Skip to content

Winter Speakers Series

Mar 23 16

Winter Speaker Series Held from January to March 2016 Presented Transportation Alternatives to Inform Planning Department Initiatives

by Bridget Schwiesow

smartmoves_overall

Talks on transit planning, separated bike lanes and traffic metrics focused on concepts considered for new Subdivision Staging Policy and Bicycle Master Plan

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, concluded its three-part Winter Speaker Series in March 2016. Titled Smart Moves: New Ideas about Bikes, Cars and Transit, the series was free to the public and addressed new approaches to cycling, transit, trails and other alternatives to cars. The ideas generated from the series are helping to inform the Department’s current plans and policies, including the Bicycle Master Plan and Subdivision Staging Policy update.

Session on January 20 Focused on Big Data for Transit Planning

The first session of the Winter Speaker Series featured a presentation by transportation planner Nat Bottigheimer, DC Region Market Lead of Fehr & Peers. The session drew about 40 people, including Montgomery County Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Roger Berliner.

Bottigheimer titled his talk “Putting the Transition back in Transit” to emphasize the importance of the upfront planning required of surface transit projects – light rail, streetcars, bus rapid transit –so they can succeed. He revealed how data from cell phones, GPS systems and bus travel can be used to determine the potential ridership and viability of these transit projects.

Watch the recap.

Session on February 16 Focused Separated Bike Lanes

At the second event, Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group, discussed bike lanes in the Netherlands where separated bike lanes are commonplace in both suburban and rural areas, not just in cities. “Some designers throw up their hands when it comes to making suburban roads more bike-friendly, but it can be done successfully as shown in other countries,” she said.

Toole showed how suburban bicycling can be improved with lanes separated from vehicular traffic so residents feel safe and comfortable riding for transportation and recreation. Currently, the Montgomery County Planning Department is developing the Bicycle Master Plan to achieve that goal.

Watch the recap.

Session on March 16 Focused on New Transportation Metrics to Reduce Traffic 

The final session featured transportation planner Jeffrey Tumlin, principal and director of strategy for San Francisco-based Nelson/Nygaard. Tumlin discussed new ways of measuring transportation performance to reduce traffic congestion and make it easier to walk, bike or take transit. He is currently working in Oakland, San Jose and Mountain View, California, to adopt new metrics for evaluating the impact of transportation on these communities.

Tumlin showed how tools such as vehicle miles traveled, a measure of miles driven within a specified region or for a specified time period, can help to ensure the environmental effects of traffic are fully addressed so cities and counties can reach their goals for economic development, public health and ecological balance.

Watch the recap.

For more information about the Winter Speakers Series, go to Montgomeryplanning.org/smartmoves

Use #smartmoves

Speaker Bios

Nat Bottingheimer of DC-based Fehr & Peers is a transportation planner with a background in public policy and real estate economics. Until 2012, Nat was an assistant general manager at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), where he promoted bike and pedestrian access, sustainability and bus priority investment. He has expertise in planning for rail station access, transit and land use, and is a recognized expert in transit-oriented development.

Jennifer Toole, president of Toole Design Group in Silver Spring, has a keen understanding of how to design streets that work for all users. She has been involved in numerous projects of national significance for the Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, Jennifer was honored with the Professional of the Year award from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

Jeffery Tumlin of San Francisco-based Nelson/Nygaard has led award-winning plans in cities from Seattle and Vancouver to Moscow and Abu Dhabi. He helps balance all modes of transportation in densely developed places to achieve a community’s goals and best utilize limited resources. He has developed plans throughout the world that accommodate millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. Jeff is the author of the book Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities.

Feb 25 16

Winter Speakers Series Event on March 16 Will Present New Transportation Metrics to Reduce Traffic and Increase Bicycling, Walking and Transit Trips

by Bridget Schwiesow

Jeffrey Tumlin of San Francisco-based Nelson/Nygaard will discuss new ways of measuring the impact of traffic on communities

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting the last session of its Winter Speakers Series on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. in the Department’s auditorium (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910). Transportation planner Jeffrey Tumlin, principal and director of strategy for San Francisco-based Nelson/Nygaard, will discuss new ways of measuring transportation performance to reduce traffic congestion and make it easier to walk, bike or take transit.

