August 1, 2014
Planning Board Agenda
Planning Board Agenda - Summer Recess
The Montgomery County Planning Board will be on recess for the month of August. The Board will return on September 4.

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 one more early morning meeting for the Greater Lyttonsville business community as part of their "Sunrise Series" for business owners in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan area on Thursday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Business owners are invited to attend, receive a free breakfast and ask questions of the planning team and give feedback on the sector planning process. Learn more

White Oak Science Gateway Plan Approved

The White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan was recently approved by the Montgomery County Council and approved and adopted by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. View the approved plan and learn more about the process.

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 to register.

Montgomery County Council Proclaims July Parks & Rec Month!

Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice (center) presented a proclamation to Montgomery Parks Deputy Director of Operations, John Nissel (pictured right) and Gabe Albornoz (pictured left), Director of the County's Department of Recreation recognizing July as Parks and Recreation Month, highlighting the many parks and recreational opportunities available throughout the County.

Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment Public Hearing - Sept. 11

Public invited to testify on Public Hearing Draft plan at Planning Board meeting


The Montgomery County Planning Department, will hold a public hearing on the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6:00 p.m., at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting which will be held at 8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910. The public is invited to give their views on the Public Hearing Draft which is an amendment to the 1994 Aspen Hill Master Plan and the General Plan (On Wedges and Corridors). Learn more about the Aspen Hill Minor Master Plan Amendment

ePlans Training

Applicants invited to sign up for training on Planning Department and Department of Permitting Service's ePlans electronic review process

The Montgomery County Planning Department will hold a series of ePlans training sessions for individuals who will be submitting Record Plat applications for M-NCPPC and the Department of Permitting Services (DPS) through the ePlans electronic review process. The five sessions will be held at the Planning Department Headquarters on the first floor, Room 118, at 8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910. Sign up and learn more.

Learn About Existing and Proposed Bikeways in Montgomery County

Planning Department's webpage provides map and resource of information


The Montgomery County Planning Department has created a new webpage dedicated to bikeways in Montgomery County. The page allows visitors to view all of the existing and proposed bikeways in the County complete with an interactive map. The bikeways page also features the Silver Spring Bicycle Parking Station Study, which evaluates future demand and potential locations for a bicycle parking station near the Silver Spring Transit Center and the planned connection of the Capital Crescent Trail and Metropolitan Branch Trail. Online visitors can also review "An Assessment of Purple Line Corridor Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues" for the proposed Capital Crescent Trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring and pedestrian issues around the Purple Line. 

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.

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.

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.


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.

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. 
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
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!
  • 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 '' 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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