Montgomery County Planning Board and Planning Department announce April 2022 events

Community members invited to testify at the Planning Board in person starting on April 7 with proof of vaccination; Virtual participation option will continue.

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 April 2022 calendar of meetings. Starting on April 7, the Planning Board invites vaccinated individuals to testify in person at M-NCPPC’s Wheaton Headquarters (2425 Reedie Drive,

Wheaton, MD 20902). All persons attending Planning Board meetings in person must be vaccinated, must sign up in advance, and may be required to show proof of vaccination. Those who participate are expected to observe general rules of decorum and address only the issues relevant to the decision before the Board.

Residents can continue to 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 in person, through Microsoft Teams or over the phone to the Board during the meeting on specific agenda items. Written testimony must 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, over the phone, or in person 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.
  • 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.

April 4 – The Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will hold its fifth work session for the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan. Consult the County Council’s agenda for more information. Watch online via live stream. 

April 7 – The Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will hold its sixth work session for the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan. Consult the County Council’s agenda for more information. Watch online via live stream.

April 6 – The Historic Preservation Commission will hold its meeting in person at M-NCPPC’s Wheaton Headquarters with a virtual option available upon request. 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.

April 7 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting in person and online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand

April 14 –There is no Planning Board meeting scheduled.

April 19 – Montgomery Planning will hold a virtual presentation to the community for the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan update (6 to 8 p.m.). Planning staff will present a short report on the Existing Conditions within the master plan area. They will also have an opportunity to interact with the planning team and ask questions regarding the Existing Conditions findings, plan process, and timeline. Registration, which is required, closes at 4 p.m. on April 18. When registering, please note if you need any special accommodations, such as translation services and ADA accommodations, to access this event. We require one week of notice for live translation services (deadline is 5 p.m. on April 12).

April 20 – The Historic Preservation Commission will hold its meeting in person at M-NCPPC’s Wheaton Headquarters with a virtual option available upon request. 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.

April 21 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting in person and online. During the meeting, Planning staff will present an Existing Conditions report on the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Master Plan. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

April 27 – Montgomery Planning will host a virtual community meeting to initiate the Great Seneca Plan: Connecting Life and Science at 7 p.m. Join the meeting to learn more about the plan and let us know what you love, need, and want in your neighborhood. Registration required.

April 28 – The Planning Board will hold its meeting in person and online. Consult the Planning Board’s agenda, posted 10 days before the meeting for more information. Watch online via live stream or review previous meetings on demand.

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