March 28, 2014

Planning Board Agenda

Check out the full Planning Board Agenda for Thursday, April 3.

Mark Calendars for Makeover Montgomery 2 | Moving Forward Montgomery 

Registration Now Open 


Following the success of the original Makeover Montgomery conference in 2011, the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland have joined forces again to host Makeover Montgomery 2 | Moving Forward Montgomery (MM2). The three-day event is happening May 8-10, 2014 and is open to residents, business owners and anyone with an interest in moving their community forward. Register now

Attend the Third and Final Winter Speakers Series

The Montgomery County Planning Department is hosting a Winter Speakers series with a special emphasis on housing. The next event on Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m. will feature speakers John Welsh, VP Multifamily Group, AHC Inc. and David Cristeal, Housing Director, Arlington County. Learn more about the Winter Speakers Series.   


Attend the Next Bethesda Downtown Plan Meeting - Thursday, April 10, 7 to 9 p.m. 

Interact with Planning Department staff and learn about alternatives for overall plan concept 

The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a community open house to receive feedback from residents, property owners and business owners on the most recent work on the Bethesda Downtown Plan. Residents, business owners and property owners are invited to attend the meeting on Thursday, April 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bethesda Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20814). RSVP's are encouraged but not required. 

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Montgomery County Planning Department Honored for Historic Preservation Efforts   

The Montgomery County Planning Department will be recognized at the annual Montgomery Preservation Inc. Historic Preservation Awards program on March 28. Historic Planner Clare Lise Kelly is set to receive the Montgomery Prize, the highest honor awarded by Montgomery Preservation. Montgomery Preservation Inc. will also recognize the Montgomery Modern Initiative, a documentation and educational program launched by Kelly and the Historic Preservation Office. The reception will be held at the National Park Seminary Ballroom (9610 Dewitt Dr., Silver Spring, MD) starting at 6 p.m. with the awards portion of the evening starting at 7 p.m. Learn more.

Aspen Hill Community Meeting     

Attend the Second Community Meeting for the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Aspen Hill Library (4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville, MD). Learn more about this plan and how you can get involved.

White Flint Plan   

Attend a meeting to receive an overview on the White Flint Plan by lead planner, Nkosi Yearwood at Ingleside at King Farm in Rockville, MD. The event is happening Wednesday, April 9 at 3:30 p.m. Learn more about the White Flint Sector Plan

Attend the Upcoming Zoning Rewrite Open Houses    

Public invited to learn more about the proposed zoning changes, new interactive maps

Planners have rewritten the Zoning Code to modernize antiquated, redundant zoning regulations and create new tools to help achieve goals in community plans. Attend an open house to continue the dialogue about proposed zoning changes. Staff will be on hand with interactive maps to help answer questions. Learn more 


Sign Up for the Preservationist     

After a six-year hiatus, the Historic Preservation office is pleased to bring back the new online version of The Preservationist newsletter! Check it out online now and sign up to receive all the latest news about Montgomery County's historic preservation program.

Purple Line Mandatory Referral Recap    

Check out the full video of the Planning Board's consideration of the Purple Line Mandatory Referral which happened on March 20. Learn more about this process.

Work With Us

Interested in a career with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission? Check out our list of rewarding job opportunities here.

Volunteer Opportunities


Montgomery Parks is looking for both special event and long-term volunteers. Go to, click on Search and Apply for Volunteer Opportunities, then click on the category that interests you. Here are some examples of the opportunities we have open: 
  • NNI Removal Events, Various locations and dates, help us rid the park trees of vines and other Non-Native Invasives that are taking over!
  • Tree Stewards, Various parks - commit to at least one year of quarterly park visits.  Help us keep an eye on our most valuable resource in parks, our trees! 
  • Earth Month! Various parks. April is Earth Month, and we are beginning to schedule several large park cleanups. 
  • Nature and Summer Camp Counselor Opportunities, Feeling cabin fever?  Thinking about summer?  Here are some volunteer opportunities to help with that!

Community Organization Lists   

Our online tool will make HOA organization email addresses available to web users seeking to notify residents about pending development or other issues. We rely on homeowners and civic organizations to help spread the word about development applications and planning initiatives. Homeowner's association leaders may want to update your organizational contact information to a generic '' and update your contact information

Have a Question About M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks? 

Customer Service Center button Have a question about Montgomery Parks? Need to report a problem or maintenance issue in a park? Check out the Department's, easy to use Customer Service Center and find out how to contact us by phone and email. You'll also find an easy to use online form to submit questions or information about problems in parks.

Have a Question About Planning?    
Planning Help Center logoWondering about that sign advertising pending development in your community? Curious about how forest conservation works? Residents and others with questions about development, community plans, zoning, transportation, or environmental issues may find the answers they seek on a Department HELP page. The page features links, an online employee directory and an online question/comment form.
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