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Jul 25 16

Planning Board Approved Revisions to County’s Subdivision Staging Policy on July 21 and Will Transmit Updated Policy to County Council for Review

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Transportation and school elements, focus of the new draft of the Subdivision Staging Policy, are now available online for public review

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has updated the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called the Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council by November 15, 2016. The intent of the Subdivision Staging Policy is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and transportation facilities, are adequate to accommodate new development.

As part of this review process, the Montgomery County Planning Board held public hearings and work sessions to determine the best ways to revise the current policy. At their meeting on July 21, 2016, Board members voted to approve and transmit the current draft of the Subdivision Staging Policy to the County Council. The Council will hold its own work sessions and public hearing in the fall, before voting to adopt the revised policy in November.

Learn more about the Subdivision Staging Policy and read the newest draft.

The following updates are reflected in the current draft of the Subdivision Staging Policy:

Transportation Policy Updates
Planners recognize that there is not a “one size fits all” set of rules and have revised the transportation policies to recognize current land use patterns, modes of travel other than single occupant vehicles and planning visions for different parts of the County. Policy areas have been reorganized into four groupings to acknowledge the diverse nature of transportation in the County.

A spectrum of policy area-based transportation tests appropriate for each group has been created, with a strong focus on transit accessibility. Some groups will not require policy area transit accessibility tests. For those areas requiring transportation tests, trip generation rates have been updated to reflect current land use patterns and travel behavior. In addition, trip generation rates can be adjusted based on reduced parking.

A new system for evaluating local area transportation conditions has been proposed. It does not rely solely on critical lane volume to determine traffic flow, but rather focuses on other tools, such as Synchro, vehicle miles traveled and non-auto driver mode share rates.

Transportation impact taxes will be directed to the geographic area where they are being collected and may be adjusted to better incentivize reduced parking.

School Policy Updates
In revising the Subdivision Staging Policy, planners worked to more thoroughly assess the adequacy of school facilities and more accurately account for the impact of new development.

The new Subdivision Staging Policy recommends a hybrid annual school test combining cluster utilization tests with new individual school capacity deficit tests to determine adequate school capacity. The tests are used to determine those school clusters with inadequate capacity overall as well as whether individual schools greatly exceed the capacity for which they were built.

Depending on the level of adequacy, school facility payments may be required for each new housing unit built or a development moratorium could be enacted. The draft policy also proposes a system to regularly update the school facility payment formulas to better keep up with the latest student generation rates and school construction costs.

The new policy would limit the impact that school placeholder projects have on calculating school capacity for the annual school tests. Such placeholders currently allow development to move forward and school facility payments to be collected by adding just enough capacity to prevent a cluster from entering a moratorium. The new policy proposes to limit the use of placeholder capacity. If a real capacity improvement is not placed in the CIP within two years, a moratorium will be put into effect..

The new policy proposes to calculate school impact taxes to reflect the latest student generation rates and school construction costs. Improvements in technology allow the school system to combine the school system’s data containing student addresses and grade-level information (stripped of any confidential information) and combine it with Planning Department parcel data on the type of residential structure associated with every address in the County. The results are generation rates that reflect the actual location and housing structure of virtually every MCPS student.

The newly revised policy also recommends reintroducing school facility payments and school impact taxes in former Enterprise Zones. The proposed policy would ease the transition by phasing in the collection of the impact taxes and facility payments. It also recommends conducting further research to develop a new process for determining when an area of the County can be exempted from the impact taxes and facility payments.

Background on Subdivision Staging Policy
Planning staff has proposed these new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning as part of revising the Subdivision Staging Policy, which is updated every four years. This quadrennial policy (formerly known as the Growth 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 new development. 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, including the resale of homes in many of the County’s established neighborhoods. This type of growth creates pressure on transportation systems and school facilities; however, the tools used to evaluate the impact of development may not adequately access these changing growth patterns, so they were re-examined for their effectiveness and relevancy.

Jun 7 16

Proposed Revisions to County’s Subdivision Staging Policy Were Focus of Public Hearings on June 2

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Transportation and school elements of the Subdivision Staging Policy were discussed at public hearings held at the Planning Board meeting in Silver Spring

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called the Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council by November 15, 2016. The intent of the Subdivision Staging Policy is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and transportation facilities, are adequate to accommodate new development.

As part of this review process, two public hearings – one discussing transportation and another focused on schools – were held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 during the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting in Silver Spring (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). The Public Hearing Draft proposes changes to the current Subdivision Staging Policy, which includes the following updates.

