February 13, 2015
Planning Board Agenda

Attend or watch the Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday, February 19. View the full agenda for that meeting here.

Montgomery County Planning Department Announces Calendar of February Events                 

The Montgomery County Planning Department is pleased to announce its events calendar for February 2015. From a movie screening to a community meeting, these public sessions offer ways to engage with planners and Board members, and help shape the future of Montgomery County. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.

Attend the Master Plan of Highway and Transitways Meetings 


Transportation planners are reviewing and revising the county's Master Plan of Highways [PDF], an effort that classifies each Montgomery County road in the transportation network, in the first comprehensive update to the plan since 1955.


The plan will update the road network with current classifications, incorporate road changes, and align it with the County Road Code, which was comprehensively updated in 2007. The update will consolidate all roadway amendments that have been approved as part of Master Plans as well as limited functional Master Plan of Highways amendments. The new plan will also include transitways, rail stations, and other transit centers. To reflect the greater scope of the plans, the name will be changed to the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways. Learn more.


Attend meetings and discussions:

*  Tuesday, February 17, at Mid-County Regional Services Center, 7 pm 

*  Monday, February 23, at B-CC Regional Services Center, 7 pm

Parks Tell us what you think! Solar Farms at the Planning Board!

Montgomery Parks is proposing to construct two solar farms on park property in South Germantown Recreational Park and Rock Creek Regional Park by the end of 2015. The public can provide input on this proposal in person at the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting on March 5. Visit the project web page for more information and to Tell us what you think!

Montgomery County Planning Director Gwen Wright Presents Plans to Rejuvenate Aging Suburbs on February 19

Wright explains ways of achieving mixed-use, walkable communities at Biznow conference on suburban revitalization


Gwen Wright, Director of The Montgomery County Planning Department will present the County's ongoing planning efforts at a conference to be held on Thursday, February 19 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center ( 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852) from 7:45-10 a.m.


Wright will join local real estate developers and public officials at "Montgomery County -Revitalizing its Suburbs" to explain how the new County zoning ordinance and master plans encourage mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly and sustainable communities where residents can walk and bike to homes, stores, offices, parks and transit. She will highlight current plans for White Flint, Downtown Bethesda, Westbard and other areas to illustrate the ways in which suburban revitalization is being encouraged throughout the County.


The February 19 conference is sponsored by Bisnow and requires online registration.

Celebrate Local Ice Skating Champions

February 24, 2015 7 p.m. at Wheaton Ice Arena


Join us to celebrate local ice skating champions who grew up training at Wheaton and Cabin John ice arenas and are now headed for National and International competitions. The celebration will take place February 24 at 7 p.m. at Wheaton Indoor Ice Arena. Skaters will perform and be available for autographs and photographs. The free event is open to the public and media.

Community Meeting on Park Activity Building Adaptive Reuse

February 26, 2015, 7 p.m.
610 Hobbs Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904


Montgomery Parks invites the public to a community meeting on February 19 at 7 p.m. to learn about a proposed reuse of the Colesville Park Activity Building by Delta Alumnae Foundation, Inc.


The organization intends to use the park activity building for meeting space and as a center to support the organization's community service activities. Questions or comments please contact Daniel.Hertz@MontgomeryParks.org.

Public Meetings on Reuse of Park Activity Buildings


A series of public meetings will be held at the end of February on proposed reuse of the Ken-Gar Park Activity Building, the North Chevy Chase Park Activity Building and Colesville Park Activity Building. For more details visit here.

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

March 11 Speakers Event Examines Influence of Montgomery County's Growth Policies on Development Patterns

Panelists to discuss evolution of land use policies and their effects on County growth

The Montgomery County Planning Department is hosting the final event in its Winter Speakers Series on Wednesday, March 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 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 concluding session, titled "Hunting the Snark: Growth Policy and the Public Interest," evaluates the effects of the 40-year evolution of county growth policy on development patterns. Hanson and a panel of experts will discuss the institutional structure of planning in Montgomery County for effective and democratically accountable land use policy. Learn more here.

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

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

Applications Due on April 1 for Montgomery County Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Owners of county properties may be eligible to receive a 25 percent tax credit for various rehabilitation or maintenance projects, such as fixing a window, replacing a roof or repainting


The Montgomery County Planning Department is accepting applications from county property owners seeking a financial reward for faithfully restoring the exteriors of their historic structures. To be eligible for the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Tax Credit, the property must be listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation. Watch the short video here.

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