July 10, 2015
Planning Board Agenda

Attend or watch the Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday, July 16. View the full agenda for that meeting here.

Montgomery County Planning Department Announces Calendar of July Events


The Montgomery County Planning Board is pleased to announce its calendar for July 2015. These events 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 below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans. View the full list here.


Celebrating Park & Recreation Month


Parks have Environmental, Health, Safety and Community power. Watch this video on "The Power of Parks" to see how parks strengthen communities, transform lives and protect the future. Visit NRPA.org for more information.

Planning Department Releases Working Draft of Westbard Sector Plan

Recommendations include creating better connections to the Capital Crescent Trail, restoring the Willett Branch stream and encouraging revitalization of older retail areas


SILVER SPRING, MD - The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has completed the Working Draft of the Westbard Sector Plan for presentation to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, July 16.


The Board's public hearing about the Westbard Sector Plan is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 24, pending its approval of the Working Draft at the July 16 meeting. The community will be invited to comment on the Westbard Sector Plan recommendations at the September 24 public hearing held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD). Learn more here.


View the Westbard Sector Plan Working Draft. 

Montgomery County Planning Department Issues Call for Entries to its First Annual Design Excellence Award Program


The Montgomery County Planning Department seeks to recognize exceptional work in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design through its first annual Design Excellence Award. Developers, property owners and their design teams are invited to submit built projects that contribute to improving the quality of physical environments throughout the County.


The deadline for submission is Friday, August 21, 2015. The selection of a winner will be made by an outside jury of accomplished professionals, including architects, urbanists and a landscape architect, invited by the Planning Department. Learn more about the awards jury. Learn more here.


Submit to the Montgomery County Planning Department's Design Excellence Award.

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.

Westbard Sector Plan Will Be Presented to Planning Board on July 16


The Montgomery County Planning Board will review the Working Draft of the Westbard Sector Plan at its meeting on Thursday, July 16. This Plan aims to encourage more parks and open spaces, housing and community retail options, and environmental sustainability within a community located in close proximity to Washington, DC and Downtown Bethesda. Learn more here.

Community Meeting on CCT - Little Falls Trail Connection Project: July 28, 7 - 9PM


Montgomery Parks is hosting a community meeting to present plans for the design and construction of a hard surface trail connection between the Capital Crescent Trail and the Little Falls Trail near the Bethesda Pool. For more details visit here

Share Your Input on Cricket Fields in Parks at July 30 Planning Board Meeting


Join Montgomery Parks at the July 30 Planning Board meeting to provide input on proposed park locations for new dedicated cricket fields. Proposed locations include South Germantown Recreational Park, Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park and the future Boyds Local Park.


Visit ParkPlanning.org for more information and to tell us what you think!

Provide input on Proposed Deer Management Archery Pilot Program


M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks is seeking input on a proposed pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program to complement its existing Managed Hunting Programs and Park Police-based Sharpshooting deer population management efforts. Visit ParksDeerManagement.org for more information and to share your comments through July 30, 2015.

Snakes in Parks??? Get tips on Summer of Safety in Montgomery County!


Do you know how many snakes in this area are venomous? Check out the Summer of Safety Campaign. For tips related to snakes in parks visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Field Guide to Maryland's Snake.

Brookside Gardens Parking Update


Due to ongoing construction activities, visitors should be aware that parking at Brookside Gardens for the Wings of Fancy Exhibit and general garden access may be limited. Please click here for parking alternatives and more information on the Garden Gateway project.

Rock Creek Trails Renovations


Maintenance and improvements to the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail begin 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

Improvements Scheduled For Good Hope Local Park


Storm water management and improvements at Good Hope Local Park are scheduled to begin with work to continue through August 2015. Ball fields and trails will remain open and accessible. For more info, click here.

Update: Accessibility Improvements Scheduled in Parks


Work has begun 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.

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.

Notice: Tree Work Continues on Capital Crescent Trail


Tree work will continue through the summer on the Capital Crescent Trail.  Watch for flaggers and detours directing traffic from Dorset Avenue to the D.C. Line.  For more information, please click here.

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 improvements to Indian Spring Terrace Local Park. Work will continue through August 2015. A portion of the parking lot and access ways will be inaccessible. The park facilities will remain open but park users should use caution around construction sites. Contact MontgomeryParks.org for further information.

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