October 31, 2014
Planning Board Agenda November 6
Attend, Watch or listen live to the Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting. View the full November 6th Agenda.

New Zoning Code Launches, Councilmembers and Planners Say "Rest In Peace" to the Old Code


On October 30, Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen led the funeral for the old zoning ordinance that has been replaced by the newly launched Zoning Ordinance. Members of the Planning Board, Councilmember Cherri Branson and former Chair Françoise Carrier were in attendance at the New Orleans style funeral event. Check out everything you need to know about the new Zoning Ordinance

Watch the new Zoning Finder Video


Short video features highlights of the digital map associated with the new Zoning Ordinance. Check it out.

Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations

October 31 - November 2 | Locations and times vary


Each November, Montgomery Parks celebrates the freedom of the enslaved population in Maryland. Among other adventures, you and your family can hike the Underground Railroad, tour1800s log cabins, visit a museum dedicated to the legacy of slavery, enjoy living history demonstrations and eat great food! Events held Saturday and Sunday are FREE, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public. This year's Maryland's Emancipation Day Celebrations are supported in part by Heritage Montgomery. More info here.

Trees Matter Symposium

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 7:30-4pm


Are you an arborist, landscape professional, environmental specialist, or citizen or professional interested in the latest research on trees, maintenance practices and issues, and more? Make plans to attend the 3rd Annual Trees Matter Conference, planned for Wednesday, November 5. Learn from some of the country's leading experts about innovative efforts to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings. More info here.

Westbard Residents, Property and Business Owners Invited to Participate in Weeklong Plan Westbard Community Charrette Starting November 10

Community invited to brainstorm, collaborate with planners November 10-18 in open sessions with public to capture concepts, goals for sector plan area


The Montgomery County Planning Department is conducting a weeklong charrette - a series of intensive workshops - to gather ideas and craft a concept framework plan for the Westbard Sector Plan. The PlanWestbard Community Charrette will take place during the week of November 10; a full schedule of meetings is posted online at www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard. Daytime workshops will be conducted at the Westwood II Office Building (5110 Ridgefield Rd, Bethesda, MD) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evening presentations will be held during the week at the Walt Whitman High School cafeteria (7100 Whittier Blvd, Bethesda, MD) from 6 - 9 p.m. The final presentation of the completed Concept Plan being held at Westland Middle School (5511 Massachusetts Ave, Bethesda, MD) from 7 - 9 p.m. 

Successful Bethesda Downtown Plan Online Property Owners Forum Recap

Property owners shared their ideas with the community for changes to their properties


Eight Bethesda property owners were represented at the Bethesda Downtown Plan Property Owners Forum on October 29. The online event was the first of its kind sponsored by the Planning Department. Watch the full event of the online Bethesda Property Owners Forum from October 29.


The preliminary recommendations for the Bethesda Downtown Plan will be made available to the public as part of an online "feedback loop" prior the Board presentation tentatively scheduled for December 11. Stay connected to all of the news on the Bethesda Downtown Plan

Second Silver Spring Placemaking Workshop Drew New Ideas

Attendees focused on streetscape and connectivity in the Ripley District


On October 29th more than 45 attendees attended Councilmember Hans Riemer's second Silver Spring Placemaking Workshop at Denizens Brewing Co. in south Silver Spring. Attendees were asked to draw and design their best streetscape design for the Ripley District. The third and final workshop is happening this Wednesday, November 5 at the Silver Spring Civic Building (Spring Room) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a focus on the Colesville/Metro Gateway areas of Silver Spring. Learn more at www.silverspringplacemaking.com


Watch the video from the Silver Spring Placemaking Workshop #1.

Montgomery Parks Public Meeting: December 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building Lease


Montgomery Parks will host a public meeting on a proposed new use for the Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building. Rock Creek Dance Academy, LLC is seeking to lease the building to offer music, dance and movement classes for people ages 3 - 18 years old. A presentation on the proposed new use will be given at the public meeting when attendees will have a chance to ask questions and provide input.


Learn more on the public meeting here.


M-NCPPC Staff Contact:

Dan Hertz, Project Manager

(301) 495-2588


Free Trees for Qualifying Property Owners in County's Priority Urban Districts

Planning Department Expands Shades of Green program that provides free trees to eligible property owners in Montgomery County.


The Montgomery County Planning Department is offering free trees to qualifying property owners in certain urban districts of Montgomery County. The Shades of Green program, which was launched in 2012 as a pilot program, is now expanding to some additional areas of the county that have a high level of impervious surface in an effort to enhance the tree canopy cover. 


Learn more about the Shades of Green program.

What is Your Most Valuable Place?

Submit your best photos of Montgomery Village to the Photo Contest


Attendees and residents are urged to enter a photo contest, aimed at documenting the most valuable places in Montgomery Village. These images will help planners understand the priorities of residents and business owners as they develop concepts for various areas of the Village. Interested shutter bugs can send their pics to MVP@montgomeryplanning.org. Check out all of the details on the MVP Photo Contest. Learn more about the next steps for the Montgomery Village Plan

Montgomery Parks and Planning Present Newest Achievements to County Council

New Zoning Ordinance, affordable housing, urban parks and deer management are highlighted in Fall 2014 Semi-Annual Report


Montgomery Parks and Planning, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, presented its Fall 2014 Semi Annual Report to the Montgomery County Council on October 7. The report features accomplishments from the past six months as well as work that will be completed over the next six months. Some of the key initiatives for the Planning Department include implementation of the county's new zoning ordinance and revamping the development review process to be more efficient. The Parks Department highlighted their urban parks initiative and expansion plans for park trails. The 36- page Fall 2014 Semi-Annual Report is available online for review. 


Learn more about the Fall 2014 Semi-Annual Report. 

Interactive Map Reveals Current Development Projects Throughout Montgomery County

New Planning Department online map application allows the public to pinpoint locations and details of plans for neighborhoods.


The Montgomery County Planning Department, now offers an easy way for the public to find detailed information about development projects throughout the county. The Development Finder website, launched on October 7, offers an interactive map of the county and surrounding areas. Users can search by the address or location of the development or enter a simple term like "Wheaton" and be presented with the current projects in that area. Clicking on a specific community on the map also reveals numbered locations of developments that have been approved for construction or are pending approval. A sidebar summarizes the count and list of projects in that area. 


Learn more about the Development Finder map tool.

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:
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!
Help share History on Emancipation Day, Nov 1 & 2? 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 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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