Montgomery Planning Board and Planning Department Announce June 2020 Online Events

May 26, 2020

calendar of events
Virtual meetings continue for Planning Board and Historic Preservation Commission as well as the launch of the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Community Chats  

SILVER SPRING, 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 June 2020 calendar of online meetings. Review the list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details.

During this time of social distancing in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Planning Board will continue to hold public meetings online while the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) is closed to the public. Community members may sign up to testify and provide comments to the Board on specific agenda items through written testimony and via phone during the meeting. The June schedule of events is subject to change based on the fluid situation with the response to the COVID-19 virus.

There are many ways to participate during Planning Board meetings:

  • Watch the Planning Board meeting live online and on-demand.
  • Listen live via phone to the Planning Board meeting by calling: 301-495-4708 Password:  87871111
  • Sign up to testify to provide comment via phone during the Planning Board meeting by filling 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 in during a designated time to provide testimony for a specific agenda item. Submitting this form online by the deadline is the only way to testify on meeting items.
  • Send written testimony to provide comment on Planning Board agenda items by emailing MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org, by 12 noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting.
  • If you have questions, leave a message at 301.495.4605 and a staff member in the Planning Board Chair’s office will return your call.

June 4 –The Planning Board will hold their meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Meetings are available live and on demand online.

June 9 –Join the Montgomery County Planning Department as they host an online community chat (from Noon to 1 p.m.) for Thrive Montgomery 2050. This series will focus on specific issues that will be addressed in the plan and will be hosted by staff members who are experts in each topic. The topic for this community chat is Parks. The public is invited to join and ask questions. Please RSVP and the link will be sent to you the day of the event or check the Montgomery Planning calendar of events. RSVP for the June 9 event.

June 10 –Join the Montgomery County Planning Department as they host an online Lunch and Learn event (from Noon to 1:30 p.m.) for Thrive Montgomery 2050. This event will focus on LGBTQ+ Communities and Historic Preservation and will feature Planning Board member Partap Verma. This event is in support of the work on Thrive Montgomery 2050 which includes a focus on creating equitable communities. The public is invited to join and ask questions. The link to join will be made available before each meeting on Montgomery Planning’s calendar of events. Check out the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Equity page to learn more about this topic. RSVP for the June 10 event.

June 11 –The Planning Board will hold their meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Meetings are available live and on demand online.

June 11 –Join the Montgomery County Planning Department as they host an online Community Chat (from 5 to 6 p.m.) for Thrive Montgomery 2050. This series will focus on specific issues that will be addressed in the plan and will be hosted by staff members who are experts in each topic. The topic for this community chat is Diverse Economies. The public is invited to join and ask questions. Please RSVP for this event and the link will be sent to you the day of the event or check the Montgomery Planning calendar of events the day before the event. RSVP for the June 11 event.

June 16 –Join the Montgomery County Planning Department as they host an online Community Chat (from Noon to  1:30 p.m.) for Thrive Montgomery 2050. This series will focus on specific issues that will be addressed in the plan and will be hosted by staff members who are experts in each topic. The topic for this community chat is Connectedness. The public is invited to join and ask questions. Please RSVP and the link will be sent to you the day of the event or check the Montgomery Planning calendar of events the day before the event. RSVP for the June 16 event.

June 17 –Join the Montgomery County Planning Department as they host an online Community Chat (7 to 8 p.m.) for Thrive Montgomery 2050. This series will focus on specific issues that will be addressed in the plan and will be hosted by staff members who are experts in each topic. The topic for this community chat is Healthy and Sustainable Environment. The public is invited to join and ask questions. Please RSVP and the link will be sent to you the day of the event or check the Montgomery Planning calendar of events the day before the event. RSVP for the June 17 event.

June 18 –The Planning Board will hold their meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Meetings are available live and on demand online.

June 22 –Join the Montgomery County Planning Department as they host a Community Chat (from Noon to 1:30 p.m.) for Thrive Montgomery 2050. This series will focus on specific issues that will be addressed in the plan and will be hosted by staff members who are experts in each topic. The topic for this community chat is Safe and Efficient Travel. The public is invited to join and ask questions. Please RSVP and the link will be sent to you the day of the event or check the Montgomery Planning calendar of events the day before the event. RSVP for the June 22 event.

June 23 –Join the Montgomery County Planning Department as they host two Community Chats for Thrive Montgomery 2050. This series will focus on specific issues that will be addressed in the plan and will be hosted by staff members who are experts in each topic. The first topic being discussed is Complete Communities (Noon to 1 p.m.) and the second topic being discussed is Healthy and Sustainable Environment (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) which will be a bilingual meeting in Spanish and English. The public is invited to join and ask questions. Please RSVP and the link will be sent to you the day of the event or check the Montgomery Planning calendar of events the day before the event. RSVP for the June 23 Complete Communities event.  RSVP for the June 23 Healthy and Sustainable Environment event.

June 24 – The Historic Preservation Commission will hold their meeting online. Consult the HPC meeting webpage for agenda information. Meetings are available live and on demand online.

June 24 – Join Montgomery Planning as they host their second virtual happy hour, Pints with a Planner, focused on the topic of Housing. Planning Board Chairman Casey Anderson and Housing Planner Lisa Govoni will discuss why the rent is too #$%! high and what policies we’re exploring in Thrive Montgomery 2050 to make housing more affordable and attainable. Join the conversation at bit.ly/PlannerPints from 5 to 6 p.m.

June 25 –The Planning Board will hold their meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Meetings are available live and on demand online.

June 29 –Join the Montgomery County Planning Department as they host a Community Chat for Thrive Montgomery 2050. This series will focus on specific issues that will be addressed in the plan and will be hosted by staff members who are experts in each topic. The topic for this community chat is Culture and Design. The public is invited to join and ask questions from Noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP and the link will be sent to you the day of the event or check the Montgomery Planning calendar of events the day before the event. RSVP for the June 29 event.

June 30 –Join the Montgomery County Planning Department as they host a Community Chat (from 7 to 8 p.m.) for Thrive Montgomery 2050. This series will focus on specific issues that will be addressed in the plan and will be hosted by staff members who are experts in each topic. The topic for this community chat is Diverse and Adaptable Growth. The public is invited to join and ask questions. Please RSVP and the link will be sent to you the day of the event or check the Montgomery Planning calendar of events the day before the event. RSVP for the June 30 event.

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About the Montgomery County Planning Board

The Montgomery County Planning Board oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and Department of Parks and advises the Montgomery County Council on land use and community planning. The board reviews all plans, development applications and regulatory cases, providing guidelines for the pattern and pace of future development and preserving historic resources throughout the 323,000-acre county. In addition, the board manages the county’s 36,991-acre park system that includes 422 parks. The Planning Board Chair currently serves as Chair and Board members serve as Commissioners of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; a bi-county agency established in 1927 to protect public land. Current Planning Board members are Chair Casey Anderson, Vice Chair Natali Fani-Gonzalez, Gerald Cichy, Tina Patterson and Partap Verma.

About The Montgomery County Planning Department

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The department comprises 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

Accessibility

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission encourages the involvement and participation of all individuals in the community. In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M‑NCPPC) will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in its services, programs or activities. M‑NCPPC works to make its facilities and materials accessible and to hold public meetings in locations that are, likewise, accessible. M‑NCPPC will generally 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.). For assistance with such requests, please contact the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Commissioners’ Office, at least a week in advance of a meeting or event, at (301) 495-4605 or at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org. 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 www.mdrelay.org/ or call (866) 269-9006. Residents may also call the TTY number, (301) 495-1331, for assistance.