September 5, 2014
Planning Board Agenda
View the full agenda for the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting on Thursday, September 11

Community Invited to Greater Lyttonsville Visioning Workshop - Sept. 29 

Planners will ask community to give their feedback on vision for Greater Lyttonsville area


The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the Greater Lyttonsville community to participate in a community visioning workshop on Monday, Sept. 29 starting at 5 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD ). The event will provide attendees an opportunity to share their vision on how the Greater Lyttonsville area can be improved over the next twenty years. RSVP's are encouraged but not required.


The workshop will be held from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. and will have an open house format. The presentation will be at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 pm.  At each one, staff will present the planning process, recent feedback regarding constraints and opportunities, as well as next steps. The workshop will also include an interactive exercise to explore community character as it relates to open spaces, streetscapes, environmental elements, land uses, buildings and community facilities.



Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop

Monday, Sept. 29

5 - 8:30 p.m. 

Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910)

RSVP for the event

All community members and children are invited. Snacks will be provided 

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 p.m. at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting (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

Opening Day at Miracle Field at S. Germantown Recreational Park - Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.


There are two races being held: Damascus Freedom 5K races + Kid's Quarter Mile FREEdom Fun Run. Participation in the Kid's Quarter Mile FREEdom Fun Run is entirely free. 

Activities include:

  • Two moonbouces
  • Playground
  • Music provided by K-Sef Entertainment
  • Tons of food (including Jimmie Cone! J&P! Much more!)
  • Balloon items for the kids made on the spot
  • 5K and kid's race

This will be a fun way to raise money for a great cause and be active! 

Sundown - midnight: Night fishing at Little Seneca Lake at Black Hill Regional Park - Sept. 10


Join us once a month on Wednesday evenings when the moon is full (or pretty close) and the fish are (hopefully!) biting for night fishing at Little Seneca Lake. It's a whole different experience on the lake at night! 

Night Fishing Rules and Regulations:

  • Anglers may fish late into the evening from the shore or in boats. Please bring your own boat. (Rental boats will not be available after normal boathouse hours).
  • All boats and anglers must be off the lake and out of the park by midnight, so please plan accordingly. (Park Police will enforce this deadline).
  • All boats must have operating navigational lights. (This is for your safety; no exceptions can be made).
  • All state fishing regulations and Montgomery Parks/M-NCPPC rules and regulations will be enforced.

John Dugger Dedication Event at Capital Crescent Trail Dalecarlia Reservoir - Sept 12. from 4:30 - 6 p.m.


Montgomery Parks, the Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail will honor trail advocate John Dugger with a special plaque next month.


Dugger, a past chair of the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, was one of the leading voices for turning the abandoned B&O rail line from Georgetown to Silver Spring into a multi-use trail that has become one of the most popular of its kind in the country. Learn more

Westbard Sector Plan Kickoff Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Community invited by Montgomery Planning to participate in meeting about the future of Westbard


The Montgomery County Planning Department will hold a kickoff meeting for the Westbard Sector Plan on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. at Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD). Anyone who lives or works or has an interest in the future of the Westbard community is invited to attend the PlanWestbard kickoff meeting at which the existing conditions, opportunities and constraints of the plan area will be discussed. RSVP's are encouraged but not required. Learn more about PlanWestbard and how to get involved.

GreaterLP Needs You!


Get involved with Montgomery Planning's Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan. Engage, Learn, Connect with planners and the community about how to shape the future of the Greater Lyttonsville area for the next 20 years.  Check out this short promo to learn more! Connect with us:  #greaterLP

Montgomery TennisPlex Day of Play 

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 10 a.m. - 12 noon


Join Montgomery TennisPlex staff and instructors for a weekend of special activities including free tennis clinics, awards, a party to celebrate the TennisPlex 2nd Birthday and Babolat Demo Day.


South Germantown Recreational Park
18010 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841 

Bluegrass on the Farm 

Saturday, September 13, 12 noon - 6 p.m.


Enjoy great bluegrass in the great outdoors, featuring The Boxcars, John O'Dell, Windy Ridge and Clear Spring. Bring your lawn chair and instruments if you want to jam. Food will be available for purchase.


Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. Children under 12 are free with an adult. Pets are welcome. 


Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855 

Montgomery County Friendship Picnic 

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1 - 5 p.m.


Come join the fun and meet new friends for a better community. Plenty of activities and rides for the kids, live music, dancing and more. Food and beverages will be provided.


Wheaton Regional Park
2000 Shorefield Road
Wheaton, MD 20902

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

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 very excited to once again be taking part in Day to Serve and National Public Lands Day (NPLD) volunteer events this September. Day to Serve volunteer events are taking place in parks from September 11-28 and NPLD volunteer events in parks are scheduled for the weekend of September 27-28. Please go here to see if there is an opportunity for you and/or your group to help out your local community park!
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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