May 16, 2014

Planning Board Agenda

Attend, watch or listen to the Planning Board meeting on
Thursday, May 22.

Note: There will be no Planning Board meeting on May 29.

MM2 Conference Recap    

The MM2 Moving Forward Montgomery conference was quite successful with more than 300 planners, residents and students in attendance over the three-day event May 8-10, 2014. In case you missed any of the presentations, check out the recap page which includes the agenda, speaker bios and more. Learn more 

Lake Needwood Boats Closed this Weekend Due to Heavy Rains    

The Lake Needwood Boat House will be closed effective today (May 16th) and through this weekend (May 17 and 18) due to flooding. Please call the boathouse at 301-563-7540 for further updates.

Twinbrook Walking Tour - Saturday, May 17  

Take a walking tour on Saturday May 17 of the Twinbrook Sector Plan area and learn about "placemaking in progress." Experts from the Coalition for Smarter Growth, the M-NCPPC, the City of Rockville, JBG and WMATA will share the background on the mixed use development of Twinbrook Station among other sites. Meet at the west side of the Twinbrook Metro station on Chapman Avenue where it intersects with Halpine Road at 10:00 a.m. for the 0.7 miles tour. The tour concludes at 12:00 p.m.

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, 2014, 2 - 4 p.m.

More details  

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.

Bethesda Downtown Plan Visual Preferences Survey Available Now

Give feedback on how you want Downtown Bethesda to look and feel by taking the online visual preferences survey.

Montgomery Parks to Present  Report on Ovid Hazen Wells 

Attend the Planning Board meeting on Thursday, May 22 as the Issues and Outreach Report on Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan will be presented to the Board at 8787 Georgia Ave. Check out the agenda to learn more.

Montgomery Parks Community Meeting on Three Clarksburg Parks - Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Attend an open forum meeting regarding changes to the development of Piedmont Woods and Kings Local Parks, and the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update.


Little Bennett Elementary School cafeteria

23930 Burdette Forest Rd.

Clarksburg, MD 20871 or (301) 495-2595 for more details 

Montgomery Parks Seeks Proposals for Park Activity Buildings

A Request for Proposals has been issued for seven Park Activity Buildings located in Colesville Local Park, Ken-Gar Palisades Local Park, Maplewood-Alta Vista Local Park, Nolte Local Park, North Chevy Chase Local Park, Owens Local Park, and Stoneybrook Local Park.Proposals are due on June 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. For more information and to review the RFP, visit:  

Greater Lyttonsville Plan Relaunch Recap

The relaunch of the Greater Lyttonsville Plan was a successful community meeting on May 6. Check out the presentation from the meeting and learn more about the planning process. Also, check out the Greater Lyttonsville Briefing Book summarizing the existing conditions of the Plan Area.



Glenmont Sector Plan and Design Guidelines Available 

View the approved and adopted Glenmont Sector Plan and the Design Guidelines. Learn more.



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!
  • Trail Rangers and Trail Workdays - Train as a ranger, and go out on your own schedule, or sign up for one of our workdays!  

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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