March 6, 2015
Planning Board Agenda

Attend or watch the Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday, March 12. View the full agenda for that meeting here.

Montgomery County Planning Department Announces Calendar of March Events                 

The Montgomery County Planning Department is pleased to announce its events calendar for March 2015. From a public forum on County infrastructure to community meetings focused on master planning, these sessions offer ways to engage with planners and Planning Board members, and help shape the future of Montgomery County. Review the full list of events and go online to for more details on projects and plans.

John Carter Retiring from Montgomery County Planning Department 

Planner and architect oversaw master plans, development review and design projects for the County's largest area

Montgomery County Planning Department is announcing the retirement of John Carter, AIA, who served as the Chief of several divisions.  As the Chief of the Community-Based Planning Division for more than 10 years, Carter was responsible for overseeing master plans, zoning cases and urban design projects.  As the Chief of Area 3, he was responsible for master planning and development review in the largest geographic area of the county. He also served as Chief of the Urban Design and Historic Preservation Division for two years. Learn more here.

Planning Board Chair Anderson and Comissioner Fani-González Featured on "Somos Montgomery"


Check out the latest edition of Somos Montgomery, the Spanish television show hosted by Julie Rios Little airing on County Cable Montgomery. In this segment, the Chair of the Planning Board Casey Anderson and Commissioner Natali Fani-González talk about the Montgomery County Planning Department and how to get involved with the planning process. Watch it now!


Watch the Latest Edition of Plan-It Montgomery

Check out the latest edition of Plan-It Montgomery (formerly known as Montgomery Plans). This show, produced with County Cable Montgomery is packed with great information about our current master planning efforts, downtown Silver Spring Placemaking and a profile story with Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. Watch it now!

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.

Parks' Solar Initiative Planning Board Meeting Reschedule for March 12, 2014


Montgomery Parks is proposing constructing two solar arrays on undeveloped parkland sites; one at Rock Creek Regional Park and one at South Germantown Recreational Park.


The Planning Board presentation has been rescheduled from March 5 to Thursday, March 12, 2015 - agenda item #9. 


Please check the Planning Board Agenda for the time.

Please find more details at 

Montgomery Parks Delays Lake Openings for Boating & Fishing


Lake Needwood at Rock Creek Regional Park and Little Seneca Lake at Black Hill Regional Park will open on March 15 instead of the planned March opening date, due to inclement weather conditions. For more information on boating and fishing at both lakes please visit here.  

Montgomery County GreenFest, Saturday March 28


Join Montgomery Parks, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission for the Inaugural Montgomery GreenFest.


This free event takes place from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Montgomery College Takoma Park /Silver Spring and in Jesup Black Local Park.


People of all ages are welcome to learn about all things green in the county, Festival will feature exhibits and entertainment, tree climbing for kids, an electric car show, workshops and speakers, environmental films and more.


Visit for all the details. #mcgreenfest

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.

Opening of Athletic Fields Will Be Delayed Until April 1


All park and elementary / middle school athletic fields will open late this year due to unusually harsh weather conditions. Field are expected to open on April 1, if the weather permits, instead of the originally planned open date of March 15.  Additional information and updates about fields conditions will be available on the field rainout line at 301-765-8787 or through Montgomery Parks ALERT notifications 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.

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 Learn more on our pilot snow removal program on the Capital Crescent Trail at #CCTSnow

  • Help out at our Annual Egg Hunt at Meadowside Nature Center - Click here!
  • Trail Workday volunteer projects start in March! - Click here!
  • Volunteer on a Day Off of School and earn Student Service Learning Hours - Click here!
  • Family Weekend Opportunity - Nature Exploration Area Caretaker - Click Here!