JULY  25, 2014
Planning Board Agenda
Planning Board Meeting Update
View the agenda for the Planning Board meeting on Thursday, July 31.

The Montgomery County Planning Board will be on recess for the month of August. The Board will return on September 4. View past agendas.

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.

Montgomery Parks Reports Elevated Levels of Microcystin at Lake Needwood  

Testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in Lake Needwood that may be harmful to pets swimming in or drinking from the lake. Please take note of the following precautions.

Montgomery Parks Launches El Carro Proyecto Rojo (The Red Wagon Project)

Come out this Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to Wheaton Regional Park to learn more about Montgomery Parks' programs through a new Multilingual Information Exchange Program.


Wheaton Regional Park 

2000 Shorefield Drive

Wheaton, MD 20902

Learn more about some of the great art in our parks

This month's episode of Parks, Rec 'N Roll focuses on art in parks, including a look inside Brookside Gardens' School of Botanical Art and Illustration and the public art trust which supports the creation of and placement of art in our parks. Don't miss this episode available online here.

Montgomery County National Night Out Events on August 5

Join Park Police at a series of National Night Out events on August 5 to connect with the members of your community, and work to prevent crime in your neighborhood. Park Police will be at 9 sites this year including: Rosemary Hills Local Park, Indian Spring Terrace, South Four Corners, North Four Corners, Tanglewood, Mid-County, Olney Fair Hill Shopping, General Getty and Daly Elementary School. A special free Punt Pass Kick competition will be held at General Getty Neighborhood Park from 6 - 8 p.m. Visit www.nflppk.com to register.

Aberdeen Local Park Trail Improvements

Improvements to the asphalt trail and areas adjacent to the trail  inside Aberdeen Local Park will begin within the next week and last about two or three weeks. During this time there may be intermittent or complete closures of the trail during periods of active construction. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Business Owners Invited to Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Sunrise Series

Early morning meetings intended to engage business community on the sector plan


The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting two meetings as part of their "Sunrise Series" for business owners in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan area on Thursday, July 31 and Thursday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. to provide an opportunity for the business community to ask questions and give feedback on the sector planning process. The early morning meetings will offer free breakfast, an opportunity to meet with planners and provide a questionnaire to attendees to gather more information about business owners as it relates to the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan. Learn more


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.



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.


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.

Sandy Spring Rural Village Staff Draft Presentation 

Planners presented 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

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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