Montgomery Planning Board and Planning Department announce April 2021 online events

March 30, 2021

calendar of events
Planning Board Draft of Thrive Montgomery 2050 scheduled for transmittal to County Executive and County Council and opportunities to participate in Attainable Housing Strategies virtual events plus Visioning continues for Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities

WHEATON, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board and the Montgomery County Planning Department, both part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), have announced their April 2021 calendar of online meetings. For more details, review the list of events below and visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

During this time of social distancing in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Planning Board will continue to hold public meetings online while Montgomery Planning’s new headquarters (2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD) is closed to the public. Community members may sign up to testify and provide comments to the Board, during the meeting, on specific agenda items through Microsoft Teams or phone. Written testimony may be submitted in advance of the meeting. The April schedule of events is subject to change based on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 virus.

There are many ways to participate in Planning Board meetings:

  • 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
  • Sign up to testify via phone during the Planning Board meeting. To testify, fill out the Sign Up to Testify form by 12 noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting. On the afternoon before the meeting, you will receive an email with a phone number to call during a designated time to provide your testimony for a specific agenda item. Submitting this form online by the deadline is the only way to testify on meeting items.
  • Email your written testimony with comments on specific Planning Board agenda items to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org by 12 noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting.
  • If you have questions, send an email to mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org or leave a message at 301-495-4605 and a staff member in the Planning Board Chair’s office will contact you.

April 1 – The Planning Board will be in recess.

April 6 – Montgomery Planning will host the third of six virtual community Visioning Sessions for the Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan (Fenton Village; 7 to 9 p.m.). This initial stage of sessions will be organized by “Visioning Districts” to help focus the discussion on each of these areas, with this session being for the Fenton Village. All of these sessions will be interactive to ‘sketch’ a plan and gather virtual sticky notes full of ideas for different areas of the plan. The work from these sessions will be pulled together into one cohesive vision for the plan area. Because of the interactive format, attendance will be capped at 40 people for each session. Those who are unable to attend will be able to view the recorded sessions and provide feedback on Montgomery Planning’s website. RSVP for the online meeting.

Montgomery Parks and Montgomery Planning Departments will present the Spring 2021 Semiannual Report to the Montgomery County Council. Visit the Council’s website to learn more.

April 8 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting online. After holding 10 work sessions, the commissioners will approve the Planning Board Draft of the  Thrive Montgomery 2050 General Plan update for transmittal to the County Executive and the County Council. The Board will also review the scope of work for the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

April 9 – Montgomery Planning will hold virtual Office Hours on Attainable Housing Strategies (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.). The community is invited to “drop in” and ask Planning Staff any questions they may have about this topic. RSVP on Montgomery Planning’s Attainable Housing Strategies webpage.

Montgomery Planning will hold virtual Office Hours on the Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan (10 a.m. to noon). These sessions will be an opportunity for residents and members of the community to speak directly with the Adjacent Communities engagement team, John Marcolin and Melissa Williams, about Missing Middle Housing within the Adjacent Communities. RSVPs are required for these sessions and participants will be scheduled in 15-minute time slots to ensure that all participants have an opportunity to speak with the planning staff. RSVP on Montgomery Planning’s Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan webpage.

April 12 – Montgomery Planning will be joined by Planning Board Vice Chair Natali Fani González to host a virtual community Visioning Session in Spanish for the entire area of the Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan (7 to 8:30 p.m.).  This is an opportunity for anyone who lives, works or spends time in Silver Spring to tell planning staff what they envision for the future of Silver Spring over the next 20 years. Registration is required. RSVP for the online meeting. See Spanish translation below.

¡Cuéntenos qué piensa sobre Silver Spring! Únase a la vicepresidente de la Junta de Planificación Natali Fani González y al Departamento de Planificación del Condado de Montgomery para informarse acerca del Plan del centro de Silver Spring y comunidades adyacentes, que ideará el futuro de Silver Spring durante los próximos 20 años (7 to 8:30 p.m.). Esta es una oportunidad para decirle al personal de planificación lo que desea ver en el futuro de Silver Spring. ¿Qué ama de Silver Spring? ¿Qué debería mejorarse? ¿Qué falta? ¿Qué es lo que más le preocupa? Este evento se realizará en español. Se requiere registro para este evento. Puede registrarse aquí.

