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March 23, 2012
In This Issue
Planning Board Schedule
Listening to Lyttonsville
Have a question about Montgomery Parks?
Stay in the Know on Development
Brides on the Bus!
South Germantown Driving Range Now Open!
Kensington Sector Plan Approved
Registration Open Now for Spring Classes and Programs
Watch Us on Montgomery Plans
Where Do We Live?
Volunteer with Parks
Got a Question About Planning?
2012 PROS Plan Update
Share Your Ideas about the East County
How Shady is Your Neighborhood?
New Tool Highlights Current Development
Neighborhood Walk-Abouts
Get Involved in Planning
Find a Conservation Easement Easily
Connect with Parks
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Below is a list of upcoming events, programs and meetings as well as important announcements from The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Montgomery County. 


Valerie Berton
Communications Manager, Planning Department


Abbi Irelan
Marketing & Public Affairs Manager, Department of Parks

Planning Board Meetings

Upcoming meetings:

Visit the Agendas & Staff Reports web page for updates on Planning Board meetings and/or access to our meeting archives. Typically, meetings start at 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 signed up in advance. Sign up online (typically available 10 days before a meeting) or register at the meeting by submitting our yellow form or a business card.


We now stream the Planning Board meetings online. Watch live on our website or view later from our archives. Interested in plans for your area? The Planning Board appreciates hearing from you. Browse our testifying tips.

Listening to Lyttonsville 

Open House

6-9 p.m. Wed., March 28

Coffield Community Center

2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring


Join planners at an open house in Lyttonsville to tell us more about this West Silver Spring community. Planners want to learn about the community's strengths and what residents and business owners would like to see changed. We will create a visual record that we can build upon as we prepare to undertake a sector plan for the area.

Have a question about M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks?

Customer Service Center button Have a question about Montgomery Parks? Need to report a problem or maintenance issue in a park? Check out the Department's new, easy to use Customer Service Center and find out how to contact us by phone and email. You'll also find an easy to use online form to submit questions or information about problems in parks.

Stay in the Know on Development

Want to stay informed about planning and development in Montgomery County? If so, ensure your local organizations are registered accurately with the Planning Department, which maintains a list of homeowners organizations and civic groups countywide. Visit our new webpage to review and update your organization's information.

Brides on the Bus
Brides on the Bus

Are wedding bells in your future? Do you know a bride-to-be? Get on the bus with M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks on Sunday, April 1 and tour each of Montgomery Parks' five Event Centers while leaving the driving to us! You'll meet event center representatives and wedding vendors at each stop, sample food, and get information on venues, music, photography and more. The cost is just $15 per person. 

Visit for more info. Registration is now open at


Directors Blog PromoThis west Silver Spring community is much more than the commercial/industrial area on Brookville Road. Find out why Planning Director Rollin Stanley calls it a hidden gem on The Director's Blog

South Germantown Driving Range Now Open for the Season

South Germantown Driving RangeThe new and improved Driving Range in South Germantown Recreational Park is open for your driving, pitching, chipping and putting pleasure! Additions this year include a brand-new putting green, new sand trap training area, new elevated greens on the range, and a renovated Clubhouse (with Direct TV and restroom facilities). All this for 2011 prices! Come visit, and download the brochure.

Kensington Sector Plan Approved
This week, the County Council approved the Sector Plan for the Town of Kensington, which sets the stage for redevelopment and a reinvigorated Town Center. New mixed-use zones, which require developers to provide public benefits, will result in well-designed projects on livelier streets that include wide, tree-lined sidewalks, plazas and other gathering spaces, and opportunities to preserve neighborhood businesses.

The plan also recommends creating a village center near Kensington's MARC station, with mixed-use development and open space for public gatherings.

Registration Open for Spring Classes and Programs

Registration is currently underway for Montgomery Parks Summer Camps. Registration is also underway for spring classes and programs at indoor and outdoor tennis courts, the South Germantown Driving Range, Olney Manor Skate Park, Brookside Gardens, Nature Centers and Event Centers. Find classes, programs and events in the Spring GUIDE to Recreation and Parks Programs (Parks programs begin on page 97), and register for classes on line at You can also find Montgomery Parks camps, programs and classes designed for children ages 18 and younger on

Watch Us on Montgomery Plans
The latest episode of Montgomery Plans spotlights historic preservation efforts, a walk through the Glenmont Shopping Center, how a local nonprofit group is changing lives by recycling furniture and the latest big decisions of the Planning Board. 
Where Do We Live?
The Straight Line graphic
It's not news that the demographics of the suburbs are changing. Mom works, Dad may be at home, and kids are overscheduled. But there are other changes, as documented in this Washington Post interactive map tracking racial trends in the 'burbs. Check out the mix of people in the region and you may find that some areas are less exclusively white than they used to be. Learn more on The Straight Line blog.

Spring is the Perfect Time to Volunteer with Parks

Spring Volunteer Season has begun!  From cleaning up your local park or stream to volunteering at a nature center, trail, a historic property or more, you'll find plenty of ways you can make a difference at Don't forget Earth Day is coming up, and if you are still looking for those Student Service Learning hours before the end of the school year, check us out!  Call the Volunteer Services Office at 301-495-2504 if you have any questions.
Got a Question About Planning? New Webpage Guides Residents
Planning Help Center logoWondering about that sign advertising pending development in your community? Curious about how forest conservation works? Residents and others with questions about development, community plans, zoning, transportation, or environmental issues may find the answers they seek on a new Department HELP page. The page features links, an online employee directory and an online question/comment form.
2012 PROS Plan Update

The Staff Draft of the 2012 Park Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan that was to be presented for review to the Planning Board in March has been postponed until April. What is the vision for our park system for the next 10 years?  Find out more about this plan and how you can get involved.

Share Your Ideas about the East County

East County Science Center survey logo

Planners are working on a new vision for the White Oak/Hillandale/Cherry Hill area. Fill out a questionnaire to help planners identify the community's assets and what can be improved.

How Shady is Your Neighborhood?

Planners have analyzed Montgomery County's tree canopy as part of an effort to improve the local climate and energy efficiency of urban areas. The more shade, the less energy required for cooling homes and cars. While much of the county boasts a healthy a tree canopy, some urban areas lack shade - right where it is needed most. Now you can analyze your community with our new tree canopy explorer.

User-Friendly Tool Highlights Current Development 

Development finder promotional imageWant to know more about development projects proposed near where you live or work? To stay abreast of Montgomery County development activity, visit our online Development Finder to learn details about building applications to be considered by the Planning Board.
Planning Director Rollin Stanley Offers 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.
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.
Connect with Parks
Whether you prefer Facebook, Twitter, e-newsletters, or want to see how to contact us or find out about ongoing park projects, there are several ways to stay connected with M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks.
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