February 2019 – From the Mayor

The Council and I have been receiving many questions of late with regards to a number of development projects that have been presented to the Town. The process for evaluating these projects actually began in 2008 when County Planning took steps to update our 30-year-old Sector Plan. This was a lengthy process that involved the Town Council, Town Residents, and the surrounding Kensington Community.

Adopted by the County Council in 2012, the Kensington and Vicinity Sector Plan placed parameters on height and density by developing two mixed-use zones: CR Town (CRT) and CR Neighborhood (CRN). The intent behind this was to cap density within the CRT zone, while tapering density and heights through the CRN zone as the mixed-use area drew closer to our residential zones. Essentially, this was done so we would not become a second Bethesda and to help maintain our strong sense of community.

Although development was slow to happen following adoption of the Sector Plan in 2012, this began to change in late 2016 with the sale of the old Hawkins Produce property, which has been redeveloped into Knowles Station and will be anchored by Wine & Co. Additional projects have also been presented, which has led to much uncertainty within the community about traffic, density, and design. With each proposed development project, there is a standard process of working with both the Town’s Development Review Board (DRB) and County Planning in order to evaluate each project in accordance with our Sector Plan.

While the Council and I know that a few of the proposed projects have caused concern to some, we encourage you to please reach out to us, along with the Town staff and County Planners to ask any questions you may have about certain projects. I also encourage you to check our Calendar for upcoming DRB meetings, but mostly pay attention to our Council Agenda’s, which will provide information on any development projects, by signing up for our Town emails on the homepage of our website.

Crime Prevention Tips

Crime Prevention Tips from the Montgomery County Police

The Montgomery County Police have asked that we remind residents about the importance of securing both your home and vehicles from potential thefts. The following Crime Prevention Brochures provide tips on how you may protect both your home and vehicles.

Home Security – Safety Tips To Keep Your Home and Valuables Safe

Prevent Theft From Vehicles – If they Can See It, They Can Steal It!

Call the Police whenever you have been the victim of a crime or when you see a crime in progress, or when you see something suspicious that you would like the Police to investigate.

 

 

NEW 2019 Trash, Brush, and Recycling Schedule

Holiday Collection Schedule

Tues., Jan. 1st – No Collections
Wed., Jan. 2nd – Trash, Brush, and Recycling
Fri., Jan. 4th – Trash

New 2019 Collection Schedule

Beginning the week of Monday, January 7, 2019
Mondays – Brush only
Tuesdays – Trash and Recycling
Fridays – Trash only
Please contact the Town staff with any questions: 301-949-2424.

December 2018 – From the Mayor

December 2018 – Around Town Journal

Aside from Safeway and Strosniders, when was the last time you shopped local? With a thriving business district, along with a new bakery (Metropolitan Avenue) and Knowles Station set to open in early 2019, we are very fortunate to have so many local shopping options.

In fact, if you have not had the chance to ‘Explore’ Kensington’s businesses of late, I would encourage all to attend Antique Row’s annual Holiday Open House on Friday, December 7th. Although still famous for antiques, Howard Avenue has become quite eclectic these last few years, encompassing women’s apparel, gifts, home décor and art, vintage clothes and furnishings, along with consignment and repurposed furniture. This would be a great opportunity to enjoy the business community’s warm hospitality this holiday season.

Our local businesses are not just along Howard Avenue, as great holiday gifts may be found at one of our newest shops, Tumbleweed, located within the Kensington Shopping Center; along with The Oak and La Maison de Laurette located on Metropolitan Avenue.

With many unique shopping, dining, and services right here in Kensington, please visit ExploreKensington.com to see what our business community has to offer.

The Town’s annual Menorah Lighting will be held on Sunday, December 2nd, 5:00 pm. Music, cider, and cookies will be provided for all. In addition, the organizers of the event will be accepting donations this year for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), which helps place refugees from around the world.

The Town’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Sunday, December 2nd, 7:00 pm. The Kensington Volunteer  Fire Department (KVFD), along with Santa Claus, will arrive at 7:15 pm. Music, cider, and cookies will be provided for all.

 

 

 

 

Fall 2018 Leaf Collection Schedule

Leaf Collection Schedule

The Town will begin our annual leaf collection the week of November 5th and run through the week of December 10th. There are no scheduled collection zones, as the Public Works Crew will monitor each street on a daily basis.

Please place leaves to the Curb.
Do NOT place leaves in the Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please do not include grass clippings, mulch, twigs, or small branches within leaf piles, as this may damage our leaf vacuum. If your leaf pile contains any materials besides leaves, the Crew will not collect your pile, and you will be responsible for bagging the leaves on your own.

 

 

 

Notice of Referendum Concerning Annexation Resolution No. AR-01-2018

 

NOTICE OF REFERENDUM ELECTION CONCERNING ANNEXATION RESOLUTION AR-01-2018

ADOPTED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF KENSINGTON

ANNEXING APPROXIMATELY 12.585+/- ACRES OF LAND

BOUNDED BY ST. PAUL STREET, UNIVERSITY BOULEVARD AND PERRY AVENUE

Please take notice that on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9 AM and 12 PM, the Mayor and Council of the Town of Kensington will conduct an annexation referendum election Adopted ANNEXATION RESOLUTION AR-01-2018 enlarges the boundaries of the Town of Kensington by annexing approximately 12.585 acres of land bounded by St. Paul Street, University Boulevard and Perry Avenue. The election will submit ANNEXATION RESOLUTION AR-01-2018 to referendum by the registered voters who reside in this annexation area. The election will be held in the right-of-way near the intersection of Madison Street and St. Paul Street, in front of 10728 St. Paul Street, Kensington, MD  20895. Annexation area residents who are registered to vote in Montgomery County elections as of October 25, 2018 are entitled to vote in this referendum election.

Each registered voter may vote FOR or AGAINST the Annexation Resolution. If a majority of the voters vote for the Resolution it will take effect on the fourteenth day after the referendum. If a majority of the voters vote against the Annexation Resolution it will become void.

Absentee ballots will be available at the Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD  20895, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning on November 16, 2018.

Copies of Annexation Resolution AR-01-2018 and all attachments thereto, including a full and complete metes and bounds description of the land to be annexed, and the Annexation Plan, may be reviewed or obtained in the Town Clerk-Treasurer’s office at the Kensington municipal building located at 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD  20895 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or by mail at the above address, Attention: Susan Engels, Clerk-Treasurer. These documents can also be found on Town Website at Annexation Documents.

 

 

Veteran’s History Project – Interview with Harley Higgins

The Veteran’s History Project, a program of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, conducted an interview with Kensington resident Harley Higgins in May 2018 to discuss his time serving as a Commander with the United States Navy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzKnhRgAG88&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

October 2018 – From the Mayor

October 2018 Around Town Journal

We recently installed new Wayfinding signs along Connecticut, Armory, Howard, and Metropolitan Avenues to help direct visitors to our Historic Business District, along with other points of interest. Also, you may have noticed that we have temporarily removed our Gateway signs, which are currently being refurbished and will be back by Thanksgiving.

The ‘I Found it in Kensington’ campaign officially kicked-off on October 22nd and will run through December. The campaign will include advertising on Ride-On buses and help promote business within the Town.

Kensington Cabin was recently restored and formally dedicated in honor of former Mayor Jayne Plank on October 20th.

Many thanks to Kensington Can! for organizing the 1st Annual Explore Kensington Day on October 21st.

SAVE THE DATE .  . . Sat., Apr. 6, 2019, as the Town will be celebrating our 125th Birthday at Town Hall. Additional information will follow.