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April 2, 2010         
In This Issue
Look for Us at These Events
"Rethink Montgomery" Speaker Serie
Zoning Rewrite Open Houses
Tax Credits for Historic Home Repair
Find a Conservation Easement Easily
Plant a Tree This Spring
Tips to be an Effective Speaker
Census Form Waiting for You
Reducing our Footprint Video
Neighborhood Walk-Abouts
Brookside Gardens
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.
Happy Holidays!
Marcia Goldberg 
Community Outreach and Media Relations
Planning Board Meetings
Agendas will be posted on our website for:
Monday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910
Thursday, April 8, 9 a.m.
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910
Monday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910
Thursday, April 15, 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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Come Play in 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!

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Flea Market in the Park Back in Business
smaller valentine2nd & 4th Saturdays at Wheaton Outdoor Rink
Buy or sell treasures Flea Market in the Park, located at the Wheaton Outdoor Rink, right next to the dog park. 
NEXT DATE: Saturday, April 10. Vendors, register for a spot (just $25) at
Gas & Steam Engine Show at Agricultural History Farm Park
red tractor  Bring the family out to the Agricultural History Farm Parkto see antique gas and steam engines and restored farm tractors of yesteryear at the 14th Annual Gas & Steam Engine Show! There's plenty to do and see, including antique cars, gas engines and steam tractors; live country music, kiddie tractor pulls, hay wagon rides, and more!
Saturday & Sunday, April 10 & 11 10am-3pm   Admission & Parking: FREE
Long Branch Sector Plan Open Houses
Citas de Discusión para el Plan de Sector de Long Branch  
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Tuesday, April 13, 6-8 p.m.
Long Branch Library
8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring 

Dear Members of theLong Branch Community:  
Long Branch Sector Plan staff will hold office hours at the Long Branch Library, the first of three scheduled office hours this spring. Drop by and talk with staff about your ideas for the Long Branch Sector Plan and your community. 
Plan ahead:
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Learn more about the Long Branch Sector Plan
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Tuesday, April 13, 6-8 p.m.
Long Branch Library
8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring
Queridos miembros de la Comunidad de Long Branch:  
Los trabajadores del Plan de Sector de Long Branch estarán en la Biblioteca de Long Branch, la primera de tres veces que se reunirán esta primavera.  Llegue y hable con los empleados del Plan acerca de sus ideas para el Plan de Sector de Long Branch y su comunidad. 
Planea de asistir: 
6 p.m.-8 p.m. martes, 11 de mayo,  2010
Por más información acerca del Plan de Sector de Long Branch visita a
Look for Us at These Events
Monday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Group Sector Plan Subcommittee meeting
2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton
Khalid Afzal, East Transit Corridor Team Leader and Sandy Tallant, Lead Planner for the Sector Plan will present an update on the Sector Plan process and will discuss draft zoning recommendations for the Plan.
Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m.
Planning Director Rollin Stanley will be participating in a Walkabout with the Luxmanor Citizens' Association neighborhood.   Participants will meet at the Luxmanor Elementary School.
Saturday, April 17, 11:30 a.m.
Planning Director Rollin Stanley will be participating in a Walkabout with the White Flint Community Coalition, Crest of Wickford Condominium Association and Wickford Homeowner Association neighborhood.
Rethink Montgomery Speaker Series Begins April 8
Thursday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
Speakers will be five local bloggers
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, April 8 to June 3, 2010. On April 8, our ReThink Montgomery panel will feature five local bloggers: David Alpert (Greater Greater Washington), Cindy Cotte Griffiths (Rockville Central), Dan Reed (Just Up the Pike), Eric Robbins (Thayer Avenue) and Barnaby Zall (Friends of White Flint).
Zoning Rewrite Open Houses
Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Park and Planning Headquarters

8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
Wednesday, April 21, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Rockville Library
21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville
Planners have scheduled two more opportunities for the public to learn about the key elements of the zoning code rewrite project. Browse displays depicting restructured zones, reorganized land use tables, standards such as lighting, landscaping and parking, and interact with planners and their consultants from Code Studio.
Tax Credits Available for Repairs to Historic Homes
Have a historic home or building in Montgomery County? Owners of properties listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation have until April 15 to apply for tax credits for renovation and maintenance expenses incurred in 2009.  To qualify, the cost of the repair work must exceed $1,000. The tax credit, applied toward county property taxes, will equal 10 percent of expenses. Learn more online or call (301) 563-3400.
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.
Plant Another Tree With a Little Help From Us
Spring is around the corner, and it's a great time to plant a tree. Consider replacing storm-damaged trees with help from our tree planting program. Leaves for Neighborhoods 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. 
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.
Be on the Look Out for Census 2010
This month, all households will receive a U.S. Census form. We encourage everyone to fill out and return the brief form for themselves and their dependents so all can be counted.
The Census provides a snapshot of everyone living in the United States on April 1, 2010. And that means everyone, from immigrants to visiting students to newborn babies. An accurate count is essential for accurate representation in Congress and federal funding for infrastructure such as bridges and hospitals. It also helps planners envisioning the communities of our future. Learn more.
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Reducing Our Footprint

Reducing Our Footprint

View the 2009-2011 Montgomery County growth policy video, Reducing our Footprint. The 4½-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.

Brookside Gardens Delivers List of Activities in E-Newsletter
Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton
Preview the new e-newsletter for Brookside Gardens and sign up to receive this valuable resource.
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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