April 13 – Montgomery Planning will host the fourth of six virtual community Visioning Sessions for the Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan (Adjacent Communities; 7 to 9 p.m.). This initial stage of sessions will be organized by “Visioning Districts” to help focus the discussion on each of these areas, with this session being for the Adjacent Communities. All of these sessions will be interactive to ‘sketch’ a plan and gather virtual sticky notes full of ideas for different areas of the plan. The work from these sessions will be pulled together into one cohesive vision for the plan area. Because of the interactive format, attendance will be capped at 40 people for each session. Those who are unable to attend will be able to view the recorded sessions and provide feedback on Montgomery Planning’s website. RSVP for the online meeting.

The Historic Preservation Commission will hold its meeting online. Consult the HPC meeting webpage for agenda information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

April 15 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

April 16 – Montgomery Planning will hold virtual Office Hours on the Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan (10 a.m. to noon). These sessions will be an opportunity for residents and members of the community to speak directly with the Adjacent Communities engagement team, John Marcolin and Melissa Williams, about Missing Middle Housing within the Adjacent Communities. RSVP’s are required for these sessions and participants will be scheduled in 15-minute time slots to ensure that all participants have an opportunity to speak with the planning staff.  RSVP on Montgomery Planning’s Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan webpage.

April 20 – Montgomery Planning will host the fifth of six virtual community Visioning Sessions for the Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan (North Silver Spring; 7 to 9 p.m.). This initial stage of sessions will be organized by “Visioning Districts” to help focus the discussion on each of these areas, with this session being for North Silver Spring. All of these sessions will be interactive to ‘sketch’ a plan and gather virtual sticky notes full of ideas for different areas of the plan. The work from these sessions will be pulled together into one cohesive vision for the plan area. Because of the interactive format, attendance will be capped at 40 people for each session. Those who are unable to attend will be able to view the recorded sessions and provide feedback on Montgomery Planning’s website. RSVP for the online meeting.

April 21 – Montgomery Planning will host a virtual Attainable Housing Strategies community meeting (7 p.m.).  Attainable Housing Strategies is an initiative the Planning Department will oversee through a planning process that will evaluate and potentially refine various proposals to spur the development of more diverse types of housing, including Missing Middle Housing, in Montgomery County.  The community is invited to learn more about Attainable Housing Strategies on April 21, 2021 at 7 p.m. Planning staff will share interim project deliverables and hold a question and answer session after the presentation. RSVPs are required. RSVP for the online meeting.

April 22 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

April 23 – Montgomery Planning will hold virtual Office Hours on the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan (10 a.m. to noon). These sessions will be an opportunity for residents and members of the community to speak directly with the Adjacent Communities engagement team, John Marcolin and Melissa Williams, about Missing Middle Housing within the Adjacent Communities. RSVP’s are required for these sessions and participants will be scheduled in 15-minute time slots to ensure that all participants have an opportunity to speak with the planning staff.  RSVP on Montgomery Planning’s Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan webpage.

April 27 – Montgomery Planning will host the sixth and final virtual community Visioning Session for the Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan (Adjacent Communities; 7 to 9 p.m.). This initial stage of sessions will be organized by “Visioning Districts” to help focus the discussion on each of these areas, with this session being for the Adjacent Communities. All of these sessions will be interactive to ‘sketch’ a plan and gather virtual sticky notes full of ideas for different areas of the plan. The work from these sessions will be pulled together into one cohesive vision for the plan area. Because of the interactive format, attendance will be capped at 40 people for each session. Those who are unable to attend will be able to view the recorded sessions and provide feedback on Montgomery Planning’s website. RSVP for the online meeting.

Montgomery Planning will hold virtual Office Hours on Attainable Housing Strategies  between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The community is invited to “drop in” and ask Planning Staff any questions they may have about this topic.  RSVP on Montgomery Planning’s Attainable Housing Strategies webpage.

April 28 – The Historic Preservation Commission will hold its meeting online. Consult the HPC meeting webpage for agenda information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

April 29 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

April 30 – Montgomery Planning will hold virtual Office Hours on the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan (10 a.m. to noon). These sessions will be an opportunity for residents and members of the community to speak directly with the Adjacent Communities engagement team, John Marcolin and Melissa Williams, about Missing Middle Housing within the Adjacent Communities. RSVP’s are required for these sessions and participants will be scheduled in 15-minute time slots to ensure that all participants have an opportunity to speak with the planning staff.  RSVP on Montgomery Planning’s Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan webpage.

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