Montgomery County Planning Board Calls for Extra Work Session on Growth Policy

May 11, 2007

SILVER SPRING, MD – On Tuesday, May 15 at approximately 7
p.m.,
the Montgomery County Planning Board will hold a public work
session to further consider its comprehensive set of recommendations regarding
the county’s 2007 growth policy. The Board expects to finalize its
recommendations – which go to the Montgomery County Council for potential
adoption – at its regularly scheduled May 17 meeting.

The
work session is part of a series of meetings to help the Planning Board
consider new ways the county might grow as it changes to a mature county
focusing more on redevelopment in urban and suburban areas. The growth policy
answers such questions as: how the county should grow, where growth should take
place and what public officials can do to sustain and build upon the county’s
high quality of life.

The
Board’s recommendations will include ways to direct new development to areas in
the county where taxpayer-funded services – such as public transportation,
water/sewer, and police and fire services – are already in place. The
recommendations may include improving analysis of traffic patterns,
restructuring development impact taxes and encouraging more innovative
community design.

The hearing is informational only and the Board does not plan
to accept public testimony. View the Planning Department’s growth policy
recommendations at http://www.mcparkandplanning.org/development/agp/agp_study.shtm
– staff_draft_07gp
.

WHO:

Montgomery County Planning Board

WHAT:

Consideration of growth policy recommendations

WHEN:

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 – approximately 7 p.m.

WHERE:

Montgomery County Planning Board Auditorium, 8787 Georgia
Ave., Silver Spring, Md.