December 19, 2014
Planning Board Agenda

There will be no Planning Board meeting for Thursday, December 25 due to the Christmas holiday. The Board will resume on Thursday, January 8. Check the Planning Board archive page to view past agendas and video links.

Bethesda Downtown Plan Feedback Loop Extended        

Community urged to answer online questionnaire about concepts for buildings, transportation systems, civic spaces and focal areas for environmental best practices.


The Montgomery County Planning Department inviting stakeholders and residents to participate in the current online "Feedback Loop" for the ongoing Bethesda Downtown Plan.


This online questionnaire encourages the public to offer their views on a number of concepts, ranging from bike paths to building heights, being proposed for the Plan. From this feedback, planners will be able to confirm their understanding of the community's priorities for Downtown Bethesda. The Feedback Loop follows a year of work on the Bethesda Downtown Plan. This effort has included multiple public meetings, outreach events and a visual preferences survey. The Feedback Loop is an opportunity to react to preliminary planning concepts proposed for the Bethesda Downtown Plan.

Participating is quick and easy and can be done at your own convenience: from your computer, smartphone, tablet or laptop. Participate in the Bethesda Downtown Plan Feedback Loop.

Montgomery Planning: Making the Holiday Bright for Kids  


For more than 20 years, MRO staff members have supported many programs with our holiday donations and gifts. Each year, Hearts & Homes for Youth is faced with the task of trying to meet the holiday dreams of more than 136 children and adolescents. Youth participating in the Hearts & Homes Program often come from situations of abuse and neglect. This year, MRO staff pulled together and helped 40 children receive gifts, and raised $641 for the program. Congrats to the Montgomery Planning staff for helping to make the holiday bright for 40 deserving kids!

Planning Department Releases Scope of Work for Montgomery Village Master Plan       

Report specifies boundaries, planning issues, community outreach strategies and schedule for current master planning effort in the Village.


The Montgomery County Planning Department has issued its Scope of Work for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. This plan will build upon the visioning exercises conducted by the Montgomery Village Foundation, which identified several key sites within the 2,435-acre community where redevelopment is anticipated or encouraged. The purpose of the Master Plan is to consider the future of Montgomery Village, consider potential redevelopment scenarios and prepare new zoning classifications to replace the current Town Sector Zone. Review the Montgomery Village Master Plan Scope of Work and Plan's major milestones.

Attend the Next Winter Speakers Series - January 14 at 5:30 p.m.         

Third Montgomery Planning Speaker Series Event on To Examine Corridor Cities in Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County Planning Department is hosting the third session in its Winter Speakers Series on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.). The series is called "A Once and Future County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County" and is hosted by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the County's Planning Board. The January 14 session, "Trials and Errors of Corridor Cities Planning," focuses on the planning politics and development in the Rockville-Gaithersburg area; the challenges of a new town in Germantown; and the planning and development of Clarksburg.


Learn more about the Once and Future County Speakers Series.

Use hashtag: #onceandfuturecounty;

Montgomery Parks MLK Day of Service Projects            


Join Montgomery Parks in one of many Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service projects scheduled the weekend of January 17 - 19. Volunteer Service events are taking place in parks all weekend long. Student Service Learning hours are available for all events. Find more details at

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!
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!

Help out on the MLK, Jr. Day of Service? 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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