Planning Board Will Hold Public Hearing On Proposed Recreation Guidelines for Private Development on November 17

October 13, 2016

Recreation Guidelines

Planning Board Will Hold Public Hearing On Proposed Recreation Guidelines for Private Development on November 17

Developers, design professionals and citizens welcome to testify about new standards and types of recreation facilities at Planning Board meeting

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating the 1992 Recreation Guidelines in response to the county’s changing demographics and increasingly dense, urban infill and high-rise development. A much broader list of acceptable recreation facilities, such as fitness rooms, roof decks and pocket parks, as well as greater connectivity to existing recreational facilities are being proposed as part of the new standards that developers will follow in building private residential projects.

On September 29, 2016, the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the 2016 Recreation Guidelines Working Draft for presentation as the Public Hearing Draft.

View the Recreation Guidelines Public Hearing Draft.

The Board will hold the public hearing for the draft on November 17, 2016 and welcomes developers, design professionals and citizens to testify. This hearing will offer an opportunity for the Planning Board to hear from residents and professionals about the recreational amenities recommended for private residential development. Go online to sign up and testify.

New Web-Based Tool

The new guidelines include an interactive web tool so developers and the public can better understand the different options available to meet recreation requirements for private residential development. This tool allows developers to easily create recreation scenarios, matching recreation supply and demand.

The web site is designed as a user-friendly, prompted, graphical-based tool that offers views of a proposed development site through mapping, aerial photography and applicable master plan boundaries. Comparative and contrasting scenarios may be calculated as well, illustrating varied recreation solutions as the result of differentiated selections of facilities. Click on the Recreation Guidelines Interactive Tool, mcatlas.org/recreation.

About the Recreation Guidelines

Goals of the Recreation Guidelines update include:

  • Meeting the needs of specific age groups, including teenagers, young adults, seniors.
  • Ensuring sustainability of recreation facilities.
  • Coordinating facilities with public and private recreational systems.

The Recreation Guidelines aim to encourage more varied recreation facilities for all ages that reflect top quality design. New features of the Recreation Guidelines include:

  • Web tool to show how recreation requirements can be met
  • Urban-friendly recreation types
  • A new age group category for young adults (18-34)
  • Current Montgomery County demographic data
  • Custom recreation facilities, if approved by the Planning Board.

Learn more about the update to the Recreation Guidelines.

 

THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL

PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Public Hearing Draft 2016 Recreation Guidelines

Pursuant to Section 59-6.3.9 of the Montgomery County Code, the Montgomery County Planning Board of THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION hereby gives notice that it will hold a public hearing on the Public Hearing Draft for the 2016 Recreation Guidelines.

Thursday November 17, 2016

in the Auditorium of the

Montgomery Regional Office Building

The Maryland-National Capital

Park and Planning Commission

8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland

The Recreation Guidelines are a comprehensive update of the existing 1992 Guidelines, and are designed to meet the needs of specific age groups, including teenagers, young adults, and seniors to ensure sustainability of recreation facilities and coordinate facilities with public and private recreational systems.

Copies of the Public Hearing Draft Plan are available to the public at the Commission’s Montgomery Regional Office Building at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland.  The Recreation Guidelines Public Hearing Draft may be viewed and downloaded from this link: https://montgomeryplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Rec-Guidelines_Public-Hearing-Draft-WEB.pdf

The purpose of the public hearing is to provide an opportunity for all interested persons to express their views. Persons wishing to testify in person at the public hearing are requested to notify the Commission’s Office of Community Relations at 301-495-4600.

Services and facilities are accessible for persons with disabilities (TDD 301-495-1331). Arrangements for an interpreter for the hearing impaired should be made one week in advance of the public hearing.

Written testimony may be submitted to: Chairman, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910.  E-mail testimony may be submitted to mcp-chairman@mncppc.org.