October 3, 2014
Planning Board Agenda October 9
View the Montgomery County Planning Board Agenda for Thursday, Oct. 9.

Ride the Montgomery Modern Bike Tour - Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Community invited by Montgomery Planning to pedal around mid-century neighborhoods and landmarks


The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a bike tour of mid-century modern architecture. The route will follow the Rock Creek Park trail through entire subdivisions of contemporary homes designed in the 1950s.


The tour is sponsored by the Planning Department's Historic Preservation Office and the Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Register for the Montgomery Modern Bike Tour.



Montgomery Modern Bike Tour

Sponsored by the Montgomery County Planning Department's Historic Preservation Office and the Potomac Valley chapter of AIA


October 11, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tour mid-century neighborhoods in Montgomery County on two wheels: $30 for the public ($20 for AIA and Docomomo members) and includes lunch and interior visits. 

Learn more about the Montgomery Modern Bike Tour.

Special Park Event Showcasing Completed ICC Mitigation Projects!

Peachwood Neighborhood Park Rededication: October 11, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Montgomery Parks is hosting a special event on October 11 at 10 a.m. at Peachwood Neighborhood Park in Silver Spring to showcase the completion of an ICC mitigation project. Come learn more about these important environmental projects and take a tour of the renovated park! More details are available here.

Westbard Sector Plan - Stay in the Know 


Stay up to date on the latest Westbard Sector Plan news by staying connected online, or contacting Planning Department staff. Go to www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard

Montgomery Village Plan Photo Contest


Send us your best photos of Montgomery Village for the chance for your photo to be selected to be included in Planning Department documents and promotional materials. Send your photos to MVP@montgomeryplanning.org #MVP

Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop Recap and Questionnaire


Check out the video from the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop from Sept. 29 and take the questionnaire that will help to guide the planning process. Learn more at www.monntgomeryplanning.org/greaterLP #greaterLP

Check out some of the County's GIGANTIC TREES on the Annual Champion Tree Tour October 21!


Did you know there are more than 300 champion trees in Montgomery County? Champion trees are the largest known trees of any given species located in a specific geographic region. Join Montgomery Parks Forest Ecologist and Montgomery County Forestry Board staff on October 21 for its annual Champion Tree Tour, a full-day tour of some of the giant beauties. More details are available here. Link to video about the Champion Tree Tour.

Review the Westbard Briefing Book


Check out the Westbard Briefing Book which summarizes the existing conditions of the Westbard Sector Plan area. This book is intended to be used as a reference for the community who lives, works and shops in the Westbard Sector Plan area in conjunction with the Sector Plan update that began in July 2014.

Training Session Offered to Community on New County Zoning Ordinance 

Planning Department staff will present the new code and answer questions


The Montgomery County Planning Department is offering an evening training session to the Montgomery County community on the newly approved County Zoning Ordinance on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters Auditorium (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD).


The session is open to the public and will include a presentation by Planning Department staff on the new zoning code followed by a question and answer session. The new zoning code and zoning map have been adopted by the County Council and will become effective on October 30, 2014.



What: Zoning Code Training

When: Tuesday, Oct. 7 (7-9 pm)

Where: Planning Department Auditorium (8787 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring)

Who: all community members are invited to attend

Details: www.montgomeryplanning.org/zoning

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 HistoryInTheParks.org.

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 skate...play hockey...take a guided nature hike...make a floral centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table...play 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 MontgomeryParks.org/Fall

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.

Volunteer Opportunities
Montgomery Parks loves to have the community help through volunteering!  This fall we have several events and long term volunteer opportunities.  To see all of our current needs and how you can help, go to www.ParksVolunteers.org.

Some examples of what we are looking for:
Want to help us build a bench out of bottles at Black Hill - Click here!
Work on a Trail? - Click here!
Help out on one of our Halloween Trains? - Click here!
Want to help spread the word about our Gardens and Nature Centers? - Click here!

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 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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