Sign up to speak before the Planning Board
To speak on an item on the Planning Board’s agenda, please fill in the form below. To find an item number go to the relevant Planning Board agenda. Online sign up is generally available beginning 10 days prior to the hearing date. If you need assistance to complete this form, please contact staff in the Chair’s Office via email at MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org or call 301-495-4605. Also see our Accessibility page for more information.
NOTE: Once you have signed up to speak on an item before the Planning Board, your information becomes part of the official public record.
In order to testify virtually or in person at the Wheaton Headquarters auditorium, you must Sign Up to Testify for a Planning Board agenda item before noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting. You are required to follow all relevant rules of participation. Members of the public who are interested in attending a meeting and do not wish to testify are welcome to join at Wheaton Headquarters or can watch the livestream.
Location of Planning Board meetings
Planning Board meetings are held at 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD in the second floor auditorium (unless noted otherwise).
Guidelines for Participation at the Planning Board
Community members are invited to testify, watch, or listen to the Planning Board meetings to ensure their voices are heard in decisions that shape Montgomery County communities. Learn more below on how to get involved with the Planning Board process.
Testify live at the Planning Board
Community members can sign up to testify remotely or in-person in upcoming Planning Board meetings by providing real time testimony via Microsoft Teams, over the phone, or in-person during the Planning Board meeting. All persons attending Planning Board meetings in person must sign up in advance.
To testify, fill out the Sign Up to Testify form by 12 noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting. Once the form is completed, if you are testifying remotely, you will receive an email with a phone number to call and a link to participate in the Microsoft Teams meeting during a designated time to provide your testimony for a specific agenda item prior to the Planning Board meeting. Please note that submitting the Sign Up to Testify form online by the deadline is the only way to testify in real time on Planning Board meeting items.
Currently, the Planning Board follows the recommendations of the County for anything related to COVID-19. There are no requirements to verify vaccinations for attendees nor restrictions related to COVID-19 at this time. It is recommended that attendees follow proper personal hygiene (cough into elbow, wash hands, use tissues for sneezes, etc), practice social distancing whenever possible, and stay home if symptomatic with cold/flu/allergy type symptoms.
How much time do I have to speak?
The Planning Board agenda is posted 10 days in advance of the scheduled meeting. Community members can sign up to testify on public hearing or other appropriate matters by 12 noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting. It is at the discretion of the Planning Board Chair to determine the amount of time each speaker has for testimony. The Chair may set time limits for oral testimony at public hearings on regulatory items. Individuals are typically allotted three (3) minutes and group representatives are typically allotted six (6) minutes; however, the Chair has discretion to set shorter or longer time limits. The Chair may require individuals with similar or related positions to divide available time and avoid duplicative testimony. Individuals are ordinarily not allowed to yield their allotted time to another person offering testimony. If an attorney or other representative is speaking on your behalf at the hearing, you should avoid repeating the points they have made or will be making.
Time allotted to speakers on non-regulatory items is also at the Chair’s discretion. Public testimony is typically not permitted on reconsideration requests (as opposed to a public hearing to reconsider an item), contract awards, work sessions, briefings, and roundtable discussions.
Only one individual may serve as the representative of a group (such as a civic or homeowner’s association) for purposes of requesting time to speak. Others speaking in support of a group’s position are allotted time to speak in an individual capacity but should identify their affiliation or support of that position at the time they sign up to testify so speakers with similar views may be heard at the same time, where feasible.
How can I be prepared to testify at the Planning Board?
There are no specific requirements for the format of testimony. You must confine your testimony to issues that are germane to the issues being decided. You also should avoid undue repetition of points already made by you or others and reading verbatim from written testimony you have already submitted for the record.
How will I know the speaking order?
The time when each agenda item will be heard is difficult to predict, and you should plan to join the online meeting at the scheduled start time for either the morning or afternoon meeting when your item is on the calendar. The Chair has discretion to arrange the order of testimony, and speakers may be grouped by subject matter, issue of concern, or group affiliation.
If you need translation assistance or other accommodations, let us know when you register or contact the Chair’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-495-4605 at least five business days prior to the Planning Board meeting.
Submit testimony to the Planning Board
Community members can submit written testimony by emailing the Chair’s Office. Any individual or organization may submit a written statement for consideration by the Planning Board. Email your written testimony, including a mailing address, with comments on specific Planning Board agenda items to email@example.com by 12 noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting, referencing the hearing date, item, and including a mailing address, in order to be reviewed by the Board and included in the official record of the hearing. Items received after this date and time will not be included in the record. Community members can also send in testimony via mail addressed to: Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902, all of which must include a mailing address
Written copies of testimony, correspondence or presentation materials may not be accepted or distributed at the hearing and must be submitted in advance of the hearing (by 12 noon the previous day) to the Chair’s Office.
Watch and listen to the Planning Board meetings
Planning Board meetings are live streamed with closed captioning provided. Community members can watch Planning Board meetings live or on-demand. We recommend the use of an up-to-date browser, such as current versions of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. If you simply want to listen in, you can click on the low-bandwidth live audio streaming service option during the meeting, which is available at this link: Listen live
- Watch the Planning Board meeting live online, and on demand.
- Listen live over the phone to the Planning Board meeting by calling: 866-774-0898 Password: 24252020
3.2.4 Disclosure of Unsolicited Communications:
If a Planning Board member receives unsolicited communications about a pending Application subject to the ex parte rules outside of a Planning Board Meeting, the member must ensure that the communication is included in the record of the pending Application by sending it to the Chair’s office, or disclose and describe the communications at the earliest opportunity during the Planning Board’s consideration of the Application.
If you are communicating with staff or the Planning Board to influence Commission Action, which means any executive, administrative, legislative, or quasi-legislative action taken formally by the Commission, the Planning Boards, an officer or other official so designated by the Commission, please review the Commission’s Lobbying Disclosure Policy/Practice (No. 5-61) and complete the (if necessary) the registration forms. This would include testimony on Master Plans, Sector Plans, Sectional Map and District Map Amendments, as well as testimony on Rules of Procedure or bylaws of the Commission or Planning Board.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community, including those with disabilities. In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), M-NCPPC will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in its services, programs, or activities. M-NCPCC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in accessible formats and locations. M-NCPPC will make every effort to provide, upon request, appropriate aids and services and make reasonable modifications to policies and programs for persons with disabilities (e.g. large print materials, listening devices, sign language interpretation, etc.). To request accommodation, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners Office at (301) 495-4605 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are requesting an auxiliary aid or service for a public meeting, please submit your request at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting date. Maryland residents can also use the free Maryland Relay Service for assistance with calls to or from hearing or speech-impaired persons; for information, go to the MD Relay website or call 800-552-7724. Residents may also contact the Montgomery Planning ADA Coordinator at 301-495-1324. Learn more about ADA accommodations or fill out the Alternative Format Request form to request Planning Board and Montgomery Planning materials in different formats. Notice 15-01, Accessibility and Non-Discrimination in M-NCPPC Programs and Services.