June 26, 2015
Planning Board Agenda

There will be no Planning Board Meeting on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Casey Anderson and Norman Dreyfuss Begin New Four-Year Terms on Montgomery Planning Board

Anderson and Dreyfuss sworn in by Clerk of the Circuit Court to serve on the five-member Planning Board


SILVER SPRING, MD - The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), reinstated Casey Anderson (D) as Planning Board Chair and Norman Dreyfuss (R) as a member of the Board. Both will serve four year terms.


Anderson and Dreyfuss were sworn in by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Barbara Meiklejohn, at the start of the Planning Board meeting on June 25. The other members of the five-person Planning Board are Amy Presley (R), Natali Fani-González (D) and Marye Wells-Harley (D).


The County Council originally appointed Anderson to the Planning Board in June 2011 and designated him as Chair in July 2014. Dreyfuss was first appointed to a partial term in February 2010 and will now begin his second full term. Both members applied for reappointment. Learn more

Celebrate Montgomery County Heritage Days in the Parks This Weekend!


Montgomery Parks joins with historic organizations throughout the county to celebrate Montgomery County Heritage Days with a series of FREE events and activities for all. This county-wide festival offers visitors an opportunity to sample numerous sites representing the history, culture, and natural beauty of the county. For scheduled park activities click here

Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan Updates

Public record remains open for one more week, community invited to continue to give feedback on plan


SILVER SPRING, MD - The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission would like to remind Bethesda residents and business owners that the public record will remain open until Thursday, July 2 for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. Written or emailed testimony can be sent to bethesdadowntownplan@montgomeryplanning.org. These comments will become part of the public testimony and public record for the Plan.


View the Bethesda Downtown Plan Public Hearing Draft.

View the May 21 Bethesda Downtown Plan Board presentation.


Learn more.

Rock Creek Trails Renovations


Montgomery Parks will begin maintenance and improvements to the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail beginning July 2015.  Please use caution between Connecticut Avenue and Franklin Street while trails are being repaved and other enhancements are being made. For more information on park trail improvement projects, visit MontgomeryTrails.org

Montgomery Village Community Invited to Provide Feedback on Staff Recommendations for Master Plan at July 7 Meeting

Planners will provide details about proposed zoning changes, parks and open space preservation, and transportation recommendations


The Montgomery County Planning Department is holding the last of the MV Matters community meetings on Tuesday, July 7 to present the staff recommendations for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Montgomery Village Middle School at 19300 Watkins Mill Road, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. (Please note the change in the meeting location from the Watkins Mill High School, which is currently being renovated.)


Residents and property owners are invited to offer input about the Master Plan's recommendations for land use and zoning, transportation networks, parks and open spaces. Planning Department staff will also provide an overview of the Draft Montgomery Village Overlay Zone, explaining its purpose and intent.


The Working Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan is scheduled to be presented to the Planning Board on July 23, 2015. The tentative date for the Planning Board Public Hearing on the Montgomery Village Master Plan is Thursday, September 10, 2015, and a public notice will be sent when the date is confirmed. Learn more

Planning Board Meeting on Hillandale Local Park

Thursday, July 9, 2015


The community is invited to provide input on proposed renovations to Hillandale Local Park at the July 9 Montgomery County Planning Board meeting. Comments and questions may also be submitted online, via email and by mail.  For more information including the meeting location and how to submit input please click here.

Planning Board Meeting on Caroline Freeland Local Park

Thursday, July 16, 2015


The community is invited to provide input at the July 16 Planning Board meeting on proposed renovations to Caroline Freeland Urban Park. Comments and questions may also be submitted online, via email and by mail. For more information including the meeting location and how to submit input please click here.

Planning Department Releases Office Market Assessment Report

Study recommendations include revitalizing office parks as amenity-rich, mixed-use development and converting vacant buildings to new uses


SILVER SPRING, MD - The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has completed an in-depth assessment of regional office market conditions and the implications for Montgomery County. Staff will present this study to the Planning Board at its public meeting on Thursday, June 25.


Prepared by Washington, DC-based Partners for Economic Solutions (PES), the 106-page study examines an array of economic forces changing the Washington, DC region's office market and best practices for next-generation office development.


View the Office Market Assessment Report. Learn more here

Update: Accessibility Improvements Scheduled in Parks


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

Upcoming Playground Improvements in Parks


The playground at Johnson's Local Park will be temporarily closed for renovations as part of the Playground Renovation Program. The project is scheduled to be completed by June, 2015. For more information on the playground renovation project and other parks scheduled, click here.

Tree Work Continues on Capital Crescent Trail


Portions of the Capital Crescent Trail will be temporarily closed, with detours available for the next few weeks to allow for trail improvements and better access. For more information, please 

click here.

Western Piedmont Trail Closure


A portion of the Western Piedmont Trail in Little Bennett Regional Park is closed for construction below Hyattstown Mill where the trail crosses Little Bennett Creek. A new bridge is being installed to replace the existing culvert. Construction is expected to last up to a year. For more information on park trails, visit montgomerytrails.org.

WSSC Project To Close Part Of Paint Branch Trail


Portions of the Paint Branch Trail between East Randolph Road and Fairland Road will have restricted use while WSSC begins sewer line and manhole repairs. Please follow the directions of construction flag men for trail detours and use. For more information on park trails, visit montgomerytrails.org.

Work begins at Indian Spring Terrace Local Park


Montgomery Parks has begun work on improvements to Indian Spring Terrace Local Park where a portion of the parking lot will be closed. Work will continue through August 2015. The park will remain open. Park users should use caution around construction areas.  Visit the Montgomery Parks Accessibility web page for additional information on ADA projects.

Check out the Bicycle Master Plan Promo!


On July 1, 2015, the Planning Department will begin working on a comprehensive update to the Master Plan of Bikeways. Watch the promo here and learn more at montgomeryplanning.org/bikeplan

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