December 12, 2014
Planning Board Agenda

View the Planning Board Agenda for Thursday, December 18. Attend, watch or listen live.

Once and Future County Winter Speaker Series Second Event Recap 

It was another great night of talking "Retrofitting the Suburbs: From Friendship Heights to White Flint" with Royce Hanson and our esteemed panel of Julie Davis, John Robinson and Evan Goldman. Thanks to everyone who came out for our second session of our Winter Speakers Series. The next session is happening on January 14 at 5:30 p.m. Check out all the details on the series.

Chairs of Planning Boards in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties Urge Maryland's Governor-Elect to Support Purple Line  

The two Planning Board chairs representing Montgomery and Prince George's Counties of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission recently sent a letter to Maryland's Governor-elect Larry Hogan and his transition team explaining the important reasons for keeping the Purple Line on track.


The December 4 letter, sent by Casey Anderson, Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board, and Prince George's County Planning Board Chair Elizabeth Hewlett also outlines the economic benefits of light rail. 


View the letter to Governor-elect Hogan and his transition team supporting the Purple Line. 

Community Invited to Participate in Feedback Loop on Bethesda Downtown Plan Concepts       

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.

Celebrate the Winter Solstice       


Montgomery Parks is hosting Winter Solstice Celebrations at three of its nature centers. Celebrate the year's longest night and the return of the sun with activities, crafts, campfires, treats and more.

December 20, 7 - 8PM: Winter Solstice Celebration at Meadowside Nature Center, register here.

December 21, 1 - 5PM: Winter Solstice Celebration at Brookside Garden Nature Center, register here.

December 21, 4 - 6PM: Winter Solstice Celebration at Locust Grove Nature Center, register here

Community Meeting: Rockwood Manor Feasibility Study - January 14 at 7 p.m.   


Montgomery Parks will host a community meeting at Rockwood Manor Special Park to present findings from a recently completed feasibility study for the park and facility. Please visit and click on Rockwood Manor under Public Meetings.  

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.

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!
Be a camp counselor for 4 days at our mini Winter Adventure Camp? Click here!
Volunteer on a Day Off of School and earn Student Service Learning Hours? 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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