Tumlin will present alternatives to level of service (LOS), a measurement used to determine speed, travel times and other conditions, in planning transportation systems. He is currently working in Oakland, San Jose and Mountain View, California, to adopt new metrics for evaluating the impact of transportation on these communities. These new tools can help to ensure the environmental effects of traffic, such as noise, air pollution and safety concerns, are addressed so the cities can reach their goals for economic development, social equity, public health and ecological balance.

New transportation metrics in California

In 2013, California passed a new law aimed at achieving a balanced, multimodal transportation network and reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The state is phasing out the use of LOS and instead is using vehicle miles traveled, a measure of miles driven within a specified region or for a specified time period.

New development in California will be required to generate 15 percent fewer car miles per resident or employee than existing development in the state. Instead of widening roads, developers will be required to invest in improvements for walking, biking and taking transit.

In his March 16 presentation, Tumlin will explain the benefits and challenges of this approach and the application of new transportation metrics within the full scope of transportation planning at the local level.

About Speaker Jeffrey Tumlin

Principal and director of strategy for San Francisco-based Nelson/Nygaard, Jeffrey Tumlin has led award-winning plans in cities from Seattle and Vancouver to Moscow and Abu Dhabi. He helps balance all modes of transportation – driving, walking, bicycling, transit — in densely developed places to achieve a community’s goals and best utilize limited resources. Jeff has developed plans throughout the world that accommodate millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. He is the author of Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities.

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.

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 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 15 16

Schedule Update: Second Winter Speakers Series Event Rescheduled For February 23

by Bridget Schwiesow

session2 poster

Event rescheduled due to inclement weather

The Montgomery County Planning Department’s second session of its 2016 Winter Speakers Series originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 16, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). The session will feature Jennifer Toole, president of Silver Spring-based Toole Design speaking on how suburban areas can be more bike-friendly with the right planning for intersections and separation from vehicles. Video from the event will be streamed live and available on-demand at www.montgomeryplanning.org/smartmoves

Toole will discuss the need to provide high-quality bikeways, now evident in cities, for suburban areas where the demand for safe bicycle conditions is growing. “Due to higher speeds on suburban roads, there is a great need for separation between bicyclists and adjacent motor vehicle traffic,” says Toole. “There is also a greater need to address issues at intersections, driveways and property entrances in the suburbs.”

Drawing on her experience in developing hundreds of bicycle master plans, Toole will discuss projects in the Netherlands and other locations to demonstrate the potential of bike travel in the suburbs. “Some designers throw up their hands when it comes to making suburban roads more bike-friendly, but it can be done successfully as shown in other countries,” she notes.

Toole says suburban bike planning must be undertaken to improve routes and facilities so residents feel comfortable riding for transportation and recreation throughout their communities. The Toole Design Group is currently assisting the Montgomery County Planning Department as it updates its Bicycle Master Plan.

About Speaker Jennifer Toole
President of the Toole Design Group in Silver Spring, Jennifer Toole leads a national firm of more than 100 planners, engineers and landscape architects who specialize in bicycle and pedestrian planning and design. The Toole Design Group has completed more than 200 bicycle master plans and designed hundreds of miles of bikeways throughout the United States. Among these projects is the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide, issued in 2015.

About the 2016 Winter Speaker Series
The three-part Winter Speaker Series focuses on new approaches to transportation. Smart Moves: New Ideas about Bikes, Cars and Transit addresses cycling, transit, trails and other alternatives to cars. The ideas generated from the series will help inform the Department’s current plans and policies, including the Bicycle Master Plan and Subdivision Staging Policy update.

The Winter Speakers Series is free and open to the public. The presentations, which include question-and-answer discussions, will be held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Session 2 – Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Jennifer Toole, President, Toole Design Group, Silver Spring, MD
Topic: Recent approaches to suburban bicycle planning

Session 3 – Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy, Nelson/Nygaard, San Francisco, CA
Topic: Smart development in transitional suburban locations.

