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May 14, 2010         
In This Issue
Vision of Wheaton Presentation
Flea Market at Wheaton Regional
Brookside Gardens
Look for Us at These Events
New Park Event Calendar
Look for Us at These Events
Plant a Tree This Spring
Find a Conservation Easement Easily
Tips to be an Effective Speaker
Reducing our Footprint Video
Neighborhood Walk-Abouts
Get Involved in Planning
Cable Show Encapsulates Monthly Planning Board Activities
Park Permits Online
A Gift of Green...
Quick Links   
Below is a listing of upcoming events, programs and meetings as well as important announcements from The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Montgomery County. Please pass the information along to others who may be interested.
Marcia Goldberg 
Community Outreach and Media Relations
Planning Board Meetings
Agendas will be posted on our website for:
Thursday, May 20, 9 a.m.
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910
Thursday, May 27, 9 a.m.
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910
Everyone who speaks at a Planning Board meeting must register with the board assistant unless he or she has already signed up in advance using the agenda web page, which can occur only after the agenda is posted. Register at the meeting by submitting a yellow form available in the auditorium or a business card. We now stream the Planning Board meetings online. Watch live on our website or view later from our archives.
Visit The Straight Line
Our new blog, The Straight Line, offers Montgomery County's Planning Department's take on community design -- the buildings, streets and spaces that make up where we live, work and play. Our planners and architects look at building form, sustainability and energy use, and the just plain quirky. But we don't know it all. Come back often to check out our musings. And, by all means, set us straight.
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Planning Wheaton's Future
Wednesday, May 19, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Gilchrist Center, 11319 Elkin Street, Wheaton  

Planners preparing a new vision for the future of Wheaton will present their recommendations and ideas to the community. Residents, property owners, developers and anyone interested in downtown Wheaton should attend the forum, which will preview recommendations for the proposed Wheaton Sector Plan before planners present to the Planning Board later this spring.

Flea Market in the Park Back in Business
smaller valentine2nd & 4th Saturdays at Wheaton Outdoor Rink
Buy or sell treasures at Flea Market in the Park, located at the Wheaton Outdoor Rink, right next to the dog park. 
NEXT DATE: Saturday, May 22. Vendors, register for a spot (just $25) at
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit Begins;
Brookside Gardens Delivers List of Activities in E-Newsletter
Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton
Saturday, May 1 through Sunday, September 19
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
$6 adults; $4 ages 3 -12; Frequent visitor pass available
The focus is on this year's Wings of Fancy will be butterflies in your backyard, and the host plants that local caterpillars need in order to survive.  Learn about the life cycle of these amazing creatures, and be surrounded by hundreds of North American, Costa Rican and Asian butterflies flying freely inside a the Conservatory.
Preview the new e-newsletter for Brookside Gardens and sign up to receive this valuable resource.
Look for Us at These Events
Monday, May 17, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
City of Gaithersburg Mayor and Council's Public Hearing on Transportation Master Plan

Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg
Ki Kim, transportation planner, will attend.

Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
Agricultural Advisory Board meeting

Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown
The agenda will be announced at the meeting.
Callum Murray, team leader for the Potomac/Rural Area, will attend.
Friday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Bike to Work Day
Discovery Plaza, corner of Georgia and Wayne Avenues, Silver Spring
Prizes and light breakfast, juice and coffee served
Planning Director Rollin Stanley and Dave Anspacher, transportation planner, will attend.
Enjoy the Parks? Sign Up for the New Parks Event Calendar
Want to know what's going on in the Parks? Check out the all-new Montgomery Parks Event Calendar! Receive a customized email every week listing activities of your interest including family and outdoor events, festivals, and more.
Rethink Montgomery Speaker Series Continues May 20
Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring

Ecology SquareKate Herrod, Director of Ashoka's Community Greens
Kate Herrod has been directing the Community Greens effort for the last four years and was instrumental, along with local partners, in getting the Baltimore City Charter changed to support  an alley gating and greening ordinance. The 2010 Montgomery County Planning Department speaker series Rethink Montgomery presents ways to connect culture, health, food, knowledge, ecology, economy, local infrastructure, resources, and energy. Join us for our community discussions every Thursday through June 3.
Plant A Tree With a Little Help From Us
Spring is a great time to plant a tree. Our Leaves for Neighborhoods program features a $25 coupon valid for trees worth $75 or more at participating county nurseries. The coupon is available online and at selected area nurseries, Park and Planning headquarters and county park sites. 
Find a Forest Conservation Easement
Do you have a forest conservation easement on or near your property? Easements protect forests on private land by limiting certain activities, part of the Planning Board's emphasis on forest conservation. Now you can locate easement areas using our online tool.
Tips to be an Effective Speaker before the Board
Interested in plans for your area? The Planning Board appreciates hearing from you. To give the best testimony, browse our testifying tips.
Reducing Our Footprint

Reducing Our Footprint

View the 2009-2011 Montgomery County growth policy video, Reducing our Footprint. The 4-minute video, which won a platinum Ava award, provides an overview of the concepts presented in the Planning Board draft of the 2009-2011 Growth Policy. Ava awards recognize outstanding work by creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, direction, shooting and editing of audio/visual materials and programs. 

Planning Director Rollin Stanley, Staff Offer Neighborhood Walkabouts
Invite County Planning Director Rollin Stanley and selected staff on a tour of your neighborhood as part of our new walkabouts exploring design, diversity, connections, and the environment in your part of Montgomery County. Here's your opportunity to:
Tell us about your community
  • Highlight community strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify issues
  • Learn more about planning initiatives

Request your tour.

Learn How to Get Involved in Montgomery County Planning
To increase resident involvement in the planning process, the Planning Board, in concert with County Cable Montgomery, has produced a CD that reviews the many ways county residents can have a voice in planning their communities. The episode won a "gold" Ava award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Request a free copy of How to get Involved in Montgomery County Planning.
Monthly Cable Shows Feature Planning Board Activities 
Learn more about Planning Board activities each month on our cable program, Growing Right. In partnership with County Cable Montgomery, we launched Growing Right to highlight the Planning Board's main actions in a news show format. Learn more about development applications, parks initiatives and county-wide planning studies. The lively show includes interviews with board members and planners as well as onsite location shots. Other CCM-produced educational programs about parks and plannning include The Parks Show and Montgomery Plans.
Park Permits Website Faster and Easier! has a new look with new features. Now park users can find, check the availability of, reserve and pay to permit popular park facilities such as picnic shelters, campsites, park activity buildings and others with ease. The recently upgraded Park Permits website offers park users 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week access.
A Gift of Green: Trees, Benches and Other Amenities

Friends and family members can be honored by having a tree planted or a bench or picnic area installed in a Montgomery County Park. This gift keeps on giving! For more information and suggestions, visit GreenGifts.  For information on planning your gift, contact Tin-Mala in the Grants and Donations Program at 301-650-5676.

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