Category: Park and Planning

Public invited to comment online about Bicycle Master Plan recommendations

Graphic from Montgomery County Planning Department The Montgomery County Planning Department is seeking additional public comments on the preliminary bikeway recommendations from the Bicycle Master Plan. The department has launched an interactive Bikeway ReactMap on its website to encourage reactions to the preliminary recommendations. Users can view the map and its legend, review a description of bikeway facility types and add comments about the recommendations. Planners began working on the master plan in July 2015, considering ways to implement the newest types of bikeways, such as separated bike lanes and neighborhood greenways, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities at...

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Rental Housing Study to be presented to council committee

While new construction has brought many condos and apartments to downtown Silver Spring, there’s a lack of affordable rental units. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The key findings and recommendations of a countywide Rental Housing Study is expected to be presented to the County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee following a recent presentation to the Planning Board. The two-year study was done for the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs by consulting firms RKG Associates and Lisa Sturtevant and Associates. Many of the recommendations are technical and primarily affect developers, such as...

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Updated park rules go into effect July 1

North Four Corners park photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery Parks has updated rules and regulations for the use of county parks that will go into effect July 1. This is the first comprehensive update of the rules since March 2001. Some of the major changes include: Except where otherwise prohibited, fishing is allowed in all park locations, as long as the angler has a state fishing license Hours for bicycling on paved trails is now allowed from 5 a.m. to midnight Bicyclists may now use all official paved and natural trails unless otherwise prohibited Smoking and vaping is prohibited...

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Regulation for short-term rentals recommended by Planning Department

The County Council will consider recommendations for regulating short-term rentals. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Owners who rent out their homes on a short-term basis through services such as Airbnb, HomeAway and similar companies would face regulation under terms of a recommendation for a zoning text amendment from the Montgomery County Planning Department. The County Council introduced ZTA 16-03 in February of last year that would allow short-term residential rentals under certain parameters. Following a public hearing, the council asked the Planning Department to gather public input about this issue. Staff also studied regulations adopted by other jurisdictions, according to...

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Ellsworth Urban Park will be expanded after house demolition

This house will be torn down to allow more space for the adjoining park. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery Parks plans to demolish a house the department owns at 8915 Colesville Rd. to expand Ellsworth Urban Park, which abuts the property. The addition will expand the park’s acreage by about 30 percent, said Dominic Quattrocchi, planner coordinator for the department. Montgomery Parks has owned the house for about 30 years, he said. A number of entities have occupied the house during that time, including a group using it as a home for developmentally challenged adults and one operating a...

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