JUNE  6, 2014
Planning Board Agenda
View the Planning Board Agenda for Thursday, June 12
Greater Lyttonsville Monday Matters Meetings Continue
Part one of the Monday Matters series kicked off on Monday June 2 at the Coffield Center. The Greater LP planning team was on hand to introduce themselves, provide insight into the Sector Plan and to explain how the following topics fit into the planning process: Land Use, Urban Design and Historic Preservation.  Short presentations by the team were followed by a lively question and answer period.  The series continues on June 9th where the meeting will focus on the Environment, Parks and Open Space. A discussion about Transportation and the Purple Line will occur on June 16th. Learn more about the series: news release
Learn About Proposed "Ecodistrict" for Bethesda Downtown Plan
Proposed Ecodistrict information now available online, along with opportunity to give comments on framework concept, and take online visual preferences survey.

The community is invited to learn about the principles of an "ecodistrict" for incorporation into the Bethesda Downtown Plan. An ecodistrict integrates the goals of social, economic and environmental sustainability over a broader downtown area. These goals will play an important role in the crafting of sector plan recommendations and implementation strategies.

Learn about the proposed Bethesda Downtown Plan ecodistrict and give comments online.
Bethesda Downtown Plan Visual Preferences Survey Still Open
Survey still available to the public 

The Montgomery County Planning Department has extended the availability of the Bethesda Downtown Plan online visual preferences survey and would like to encourage the community to vote on their preference on the look and feel of the future of Downtown Bethesda. Due to the popularity of the survey, the online survey availability has been extended until June 13. Take the survey today.
The Hyattstown Mill Arts Project CD Release Party
Saturday,  June 14, 7 -11PM
14920 Hyattstown Mill Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871

The Hyattstown Mill Arts Project presents The Blues Ramblers CD Release Party. This band plays a wide variety of music from jazz and blues, to reggae, funk and ballads.
Montgomery Parks Invites the Public to a Meeting on Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park Master Plan Update
Monday, June 16, 7-9PM
Arora Hills Community Center
23030 Birch Mead Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871

More information is available at www.ParkPlanning.org.
Montgomery County Heritage Days in the Parks
The last weekend in June, Montgomery Parks joins with historic organizations throughout the county to celebrate Montgomery County Heritage Days with a series of FREE events and activities for all. This two-day, county-wide festival offers visitors an opportunity to sample numerous sites representing the history, culture, and natural beauty of the county. For more information call 301-650-4373. Visit www.HistoryInTheParks.org for more details.
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 on 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
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: 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.ParksVolunteers.org, 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 'mygroup@gmail.com' and update your contact information. 
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Have a Question About M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks?
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.
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Have a Question About Planning?
Wondering 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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