Sign Up to testify at County Council’s Public Hearings for The I-270 Transit Plan and More Online Events from Montgomery Planning in February

Sign up to testify at Montgomery County Council’s Public Hearings for Corridor Forward: The I-270 Transit Plan and the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan, plus more ways to get involved.

WHEATON, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board and the Montgomery County Planning Department, both part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), have announced their February 2022 calendar of meetings. The Planning Board has suspended in-person participation and attendance at meetings due to the recent increase in COVID-19 positive cases in Montgomery County until further notice.

Residents can participate in Planning Board meetings by testifying virtually and watching the meetings on the Planning Board’s live stream. Community members may sign up to testify and provide comments through Microsoft Teams or over the phone to the Board during the meeting on specific agenda items. Written testimony may be submitted in advance of the meeting. For accessibility accommodations, contact us.

There are many ways to participate in Planning Board meetings:

  • Watch the Planning Board meeting live online, and on demand.
  • Listen live over the phone to the Planning Board meeting by calling: 866-774-0898 Password: 24252020
  • Sign up to testify via Microsoft Teams or over the phone during the Planning Board meeting. To testify, fill out the Sign Up to Testify form by 12 noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting.
  • On the afternoon before the meeting, you will receive an email with a phone number to call during a designated time to provide your testimony for a specific agenda item. Submitting this form online by the deadline is the only way to testify on meeting items.
  • If you have questions, send an email to [email protected] or leave a message at 301-495-4605 and a staff member in the Planning Board Chair’s office will contact you.
  • Email your written testimony with comments on specific Planning Board agenda items to [email protected] by 12 noon on the day before the Planning Board meeting.  Items received after this date and time will not be included in the record.
  • If you are signing up to testify on a Consent Agenda Item listed on the Planning Board agenda, please note that the Chair will determine the time for a full hearing on any Consent Agenda Items at the beginning of the Planning Board Meeting, and it may be the same day or it may be a date in the future, based upon the Board’s schedule. Accordingly, please be prepared to testify on the same day and provide any written materials by 12 noon the day before the meeting.
  • For ADA accommodations or to request materials in alternate formats, consult the Montgomery Planning Accessibility webpage or contact the Montgomery Planning ADA Coordinator at 301-495-1324.

For more details, review the list of events below and visit www.montgomeryplanning.org. These events are subject to change.

February 2 – The Historic Preservation Commission will hold its meeting online. To testify on an agenda item, sign up no later than 9 a.m. the day before the hearing. Consult the HPC meeting webpage for agenda information.

February 3 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

February 10 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

February 15 – The Montgomery County Council will hold a virtual Public Hearing on the Planning Board Draft of the Corridor Forward: The I-270 Transit Plan (7:30 – 9:30 p.m.). Sign up to testify. Consult the County Council’s agenda for more information. Watch the Public Hearing online via live stream.

February 16 – The Historic Preservation Commission will hold its meeting online. To testify on an agenda item, sign up no later than 9 a.m. the day before the hearing. Consult the HPC meeting webpage for agenda information.

February 17 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

The Montgomery County Council will hold a virtual Public Hearing on the Planning Board Draft of the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan (7:30 – 9:30 p.m.). Sign up to testify. Consult the County Council’s agenda for more information. Watch the Public Hearing online via live stream.

February 24 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch the meetings online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

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Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

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[email protected]

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