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Montgomery Plans


To showcase the many ways the Montgomery County Planning Board and professional planning staff enhances the quality of life in our community, we've launched a monthly television program in collaboration with County Cable Montgomery.

Montgomery Plans title shotOur program looks at the important land use issues facing those who live and work in Montgomery County, with a focus on the planning side of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Each month, we'll highlight issues that affect you – smart growth, transportation, forest conservation, environmental protection, historic preservation and more.

In October 2007, Montgomery Plans won a public education award from the Maryland chapter of the American Planning Association.

Montgomery Plans schedule. Also see us on our other educational programs, Growing Right and The Parks Show.


2009 2008


Planners are working to re-energize Germantown with a vibrant town center, connected neighborhoods, high-tech jobs and access to transit. Learn more about the exciting changes that will transform parts of Germantown into a hub of civic, retail, cultural and living opportunities.
Guest: Sue Edwards, Lead Planner, Germantown Master Plan. (December 2007/January 2008)

Historic Preservation

Our planners, staff to the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Board, work to safeguard the countys significant historic resources. Learn more about how a structure becomes a designated historic site — and what it means if you own a historic home — on this edition of Montgomery Plans. Guest: Clare Kelly, Historic Preservation Planner. (November)

Park and Planning 101

Great communities dont just happen! Learn more about how Montgomery County park staff and land-use planners acquire and manage popular parks, design thriving communities, establish environmental protections, and preserve working farms and cultural sites. Learn more about how proper planning builds a terrific Montgomery County. (September/October 2007)

White Flint

Our planners, working closely with the community, are finalizing an update of the White Flint sector plan, which guides development for the next 20 years. The White Flint plan recommendations include ideas for new gathering places; the combination of stores, offices and apartments; new streets and walking routes; and easy access to transit. Guest: Margaret Rifkin, Lead Planner, White Flint Sector Plan. (August)

Growth Policy

Were refining a key policy that directs development to areas in the county that have adequate roads, schools, and fire and rescue services. How the new policy will affect Planning Board decisions on where to place new development. Guest: Karl Moritz, Chief, Research & Technology Center (June-July)

Forest Conservation

Planners are working on improvements to the county's Forest Conservation Law. Join us to learn what's in store to conserve Montgomery's trees and forested areas. Guest: Mark Pfefferle, Forest Conservation Coordinator, Environmental Planning Division. (May 2007)

Introduction to Park and Planning

How our changing population affects Montgomery Countys handling of its most serious challenges:growth, affordable housing, traffic and environmental conservation.Guest: Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson. (April 2007)