zoning, design and accessibility of station areas.
Aug 12 15

Bicycle Master Plan Will Launch with Fall Community Meetings

by Bridget Schwiesow

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The public is invited to five meetings across the County during September and October 2015 to learn about the details of the Bicycle Master Plan and provide feedback

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting the community to participate in kick-off meetings during September and October 2015 to learn about the Bicycle Master Plan and how to get involved in planning a bicycle network for Montgomery County. The meetings will be held in five locations so that County residents can pick the one that is most convenient for them to attend.

The Bicycle Master Plan will consider the newest types of bikeways, such as separated and buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations. The network will be developed using an evaluation of the varying levels of stress imposed by traffic on cyclists along each roadway in the County.

The first community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Paint Branch High School (14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD). RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Register to attend each of the Bicycle Master Plan Kick-Off meetings below.

Each event will consist of a short presentation by County planner and project manager, David Anspacher, followed by an opportunity to meet with Planning Department staff and learn about relevant topics, such as how traffic stress affects cycling and the state of bicycling in Montgomery County.

Attendees will also have the chance to contribute comments about bicycling safety and facilities they would like to see on a large “feedback map,” created for that part of the County associated with the meeting location. Community comments will be used to guide the planners during their work.

Bicycle Master Plan Meeting Schedule:
All meetings will be held from 7 to 9 pm.
Tuesday, September 8 – Meeting 1 at Paint Branch High School, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD. RSVP for Meeting 1.

Wednesday, September 9 – Meeting 2 at the Germantown Regional Services Center, Room A, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD. RSVP for Meeting 2.

Tuesday, September 15 – Meeting 3 at the Planning Department headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. RSVP for Meeting 3.

Monday, September 21 – Meeting 4 at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD. RSVP for Meeting 4.

Tuesday, October 6 – Meeting 5 at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD. RSVP for Meeting 5.

Bicycle Master Plan Background:

The official kickoff of the Bicycle Master Plan comes after planners participated in Councilmember Hans Riemer’s Second Great MoCo Bike Summit on Saturday, June 6 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. That event focused on ways of incorporating next-generation bicycle facilities into the County’s transportation network and included participation by Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson and the County Department of Transportation.

At the summit, County planner David Anspacher presented an overview of the new Bicycle Master Plan and its focus on developing a high-quality network of cycling routes throughout the County.

In addition to hearing the presentations, the approximately 100 attendees had the opportunity to provide written feedback on a large scale County map affixed to the wall of the Silver Spring Civic Center. Attendees were asked to give comments on how the bicycle connections in the County could be improved. Those comments have now been included on an online map and will be considered by planners as work begins on the update to the Bicycle Master Plan. View the feedback map from the June 6 Bike Summit.

Questions or Comments?
Contact: David Anspacher, Planner and Project Manager
Email: David.Anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
Telephone: 301.495.2191

Jul 1 15

County Council Approves FY16 Work Program for Planning Department

by Bridget Schwiesow

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New White Flint 2 and Rock Spring Plans, Bicycle Master Plan and revised Recreation Guidelines among funded projects for fiscal year starting July 1, 2015

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has secured the County Council’s approval to proceed with its ambitious work program for fiscal year 2016 (FY16).

The Montgomery County Council approved the Department’s $19 million budget for FY16 at its meeting on Thursday, May 21. These funds support the work program for 147 employees. Highlights of major projects to be undertaken by the Planning Department in FY16 include:

White Flint 2 Sector Plan: Work on this plan was to start in 2010 after the completion of the White Flint Sector Plan, but was postponed to 2015. The new Sector Plan will examine land uses, transportation, infrastructure and public facilities in areas to the west, north and east of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan boundaries. Learn more about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.

Rock Spring Sector Plan Amendment: Starting in July, this plan for Rock Spring will explore new opportunities for a 247-acre area east of Montgomery Mall that is currently occupied mostly by office buildings, including the headquarters for Lockheed Martin and Marriott. A new street network, public amenities, residential uses and environmental upgrades will be examined for the area.

