May 2, 2014

Planning Board Agenda

Check out the full Planning Board Agenda for Thursday, May 8.

Attend the Relaunch of the Greater Lyttonsville Plan

Community invited to re-engage and 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

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 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 


Attend the Next Aspen Hill Meeting - May 13    

The third and final community meeting for the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan amendment is scheduled for Tuesday, May 13th at 6:30 pm at the Aspen Hill public library. Staff draft recommendations will be presented for the community's feedback.

The project site can be accessed here

Attend the Next Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan Meeting - May 14

Public is invited to give feedback on concepts for transforming the heart of Sandy Spring


Recommendations for the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan will be presented at a community meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Sandy Spring Friends School Library (Yarnall Hall, 16923 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring). Learn more.

Bike To Work on Friday, May 16

Montgomery County, Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invite you to join more than 10,000 area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a fun and healthy way to get to work on Bike To Work Day, Friday, May 16, 2014! 


Attend one of 79 pit stops throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia for refreshments and be entered into a raffle for bicycles and other prizes. Free T-shirts are available at pit stops to the first 14,000 who register and attend. There will be a raffle drawing for a bicycle at each of the above pit stops. Pit stop details can be found by registering for Bike To Work Day here.  

Attend Next Bethesda Downtown Plan Workshop - Saturday, May 17

Planners to present a preliminary framework concept for the Bethesda Downtown Plan and get ideas on  character of Downtown neighborhoods


The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a second workshop for the Bethesda Downtown Plan on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (4301 East-West Hwy., Bethesda, MD). RSVP's are encouraged but not required. Learn more.

Celebrate a Milestone on the Road to Rehabilitation of the Historic Warner Mansion!

Join Montgomery Parks and the Kensington Historical Society to celebrate a milestone in rehabilitating the historic Brainard Warner Mansion located in Kensington Circle Park.


Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2 - 4 p.m.

Rain date: May 18, 2 - 4 p.m.

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.

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.

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  

View the Latest Episode of the Montgomery Plans Show 

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, and BRT. You can also 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.

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. 

Learn more

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. 

Learn more

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.

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! 
  • Nature and Summer Camp Counselor Opportunities, Thinking about summer?  Here are some volunteer opportunities to help with that!
  • Hot Opportunities - these are the opportunities that we really need volunteers to fill soon! Check them out!  

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.

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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