Transportation Policy Updates

Planners recognize that there is not a “one size fits all” set of rules and have revised the transportation policies to recognize current land use patterns, modes of travel other than single occupant vehicles and planning visions for different parts of the County. Policy areas have been reorganized into four groups; Core, Corridor, Wedge and Rural.

A spectrum of policy area-based transportation tests appropriate for each group has been created, with a strong focus on transit accessibility. Some groups, such as the Core and Rural areas, will not require policy area transit accessibility tests. For those areas requiring transportation tests, trip generation rates have been updated to reflect current land use patterns and travel behavior. In addition, trip generation rates can be adjusted based on reduced parking.

A new system for evaluating local area transportation conditions has been proposed. It does not rely solely on critical lane volume to determine traffic flow, but rather focuses on other tools, such as Synchro, vehicle miles traveled and non-auto driver mode share rates.

Transportation impact taxes will be directed to the geographic area where they are being collected for the Core policy areas and may be adjusted to better incentivize reduced parking.

Schools Policy Updates

In revising the Subdivision Staging Policy, planners worked to more thoroughly assess the adequacy of school facilities and more accurately account for the impact of new development.

The Public Hearing Draft of the Subdivision Staging Policy recommends a hybrid annual school test combining cluster utilization tests with new individual school capacity deficit tests to determine adequate school capacity. The tests are used to determine those school clusters with inadequate capacity overall as well as whether individual schools greatly exceed the capacity for which they were built.

Depending on the level of adequacy, school facility payments may be required for each new housing unit built, or a development moratorium could be enacted.  The draft policy also proposes a system to regularly update the school facility payment formulas to better keep up with the latest student generation rates and school construction costs.

The new policy would limit the impact that school placeholder projects have on calculating school capacity for the annual school tests. Such placeholders currently allow development to move forward and school facility payments to be collected by adding just enough unplanned capacity to prevent a cluster from entering a moratorium. The Public Hearing Draft proposes limiting the use of placeholder capacity to two years to ensure that real capacity improvements are actually being built, not just appearing in a budget document.

The new policy proposes to calculate school impact taxes to reflect the latest student generation rates and school construction costs. Data from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) containing student addresses and grade-level information (stripped of any confidential information) are combined with Planning Department parcel data on the type of residential structure associated with every address in the County. The results are generation rates that reflect the actual location and housing structure of virtually every MCPS student.

The Public Hearing Draft also recommends reintroducing school facility payments and school impact taxes in former Enterprise Zones. The proposed policy would ease the transition by phasing in the collection of the impact taxes and facility payments.  It also recommends conducting further research to develop a new process for determining when an area of the County can be exempted from the impact taxes and facility payments.

Schedule of Subdivision Staging Policy Review

Planning Board work sessions to refine the Subdivision Staging Policy will continue each Thursday in June before the Planning Board draft of the policy is transmitted to the County Council at the end of July. The Council will hold its own work sessions and public hearing in the fall, before voting to adopt the revised policy in November.

Background on Subdivision Staging Policy
Planning staff is proposing new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning as part of revising the Subdivision Staging Policy, which is updated every four years. This quadrennial policy (formerly known as the Growth 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 new development. 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, including the resale of homes in many of the County’s established neighborhoods. This type of growth creates pressure on transportation systems and school facilities; however, the current tools used to evaluate the impact of development may not adequately access these changing growth patterns and are being examined for their effectiveness and relevancy.

May 20 16

Planning Department Releases Public Hearing Draft of the 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to review latest version of 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy before the public hearing on Thursday, June 2, 2016 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 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called Growth Policy) on the Department’s web site. This posting follows the Montgomery County Planning Board’s review of the Working Draft during several work sessions in the month of May. The intent of the Subdivision Staging Policy is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and transportation facilities, are adequate to accommodate new development.

Review the Public Hearing Draft of the 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy.

View the recordings from the May 9 worksession and the May 12 worksession.

Public Invited to Testify at Public Hearing
The Board’s public hearing on the 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy is scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). The public hearing will be held in two parts.  In the afternoon, testimony will be taken on the transportation related content.  In the evening, testimony will be heard related to schools and other public infrastructure recommendations.

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

Time slots to testify are limited, so the public is encouraged to call 301-495-4605 or to go online  http://www.montgomeryapps.org/planning_board/testify.asp to sign up to testify. 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 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy via email to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org. These comments will become part of the public testimony and public record for the Policy.

