InfoShare Newsletter - August 31, 2012
THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION
|PLANNING BOARD | DEPARTMENT OF PARKS | PLANNING DEPARTMENT|
July 27, 2012
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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.
Communications Manager, Planning Department
Marketing & Public Affairs Manager, Department of Parks
Planning Board Meetings
The Planning Board returns from summer recess on September 6.
for updates on Planning Board meetings and access to 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 stream Planning Board meetings online. Watch live on our website or view later from our archives. The Planning Board appreciates hearing from you. Browse our testifying tips.
Wheaton Labor Day Weekend
6 p.m. - 11 p.m., Friday, August 31
8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, September 1
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, September 2Wheaton Indoor Tennis
Wheaton Regional Park
11715 Orebaugh Avenue, Wheaton
Grab your racquet and make good use of the holiday weekend at Wheaton Indoor Tennis by entering our very first Fall Tennis Tournament. This is a women's men's, and mixed doubles tournament for adults ages 18 and above, with four skill level divisions: 3.0 and under, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5. Mixed 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0. Entry fee is $25 per person. We'll ask you for your partner's name when you sign-up. Players can sign up in a number of ways--online, by phone or in person. Please register and pay for all participants online at ParkPASS.org
(#215749). For more information call 301-905-3030 or contact Justin Reid
Where We'll Be
Zoning Advisory Panel
7 p.m. Wednesday, September 5
Zoning Rewrite Project staff will discuss Commercial/Residential Zone public benefits. Learn more about the consolidated Zoning Rewrite Project draft.
Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan Worksession
3 p.m. Thursday, September 6 (time approximate)
Montgomery County Planning Board
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
Area 1 planners will present the staff draft of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan
to the Planning Board and request a date for a public hearing. The worksession does not include public testimony. The staff draft details ways to grow and improve Chevy Chase Lake while preserving its character and identity.
| |Development Review Manual
Just in time for the busy fall application season, planners have updated the
Manual of Development Review Procedures. The manual outlines the process and administrative standards for review of and compliance with plans submitted following the Subdivision Regulations and Zoning Ordinance of Montgomery County.
Volunteers are needed in the next few months for many of our fabulous Fall Events! Go to www.ParksVolunteers.org, click on Search and Apply for Volunteer Opportunities, and then click on Special Events & Projects to see the complete list. Coming up next month we are seeking volunteers for Children's Day at Brookside Gardens, September 15 and for National Public Lands Day, September 29. For more information contact Lynn Vismara at 301-495-2474.
Discover History Right Here
Weekends through November 2
Experience what it would be like to escape on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail led by talented volunteer 'conductors' along a 2-mi long trail from Woodlawn Manor Park. Enjoy free guided tours of the Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, a homestead at the center of an African American roadside community from emancipation well into the 20th century. Take a free tour of the Kingsley Schoolhouse, one of the best remaining examples of a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County. Events vary each weekend. Visit HistoryInTheParks.org for more information.
Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Exhibit runs through Sunday, September 16
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory
1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Watch Us on Montgomery Plans The latest episode of Montgomery Plans connects downcounty development with farmland protection in the Ag Reserve, a walking tour of White Oak, and the latest big decisions of the Planning Board.
Our Forests need your help!
Ongoing most weekends throughout the year
Join our incredible Special Project Weed Warriors in helping Project Supervisors throughout the county to manually remove invasive vines from trees, pull garlic mustard or wineberry and more depending on the season and the weather. Events and locations vary each weekend throughout the year. Please visit WeedWarrior.org for more information.
Apply for a Minor Master Plan Amendment
Property owners and community groups in Montgomery County interested in addressing issues of land use, zoning or other community priorities in their neighborhoods may submit applications for minor master plan amendments to be considered by the Planning Board and County Council. With master plans updated just once every two decades, residents, community groups or property owners until now have been forced to wait many years to bring about small changes to land use or zoning in their areas. To address community needs more quickly, this process allows residents and others to achieve minor amendments to master plans.
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.
Got a Question About Planning? Wondering 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.
| |New Yards Park Builds off Stadium Visit the District's Yards Park, featuring movable chairs, touchable water, something to eat and, of course, people to watch. Connected to National's Stadium, it's a gem. View our photo gallery on The Straight Line blog.
Have a question about M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks?
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.
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
|Want 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. |
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.|