December 5, 2014
Planning Board Agenda

View the Planning Board Agenda for Thursday, December 11. Attend, watch or listen live.

Winter Speakers Series Next Event - December 10 

Attend the second Winter Speakers Series on Wednesday, December 10 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). The topic is "Retrofitting the Suburbs: From Friendship Heights to White Flint" featuring Royce Hanson with guest panelists: Julie Davis, John Robinson and Evan Goldman.


Learn more about the series and view the recap from the first session from November 12.  

Attend the Montgomery Village Matters Series - Starting Monday, December 8   

Community invited to meet with Montgomery County planners, learn about next steps and give feedback on the Montgomery Village Master Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department will hold the first MV Matters community meeting to discuss the Montgomery Village Master Plan on Monday, December 8, from 7-9 p.m. at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Rd, Gaithersburg, MD). Anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the future of the Montgomery Village community is invited to attend the MVMatters meeting where planners will provide information on the next steps of the planning process and explain how "what matters to MV" will be used in the master plan. As a follow-up to the successful Montgomery Village Plan Kickoff meeting in October, the planning team is inviting residents to learn about specific subject areas, such as urban design, land use, parks, environment and transportation and more, through the MV Matters Series. Learn more about the Monday Matters meeting series.

Participate in the Bethesda Downtown Plan Feedback Loop - starting December 8     

Online questionnaire asks public to evaluate concepts for buildings, transportation systems, civic spaces and focal areas for environmental best practices.

The Montgomery County Planning Department is inviting stakeholders and residents to participate in the online "Feedback Loop" from December 8 through December 19 for the ongoing Bethesda Downtown Plan.This online questionnaire encourages the public to offer views on a number of concepts, ranging from bike paths to building heights, proposed for the Plan. From this feedback, planners will be able to confirm their understanding of the community's priorities for Downtown Bethesda.


The Bethesda Downtown Plan Feedback Loop will be available starting Monday, December 8 at 

Montgomery County Planning Department Studies Cycle Track for Connecticut Avenue to Serve Purple Line Station   

Design options for bicycle-only route developed along Connecticut Avenue between Manor Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive

The Montgomery County Planning Department recently commissioned Toole Design Group of Silver Spring, MD, nationally recognized experts in bicycle planning and design, to develop conceptual designs for a "cycle track" on Connecticut Avenue between Manor Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive. These concepts incorporate the latest research and best practices to facilitate bicycle access to the future Capital Crescent Trail, Connecticut Avenue Purple Line station and future development around the station. Review the Connecticut Avenue Cycle Track Concepts Study.

Montgomery Parks Pilots Snow Removal Program for Capital Crescent Trail

A new snow removal pilot program is being launched this winter on the Capital Crescent Trail. For more details please visit

Trail users are encouraged to share information on trail conditions via Twitter at #CCTSnow

The Winter Guide to Recreation and Parks Program is Here!

Find out about hundreds of programs, classes and events taking place in parks this winter. Visit

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.

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

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

Montgomery Planning Board Pays Respects to John P. "Jack" Hewitt


John P. "Jack" Hewitt, former Montgomery County Planning Board Commissioner, M-NCPPC Executive Director and first director of the Montgomery County Parks Department, died on October 25. A Silver Spring native and World War II veteran, Jack first worked for M-NCPPC in 1938 as a summer job, was hired permanently after serving in the war, and eventually became Parks Director from 1957 to 1971. During his tenure, he was responsible for increasing the park system from fewer than 2,000 acres to more than 20,000 acres.  Jack served as M-NCPPC Executive Director from 1971-74 and as a Montgomery County Planning Board Commissioner from 1987 to 1991.  He was past president of the American Park & Recreation Association, past president of the Maryland Recreation & Park Society, and recipient of the Pugsley Medal, a prestigious parks award. A leader even in retirement, Jack was a founding member of M-NCPPC Retirees Association and served on the Board of the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

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.

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

Would you like to...
Watch over our Model Train and Winter exhibit at Brookside Gardens? Click here!
Help kids learn about the Winter Solstice? Click here!
Become a camp counselor for a day, at our Squirrel Appreciation Day? Click here!
Be a camp counselor for 4 days at our mini Winter Adventure Camp? 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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