January 23, 2015
Planning Board Agenda

Attend or watch the Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday, January 29. View the full agenda for that meeting here.

Film Celebrating Local Farms Will Be Screened at Montgomery County Planning Department             

One of nation's most successful farm protection efforts showcased in movie produced by the Montgomery Countryside Alliance


The Montgomery County Planning Department invites the public to a free screening of "Growing Legacy" on Wednesday, February 4 at noon. The 30-minute film will be shown in the auditorium at the Department's headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD), followed by a question-and-answer session with the film's producers. Learn more

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. 


View the new Subdivision Regulations Video.

New Zoning for Montgomery Village Discussed at January 12 Public Meeting               

Community residents and county planners discuss proposed zoning for residential properties during second session of Montgomery Village Matters series


The Montgomery County Planning Department held the second of its MV Matters community meetings to discuss details of the Montgomery Village Master Plan on Monday, January 12, from 7-9 p.m. at the Watkins Mill High School cafeteria (10301 Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD). The purpose of the meeting was to explain that the existing Town Sector Zone would not be used in the new plan but that the new zoning categories would closely resemble what is in place now.  Discussion focused only on the zoning being proposed for residential properties.


View the Montgomery Village Master Plan Promos below: 

English Promo

Spanish Promo

Bethesda Downtown Plan Concepts To Be Presented at January 29 Public Meeting   

Planners seek community feedback on ideas for civic spaces, transportation options, building heights and environmental practices.

The Montgomery County Planning Department invites stakeholders and residents to learn more about the ongoing Bethesda Downtown Plan a public meeting on January 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814). This is a drop-in question and answer session for the community to learn about and weigh in on ideas presented at the Planning Board briefing on December 11, 2014. Learn more.

National Capital Trolley Museum Capital Transit Day: Saturday, January 31, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Celebrate Capital Transit Day and learn about the end of street car service in the nation's capital with a visit to the National Capital Trolley Museum. Visitors can enjoy a two mile ride aboard an original Washington Street Car and tour Street Car Hall.  www.dctrolley.org.

Urban Design and Planning Expert Noré Winter To Consult with Montgomery County Planning Department on Improving Master Plan Design Guidelines   

Planners seek national perspective on creating high and clearer standards for next generation of Montgomery County development.

The Montgomery County Planning Department is consulting with nationally recognized urban design and planning expert Noré Winter to upgrade its design guidelines for master plans. This initiative is part of a broader effort to implement design excellence throughout our County. Winter's work will culminate January 27 to 29 with a series of presentations about the guidelines to the Montgomery Planning Board, Planning staff and the public. Learn more.

Montgomery Parks Provides Free, Life-long Lessons in Culture, Community and Connections as part of Black History Month 

Saturdays | February 7, 14, 21, 28 | Noon - 4:00 pm

Black History Month continues to be an important vehicle for understanding our past so we can build the foundation for a future. As part of Black History Month and the History in the Parks programming, Montgomery Parks' own archaeologists and volunteers will provide free guided tours at Josiah Henson Park every Saturday in February. Also on display every Saturday will be PBS' Time Team America documentary, "The Search for Josiah Henson," which will be shown on the hour starting at noon. The month-long festivities at the park conclude on Saturday, February 28 with a spoken word poetry event, "Lyrical Rhythms: The Sounds of Freedom." Click here for more event information.  

February 11 Speakers Event Examines Evolution of Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve  

Panelists to discuss current challenges to working farms and landscapes in preserved rural area

The Montgomery County Planning Department is hosting the fourth session in its Winter Speakers Series on Wednesday, February 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.). The series is called "A Once and Futurew County: Lessons on How Planning Politics Shaped Montgomery County" and is hosted by Royce Hanson, former chairman of the County's Planning Board. Find out more about the event here.

Laytonia Tree Farm Trail Closed


The Tree Farm Trail connecting the Agricultural History Farm Park to Laytonia Recreational Park is closed as improvements are being made. The trail will reopen in Spring of 2017.

Are You Ready for the Summer?


The 2015 Montgomery County Recreation and Parks Camps and Programs Guide is here! Registration is open and we have early bird specials to save $25 on select camps. www.MontgomeryParks.org/camps

Green Matters: Protecting Our Pollinators


Join experts to learn why it is of critical importance to protect our pollinators. Registration is open for this year's Green Matters Symposium taking place on February 27 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. www.BrooksideGreen.org

Weather Updates on Park Closures, Delays and Program Cancellations


During inclement weather conditions you can find the latest information about the status of park and program operations at www.MontgomeryParks.org/weather. Learn more on our pilot snow removal program on the Capital Crescent Trail at www.MontgomeryParks.org/CCT. #CCTSnow

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 www.ParksVolunteers.org.

Would you like to...
Volunteer on a Day Off of School and earn Student Service Learning Hours? Click here!

Help with the Maple Sugar Festival at Brookside Nature Center? Click here!

Improve your gardening skills and grow native plants in a greenhouse for Black Hill Nature Programs? 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 'mygroup@gmail.com' 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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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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