Learn more: www.montgomeryplanning.org/smartmoves

Feb 9 16

Suburban Bicycle Planning Will Be Discussed at Winter Speakers Series Event on February 16 at Planning Department

by Bridget Schwiesow

session2 poster

Jennifer Toole of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group will discuss how suburban areas can be more bike-friendly with the right planning for intersections and separation from vehicles

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting the second event in its 2016 Winter Speaker Series with a presentation by Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group. Free and open to the public, the event will be held on Tuesday, February 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).

Toole will discuss the need to provide high-quality bikeways, now evident in cities, for suburban areas where the demand for safe bicycle conditions is growing. “Due to higher speeds on suburban roads, there is a great need for separation between bicyclists and adjacent motor vehicle traffic,” says Toole. “There is also a greater need to address issues at intersections, driveways and property entrances in the suburbs.”

Drawing on her experience in developing hundreds of bicycle master plans, Toole will discuss projects in the Netherlands and other locations to demonstrate the potential of bike travel in the suburbs. “Some designers throw up their hands when it comes to making suburban roads more bike-friendly, but it can be done successfully as shown in other countries,” she notes.

Toole says suburban bike planning must be undertaken to improve routes and facilities so residents feel comfortable riding for transportation and recreation throughout their communities. The Toole Design Group is currently assisting the Montgomery County Planning Department as it updates its Bicycle Master Plan.

About Speaker Jennifer Toole
President of the Toole Design Group in Silver Spring, Jennifer Toole leads a national firm of more than 100 planners, engineers and landscape architects who specialize in bicycle and pedestrian planning and design. The Toole Design Group has completed more than 200 bicycle master plans and designed hundreds of miles of bikeways throughout the United States. Among these projects is the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide, issued in 2015.

About the 2016 Winter Speaker Series
The three-part Winter Speaker Series focuses on new approaches to transportation. Smart Moves: New Ideas about Bikes, Cars and Transit addresses cycling, transit, trails and other alternatives to cars. The ideas generated from the series will help inform the Department’s current plans and policies, including the Bicycle Master Plan and Subdivision Staging Policy update.

The Winter Speakers Series is free and open to the public. The presentations, which include question-and-answer discussions, will be held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Session 2 – Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Jennifer Toole, President, Toole Design Group, Silver Spring, MD
Topic: Recent approaches to suburban bicycle planning

Session 3 – Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy, Nelson/Nygaard, San Francisco, CA
Topic: Smart development in transitional suburban locations.

Learn more: www.montgomeryplanning.org/smartmoves

Jan 27 16

Montgomery Planning Winter Speaker Series Event on February 16 Will Focus on Suburban Bicycle Planning

by Bridget Schwiesow

Silver Spring transportation expert Jennifer Toole will discuss separated bike lanes abroad, following January 20 session on collecting data for planning transit

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is holding the second session of its three-part Winter Speaker Series on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. This free event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring) to address recent approaches to suburban bicycle planning.

Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group, will discuss local examples as well as case studies from other countries. She will highlight bicycling culture in the Netherlands, where separated bike lanes are commonplace in suburban and rural areas, as well as in cities.

Session on January 20 Focused on Data for Transit Planning

The first session of the Winter Speaker Series, held on Wednesday, January 20, featured a presentation by transportation planner Nat Bottigheimer, DC Region Market Lead of Fehr & Peers DC. The session drew about 40 people, including Montgomery County Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Roger Berliner.

Bottigheimer titled his talk “Putting the Transition back in Transit” to emphasize the importance of the upfront planning required for surface transit projects – light rail, streetcars, bus rapid transit –so they can succeed. He revealed how data from cell phones, GPS systems and bus travel can be used to determine the potential ridership and viability of these transit projects.

View the video presentation of the January 20 session.

View the short video recap of the January 20 session.

Background on 2016 Winter Speaker Series

The 2016 Winter Speaker Series, titled Smart Moves: New Ideas about Bikes, Cars and Transit, addresses new approaches to cycling, transit, trails and other alternatives to cars. The ideas generated from the series will help inform the Department’s current plans and policies, including the Bicycle Master Plan and Subdivision Staging Policy update.

Free to the public and professionals, the Winter Speaker Series is held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) attending the series can earn credit.

The third and final session of the Winter Speaker Series will be held on Wednesday, March 16 when transportation planner Jeffrey Tumlin of Nelson/Nygaard in San Francisco will talk about smart development in transitional suburban locations.

