August 22, 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. View past Planning Board agendas.

Casey Anderson Sworn In As New Planning Board Chair


Casey Anderson was officially sworn in to become the newest Montgomery County Planning Board Chair. 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. View the short video of Casey Anderson's Swearing In Ceremony.

Sandy Spring Rural Village Public Hearing Scheduled - Sept. 4 

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 Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan on Thursday, Sept. 4, 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 land use, transportation and zoning changes in the Public Hearing Draft which details the concept of a new village center from the 1998 Sandy Spring/Ashton Master Plan.


View the Public Hearing Draft for the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan. 

Sandy Spring Rural Village Video


The Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan will have their Public Hearing on Sept. 4. Check out this video airing in the current edition of Montgomery Plans featuring planners Kristin O'Connor and Roberto Duke about the progress of the plan.

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

Greater Lyttonsville Video Update


The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan has been in full swing this summer. Check out this video segment with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area. This segment is currently airing in the latest edition of Montgomery Plans.

Check out the Pawpaw Festival at Meadowside Nature Center - Sept. 7


It's time to get your paws on some pawpaws! Meadowside will be celebrating this delightful native fruit with music, storytelling, crafts, games, raptor talks, expert advice on pawpaw cultivation and most importantly...a pawpaw tasting station. This year, we will have pawpaw fruit for purchase! No registration required. Children and adults must pay. Check out more details here.

Learn about the Kingsley School House at Little Bennett Regional Park


Built in 1893, the Kingsley Schoolhouse is a historical gem - one of the best remaining examples of a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County.The restored schoolhouse, located in the secluded 'Froggy Hollow' section of Little Bennett Regional Park, is furnished to look as it did during the 1920's. Tours will be given rain or shine. Find out more about all our historic events and activities at

TennisPlex Event at South Germantown Rec Park - Sept. 7


The community is invited to celebrate the second anniversary of the TennisPlex at South Germantown Park on the weekend of Sept. 6-7 and enjoy special activities surrounding the 2014 USTA Outstanding Facility Award. Learn more.

Fall Parks Guide Available for Pick-up

Pick up your FALL GUIDE today!

What can you do in the Parks this fall? Pick up a copy of the new 2014 FALL GUIDE and find out! Learn to hockey...take a guided nature hike...make a floral centerpiece for your Thanksgiving Round Robin Doubles...improve your golf swing...celebrate pawpaws...learn to kayak...and so much more!


Guides will be available at Montgomery Parks facilities as well as Recreation Centers, Senior Centers, Community Centers, libraries and county government buildings. You can also subscribe for a full year (5 issues) for just $5! Check out the GUIDE and browse fall programs at

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.

Approved and Adopted Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan Available

Amendment to the Master Plan of Highways available

The Montgomery County Planning Department has made the approved and adopted Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan available on its website. The plan recommends a bus rapid transit (BRT) network throughout Montgomery County that will improve accessibility and mobility on county roads. The plan was adopted on December 18, 2013 by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, as modified by the County Council on November 25, 2013.

View the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan along with the timeline of the planning process.

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 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 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.

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.

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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