JUNE  13, 2014
Planning Board Agenda
Agenda update 
There is no Planning Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 19. The Board will meet next on Thursday, June 26. Check the agenda website for updates.
Bethesda Downtown Plan EcoDistrict Workshop - June 18, 7-9 PM
The public is invited to participate in an EcoDistrict workshop

The Montgomery County Planning Department will host a community workshop on an EcoDistrict concept for the Bethesda Downtown Plan on Wednesday, June 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD). RSVP's are encouraged but not required. The workshop will introduce the concepts and principles of an EcoDistrict, with examples from across the country.  Participants will help define goals and objectives and set priorities for incorporation into the Bethesda Downtown Plan. Learn more about the EcoDistrict concept.
Bethesda Downtown Plan Visual Preferences Survey Still Open to the Public
Results to date available online, 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 encourages the community to vote on the look and feel that they would like to see in Downtown Bethesda.The survey was launched in early May and the results thus far are available online. Due to the popularity of the survey, the survey's availability has been extended until June 16. Take the survey today.
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 continued on June 9th where the meeting focused 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
MM2 Recap Video
Check out the video recap from the MM2|Moving Forward Montgomery Conference.

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. The event was hosted by 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. In case you missed any of the presentations, review the library of presentations at makeovermontgomery2.com.
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. For more details please visit www.Hyattstownmill.org.

Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Workshop - July 15, 6:30-8:30 PM
Community invited to give feedback on existing strengths and weaknesses of the plan area

The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting a community workshop on Tuesday, July 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan to identify existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges for the Plan Area. The meeting will take place at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD) and all residents, property owners and business owners are invited to attend. RSVP's are encouraged, but not required.

What: Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Community Workshop
Who: Residents, property owners and anyone focused on the future of Greater Lyttonsville
When: Tuesday, July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Where: Gwendolyn E. Coffield Center - 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan
Social Media: #GreaterLP
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.
Path Through the Gude Garden at Brookside Gardens is Now Reopened
The path through the Gude Garden at Brookside Gardens, which has been under construction since last fall is now reopened! To learn more about the ongoing Brookside Gardens makeover please visit www.BrooksideGardens.org.
Community Meeting on Wheaton-Claridge Local Park Renovation
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 7-9 PM
Wheaton-Claridge Local Park
Park Activity Building
11901 Claridge Road
Wheaton, MD 20902

Parks staff will host a meeting to discuss the future renovation of Wheaton-Claridge Local Park. For more details visit: www.ParkProjects.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.
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, Ready for 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 '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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