For more information about the Winter Speakers Series, go to Montgomeryplanning.org/smartmoves

Use #smartmoves

Speaker Bios
Nat Bottingheimer of DC-based Fehr & Peers is a transportation planner with a background in public policy and real estate economics. Until 2012, Nat was an assistant general manager at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), where he promoted bike and pedestrian access, sustainability and bus priority investment. He has expertise in planning for rail station access, transit and land use, and is a recognized expert in transit-oriented development.

Jennifer Toole, president of Toole Design Group in Silver Spring, has a keen understanding of how to design streets that work for all users. She has been involved in numerous projects of national significance for the Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, Jennifer was honored with the Professional of the Year award from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. 

Jeffery Tumlin of San Francisco-based Nelson/Nygaard has led award-winning plans in cities from Seattle and Vancouver to Moscow and Abu Dhabi. He helps balance all modes of transportation in densely developed places to achieve a community’s goals and best utilize limited resources. He has developed plans throughout the world that accommodate millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. Jeff is the author of the book Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities.

Mar 17 15

Planning Department Concludes 2014-2015 Winter Speakers Series

by Bridget Schwiesow

Once and Future County Speaker Series 2014-2015

Sessions examined how politics and policies shaped communities in Montgomery County

SILVER SPRING, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held its final 2014-2015 Winter Speakers Series event on March 11, concluding a well-attended sequence of evening presentations on influential planning practices.

“We are still grappling with issues of growth in the County,” says Planning Director Gwen Wright. “This series both traced the evolution of our policies affecting development and examined the challenges we still face in creating great urban, suburban and rural communities.”

Titled “A Once and Future County: Lessons On How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County, the five-session series was hosted by Royce Hanson, former Chair of the County’s Planning Board. Topics reflected the subject of Hanson’s soon-to-be published book: Suburb: Planning Politics and the Public Interest in Montgomery County.

“Royce Hanson has helped us understand the forces that have influenced our community’s development,” says Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. “He has identified both the common themes and the changing elements of our land use politics, and I think this perspective will help us make better choices in the future.”

The first session of the Winter Speakers Series, “Planners, Politicians and How Montgomery County Got This Way,” was held on November 12, 2014. It focused on the County’s development from the end of the First World War to the present day, and examined the struggle for influence by developers and residents within the planning process.

The second session on December 10, 2014, titled “Retrofitting the Suburbs: From Friendship Heights to White Flint,” traced the evolution of strategic land use decisions in key areas of the County.

Session three on January 14, 2015, “Trials and Errors of Corridor Cities Planning,” discussed the planning politics and development in the Rockville-Gaithersburg area; the challenges of a new town in Germantown; and the problems associated with the planning and development of Clarksburg.

Session four on February 11, “Creating and Sustaining the County’s Agricultural Reserve,” traced the 30-year effort to protect the rural landscape of upper Montgomery County from development.  It discussed the challenges that were overcome to establish the Agricultural Reserve in 1980 and sustain a working landscape against efforts to compromise its integrity.

On March 11, the final session, “Hunting the Snark: Growth Policy and the Public Interest,” evaluated the effects of the 40-year evolution of County growth policy on development patterns. It explained the institutional structure of planning in Montgomery County for effective and democratically accountable land use policy.

Each 90-minute event was held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.) and was free to the public. The sessions were streamed online and can be viewed at: montgomeryplanning.org/onceandfuture

#onceandfuturecounty

Feb 27 15

Final 2014-2015 Winter Speakers Series Event on March 11 Focuses on Montgomery County’s Growth Policies and Their Effects on Development Patterns

by Bridget Schwiesow

once_and_future_county_art 5 (1)
Planning experts will discuss challenges and successes of influential land use policies over past four decades

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting the final event in its Winter Speakers Series on Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD.). The series is called “A Once and Future County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County” and is hosted by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the County’s Planning Board.

The March 11 session, titled “Hunting the Snark: Growth Policy and the Public Interest,” evaluates the influence of county growth policy on development patterns over the past 40 years. Hanson and a panel of experts will discuss the challenges of planning in Montgomery County for effective and democratically accountable land use policy.

