December 26, 2014
Planning Board Agenda

The Montgomery County Planning Board will resume on Thursday, January 8. Check the Planning Board archive page to view past agendas and video links.

Results of PlanWestbard Community Charrette Presented to Montgomery County Planning Board         

Community feedback and next steps for the Westbard Sector Plan discussed at December 18 meeting


Staff from the Montgomery County Planning Department presented the results from its weeklong PlanWestbard Community Charrette to the County Planning Board on Thursday, December 18. During this series of intensive workshops held in mid-November, planners met extensively with state and local agencies, citizen associations, property and business owners and individual residents from the Westbard area. They held visioning and feedback sessions on plan concepts and ideas produced through interaction among the planning team, community and other stakeholders. On Tuesday evening, November 18, at the Westland Middle School, the Westbard planning team presented the planning concepts that resulted from the Community Charrette. View PlanWestbard December 18 Planning Board briefing documents.

Draft of Subdivision Regulations Rewrite Available for Review       

Community invited to give feedback on first draft of comprehensive rewrite of Chapter 50 of the Montgomery County code


The Montgomery County Planning Department is inviting community members and developers to review the newly released draft of Chapter 50 of the Montgomery County Code that governs the subdivision of land in the county. View the draft of the Subdivision Regulations Amendment.


This draft represents the most comprehensive rewrite of the Subdivision Regulations in 50 years and was undertaken at the direction of the Montgomery County Council. It responds to the county's newly released Zoning Ordinance and seeks to clarify and streamline the review and approvals process for new subdivisions. 

Montgomery County Planning Department's Year in Review           

Zoning Ordinance launch and leadership changes top 10 achievements of 2014


The Montgomery County Planning Department  presents its 2014 Year in Review. This list represents the most significant accomplishments for the year. View the full list of the Top 10 achievements for 2014.

Montgomery Parks Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service by Providing Volunteer Opportunities in Parks            

Park and stream cleanups are scheduled January 17- 20, 2015 at locations around the county; Student Service Learning Hours (SSL) available at all volunteer projects.


Montgomery Parks is joining thousands of organizations nationwide for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. Volunteer park and stream cleanups and non-native invasive plant removal projects will be taking place throughout the weekend of January 17 - 20, 2015 at park sites around the county. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service brings out hundreds of thousands of people to volunteer in their communities. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with Montgomery Parks for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.

Community Meeting on January 21 Provides Opportunity for Feedback on Concepts for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan            

Planners seek suggestions from local residents and business owners on proposed building densities and potential economic development for Lyttonsville.


The Montgomery County Planning Department is inviting interested residents and business owners of the Greater Lyttonsville community to a meeting on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to discuss the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan. Planners will present their concepts for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and the results of a recent economic development study completed by the Washington, DC-based consultant Bolan Smart. This meeting is a chance for the public to weigh in on the concept framework recommendations before they are presented for approval to the Montgomery County Planning Board in March 2015. We are looking for your feedback on different planning scenarios for the community, including low, medium and high-density development options.

Get Involved With The Montgomery Village Plan              


View the English and Spanish versions of the Montgomery Village Plan short promo videos and learn how you can get involved with the master planning process. Check out all of the details on the Montgomery Village Plan.


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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;

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 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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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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