Report highlights plans and projects completed over past six months to support community equity, economic health and environmental resiliency in the county.
SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery Parks and Montgomery Planning Departments, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, presented their Spring 2019 Semiannual Report to the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The report showcases key projects, park activities and plans from the past six months, and work that will be completed over the next six months and beyond.
Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson introduced the progress report by noting the preparation to update the county’s 1964 General Plan. “This enduring framework has successfully established an efficient and sustainable development pattern,” said Anderson. “It has helped us preserve open spaces and environmental resources, concentrate development in urban areas and corridors, and create a connected transportation system. Now it’s time to update the General Plan to reflect the enormous changes taking place in the county.”
Planning Director Gwen Wright reinforced this message, explaining the three themes of the semiannual report as key to guiding the General Plan Update over the next year. “We are already striving to achieve community equity, economic health and environmental resilience through our plans and projects,” Wright said. “From implementing Vision Zero policy to eliminate traffic fatalities to zoning for accessory dwelling units, our work is all about improving the quality of life in the county for everyone.”
Director of Montgomery Parks Mike Riley emphasized the efforts to bring more people into the parks through festivals, movie screenings and interactive installations. “Our priorities for conserving natural resources, engaging residents in wellness and healthy activities, and fostering social equity are being achieved through expanded programming for the county’s diverse populations,” said Riley.
At the Council meeting, preservation planners explained the new Burial Sites Inventory and Guidelines. As required by county law, the Montgomery County Planning Board must maintain this survey so cemeteries and burial sites can be identified during the preliminary plan stage of the parcel subdivision process, which is overseen by the Board. Montgomery Planning’s Historic Preservation Office is responsible for maintaining and updating the inventory, providing guidelines for archaeological investigations and engaging the community in the process of identifying and preserving sites.
Montgomery Planning’s Notable Achievements
The Spring 2019 Semiannual Report highlights the following accomplishments achieved by the Planning Department over the past six months and initiatives planned for 2019:
Montgomery Parks’ Notable Achievements
The Spring 2019 Semiannual Report highlights the following accomplishments, achieved by the Department of Parks over the past six months and programs planned for 2019:
About The Montgomery County Planning Department
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises about 150 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.
About The Montgomery County Department of Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 422 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.montgomeryparks.org.
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