May 8, 2015
Planning Board Agenda

Attend or watch the Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday, April
May 14. View the full agenda for that meeting here.

Montgomery County Planning Department Announces Its Calendar of May Events

Residents invited to get involved with special events and community meetings to discuss plans and regulations for the County's future.


The Montgomery County Planning Department is pleased to announce its events calendar for May 2015. These sessions offer ways to engage with planners and Planning Board members, and help shape the future of communities within Montgomery County. Review the full list of events and go online to for more details on projects and plans.

Community Meeting for Wheaton-Claridge Park Renovations May 12, 7:00 p.m.


Please join Montgomery Parks at a community meeting to review the design, phasing and schedule for the renovations of Wheaton-Claridge Local Park, 11901 Claridge Road, Wheaton, MD 20906.  For additional information about the project, or to review a summary of comments and presentation materials, please click here.

Community Meeting- Kensington Historic Buildings

Community Meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Please join Montgomery Parks at a community meeting to review progress related to programming for three exceptional historic buildings in the Kensington community; Warner Circle, Kensington Cabin and Noyes Library for Children. For directions and more information, please click here.

Historic Country Store for Rent

Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting #2 - Saturday, June 6, 2015


Darby Store Lease Request for Proposal. M-NCPPC is looking for a tenant for the recently rehabilitated Darby Store. Located at the intersection of Routes 28 and 109 in the Beallsville, MD Historic District, this beautiful rehabilitated country store offers a generous 3,500+ square feet of combined retail, office and storage space. Find out more here.

Upcoming Accessibility Improvements in Parks

Community Meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Montgomery Parks will be making improvements at Pleasant View Local Park,  Potomac Community Neighborhood Park and Ayrlawn Local Park to improve access for people with disabilities. For more information on these and other accessibility projects please visit: Accessibility Information for Montgomery Parks webpage.

Community Meeting- Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park: June 3, 7:00 p.m.


Please join Montgomery Parks at a Community Meeting for the next developmental phase of Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park on June 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Rocky Hill Middle School, 22401 Brick Haven Way, Clarksburg, MD 20871. Parks staff will discuss the proposed Facility Plan for Expansion of Active Recreation Area for the park.  For additional information and directions, click here.

Updated Concepts for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Presented at April 29 Community Meeting

Topics discussed included recommendations for the four districts and new zoning proposed particularly near future Purple Line stations and Silver Spring business district

The Montgomery County Planning Department will hold a community meeting to discuss the concepts for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on Wednesday, April 29 at the Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Recreation Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD).


Since the last public meeting on January 21, staff has been refining the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan to reflect community feedback about specific areas. Changes to the Sector Plan include:

  • Providing pedestrian and bicycle paths and connections across proposed Purple Line light rail tracks and around the Rosemary Hills-Lyttonsville Local Park;
  • Preserving, rather than rezoning, the majority of industrial areas;
  • Preserving single-family residential areas;
  • Proposing zoning changes primarily around future Purple Line stations and close to the Silver Spring central business district.

At the April 29 meeting, Planning Board member Natali Fani-Gonzalez introduced the goals of the Sector Plan before Planning Department staff presented more detailed plan concepts for four areas of Greater Lyttonsville and heard feedback from the community. Residents and business owners will have the opportunity to make additional suggestions about the proposals. The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan concepts will be presented to the Planning Board on Thursday, May 7. Learn more about the plan here.

Bicycle Master Plan Previewed on April 20 at Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus

Initial planning effort focuses on the area surrounding the future Corridor Cities Transitway.


The Montgomery County Planning Department hosted a community meeting on Monday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus to kick off an update to the Bicycle Master Plan, particularly as it relates to the planned Corridor Cities Transitway, a 15-mile bus rapid transit line extending from Shady Grove to Clarksburg.


At the meeting, County planners explained that they will be focusing on the areas surrounding the future Corridor Cities Transitway over the next few months to ensure the latest thinking in bicycle planning is reflected in the many projects now underway in the area. The goal is to develop a regional bikeway network plan for the Great Seneca Science Corridor area to maximize the coordination, connectivity and effectiveness among the various transportation modes. Learn more here.

County Planning Board Supports New Maryland Law on Designating Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Areas


The Montgomery County Planning Department helped to initiate a new Maryland law requiring the State Highway Administration to act within one year on local designations of Bicycle-Pedestrian Priority Areas. Work on the newly enacted law began with a collaborative effort among County Transportation Planner Larry Cole, Maryland House Delegate Alfred Carr, Jr. and Kelly Blynn of the DC regional Coalition for Smarter Growth.


Maryland Senator James Rosapepe introduced the bill on February 6, 2015 and, on February 12, 2105, the Planning Board voted to support it. The final Senate Bill 371 was signed by Governor Larry Hogan on April 14, 2015.


Learn more here.

Check Out The New Development Review Real-Time Tracker Promo


The Montgomery County Planning Department is coming out with new tools to better assist residents. Find out how easy it is to follow development review applications with the Real-Time Tracker with this promo!

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.

  • Annual Tulip Pull, May 14, Brookside Gardens - Click here!
  • Trail Volunteer Workdays throughout the spring! - Click here!
  • Summer Camp Counselors and other Nature Program Volunteering - Click here!
  • Underground Railroad and Oakley Cabin Tour Guides - Click here!