Metro Forum Update
On July 22, our Committee held a Forum about the current challenges and future possibilities for the Metro system. At the Forum and on e-mail, residents had a host of questions for WMATA. Please find WMATA’s answers to these questions here. Even after the Forum, Councilmember Berliner has continued to work to reform Metro. You can find more about his recent efforts, a letter to Governor Hogan calling for serious reforms and a regional approach to achieving those reforms, here.
Infrastructure & Growth Symposium
UPDATE - 9/17/15
We received many questions before, during, and after the forum. After reaching out to the Planning Department and Montgomery County Public Schools, we have put together answers to those questions. Take a look and feel free to contact my office, the Planning Department, or MCPS if you have any follow-up questions.
Thank you to all who came out and participated in the forum. The feedback I received has been very positive - I was pleased to hear that participants felt their day was spent in a productive way. If you missed this important conversation about growth and our county’s infrastructure, check out all the materials and presentations from the event here:
- Speaker Presentations:
- Staff Presentations:
- CIP & Funding Fact Sheet
- Master Plans Fact Sheet
- Schools Fact Sheet
- Transportation Fact Sheet
- What You Had To Say
- Afternoon Breakout Session Graffiti Wall Ideas
Were you unable to attend the Forum? Check out these highlights from the Infrastructure and Growth Forum (only 4 and a half minutes! Take a look) or the full video recap of the entire event below:
- Part 1: Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Part 2: Growth in Montgomery County
- Part 3: Managing Growth and Planning for the Future
- Part 4: Ask the Decision Makers!
- Part 5: Wrap Up of the Morning Breakout Session
- Part 6: Moving Forward: Searching for Creative Solutions
Bethesda Downtown Plan
After 20 years, the Bethesda Master Plan is getting a fresh new look. With the help of residents, businesses, and community groups, the Montgomery County Planning Department is looking to create a more modern Downtown Bethesda, while enhancing what has made this part of of our community such a success. The work on the Plan will be organized around three themes: social sustainability, economic sustainability and environmental sustainability.
To begin this undertaking, the Planning Department and Parks Department collected information on the existing conditions found in Downtown Bethesda, including the environmental conditions, the historic resources, demographics and market/economic data (Which can be found in the Bethesda Briefing Book). With all of this information, the Planning Department will create a work plan and determine the scope of the work needed to properly meet the needs of all parties involved. Throughout the Spring of 2014 the Planning Department held public workshops & community meetings in order to take the current pulse of Bethesda residents, business owners, & stakeholders
This month the Planning Department will release its initial staff recommendations. After the initial set of recommendations are completed, the staff will create a draft for the Downtown Plan. After both of these documents are released, public comment will be solicited to help shape the collective vision of Downtown Bethesda. A helpful schedule of these proceedings can be found here.
Once the Planning Board reviews and approves a Draft Plan, it will go to the County Council for review. In its review process, the Council will hold another set of Public Hearings in order to hear your thoughts on the plan before the Council. After the public hearings and the review processes of the Executive & Council, the Council will vote on adopting the Master Plan.
For more information on the Bethesda Master Plan visit BethesdaDowntownPlan.org.