July 24, 2015
Planning Board Agenda

Attend or watch the Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday, July 30. View the full agenda for that meeting here

Montgomery County Planning Department Announces Calendar of August Events


The Montgomery County Planning Board is pleased to announce its calendar for August 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.


3rd Annual Little Bennett Great Outdoors Festival

July 25, 2015  10AM-2PM


Come out Saturday to celebrate Little Bennett Regional Park's largest event of the year! Enjoy outdoor activities, games, hands-on learning, music, food and fun for people of all ages! Event takes place at the Group Camping Area within Little Bennett Campground.

Planning Board Approves New Plans for Clarksburg Town Center at July 23 Meeting


Montgomery County Planning Board has approved new plans for the Clarksburg Town Center submitted by Third Try, LLC of McLean, VA. These project, preliminary and site plan amendments are limited to the unbuilt portions of the 270-acre Town Center, on both the east and west sides of the development. They include a revised design of the commercial core, new community and civic buildings, and upgrades to two local parks.


When implemented, the plans will complete the Clarksburg Town Center after years of delay, due to numerous violations associated with the build-out of the community. An agreement reached by a citizen-led group known as the Clarksburg Town Center Advisory Committee and developer NNPII Clarksburg LLC (Newlands) led to a new site plan in 2009, calling for significant improvements to the Town Center.  However, Newlands did not move forward with these plans, eventually selling the unfinished portions of the property to Third Try. Learn more here

Planners Release Working Draft of Montgomery Village Master Plan

Recommendations include preserving Village character and open spaces, enhancing connectivity and encouraging reinvestment in retail centers


The Montgomery County Planning Department presented the Working Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, July 23. 


Pending the Board's approval, the public hearing for the Montgomery Village Master Plan is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 10 at which time community residents and property owners can testify about the Plan. A public notice about the hearing will be sent when the date and location are confirmed. Learn more here


View the Montgomery Village Master 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.

Community Meeting on 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. Learn more here.  

Shady Grove Advisory Committee Meeting


The Shady Grove Advisory Committee with meet Tuesday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Parks Department Training Center on Crabbs Branch Way.  




I.  Shady Grove Sector Plan Implementation

a. Brown Street/Crabbs Branch Way Share Use Path

b. County Service Park redevelopment


II. Proposed Carmax Annexation (Silverwood Companies) 


III. Other topics

Upcoming Public Meetings


Montgomery Parks is hosting public meetings on the below listed dates on several proposed park projects and initiatives. The public is invited to ask questions and comment on the projects at the meetings or online, by email or mail. Visit www.MontgomeryParks.org for more information.


July 28  

  • 7 - 9PM: Community Meeting on Capital Crescent Trail Connector Project at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Service Center.
  • 7 -9PM: Community Meeting on Ayrlawn Park on the revised plan to improve access at the park at the YMCA Ayrlawn Program Center, 5650 Oakmont Avenue in Bethesda.  
July 30
*The time for these items will be posted on the Planning Board Agenda closer to the date of the meeting.

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. 

Underground Railroad Experience Trail


Free guided hikes on our Underground Railroad Trail are offered each Saturday, beginning at 9:00 am, through August 31, 2015. The Underground Railroad Experience Trail hike commemorates the involvement of county residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of Sandy Spring, MD.  More information can be found at UndergroundRRExperience.org.

Planning Board Completes First of Five Work Sessions for the Bethesda Downtown Plan


The Montgomery County Planning Board completed the first of five work sessions to review the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. The session, held on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Planning Department headquarters, addressed the proposed zoning strategy for Downtown Bethesda as it relates to building density and height increases, and considered transportation infrastructure and school capacity. Learn more here.


View the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan Public Hearing Draft.


View the Power Point Presentation from the July 20 Work Session #1

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.

Celebrating Park & Recreation Month


Montgomery Parks has some suggestions for you to get out and enjoy parks during Parks and Recreation month as well as all year long, from hiking to camping to visiting the Annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar show at Brookside Gardens. 

Brookside Gardens Parking Update


Parking at Brookside Gardens for the Wings of Fancy Exhibit and general garden access may be limited, due to ongoing construction. Visit parking alternatives and the Garden Gateway project 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. 

Trail work in Parks


Renovations and construction are taking place on several trails in Montgomery Parks, including:

  • The Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail between Connecticut Avenue and Franklin Street.
  • Capital Crescent Trail tree work to continue through the summer. Detours will be posted.
  • Western Piedmont Trail is closed below Hyattstown Mill where the trail crosses Little Bennett Creek for installation of a new bridge. Work is expected to continue for a year.
  • Paint Branch Trail will have restricted use between Randolph Road and Fairland Road due to WSSC work.  
For more information on Montgomery Parks Trails please visit www.MontgomeryTrails.org.

Park Projects:


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.

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.

  • Butterfly Show Volunteers, Brookside Gardens - Click here!
  • Weed Warrior Training Classes (Only 2 more classes left - September & October)- Click here!
  • Nature Ambassadors, Students help at Park Events - Click here!

  • Hot Opportunities - these events are a lot of fun and we need your help! - Click here!