November 7, 2014
Planning Board Agenda

Attend, Watch or listen live to the Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting. View the full November 13th Agenda.

Montgomery Parks Honors Veterans

Free ice skating and skate rentals to all active and retired military personnel on Sunday, November 9. More details available 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 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. 

Speaker Series Starts November 12 To Examine the Influence of Past Planning Decisions on Today's Montgomery County

Planners, developers and historians reveal how politics and policies transformed the community


On Wednesday, November 12, the Montgomery County Planning Department is launching its Winter Speakers Series, titled "A Once and Future County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County." The five evening sessions will offer presentations by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the County's Planning Board; panel discussions among regional planning experts; and question-and-answer sessions with attendees. Topics will reflect the subject of Hanson's soon-to-be published book: Suburb: Planning Politics and the Public Interest in Montgomery County 1910-2010Each 90-minute event is free to the public and will be streamed online live. The November 12 session will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. Presentations in December and subsequent months will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Learn more about the Once and Future County Speakers Series.


Photo Credit: District of Columbia Public Library, Washingtoniana Division.

30 Days of Thanks! Share your gratitude on Montgomery Parks Facebook Page

Montgomery Parks staff has a lot to be thankful for this year. We want to hear what you are thankful for. Please share your stories at

Garden of Lights Show is Cancelled for 2014

Montgomery Parks has made a difficult decision to cancel the annual Garden of Lights show this year due to ongoing construction at Brookside Gardens. Find information on many other holiday happenings in Montgomery Parks here.

Planning for Healthy Communities

Watch the videocast of Planning Director Gwen Wright's presentation at NIH from November 5 where she presented on key strategies for achieving healthy communities as part of the seminar "The National Prevention Strategy: Prioritizing Prevention to Improve the Nation's Health." Learn more about the event

View the video presentation.

Montgomery Parks Deer Management Program in Progress 

Montgomery Parks 2014 - 2015 deer management program is in progress. The annual program helps to reduce and maintain deer populations in accordance with the goals of the County's deer management plan. For more details please visit

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


Historic Preservation Supervisor Scott Whipple will join staff from the Maryland Historical Trust at a presentation on recent enhancements to County and state historic preservation tax credit programs. This is an opportunity to learn about changes to the state program make the credits more accessible for small commercial historic rehabilitation projects, such as those in historic districts like Takoma Park or Kensington. The credits are also available to the owners of historic residential properties who rehabilitate their properties. Montgomery County's historic preservation tax credit has been increased to 25%, from 10%, greatly enhancing the benefit of the credits to owners who make investments in their historic property. The event will be held from 7-9 on November 18 in Historic Takoma Inc.'s headquarters at 7328 Carroll Avenue.

Watch the new Zoning Finder Video


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

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 Check out all of the details on the MVP Photo Contest. Learn more about the next steps for the Montgomery Village Plan

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 our community's help through volunteering!  As the outdoor season is winding down, we still have some events and plenty of long term volunteer opportunities. To see all of our current needs and how you can help, go to

Some examples of what we are looking for:
Work on a Trail? - Click here!
Want to help spread the word about our Gardens and Nature Centers? - Click here!
Watch over our Model Train and Winter exhibit at Brookside Gardens? 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 '' 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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