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Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan (EPS FMP)

Division: Park Planning and Stewardship
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An Innovative and creative countywide park plan for stronger, healthier and happier communities.

The Energized Public Spaces (EPS) Functional Master Plan (PDF, 8.5mb) for Parks in Mixed Use and Higher Density Residential Areas will allow park planners to quickly adapt to changing park needs in the most populated areas of the county.

Background | Public Input | Calendar & Meeting Notes | Contact Us

Background

The Energized Public Spaces (EPS) Plan is a countywide functional master plan that defines a program to create more parks and public spaces to serve areas of the County most in need. The Plan will provide a comprehensive approach to how and where we create parks and public spaces in the parts of the County where more people live and work.

The EPS Plan uses a new methodology to identify and prioritize public space and park needs in-relationship to population and the existing supply of park amenities.  A key element of the methodology evaluates walkable access to all public spaces to measure the relative supply of parks and public spaces.  Park design, maintenance, and safety will be taken into consideration, as well as measures of social equity.  The Plan will help Montgomery Parks better identify needs, anticipate trends, and promote important goals such as health and social equity.

This Plan also provides tools to make recommendations on parks and public spaces for areas not undergoing a master plan process. In the long-term, an interactive inventory of accessible public spaces and mapping of the areas with the highest needs will result in better prioritization of scarce park resources.

The Vision & Goals

The plan vision and overarching goals are to create outdoor spaces in the highest populated areas of the County where people of all ages and incomes can meet, play, relax, exercise, enjoy nature and more in a range of parks and public spaces.  The plan will:

  • Identify where parks are needed most
  • Prioritize parks and public spaces for implementation using social equity and other factors
  • Propose innovative tools and new funding sources

“Urban parks serve as critical public places for recreation and civic engagement, essential to quality of life in urban centers. Parks help provide solutions to a myriad of national and community issues: providing healthy places to exercise, managing stormwater runoff and helping clean the air, catalyzing economic and community development, and providing safe, close to home recreation options.” – the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Public Input

During the planning process, the public submitted comments online through our Town Hall public survey, and an interactive map. Additionally, public testimony from the Planning Board Public Hearing was compiled for the Worksessions and public testimony was taken at the County Council Public Hearing – review the video record.

Public Outreach

Public outreach for this project included this project web page, public meetings, focus group meetings, media releases and email campaigns to individuals and registered Homeowner and Civic Associations.

Notices and updates have been sent out through the Commission E-newsletter, our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #FutureParks and via the Parks Department Media Center.

Calendar and Meeting Notes

The chart below shows the plan schedule and associated notices, memos to Planning Board and County Council, and presentation materials.

DATES / TIMES

EVENTS & MEETING NOTES

LOCATIONS

2016

FALL

Preliminary Staff research

December 8

Planning Board Presentation – Scope of Work
Meeting notice (PDF), Board Memo (PDF), PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.
2017

February 28

Public Meeting – Meeting Notice (PDF, 197kb), PowerPoint Presentation (PDF, 4mb), Presentation Video  M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

April 20

Planning Board Presentation – Project Update Report – Meeting Notice (PDF, 200KB), Board Memo – item #3, and PowerPoint Presentation(PDF, 4.25mb)  M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

June 15

Planning Board Presentation – Working Draft Document
– Meeting NoticeBoard Memo – item #3PowerPoint Presentation
M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.

Public Review Period

The public is invited to review the 2017 Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan Public Hearing Draft (PDF, 4mb) in order to give public testimony at the public hearing.

July 27

Public Hearing – Public Hearing noticePlanning Board Agenda item #62017 Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan Public Hearing Draft (PDF, 4mb). The public record closed August 3, 2017 at 5 pm. M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD – Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.

September 7

Planning Board Work Session #1 – Meeting notice (PDF),  Agenda Item #3Planning Board Memo (PDF, 5mb), PowerPoint Presentation(PDF, 1mb), Video record link. The public comment period was extended for written testimony through September 15, 2017, at 9:00 am. M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 – Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.

September 18

Planning Board Work Session #2 – Meeting notice (PDF), Agenda linkPlanning Board Memo – item #5 (PDF), PowerPoint Presentation (PDF), Video record link M-NCPPC Regional Office Building Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 – Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.

DRAFT PLAN

EPS FMP Planning Board Approved Draft Plan (PDF, 4mb)

October

Draft Plan submitted to the Montgomery County Council PHED Committee and County Executive
2018

January 16

County Council Project Overview Session – Video record link
Public Hearing – Video record link
Third Floor Hearing Room
100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850

January 29

County Council PHED Committee Meeting – Please check the County Council Calendar, the Agenda & Analyst Packets will be available 1 day before the meeting.–  EPS FMP Planning Board Approved Draft Plan (PDF, 4mb) 7th Floor Council Hearing Room
100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.
For more information about this meeting, contact Legislative Information Services at County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov
or 240-777-7910.

February 13

County Council Worksession – the EPS FMP was approved with revisions. – agenda item 5C, video record link, analyst packet

March 8

Planning Board Meeting – review and approval of the resolutions by the Montgomery Planning Board and County Council – agenda, memo (PDF, 1.5MB)  8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. – Please check the Planning Board agenda for updates and tentative time.

March 30

M-NCPPC Full Commission Meeting – review and vote on the Resolution(s) of Adoption. – agenda Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center,  7120 Contee Road,  Laurel, Maryland 20707
Approved and Adopted – Energized Public Spaces (EPS) Functional Master Plan (PDF, 8.5mb)

Contact Us

Cristina Sassaki, Project Coordinator – Cristina.Sassaki@MontgomeryParks.org

Last Updated: November 5, 2018