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Outreach Center

The Planning Board continually strives to inform the community about park activities and planning initiatives. With active participation from civic groups, homeowners organizations and residents throughout the county, we are building great communities and improving quality of place.

For information or to get involved in our decision-making process, public meetings, programs and events, see what we have to offer! Here’s how you can play a part.

Outreach MeetingResidents participate in a community meeting.

Stay Informed

Subscribe to InfoShare, our weekly e-newsletter, which contains information on the Planning Board agenda, upcoming events in the Department of Parks and important notices from the Planning Department.

Watch the Planning Board

Navigate to our livestream to watch the Planning Board when it is in session. You also can watch Planning Board sessions and selected other past events in the archives.

Sign up to Speak Before the Planning Board

The Planning Board meets every Thursday at its Silver Spring headquarters and welcomes your input on items that come before them. Register to testify on an item up to 10 days in advance of a Planning Board hearing. Sign up online once the agenda is posted, call 301-495-4600 to put your name on the list, or submit your name to the Planning Board assistant on the day of the hearing.

Unable to testify in person? Send your thoughts to the Board at mcp-chair@mncppc-mc.org following our procedures.

How to Participate in Reviewing Development Applications

Have you seen a sign advertising a proposed development in your neighborhood? You have the opportunity to voice your opinions about development applications.

Planning Department Information Counter

Our Information Counter staff  answers questions from home buyers, developers, students, community members, and property owners on Montgomery County development and planning activities. We can help you find detailed information as well as provide a big picture look at what's happening in your area.

Homeowners Association Lists

To help you notify residents about planned development in a community or contact them about other civic matters, we sell lists of homeowners and civic associations upon request. Our lists include mailing addresses and phone numbers only.

  • Complete list (all Montgomery County homeowners and civic associations): $25
  • Customized list (up to a mile-radius of a specific intersection): $10 per page
  • We do not know the full cost until we run the request and determine the number of pages. After we have processed your request, we will notify you of the cost and payment options.

Update your organizational leadership contact information using our easy tool.

Watch our Cable Shows

We produce our informative programs in collaboration with County Cable Montgomery.

Montgomery Plans

To showcase the many ways the Planning Department enhances the quality of life in our community, Montgomery Plans looks at the important land use issues in a feature format. Each month, we highlight issues that affect you – smart growth, transportation, forest conservation, environmental protection, historic preservation and more.

The Parks Show

The Parks Show addresses the Montgomery County Park System and its multiple and varied features. Now in its 20th year, The Parks Show is produced jointly by the Department of Parks and the Montgomery County Council.

View our instructional videos

Browse our entire video library on Vimeo.

How to Participate*

The Planning Board regulates development in Montgomery County, but does not work in a vacuum. Its decisions are informed by its professional planning staff, outside agencies, landowners, as well as residents - people like you. Learn how can you have your say in shaping the future of Montgomery County. (August/September 2009)

Park and Planning 101

Great communities don't 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)

* To increase resident involvement in the planning process, the Planning Board, in concert with County Cable Montgomery, produced a cable show available on CD that reviews the many ways county residents can have a voice in planning their communities. This episode won a "gold" Ava award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Request a free copy of "How to get Involved in Montgomery County Planning."

Read our Blogs

Visit The Straight Line, a design blog that delivers our take on the buildings, streets and spaces that make up where we live, work and play. Staff’s commentary starts the conversation, but we want to hear from you. Check back often and set us straight.

View a Snapshot of Park and Planning Activities

Get the scoop on all of the projects underway by Montgomery County's Department of Parks and Planning Department. Download the most recent semi-annual report of activities to the County Council.

Language Interpretation Services

The Planning Board, Department of Parks and Planning Department provide access to language interpretation services for Planning Board meetings, community meetings and other programs. If you, or someone you know, needs language interpretation services, please contact us or call 301-495-4600 at least five days prior to the meeting or program.

M-NCPPC staff contact

Bridget Schwiesow
Communications Manager
(301) 495-4507 Office
(301) 641-0457 Cell
bridget.schwiesow@montgomeryplanning.org

Date of last update: February 26, 2013