Thursday, November 15, 2012
The survey results will help Montgomery County's Department of Economic Development, as it tries to flesh out a new small business assistance program.
A survey of small businesses in the Wheaton Urban District found that the top three "immediate business concerns" are parking, rent and safety. The Wheaton Redevelopment Program, which is part of the county's Department of General Services, conducted the survey in April and May. There was a 36 percent response rate; of the 298 surveys given to businesses, 108 were returned. Peter McGinnity of the Wheaton Redevelopment Program said the survey will help to inform the county's Department of Economic Development, as it tries to flesh out Bill 6-12. The bill, which was passed earlier this year by the County Council, calls for assistance to small businesses negatively affected by county development projects. The survey showed that the top …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Montgomery County planners will present their vision for development in Glenmont.
Montgomery County planners are looking to bring new development in and around Glenmont’s shopping center and Metro station. Residents can get a preview of the Glenmont Sector Plan Thursday when county planners present a staff draft to the Montgomery County Planning Board. The presentation, “A new vision for Glenmont,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Park and Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. According to planners, the sector plan “will assess what has changed in the area since 1997, re-evaluate past recommendations, and reflect the community’s vision for a transit-oriented, revitalized community.” Glenmont, according to the vision in the draft, is seen “as a predominately residential neighborhood with new transit-…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Planners will be on hand to answer questions about the Wheaton Sector Plan at Saturday's open house.
Montgomery County's planning department is hosting an open house on Oct. 6 at its headquarters building, with 11 displays about various community master plans and countywide initiatives. One of the displays will be about the Wheaton Sector Plan, which was approved last fall. Khalid Afzal, the primary planner behind the Wheaton Sector Plan, will be on hand to answer questions. Those wishing to comment can also do so on the Montgomery Planning website. Another display features plans for the implementation of a bus rapid transit (BRT) network in Montgomery County. The "Planning Smarter Open House" is from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at M-NCPPC headquarters: 8787 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, MD 20910
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Park and Planning continue negotiations for the office building plans on Lot 13, and WMATA fails to draw in bids for Georgia Avenue property.
The Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee (WRAC) held its regular monthly meeting yesterday. Peter McGinnity and Rob Klein, who are both on the county staff for the Wheaton Redevelopment Program, provided updates: Wheaton Redevelopment on Lot 13 The county’s redevelopment plans for Wheaton will begin with an office building on Parking Lot 13 in the Wheaton Triangle, but the building’s future occupants need to sort out a few things first. The Maryland-National Parks and Planning Commission is still working on a framework for a Memorandum of Understanding with the county’s Department of General Services. Creating the MOU will be a major step, Klein told WRAC members, because the County Council will not allocate money until it is done. …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Kensington Heights Civic Association, which supports the ZTA, has submitted testimony in response to an unfavorable planning department memo.
Last week Montgomery County planners wrote in a memo to the Montgomery County Planning Board that the special exception process currently in place is enough to regulate gas stations in the county. In response, the Kensington Heights Civic Association, which represents the neighborhood bordering the proposed Costco gas station at Westfield Wheaton, submitted two letters this week to the planning board arguing just the opposite. (The letters are attached to this article in PDF form.) The letters argue in favor of Zoning Text Amendment 12-07, which the planning board will discuss at its Thursday afternoon session. ZTA 12-07 would prohibit the construction of gas stations that dispense more than 3.6 million gallons annually within 1,000 feet …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Enjoy the holiday at one of these parks in the Wheaton area.
The weather is looking beautiful for this holiday weekend, so why not spend some time outside? For your convenience, Patch has compiled a list of hours for Montgomery County Parks in the Wheaton area: - Brookside Gardens Visitors Center — Open all weekend including Memorial Day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The “Wings of Fancy” Exhibit will be open all weekend including Memorial Day, 10 a.m – 4 p.m. - Wheaton Train & Carousel at Wheaton Regional Park– Open all weekend. May 26-27, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; May 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. - Wheaton Tennis will offer a 50 percent discount on court time (for $7.50 /hour) on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Contact Wheaton Tennis in advance to make a reservation in order to receive the discount. Closings: - Brookside Nature …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Montgomery County residents spoke out against a zoning text amendment proposed by M-NCPPC to streamline approval for accessory apartments.
Montgomery County residents turned out in force at two public meetings on Monday to express concerns about a proposed rule change that would eliminate the special exception process for some accessory apartments, also known as “mother-in-law” apartments. The zoning text amendment proposed by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission staff would allow by right “attached” accessory apartments of up to 1,200 square feet that are located in certain residential and agricultural zones, and “detached” accessory apartments in specific residential zones. (See the zoning text amendment draft online for more details.) Many residents objected, arguing that the special exception proceedings keep them informed and involved in the process. “…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
M-NCCPC wants to protect its autonomy as it prepares to move its headquarters to downtown Wheaton.
Wheaton Redevelopment passed another round of negotiations at Tuesday’s Montgomery County Council session, on its way to final budget approval on May 24. Now that the council has decided that construction will begin with an office building in Lot 13, it must sort out how county government agencies and the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commision will share the space. M-NCPPC plans to relocate its headquarters to downtown Wheaton. Senior Legislative Analyst Jacob Sesker explained to councilmembers that, upon request from the Department of General Services and after discussions with Parks and Planning, he had added language to the budget proposal before the council that would set a framework for interagency cooperation. The …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wheaton Regional Park is one of 12 Montgomery County parks closed from 5:30 p.m. to sunrise daily, from Jan. 1 to March 31.
A big thank you to our reader Tom Termini for sending in this photo, taken at Wheaton Regional Park. The sign reads, "M-NCPPC Park Police Officers will be conducting a sharpshooting deer removal program, 5:30 PM - Sunrise, in an effort to manage an overabundant population of white-tailed deer." You can find a list of park closures on the Montgomery Parks website.
Friday, October 21, 2011
The Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee has not officially endorsed the potential move, but securing a government tenant for office space in downtown Wheaton would further WRAC aims.
The Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee does not yet have an official position about the Montgomery County Planning Board’s recent decision to approve $200,000 for a feasibility study on moving the headquarters of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to downtown Wheaton from Silver Spring. However, there does not seem to be anyone on the advisory body speaking out against it. “I haven’t heard any opposition to it from the committee,” WRAC vice chair Susan Petersen said. “I think people are generally excited about it and hopeful.” Rob Klein, who presented the redevelopment report to WRAC at its Oct. 19 meeting, called the funding approval “a major step.” “It’s an opportunity to make an office complex,” said Klein…