Background on Subdivision Staging Policy
Planning staff is proposing new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning as part of the revision to the Subdivision Staging Policy, which is updated every four years. This policy (formerly known as the Growth Policy) includes criteria and guidance for the administration of the County’s Adequate Public Facility Ordinance (APFO), which seeks to match 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 new development. As new areas of the County were being developed, infrastructure to support new homes and businesses was needed.

Today, much of the County has been developed. Growth is now occurring through infill development and redevelopment, including the resale of homes in many of the County’s established neighborhoods. This type of growth creates pressure on existing transportation systems and school facilities; however, the current tools used to evaluate the impact of development may not adequately assess these changing growth patterns and are being examined for their effectiveness.

The County Council must approve a revised policy by November 15, 2016.

Apr 14 16

Community Meeting Held on April 12 Focused on Transportation-related Changes to the County’s Subdivision Staging Policy

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Proposed revisions to the transportation elements of the Subdivision Staging Policy were discussed at a public meeting held at the Planning Department in Silver Spring

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council by November 15, 2016. The intent of the Subdivision Staging Policy is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and transportation facilities, are adequate to accommodate new development.

A community meeting, attended by about 20 County residents, was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Montgomery County Planning Board auditorium (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD) to discuss key transportation elements of the policy update.

This event follows a similar public forum held on March 15, 2016 and, like that meeting, presented the opportunity for the community to learn more about the Subdivision Staging Policy and share thoughts about proposed changes to the policy.

The meeting summarized recent discussions at Planning Board briefings that have focused on changes to the current transportation adequacy tests known as Local Area Transportation Review and Transportation Policy Area Review. These tests are intended to ensure that development in Montgomery County is accompanied by appropriate and sufficient transportation facilities. They are used to estimate the impact of development on the transportation network and determine effective ways to mitigate that impact when transportation facilities are inadequate.

Planning Board work sessions to refine the Subdivision Staging Policy will continue in April, May and June. A public hearing about the policy will be held in June before the Planning Board draft of the policy is transmitted to the County Council at the end of July. The Council will hold its own work sessions in the fall, before voting to adopt the revised policy in November.

Background on Subdivision Staging Policy
Planning staff is proposing new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning as part of revising the Subdivision Staging Policy, which is updated every four years. This quadrennial policy (formerly known as the Growth 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 new development. 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, including the resale of homes in many of the County’s established neighborhoods. This type of growth creates pressure on transportation systems and school facilities; however, the current tools used to evaluate the impact of development may not adequately access these changing growth patterns and are being examined for their effectiveness.

Mar 22 16

Community Meeting Will be Held on April 12 to Discuss Transportation-related Changes to the County’s Subdivision Staging Policy

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Proposed revisions to the transportation elements of the Subdivision Staging Policy will be discussed at a public meeting held at the Planning Department in Silver Spring

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council by November 15, 2016. The intent of the Subdivision Staging Policy is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and transportation facilities, are adequate to meet the needs of new development and growth.

A community meeting focusing on key transportation elements of the policy update will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Montgomery County Planning Board auditorium in Silver Spring (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD).

This April event follows a similar public forum held on March 15, 2016 and, like that meeting, presents the opportunity for the community to learn more about the Subdivision Staging Policy and share thoughts about proposed changes to the policy. Staff representing the Montgomery County Department of Transportation will be available to participate in the discussions. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

RSVP for the Subdivision Staging Policy Community Open House.

Background on Subdivision Staging Policy:
Revisions to the Subdivision Staging Policy are currently underway. Planning staff is researching new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning in preparation for the revised regulations, which 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, including the resale of homes in many of the County’s established neighborhoods. This type of growth creates pressure on transportation systems and school facilities; however, the current tools used to evaluate the impact of development may not adequately access these changing growth patterns and are being examined for their effectiveness.

 

Mar 11 16

Transportation-related Initiatives and Proposed Changes to the County’s Subdivision Staging Policy to be Discussed at March 15 Meeting

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to discuss proposed changes to the transportation elements of the Subdivision Staging Policy at public meeting in Silver Spring

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council by November 15, 2016. The intent of the Subdivision Staging Policy is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and transportation facilities, are adequate to meet the needs of new development.

“The update to the Subdivision Staging Policy is one of our most important initiatives,” says Planning Director Gwen Wright. “This effort happens every four years and lays the groundwork for how our County can continue to grow and thrive.” 

A community meeting focusing on key transportation elements of the policy update will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 7 to 9 pm in the Montgomery County Planning Board auditorium in Silver Spring (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). This event presents the opportunity for the community to learn more about the Subdivision Staging Policy and share concerns about proposed changes to the policy. Representatives of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation will participate in the discussions. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Background on Subdivision Staging Policy:
Revisions to the Subdivision Staging Policy are currently underway. Planning staff is researching new ideas in transportation and school capacity planning in preparation for the revised regulations, which 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, sewer and other infrastructure — kept pace with growth. Where new areas of the County were being developed, infrastructure to support new homes and businesses was needed.

