March 20, 2020
Members of the public can listen live or sign up to testify remotely in upcoming Planning Board meetings while practicing social distancing; updates on Montgomery Parks and Planning operations
Silver Spring – The Montgomery Planning Board part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will conduct their March 26 Planning Board meeting solely online beginning at 9 a.m. While Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 virus situation, community members may sign up to testify and provide comment to the Board on specific agenda items through written testimony or via phone during the meeting.
View the March 26 Planning Board agenda.
“The first priority for M-NCPPC is the health and well-being of our community members and staff,” said Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. “Thanks to technology, we can continue the work of the Planning Board and Montgomery Parks and Planning departments.”
There are many ways to participate during the March 26 Planning Board meeting. Residents can:
Montgomery Planning Updates
The Montgomery County Planning Department building will be closed to the public until the end of April due to the COVID-19 virus. During this time, staff are teleworking and will continue to accept development applications, work on master planning efforts and be available for any inquiries from the public. Inquiries to Montgomery Planning’s information counter may be made during regular information counter hours (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) via email or telephone (301.495.4610).
There are many ways to continue to work with Montgomery Planning staff through online services or via phone:
Montgomery Parks Updates
Montgomery Parks has extended the closure of all indoor facilities for public use and cancellations for all events and programs through April 30, 2020. In light of the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Hogan’s recent announcements, Montgomery Parks has concluded that they will limit gatherings in Montgomery County parks to 10 people.
While we are not closing the parks, and lack the physical means to do so, the department urges anyone who visits a park to observe recommendations from public health officials and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people. In addition, park visitors should refrain from using playground equipment and avoid contact with surfaces that are frequently touched by other people and participation in activities involving physical contact or sharing of equipment. This means, for example, that park patrons should not touch playground equipment, play team sports such as soccer, baseball, or basketball, or touch restroom doors without using hand sanitizer. On the other hand, going for a hike or bike ride, shooting baskets on an otherwise empty court, and other activities that do not involve coming into close proximity to other people or touching surfaces that could be infected are appropriate.
For the most up to date information please visit www.MontgomeryParks.org/COVID-19