Sunday, June 2, 2013

Community Planning in Montgomery County, Maryland

As Montgomery County continues to attract an increasingly diverse, technologically savvy, well-educated population, the Planning Department focuses its skills and talents to bring high-quality design in both form and function to all areas, from central business districts to rural villages and improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations.

Community Planning Great communities are created by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing information to help public officials plan for the future. A 140 member team brings regulatory cases, master plans, functional plans and other initiatives to the Montgomery County Planning Board.

Multi-disciplinary geographic teams with regulatory as well as community planning functions lead to better integration and more balanced decision-making. Staff also provide recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public.

The Environment Montgomery County strives to achieve sustainability, reduce carbon footprints and contribute to healthier communities. These objectives are achieved:

o   assisting property owners to improve or develop their properties
o   analyzing natural resources for community planning
o   reviewing development applications, and
o   participating in efforts to promote environmental sustainability for residents and visitors.

Sustainable communities are created by addressing resource protection, climate change, air quality, water quality and availability, human health and well-being.

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Historic Preservation is supported by providing identification, designation, and regulation of historic sites in Montgomery County.  Staff maintains an archive and library of documentation on historic resources and provides preservation outreach and guidance on best-practices to the public.

Find out how a structure becomes a designated historic site

Transportation Planning entails detailed analyses of transportation issues and improvements needed to support expected growth during master plan preparation as well as planned improvements. A biennial Mobility Assessment report plays an integral role in developing recommendations for growth policies matching transport services with new development.

Urban Designers establish guidelines, blend architecture, landscape architecture, and environmental stewardship, resulting:

o   Street Character Improving the character of the street system, promoting walking, providing easy access to transit, creating inviting connections to services
o   Open Spaces Establishing open space systems designed to serve people of all ages and needs, providing a variety of urban spaces - plazas, urban parks and town commons - connected by a system of greenways and sidewalks
o   Building Form and Character Fostering the design of buildings that shape public streets and open spaces, density, building heights, setbacks from the curb, and parking locations
o   Landmarks and Gateways Preserving and highlighting the elements that make a community unique, and increasing access to historic resources.

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