A CARING COMMUNITY
At the top of a ridge with views of Sugarloaf Mountain to the north and the Catoctin Mountain and Blue Ridge ranges to the west, Barnesville enjoys a connection with the rhythms of the natural world while being within commuting distance of the nation's capital. Barnesville is served by the MARC commuter rail system.
A CARING COMMUNITY
The town's motto, "A Caring Community," is a testament to the sense of place enjoyed by the town's residents and their neighbors in the Agricultural Reserve of Western Montgomery County.
The Phase 1 improvements to our pocket park are almost complete. In 2020 the fencing, hardscaping of the patio area, planting of shrubs and trees and addition of the monument sign are being completed. We hope that wildlife and the town’s residents will start to use the park over the winter and in the coming year.
A group of volunteers planting at Lillard's Corner.
BARNESVILLE'S MASTER PLAN
Every ten years, the Planning Commission updates Barnesville’s Master Plan.
A Master Plan is a document that outlines a vision for the Town’s future. It begins with a description of the Town as it is. Then it lists goals for improvement in the next two decades, along with strategies for achieving that vision.
Here are some of the topics included in our plan:
Environment – especially water issues because we all rely on wells and septic systems. Trees are another topic of great importance, as is climate change.
Transportation – especially commuter traffic, pedestrian safety and access to MARC services.
Housing – both maintenance of our current housing and goals for future residential development.
Public services – because our residents rely on services the County provides, this topic is more descriptive than goal oriented.
Future size of our municipality - How much growth do we anticipate? Will more land be annexed into our Town?
New issues – will we see an increase in home businesses, including short-term rentals? Will owners prefer to locate them in accessory structures? What will new kinds of antenna for cellular services (5G) look like and how will we regulate them?
In 2021, the Town Commissioners will hold discussions on the most recent draft Comprehensive Master Plan, which was completed in November 2020.
HERE is a link to the 2020 Draft Master Plan.
Once the new master plan is adopted, there will be additional work to prepare changes to the various ordinances that Barnesville uses to regulate land use. I.e., the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision Ordinance, and the Forest Conservation Ordinance.
The next Town Meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Monday, January 25, 2021, as a virtual meeting. Email the Town Clerk to get the Zoom information
The next Planning Commission meeting date will be announced here.
TOWN EMAIL LIST
The town regularly communicates with area residents via a private email list. To be added to this list please use the form at the bottom of this page or complete the form on the Contact page.
This committee was formed in 2018 when the town registered with the Sustainable Maryland program with a goal of becoming certified as a Sustainable Community. The committee is comprised of citizens who work on efforts to sustain the physical environment and the quality of life for area residents. Click the link below to visit the Sustainable Barnesville website and resource page.
MASKS AT POST OFFICE
As we unfortunately watch the COVID numbers increase in our area as well as nationwide, let's remind ourselves that we play a part in keeping safe. The US Postal Service requires patrons to wear face coverings when in the post office and our postal employees must wear a mask (or a shield for those with a medical exemption) when facing the public. Please do your part and let us know if you have questions.