JULY  18, 2014
Planning Board Agenda
Planning Board Agenda Thursday, July 24 
Attend, watch and listen to the upcoming Planning Board meeting on Thursday, July 24. View the full agenda.

Montgomery County Council Appoints Casey Anderson Planning Board Chair

The Montgomery County Planning Board announced the appointment of Casey Anderson by the Montgomery County Council to the position of Planning Board Chair. In this role, Mr. Anderson will lead the five-member Montgomery County Planning Board which oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Montgomery Department of Parks. The Planning Board advises the Council on land use planning and community planning in Montgomery County. Read press release.


Bethesda Downtown Plan Summer Updates

Meet and greet with the planners from the Bethesda Downtown Team at this Sunday's Bethesda Central Farm Market from 9 a.m - 1 p.m. Learn about the plan and find out how you can get involved with the future of Downtown Bethesda. Learn more.


Stop by the Bethesda Downtown Plan tent at the Bethesda Central Farm Market

Sunday, July 20th

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bethesda Elementary School parking lot
7600 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814


The Planning Board received a briefing on the Bethesda Downtown Plan on Thursday, June 26. Check out this video, produced by the Planning Department, featuring attendees at the last community workshop. Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan.

Visitors Urged to Use Caution and Avoid Ingesting Water at Lake Needwood Due to Elevated Microcystin Levels 

Microcystin, a toxic substance produced by blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), has been detected in Lake Needwood. Water that contains microcystin can cause severe liver damage if ingested. Please avoid all contact with the lake water, and do not allow dogs or other pets to swim in or drink from the lake. Swimming is prohibited at all times in Lake Needwood. Fishing and boating in the lake is allowed, but visitors are urged to use good hand cleaning practices prior to eating, drinking, or smoking. If eating fish caught from Lake Needwood, visitors should eat only muscle meat and ensure that the fish is cooked properly. For more information, please call 301-495-2595.


Sandy Spring Rural Village Staff Draft Presentation 

Planners will present recommendations for the future of Sandy Spring to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, July 17. The recommendations are the result of the work of the Montgomery County Planning Department based on extensive engagement and feedback from the community. View the Staff Draft for the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan. Learn more about the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan.


Montgomery County Planning Board Appoints Michael Riley Director of Montgomery Parks
Riley's 30-year tenure with the Department provides institutional knowledge and experience for a smooth transition in managing the county's 420 parks and 36,000 acres of parkland

The Montgomery County Planning Board recently announced the appointment of Michael F. Riley to the position of Director of the Montgomery County Department of Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). In this role, Mr. Riley will be responsible for more than 700 department employees including the Park Police Division, over 36,000 acres of parkland, 420 parks and an annual operating budget of $100 million.  He will begin as director on July 21, 2014. Learn more about the appointment.

Photo credit: Dan Gross, Gazette

The Census Bureau is Conducting a Census Test and Hiring 

The U.S. Census Bureau is researching modern and new methods for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the next census. Whether through the Internet, telephone or traditional paper questionnaires, the Census Bureau is committed to making the once-a-decade headcount quick, easy and safe for all to participate. Through the smart use of technology and existing government data sources, the 2020 Census hopes to provide substantial taxpayer savings while maintaining the highest quality and accuracy standards mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The 2014 Census Test will allow the Census Bureau, on a small scale, to test a variety of new methods and advance technologies that are under consideration for the 2020 Census. The 2014 Test will take place from June 23 through September 25, with Census Day on July 1, 2014.

In addition to conducting the test, the Census Bureau is still hiring temporary office and field staff from Montgomery County and DC to work in the Silver Spring office, located at 8401 Colesville Road (seventh floor). At least 1,000 people in Montgomery County and DC are needed for temporary positions to get this important job done. Pay ranges from $14 to $21.50 an hour. Learn more.


Share Your #ParksPics for a Chance to Win!


It's Parks & Recreation month and to celebrate we are hosting a photo contest. It's easy to enter and we have some fun prizes. More info.



PBS Program on Josiah Henson Park to Air August 19!


Time Team America, an archaeology exploration program will profile Josiah Henson Park in its August 19 episode. Learn more.



Free Family-Friendly Great Outdoors Fest July 19 at Little Bennett Campground


Join us for a fun time at our "Great Outdoors Festival" at Little Bennett Campground where we will be having free family events featuring live music, hayrides, hikes contests and giveaways. Learn more.


Reminder: Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit Cancelled for 2014
Due to limited parking from ongoing construction to significantly improve our entrance and parking areas, Brookside Garden's Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit is cancelled for the 2014 season. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment, but invite you to visit our free summer Conservatory Display, open daily until Sunday, September 21 and to come back in 2015 when Wings of Fancy returns. Please note that Brookside Gardens and the Conservatory remain open during construction; please consider using these alternative parking areas during your visit.
Françoise Carrier Parting Interview
Watch the Interview with Planning Board Chair Françoise Carrier as she reflects on her tenure as Chair

View the full video interview of Françoise Carrier as she gives her thoughts on her four years as Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board. The video is produced by the County Cable Montgomery (CCM) in partnership with the Montgomery County Planning Department. 
Purple Line Mandatory Referral Update
Responses to Planning Board's comments now posted

On March 20, 2014, the Montgomery County Planning Board reviewed the Purple Line, Bethesda Metro Station South Entrance, Capital Crescent Trail and Silver Spring Green Trail. The board sent comments focused on community compatibility and station access to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). Responses to all of the comments are now posted on the Planning Department's Purple Line webpage. In addition, the Planning Board recently sent a letter to Councilmember Roger Berliner, Chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, identifying the Board's priorities for enhancing the Purple Line project. 

Questions, comments? Contact David Anspacher, Transportation Planner at david.anspacher@montgomeryplanning.org
Planners Review Updated White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan with County Council Committee

Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee will hold first of five work sessions to review the updated east county plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department has started the review of the updated White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan with the Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee. Discussions will continue through a series of work sessions that will conclude with a vote on the plan by the full Council at the end of the month. After the Planning Board transmitted its draft plan for White Oak in September 2013, the County Council requested that the Planning Department and the Executive branch identify options to assure a balance between land use and transportation. The revisions to the plan can be found in the updated draft transmitted to Council in December 2013, and presented to Council on June 17, 2014. Learn more about the upcoming work sessions with the PHED Committee.
Montgomery Planners On Two Wheels
Members of the Planning Department learn about bicycling in an urban environment

Twenty members of the Montgomery County Planning Department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission learned about how to ride a bicycle in an urban environment. Instructors from Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) taught beginners and confident riders about how to be safe on two wheels. Check out the photo album from the event (photo credit: Kevin Leonard, Montgomery Planning).

Learn about the latest transportation planning updates from Montgomery Planning.
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.
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!
  • 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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