Subdivision Staging (Growth Policy): The Subdivision Staging Policy is being revised to promote strategies designed to balance the impact of growth on the County with the capacity of infrastructure, such as transportation and schools. The goal is to ensure public facilities are adequate to accommodate new development and growth in the County, and new tools are developed to evaluate the true impact of this development on public infrastructure.

Retail Study: Given Montgomery County’s focus on creating mixed-use environments, it is imperative to understand emerging retail trends and how they will influence the County’s economic competitiveness. The Planning Department will conduct a study with the help of a consultant to determine national and regional trends affecting shopping environments, and develop recommendations for future plans.

MARC Stations at Boyds/Germantown: Work will begin this fall on evaluating land use, zoning, design and access conditions at the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) rail stations in Boyds and Germantown. The resulting plans will recommend physical and operational improvements to the stations and enhancements to access and parking.

Bicycle Master Plan: Cities across the United States have taken the lead in retrofitting streets for bikes. Now Montgomery County aims to be at the forefront among suburban jurisdictions in planning a high-quality bicycling network. The opportunities to create these facilities are immense, as older areas such as White Flint and Shady Grove are rebuilt, and newer transit projects such as the Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway and Bus Rapid Transit System are implemented.

The Montgomery County Planning Department is launching a new Bicycle Master Plan in July to realize this effort. The Plan will consider the newest types of bikeways, such as separated bike lanes, buffered bike lanes and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities. Learn more about the Bicycle Master Plan.

New Recreation Guidelines: The Recreation Guidelines, last adopted in 1992, are being revised in response to the County’s need for more urban-style recreation space in mixed-use developments around transit centers. The updated guidelines will provide an expanded list of recreation facilities to serve a variety of age groups, including rooftop areas, indoor fitness centers, community gardens and urban plazas. They will result in a more effective recreation plan for each site.

Master Plan Reality Check: This study aims to determine how well recent County Master Plans have been carried out in addressing changing density, infrastructure, transportation and land use in the County. Findings will influence the development of future Master and Sector Plans.

Feb 27 15

Montgomery County Planning Department Announces Calendar of March Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Residents invited to get involved with special events and community meetings to discuss plans and regulations for the County’s future

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its events calendar for March 2015. From a public forum on County infrastructure to community meetings focused on master planning, these sessions offer ways to engage with planners and Planning Board members, and help shape the future of 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 March 2015 Events:

March 5 – Attend, watch or listen live to the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting. View the full agenda.

March 7  Learn about the policies affecting Montgomery County public schools and transportation systems at a forum held at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814) from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, titled “Infrastructure and Growth: Are We Keeping Pace?,” hosted by County Councilmember Roger Berliner, will offer the opportunity for participants to meet with public officials and provide feedback about their communities. Speakers include Councilmember Roger Berliner and Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. Register and submit your questions about policies related to schools and transportation online.

March 11 – Catch the last session of the Winter Speakers Series, A Once & Future County, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910). “Hunting the Snark: Growth Policy and the Public Interest” will focus on the influence of land use policies on development patterns in the County. Learn more about the March 11 session and the planning experts who will speak at the event.

March 12 – Attend, watch or listen live to the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting. Agendas, which are posted two weeks in advance, can be viewed on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.

March 19 – Attend, watch or listen live to the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting. Agendas, which are posted two weeks in advance, can be viewed on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.

March 25 – Attend the next MV Matters meeting to discuss the Montgomery Village Master Plan from 7-9 p.m. at Watkins Mill High School (10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD). Planners will update residents on the proposed changes to existing zoning and other aspects of the plan. MVMatters is a series of outreach events meant to inform the community about specific subject areas, such as urban design, land use, parks, environment and transportation. Through the meetings, planners have received feedback from residents on what they view as the most valuable places in the village. View the Montgomery Village Scope of Work.

March 26 – Attend, watch or listen live to the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting. Agendas, which are posted two weeks in advance, can be viewed on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.

March 31– Learn more about the Planning Department’s recent activities at the presentation of its Spring 2015 Semi-Annual Report to the Montgomery County Council.