InfoShare Newsletter - June 15, 2012
THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION
|PLANNING BOARD | DEPARTMENT OF PARKS | PLANNING DEPARTMENT|
June 15, 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
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.
Did Summer Sneak Up on You?
Just because it's almost summer doesn't mean you have to settle for a second-rate camp! Montgomery Parks offers a huge variety and number of summer camps throughout the County. As a result, we still have openings in some first-rate, fascinating camps to offer you and your children. Plus, we offer more than 40 camps in August.
Openings still exist in tennis camps, golf camps, combo sports camps, outdoor adventure camps, week in the park, ice skating and hockey camps, skateboarding camps, stand-up paddleboard camp. Visit MontgomeryParks.org/GUIDE to browse the Summer Camp Guide, and register at www.ParkPASS.org.
What Should Planners Address in New White Flint Plan?
7-9 p.m. Monday, June 18
Luxmanor Elementary School
6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville
Join planners at a community meeting to learn what the White Flint 2 Sector Plan will cover and have a voice in what's next for this community between North Bethesda and Rockville. Planners will outline the current conditions and broad ideas. Participants will help develop transportation concepts, identify environmental issues, point out needs for public facilities like parks, and have a say in potential land use and zoning changes.
Montgomery County Heritage Days
Times and locations vary - June 23 - 24
Montgomery Parks is joining historic organizations throughout the county to celebrate the 14th annual Montgomery County Heritage Days. This two-day, countywide festival offers visitors an opportunity to sample numerous sites representing the history, culture, and natural beauty of the county. More details are available on the Heritage Days event page.
Long Branch Sector Plan Preliminary Recommendations
6-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 25
Rolling Terrace Elementary School
705 Bayfield Street Takoma Park
To bring a better quality of life to residents and business owners in the Long Branch community, county planners are inking a plan that considers ways to improve connections for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, bring a mix of homes, offices, retail and entertainment uses, and upgrade public spaces like parks and streetfronts. With the coming of the Purple Line light rail station, Long Branch is poised for positive change. Join planners to hear and provide feedback on preliminary recommendations for the Long Branch Sector Plan. Spanish interpretation will be available.
Welcome Back, Lake Needwood!
All day, Saturday, June 16
Rock Creek Regional Park
15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville
Join us this Saturday for the fun!
All boat rentals 50% off * Kayak Tours of the lake * Naturalist Talk with live animals * Pedal Boat Races! * Pontoon Boat Rides $1 * Fishing all day. Bring a picnic lunch, your friends and family and enjoy a day at the lake! Get more information at www.LakeNeedwoodBoats.com. Carpooling is encouraged.
Where We'll Be
White Oak Science Gateway Citizens Advisory Committee
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19
Park and Planning Headquarters Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
Planners will present and solicit input on the preliminary recommendations for the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan staff draft.
Zoning Advisory Panel
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20
Park and Planning Headquarters Auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
Zoning Rewrite Project staff will present final issues to the panel before turning the project modules into a consolidated draft.
Raptors of Rock Creek LIVE!
10 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Saturday June 16
Meadowside Nature Center
Creek Regional Park
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville
Live raptors just a few steps away is an exciting experience you won't forget! Discover what makes raptors unique among birds and learn the fantastic tools these predators have for hunting in the wild. Meet one of our resident raptors live and up close. Programs take place at Meadowside's campfire ring. Please register and pay for all participants at ParkPASS.org. Cost is $3.
South Germantown 10th Anniversary Splash!
12 p.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 23
18056 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841
South Germantown Splash Playground and Mini-Golf is 10 years old this year. So we're celebrating, and you're invited!
Join us from Noon-2 p.m. for the festivities, which include games, refreshments, giveaways, and a live music and dance party! Colonel Josh and His Cowboy Pals will provide music that'll get kids moving and make you parents smile. "Cowboy pal" Missy Mo plays bass, and will lead everyone in a big dance party toward the end of the gig.
Admission fees will be rolled back all day long to 2002 prices (actually, even cheaper!): $2.50 for a full-day pass to the Splash Playground or one round of miniature golf, or $5.00 for a full day of splashing and one round of mini-golf. Don't miss the fun! Visit the website at www.SplashandGolf.com, and download a reminder flyer to put on your fridge.
PROS Plan Planning Board Worksession #1
5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 28
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
The Planning Board will hold the first of two Worksessions on the draft 2012 Park, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan. This worksession will discuss responses to oral and written testimony presented in connection with the May 24 PROS Plan Public Hearing and Urban Parks, Natural Resource Based Recreation, Trails, Acquisition Priorities, Recreation Facilities and Service Delivery Recommendations. Check the Planning Board agenda to verify the time for this item.
White Oak Science Gateway Community Meeting
6 p.m. Tuesday, June 26
Francis Scott Key Middle School
910 Schindler Drive, Silver Spring
Residents, business owners, landowners and anyone interested in the future of the East County are invited to provide feedback to the preliminary recommendations for the staff draft of the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan. The preliminary recommendations will summarize the plan's major elements.
Kingsley Schoolhouse Free Guided Tours
1 p.m.-4 p.m., Sunday June 17 & 24
24472 Clarksburg Road, Clarksburg
Tour the Kingsley Schoolhouse, a historical gem. Built in 1893, this is one of the best remaining examples of a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County. The restored schoolhouse, located in the secluded 'Froggy Hollow' section of Little Bennett Regional Park, is furnished to look as it did during the 1920's. Tours will be given rain or shine.
Underground Railroad FREE Guided Hikes
10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 23 & 30
Woodlawn Manor Park
Free guided hikes on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail are given by talented volunteer 'conductors' who lead groups on a simulated Underground Railroad experience along the 2 mile long trail travelling from Woodlawn Manor Park along a wooded, natural surface trail to the historic Sandy Spring, and back. The Underground Railroad Experience Trail is part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program. Self-guided hikes are also available along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. In the event of severe weather, please call ahead to make sure the park will be open. On Saturday mornings, please call 301-650-4373 and a recorded message will advise you of the park hours. Trail map.
Watch Us on Montgomery Plans The latest episode of Montgomery Plans spotlights exciting new development projects, how the recently approved sector plan will affect the Town of Kensington, watershed restoration projects and the latest big decisions of the Planning Board.
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.
Comment on North Four Corners Local Park Facility Design
The Department of Parks is accepting public comments, ideas and suggestions regarding the final design for North Four Corners Local Park. The approved facility plan proposes several improvements to the park including a new rectangular sports field, adjacent parking for 50 cars (directly accessible from University Boulevard), paved loop walkways, a bike path and more. Construction is expected to be completed during summer 2014. Visit the Park Project page for more information and to comment.
Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit
10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory
1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
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.
Brookside Gardens Summer Twilight Concert Series
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. June 19 & 26
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton
Join us Tuesday evenings in June for a series of performances set in the beauty of the gardens! Brookside Gardens offers all concerts free of charge; no registration is required. Don't forget your chairs and blankets! In the event of rain, concerts are held inside the Visitor Center. Lesson Zero, and Natty Beaux will perform. For more information, visit BrooksideGardens or call 301-962-1400.
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.
Walkable Communities vs a Walk-in Closet Has the status of the suburbs taken a hit? According to The New York Times , a larger number of city neighborhoods are outstripping the suburbs in desirability and thus in per square foot value. Learn more 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.|
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