County Council to discuss Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan transportation issues Monday

The council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee will examine the anticipated traffic impact on intersections and roadways in downtown Bethesda as part of its work on the updated sector plan Monday afternoon. The plan will guide downtown development over the next two decades and council members are holding the hearing to help better understand how increasing height limits and density for certain properties could affect traffic.

Also, council member George Leventhal is scheduled to introduce Tuesday a bill that calls for the county to alter its vending machine contracts to make sure at least 50 percent of offered items meet healthy standards.

Montgomery Parks to hold public meeting on urban parks

Residents are invited to attend the meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the planning department’s 8787 Georgia Ave. headquarters in Silver Spring. Planners will be on hand to discuss ways to improve parks in urban residential areas. The meeting is taking place as the department works on its “Energized Public Spaces Functional Master Plan.”

Candidate filings open for 2018 election


The first formal date for political candidates to file for local, state and federal offices for the 2018 election is Tuesday. Candidates will have until Feb. 27, 2018, to file in order to be included on the ballot in the state. In Montgomery County, four County Council seats and the county executive position will be open as incumbents must step down due to term limits, creating a political vacuum that’s expected to draw dozens of candidates to run for the open seats.

Highs in the 70s possible again this week

It’s going to continue to feel much like spring this week. The National Weather Service expects a high near 57 degrees Monday with a low around 44. There’s a chance of showers Tuesday with a high near 67 degrees expected and low around 60. On Wednesday the temperature could rise near 77 degrees, according to the weather service, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms and a low dropping to 44 that night. More mild temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday when highs are predicted around 50 degrees with nighttime lows dropping to around 30 degrees.