The title of the event is inspired by a poem written by British author Lewis Carroll about the quest to catch a mysterious creature called a Snark. “Like the snark in Carroll’s poem, county growth policy seemed to vanish or turn into something else just as it was within grasp,” says Hanson. “Some policies were followed and worked; others fell short of promise or failed. The system is valuable, not because it was invariably right, but because it maintained a high standard of integrity in a policy arena fraught with conflict, political influence and opportunity for corruption.”

Joining Hanson at the March 11 event to discuss growth policies will be the following experts:

Richard Hall served as the Maryland Secretary of Planning from 2007 to 2015. He joined the Maryland Department of Planning in 1992 and, as Director of Land Use Planning and Analysis, was involved in comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances and smart growth policies. Hall is a past president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association, a former board member of 1000 Friends of Maryland and an affiliate faculty member of the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education.

Glenn Orlin is the Deputy Administrator of the Montgomery County Council, advising on matters pertaining to transportation and infrastructure financing. He has reviewed growth policy since 1986 for the County Executive and Council. Orlin analyzes proposed policies, budgets, plans, programs, projects, laws and regulations affecting transportation, infrastructure and development, and he makes recommendations to the Council based on the results of these evaluations. Orlin serves as the Council’s capital budget coordinator and assists in the direction of the Council Office.

Richard Tustian is an architect, planner and educator with more than 50 years of experience in managing the built environment. Between 1969 and 1990, Tustian was Planning Director for Montgomery County, where he was instrumental in developing its comprehensive growth management system. He has been engaged as a consultant by a wide variety of municipalities across the nation and as an educator by organizations such as the Lincoln Institute of land Policy, American Planning Association and Universities of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins.

Event Details:

– The 90-minute event is free to the public and will be streamed online live. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 11 at the Planning Department headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.

– Watch the video from the previous Winter Speakers Series event on February 11 that focused on Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve.

– Learn more about the Once and Future County Speakers Series.

– Use hashtag: #onceandfuturecounty

Feb 12 15

March 11 Speakers Event Examines Influence of Montgomery County’s Growth Policies on Development Patterns

by Bridget Schwiesow

once_and_future_county_art 5 (1)
Panelists to discuss evolution of land use policies and their effects on County growth

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting the final event in its Winter Speakers Series on Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD.). The series is called “A Once and Future County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County” and is hosted by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the County’s Planning Board.

The concluding session, titled “Hunting the Snark: Growth Policy and the Public Interest,” evaluates the effects of the 40-year evolution of county growth policy on development patterns. Hanson and a panel of experts will discuss the institutional structure of planning in Montgomery County for effective and democratically accountable land use policy.

“Like the snark in Lewis Carroll’s poem [“Hunting of the Snark”], county growth policy seemed to vanish or turn into something else just as it was within grasp,” says Hanson. “Some policies were followed and worked; others fell short of promise or failed. The system is valuable, not because it was invariably right, but because it maintained a high standard of integrity in a policy arena fraught with conflict, political influence and opportunity for corruption.”

Joining Hanson at the March 11 event to discuss growth policies will be the following experts:

Richard Hall served as the Maryland Secretary of Planning from 2007 to 2015. He joined the Maryland Department of Planning in 1992 and, as Director of Land Use Planning and Analysis, was involved in comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances and smart growth policies. Hall is a past president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association, a former board member of 1000 Friends of Maryland and an affiliate faculty member of the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education.

Glenn Orlin is the Deputy Administrator of the Montgomery County Council, advising on matters pertaining to transportation and infrastructure financing. He has reviewed growth policy since 1986 for the County Executive and Council. Orlin analyzes proposed policies, budgets, plans, programs, projects, laws and regulations affecting transportation, infrastructure and development, and presents the results of evaluations and recommendations to the Council. Orlin serves as the Council’s capital budget coordinator and assists in the direction of the Council Office.

Richard Tustian is an architect, planner and educator with more than 50 years of experience in managing the built environment. Between 1969 and 1990, Tustian was Planning Director for Montgomery County, where he was instrumental in developing its comprehensive growth management system. He has been engaged as a consultant by a wide variety of municipalities across the nation and as an educator by organizations such as the Lincoln Institute of land Policy, American Planning Association and Universities of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins.