Today, much of the County has already been developed. Growth is occurring through infill development and redevelopment, as well as through the resale of existing homes to young families in many of the County’s established neighborhoods. This type of growth creates pressure on transportation systems and school facilities; however, the current tools used to evaluate the impact of these development patterns may not adequately account for these changing growth patterns, so they are being examined for their effectiveness.

Feb 25 16

Planning Department Announces Calendar of March 2016 Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

Calendar of Events

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its March 2016 calendar of community meetings, work session and public events. These events offer opportunities for the Planning Board and Planning Department staff to discuss policies and engage with the public. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.

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Montgomery County Planning Department Events in March 2016

March 1 – Registration opens for the Makeover Montgomery 3 Conference. This event, being held from May 4 through May 6 in College Park and Silver Spring, MD, will focus on themes relevant to the future of our County. These topics are: The Sharing Economy, Social Equity and Opportunity, and Beyond Transit-oriented Development.

March 2 – The Bicycle Master Plan Community Advisory Group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on defining a low-stress bicycling network and discussing the major bicycling issues in Montgomery County.

March 3 – Attend, watch or listen live to the Planning Board meeting. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on topics to be discussed by the Board.

March 7 – The Montgomery County Council Planning, Housing & Economic Development (PHED) Committee will hold a work session for the Westbard Sector Plan with a focus on Parks and Open Space. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. on the 7th Floor Council Hearing Room. View the County Council Committee Agenda for more information.

March 7 – Attend the first phase of the MARC Rail Communities Plan Design Workshop at the Upcounty Regional Services Center (12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD 20874). This event will begin with technical discussions with various agencies, such as the County Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection, Historic Preservation Office, Maryland Transit Administration and State Highway Administration, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. An Open House/ Community Visioning Exercise follows in the evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring and share your ideas about the future of the Boyds and Germantown MARC station areas.

March 10 – The Planning Board will hold another work session for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan at this meeting. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on topics to be discussed by the Board.

March 14 – The Montgomery County Council Planning, Housing & Economic Development (PHED) Committee will hold a work session for the Westbard Sector Plan with a focus on Land Use and Zoning. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. on the 7th Floor Council Hearing Room. View the County Council Committee Agenda for more information.

March 14-16 – Participate in the second phase of the MARC Rail Communities Plan Design Workshop at the Upcounty Regional Services Center (12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD 20874). Planning staff will work with community stakeholders to explore and synthesize ideas in order to determine the planning priorities for Boyds and Germantown station areas. Discussions will focus on road access, parking, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation and other topics. The workshop on Monday, March 14 will focus on Boyds, and the session on Tuesday, March 15 will focus on Germantown. The event on Wednesday, March 16 will culminate with a recap of the week and presentation of the workshop alternatives and recommendations.

March 16 – Attend the third and final session of the three-part Winter Speakers Series focused on transportation. Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy for Nelson/Nygaard in San Francisco, will discuss new metrics for measuring the impact of traffic to help reach sustainability goals. The session is free and members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) attending the event can earn credit. Learn more about the session and the #smartmoves series.

March 17 – At its meeting, the Planning Board will discuss updating the school test methodology and impact tax calculations as part of the Subdivision Staging Policy. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on additional agenda items.

March 24 – The first work session for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan will be held at the Planning Board meeting. In addition, the Planning Board will hear preliminary transportation recommendations for the Subdivision Staging Policy. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on topics to be discussed by the Board.

March 31– Attend, watch or listen live to the Planning Board meeting. Consult the Planning Board Agenda for details about the session.

Feb 4 16

Updates to Subdivision Staging Policy Being Discussed at Planning Board and Community Meetings

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Public events in January and February focus on schools and transportation issues related to new development and growth

Silver Spring, MD The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is in the process of updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council later this year. 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 was 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 future subdivision development.

The approximately 40 participants provided comments on four topics related to school facilities: school facility funding, options for new schools, calculation of the annual school test and school adequacy policies. They voiced concern about overcrowding at the elementary school level and how the school impact tax is calculated.

Feedback from this event will help planners revise the sections related to schools in the current Subdivision Staging Policy.

View the presentation from the January 12 meeting.

