Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on the bill Jan. 17.
At its Thursday meeting, the Montgomery County Planning Board will review a tree canopy conservation bill proposed by the Montgomery County Council in November. Bill 35-12 would protect existing tree canopy, create a fund to plant new trees, and "establish procedures, standards, and requirements to minimize the loss and disturbance of tree canopy as a result of development," according to the language proposed. Planning staff has recommended that the Planning Board support the bill with amendments. The county council will hold a public hearing on Bill 35-12 on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, in Rockville.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
In two months, the new school year begins. But will the students at Montgomery County's first charter school have a building?
Montgomery County Public Schools and Crossway Community are opening a Montessori charter school together. The first day of school is August 27. However, the building plans have hit a snag, as the Parents Coalition of Montgomery County points out in a recent blog post. Montgomery County's Department of Housing and Community Affairs is now saying that MCPS and Crossway do not have approval to modify the building blueprint for the new charter school on the old Pleasant View Elementary School site in Wheaton. According to the deed, as the Parents Coalition also points out, if Montgomery County chooses to use the elementary school property for anything other than the Pleasant View multi-family development, then the property reverts to the …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The council voted 3-1 to reconsider its earlier position.
Zoning amendment 12-06, which would exclude MARC facilities as qualifying transit facilities when determining a new development’s proximity to transit, was hotly debated at Monday’s mayor and council meeting. Two weeks ago, the council voted to support the amendment, but it was re-introduced by Councilmember John Thompson for discussion at Monday’s meeting. Businesses built near qualified transit facilities receive special benefits, such as reduced parking requirements and increased density, since building near these facilities “encourages greater use of transit, controls sprawl and reduces vehicle miles traveled, congestion and carbon emissions,” as defined by the Montgomery County Planning Board. Thompson, who initially supported the …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Rollin Stanley called detractors "rich, white women."
Update, 3:25 p.m.: Planning Board Chairwoman Françoise Carrier addressed Director Rollin Stanley's remarks before a meeting Thursday, saying they in no way reflect the opinions of the board. Carrier said in a prepared statement that the Planning Board encourages public participation in its process, and Stanley's comments fall out of line with the department's values. "While we are grateful to Mr. Stanley for the work he has done on behalf of the agency and for this county to date, we did not sanction his interview with (Bethesda Magazine), nor do we condone the views he expressed," she said. "This board does not take lightly the potential implications of his words, and we will be taking appropriate corrective action." Original post, 1 p.m…
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Board will next ask the County Council to fund the project with capital improvements money.
This morning, the Montgomery County Planning Board unanimously approved a proposal to rehabilitate Warner Circle, transforming the historic mansion into Park and Planning offices and keeping the grounds as a public park. The plan is a scaled-back version of one previously proposed to the board, and asks for a total of $4.3 million to renovate the mansion, landscape the park, revamp parking and implement storm-water management on the site. Next, the Planning Board will recommend the project be included in the County Council's 2013-18 capital improvements, with renovation starting in 2018 if approved. Initially, Park and Planning staff had asked for about $9.3 million for the project, planning to add a large addition to the mansion with an …
Friday, April 29, 2011
During the Planning Board meeting on Thursday, residents and neighbors spoke in favor or opposition of the recently updated Kensington Sector Plan.
The Planning Board opened up the floor for community members to express their opinions about the newly revised Kensington Sector plan at Thursday evening's meeting. While opposition to the plan was conveyed, the vast majority of testimony was given in support of the plan. "No plan will be unanimously accepted," Mayor Peter Fosselman said, but he said the majority of residents support the plan. "There were only three people in disagreement with more than 40 in attendance to support the plan," Fosselman said of a recent discussion held on March 28. Roughly 70 percent of the people who spoke at the Planning Board's public hearing were also in support of the revised sector plan. Kensington's Sector Plan was last revised 35 years ago, which …
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
In the upcoming weeks, the revitalization of Kensington will be on the agenda of several meetings.
Plans to redevelop Kensington are underway as talks continue about zoning issues. Over the next few weeks, many meetings will be held to discuss zoning options that pertain to Kensington's revitalization plans. On Wednesday, Jan. 5, the Revitalization Committee will meet at 7 p.m. to discuss the planning board's staff memo from Dec. 22, 2010. The committee will discuss the amendments, which will be officially presented by the Montgomery Planning Board on Thursday, Jan. 6. Thursday's meeting will include a detailed explanation of the amendments. The following week, the Town Council will discuss and review the planning board's amendments during the council meeting on Monday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. As usual, this meeting is open to the …