Event Details:
– The 90-minute event is free to the public and will be streamed online live. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 11 at the Planning Department headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.

– Watch the video from the previous Winter Speakers Series event on February 11 that focused on Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve.

– Learn more about the Once and Future County Speakers Series.

– Use hashtag: #onceandfuturecounty

Jan 29 15

Movie Screening on February 4 and Speakers Event on February 11 Examine Evolution of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve

by Bridget Schwiesow

landscape2
Documentary film and live presentations address current challenges to working farms and landscapes in preserved rural area

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting two public events devoted to the County’s Agricultural Reserve. The first is a free screening of the film titled “Growing Legacy” at noon on Wednesday, February 4 in the auditorium of the Planning Department’s headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD), followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s producers.

The nonprofit Montgomery Countryside Alliance launched the project to share the story of the County’s Agricultural Reserve with local schools and communities so they might better appreciate this 93,000-acre agricultural area in their own backyard. Through interviews with decision makers, consumers and farmers the 30-minute documentary film profiles the challenges of growing both food and cities in harmony.

The second public event is the fourth session of the Planning Department’s Winter Speakers Series. It will be held on Wednesday, February 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). The series is called “A Once and Future County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County and is hosted by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the County’s Planning Board.

Titled “Creating and Sustaining the County’s Agricultural Reserve,” the February 11 event will examine the 35-year effort to protect the rural area and working farms of upper Montgomery County. The discussion will focus on the technical planning, legal and political challenges that had to be overcome to establish the Agricultural Reserve in 1980. Current efforts to sustain the Reserve’s working farms and preserve the integrity of the landscape will also be examined.

“The County has sustained a working landscape for more than three decades, substantially slowing but not fully stopping conversion of farmland to residential subdivisions,” says Hanson. “The Agricultural Reserve facilitated–some might say, imposed–a more compact pattern of growth and development in Montgomery County compared to other areas in the Washington metropolitan region.”

Joining Hanson at the February 11 event to discuss the Agricultural Reserve will be the following experts:

Tom Hartsock taught and conducted applied agricultural research from 1979 to 2007 at the University of Maryland, where he oversaw the operation of several university livestock facilities and served as the director of the Institute of Applied Agriculture. Hartsock helped revitalize the university’s equine program and serves as an advisor for the ongoing Campus Farm renewal project. He serves on the board of directors of the Maryland Pork Producers Association, Montgomery County Farm Bureau and served on the Maryland Agricultural Commission for six years, two of them as Chair. Tom currently owns and operates Porky Pines Farm in Clarksburg, Maryland.

Chuck Schuster is the University of Maryland’s Commercial Horticulture Extension Educator in Montgomery County. He works with various agricultural operations in the county and region, including pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farmers, greenhouses, nurseries, arborists and landscapers.  Prior to his current work, Schuster taught high school vocational agriculture in Westminster, Maryland, and farmed for 20 years, raising cattle, field crops and vegetables.

Caroline Taylor is the Executive Director of the Montgomery Countryside Alliance (MCA) and has worked on environmental and agricultural issues for most of her professional career. After gaining experience in environmental litigation at the law firm of Covington and Burling, she worked at the National Wildlife Federation before joining the MCA in 2009. Under her leadership, the nonprofit has garnered accolades for its successful efforts in assisting farmers and connecting the various stakeholders of the region’s food system.

Details:
– The 30-minute screening of the documentary film, “Growing Legacy,” on February 4 will be held at noon in the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). It is free and open to the public.

– The 90-minute Winter Speakers Series event on February 1, “Creating and Sustaining the County’s Agricultural Reserve,” is free and open to the public, and will be streamed online live. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).

– The next and final session of the Winter Speaker Series on March 11, 2015, “Hunting the Snark: Growth Policy and the Public Interest,” will be held at the same place and time. Speakers will evaluate the 40-year evolution of county growth policy on development patterns. They will discuss the institutional structure of planning in Montgomery County that has led to effective and democratically accountable land use policy.

– Watch the video from the previous Winter Speakers Series event on January 14 that focused on “Trials and Errors of Corridor Cities Planning.”

– Learn more about the Once and Future County Speakers Series and use hashtag: #onceandfuturecounty