April 18, 2014

Planning Board Agenda

Check out the full Planning Board Agenda for Thursday, April 24.

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 Relaunch of the Greater Lyttonsville Plan

Community invited to re-engage, learn about existing conditions for Greater Lyttonsville

The Lyttonsville community is invited to attend the relaunch meeting for the Greater Lyttonsville Plan. The family-friendly meeting is intended to engage the community and present existing conditions that will form the foundation for transforming the heart of Greater Lyttonsville. All residents and business owners are invited to attend on the evening of Tuesday, May 6 at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD). More info

Planning Board Presentation on a New Dog Park

Montgomery Parks will present plans for a new dog park at Ellsworth Urban Park on April 24 to the Montgomery Planning Board for approval. Visit for more details. 

Montgomery Parks Summer Camps

Montgomery Parks has over 75 summer camps this year for a wide variety of interests and at locations around the county. You can find nature camps, sports camps, adventure camps, gardening and cooking camps and some that incorporate a little bit of everything. Find a listing of summer camps here.

Tennis Boot Days Camp 

We have spaces available in our Tennis Boot Day camp on Monday, April 21 at Wheaton Indoor Tennis and Cabin John Tennis. This full day camp is great exercise and fun for 6 - 12 year olds who will improve their skills working with tennis pros! (Course #274449 - Wheaton, #275104 - Cabin John) 

Carroll Knolls Local Park Opening

Join us Saturday, April 26 from 11AM - 1PM to celebrate Montgomery Parks' newest parks, Carroll Knolls Local Park. This new urban park, located on Georgia Avenue at the intersection of Evans Parkway provides much needed green space for the community. Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by games for children, demonstrations with a Parks' naturalist and Meet our Tree Stewards!  

View the Montgomery Plans Show Latest Episode

Montgomery Plans features news and profile segments about the work of the Planning Department. In this spring edition, get the updates on the Zoning Rewrite project, Aspen Hill, BRT, take a tour of Ten Mile Creek and learn about the history of downtown Silver Spring. All that and more in this edition of Montgomery Plans.

Recap on the Winter Speakers Series

Successful series recap available online 


In case you missed the three-part speakers series focused on housing, you can find all of the videos and presentations online. Learn about some of the housing issues facing our region and possible solutions and best practices. Learn more

Experience the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan Exhibit

Community design workshop process now on display at Sandy Spring Museum

The results of the four-day design and planning workshop for the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan are now on display for the community to experience at the Sandy Spring Museum. 

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Spring 2014 Semi Annual Report Now Available

Check out the Department of Parks and Planning Department's 2014 Spring Semi-Annual report recapping the work from the last six months and giving highlights of the FY15 work program. 

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Bethesda Downtown Plan

Stay in the know with the latest regarding the Bethesda Downtown Plan. Meet the team, connect with us on social media and let us know how you would like the future of Downtown Bethesda to be shaped for the next twenty years and beyond. Learn More  

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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