City Scene

Gaithersburg Population Grows

The July 2016 population estimate places Gaithersburg at 68,635, up 1,305 since January 2016. The full population/demographics report can be found at

City Bans Polystyrene Food Service Products

On July 18, the Mayor and City Council passed an ordinance to amend the city code to allow Montgomery County’s recently enacted ban on the use of polystyrene disposable food service products and packaging to be applicable within the City of Gaithersburg. The ban will go into effect Aug. 9, with a grace period until Jan. 1, 2017 before enforcement begins.

New 58+ Senior Softball Draft League Forms

Registration for the Wednesday Morning Men’s 58+ Fall Draft Softball League has begun. Games will be held at Morris Park, 520 Summit Hall Road, beginning Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $50. Balls and umpires will be provided. Please register by Aug. 10.

The draft will take place by team captains on Wednesday, Aug. 17. You will receive an e-mail regarding team, captain and schedule on Aug. 18. For more information, contact the city’s sports division at 301.258.6350 or

Nominate Exemplary Development Project

Do you know of a development project within the corporate limits of the City of Gaithersburg that demonstrates best practices in planning and design? If so, the city’s Planning Commission invites you to participate in the 2016 Planning Awards, open to all residents, property owners, developers, builders, architects, engineers, community groups, design professionals, and other interested parties.

Nominations are being accepted for the following four categories: LIVE (housing and mixed-use residential), WORK (commercial and industrial), PLAY (entertainment, recreation and arts), and PLAN (plans, studies, education and outreach). To be eligible for consideration, projects must have been completed within the last five years. The project must be substantially completed or, if done in phases, the first phase must be completed.

All entries will be reviewed by the Planning Commission. The following criteria will be considered: environmentally conscious and sustainable design, transportation and pedestrian accessibility, innovation in design, compatibility with the surrounding community, and contribution to local economic development.

To participate, complete and submit a nomination form along with a project summary description (250-word maximum), site plan and aerial photo of the project (if available), two-page description of how the project meets the award criteria, and seven to 10 photos, and drawings and/or images of the project. The nomination form and more information can be found at The deadline to submit nominations is 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. Awards will be presented by the Planning Commission at a special reception on Oct. 19, during National Community Planning Month.