Next Steps for the Subdivision Staging Policy

Aspects of the Subdivision Staging Policy related to transportation and schools will be discussed at Planning Board meetings and community events scheduled in February, as follows:

February 4 – The Subdivision Staging Policy team will continue to discuss new ideas for transportation testing with the Planning Board. View the Planning Board Agenda for details about this item.

February 18 – The Subdivision Staging Policy team will engage in its third discussion of new ideas for transportation testing with the Planning Board. View the Planning Board Agenda for details about this item.

February 18 –After the Planning Board meeting, a public forum to discuss whether the Subdivision Staging Policy can include new approaches to determining the adequacy of school facilities will start at 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD). It will focus on possible changes to the 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 current Subdivision Staging Policy.

February 25 –The Planning Board will hold a work session on the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy at its regularly scheduled meeting. This session will focus on draft recommendations related to the work of the Transportation Impact Study Technical Working Group. Feedback from this event will help planners revise the current Subdivision Staging Policy.

Background on the 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 new development. 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 existing transportation systems and school facilities. In updating the Subdivision Staging Policy, staff will evaluate whether the current 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

Dec 29 15

View the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Top 10 Videos from 2015

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Most watched online videos highlight the Historic Preservation Office, Design Excellence initiative, Bicycle Master Plan and Subdivision Staging Policy

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has compiled its top 10 most popular online videos from 2015. The videos include a mix of news content and promotional material meant to engage Montgomery County residents and stakeholders to stay informed and involved in Planning Department projects and plans.

“Using video has been an important outreach tool for engaging the community,” says Planning Department Director Gwen Wright. “It is our goal to make the planning process as accessible and interesting to stakeholders as possible, and video helps promote and recap important events and projects happening at the Department.”

View the graphic of the full list of Top 10 Videos.

Take a look at the videos that were the most popular on youtube.com/montgomeryplanning for 2015 and be sure to stay tuned in 2016 for more videos from the Montgomery County Planning Department!

Montgomery County Planning Department Videos from 2015:

  1. Old Places Matter
    The Montgomery County Historic Preservation Office wants to remind you that “old places” mean a lot to our County. Learn more about the Historic Preservation Office by visiting montgomeryplanning.org/historic and follow preservation staff on Twitter @MoCoHistPres
  1. Historic Preservation Tax Credit
    Find out how you can receive a tax credit for the exterior improvements to your historic home or business. Learn more at montgomeryplanning.org/historic
  2. The Bicycle Master Plan
    Learn about the Planning Department’s 2015 launch of a comprehensive update to the County Master Plan of Bikeways. Check out Check out montgomeryplanning.org/bikeplan
  1. Rock Spring Master Plan Kicks Off
    Attend the Rock Spring Farmers Market with the outreach team for the Rock Spring Master Plan and see how the group gathered feedback about this North Bethesda office park for the Plan. Learn more at montgomeryplanning.org/rockspring.
  1. Subdivision Regulations Rewrite Promo
    Understand the reasons why regulations governing subdivision development and growth are being rewritten to ensure more livable communities. Review the code at montgomeryplanning.org/development
  1. Development Review Real-Time Tracker
    Check out how this interactive map allows users to see what projects are being built in specific areas of the County. The map provides access to the Development Activity Information Center (DAIC), which includes all the documents associated with the review of a plan. Clicking on the Real Time Tracker icon takes you to a timeline that shows everything from the accepted date of the development application to the Planning Board’s decision on the project. Learn more about the development review process.
  2. Downtown Silver Spring Design Excellence Tour
    Join Planning Board members as they tour Downtown Silver Spring to see how some of their approved plans turned out and get a better look at what it means to practice design excellence. For more on the Planning Department’s Design Excellence program, go to: montgomeryplanning.org/design
  3. Update to the Subdivision Staging Policy Kickoff Meeting
    Find out more about the updates to the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly known as the Growth Policy) that are undertaken every four years. The Planning Department started the most recent revision in 2015 to change regulations affecting schools, roads and infrastructure in the County. For more information, go to montgomeryplanning.org/ssp
  4. Montgomery County Planning Department: Just Getting Started Promo
    Review some of the recent work undertaken by the Montgomery County Planning Department and find out how you can stay connected and get involved! Learn more: montgomeryplanning.org
  5. Montgomery Planning Celebrates Design
    Hear what County Councilmembers, Planning Board members, architects and planners think about design excellence at the exciting event co-hosted with the Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This 2015 gala, which drew 200 people, inaugurated the Planning Department’s first Design Excellence Award at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Learn more about Montgomery Planning’s Design Excellence Award: montgomeryplanning.org/design

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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

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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