The Montgomery County Planning Board Agenda- REVISED

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Last updated: April 4 at 5:00 P.M.

8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3760

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  1. Unless otherwise noted, Planning Board meetings are held on Thursdays and begin at 9 a.m. The agenda is subject to change and certain items may be postponed or added.
  2. The Planning Board encourages public testimony unless otherwise noted on the agenda. Written testimony is encouraged. Refer to the Planning Board's Rules of Procedure for more information on public testimony.
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  6. The Planning Board makes the final decision on any agenda items with an (*). On such matters, Maryland law and the Planning Board’s Rules of Procedure prohibit any member of the public from directly contacting or communicating with Board members outside the public hearing setting. See the Outside Communications section of the Planning Board’s Rules of Procedure for more information.


9:00 am Planning Board Meeting (MRO Auditorium)
9:00 Am Consent Agenda
Item *1 Adoption of Opinions/Resolutions

Group A: All Commissioners Eligible to Vote:

i) Preliminary Plan No. 12000087A Montgomery County Conference Center
ii) Site Plan No. 8200040C Montgomery County Conference Center

Item *2 Record Plat




Subdivision Plat No 22007046 and 22007047 Greenway Village PD-4 zone; 6 Parcels; locate on the north quadrant, intersection of Skylark Road and Ridge Road; Clarksburg; Staff Recommendation: Approval


Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

9:00 AM Reconsideration Request
Item *3 Reconsideration Request

T. El-Baba


1. Hillmead/Bradley Hills Preliminary Plan No. 120060480

(No Public Testimony will be Taken)


Planing Board Action/Decision: Postponed.

9:00 AM Hearings on Applications
Item *4

Preliminary Plan No. 120060670, Bannockburn Estates(RESUBDIVISION)

D. Kinney


R-200 zone; 1.15 acres; 2 lots requested; 2 one-family detached dwelling units; located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Selkirk Drive and Helmsdale Road; Bethesda-Chevy Chase; Staff Recommendation: Approval


Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Item *5 Preliminary Plan No. 120060940, Kruhm Property

R. Weaver


RC zone; 82.64 ac; 16 lots;16 one-family detached residential dwellings; located on both sides Kruhm Road, 500 feet north of Belle Cote Drive; Fairland; Staff Recommendation: Approval


Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Item *6 Preliminary Plan No. 11985245, Decoverly Hall, Parcel “S”(EXTENSION REQUEST)

R. Weaver


O-M zone; 44.27 acres; 7 lots and 1 outlot previously approved; for 832,100 square feet of office; request to extend the adequate public facilities validity period; located in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of Diamondback Drive and Key West Avenue; Gaithersburg and Vicinity; Staff Recommendation: Do not grant extension


Planning Board Action/Decision: Extension denied.

Item *7 Preliminary Plan Amendment No. 12002032A, Jones Property

C. Conlon


RDT zone; 250.1 acres; 1 lot for 1 one-family detached dwelling unit requested; 9 lots and 9 one-family detached dwellings previously approved; located on the north side of Brink Road, approximately 2,150 feet west of Laytonsville Road (MD 108); Olney; Staff Recommendation: Approval
  Administrative Item
Item 15 Finance Department Office of the Secretary-Treasurer Request to Spend Salary Lapse FY07 -ADDED

P. Barney

12:00 PM Lunch



B. Gries

Pursuant to Maryland State Government Code Annotated Section 10-508(a)(3), to consider acquisition of real property for a public purpose

1:00 PM Planning Board Meeting Continues (MRO Auditorium)
Item 17 Acquisition of Properties -ADDED

B. Gries

(1) South Germantown Recreational Park

Authorization to acquire 20.91 acres, more or less, unimproved, from Stephen H. Barmarkian, located south of Schaeffer Road, west of Burdett Lane, Germantown, Maryland Staff Recommendation: Approval


(2) Hillandale Local Park

Authorization to acquire 13,678 square feet (0.313 acres), more or less, improved, from Edward M. and Vivian P. Barnett, located at 10611 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland Staff Recommendation: Approval

Item *8 Site Plan Review No. 82001009A (Formerly 8-01009A) Limited, Milestone Business Park -POSTPONED

J. Sloan


I-3 zone; 44.70 acres; amendment to reduce the square footage for the office to 792,200 square feet and the retail to 15,050 square feet, approximately 750 feet south of Observation Drive; Germantown Staff Recommendation: Approval with conditions
Item *9 Site Plan Review No. 81985066C (Formerly 8-85066C), Germantown Commons -POSTPONED

J. Sloan

T-S zone; 44.70 acres; amendment to demolish the existing bank (1,760 square feet) and replace with a 3,700 square foot bank; correct all data table calculations for the new bank, approximately 1,000 northwest of Germantown Road; Germantown Staff Recommendation: Approval with conditions
Item 10 Mandatory Referral No. 07303-DPWT-1

N. Yearwood


Temperature Controlled Liquor Warehouse at Department of Liquor Control in the County Service Park (CSP) – 16650 Crabbs Branch Way, Shady Grove, TOMX-2/TDR Zone, Shady Grove Sector Plan Staff Recommendation: Approval to transmit comments
Item 11 Board of Appeals No. CBA-2740-A

D. Janousek


Special Exception modification request by Mid-Atlantic Properties, LLC, applicant, to modify existing special exception in order to add carwash, expand convenience store into service bay areas and other modification; C-1 zone; located at 12301 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg Staff Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Action required for hearing by the Hearing Examiner on 4/13/07)

Item 12 Board of Appeals No. CBA-1206-G and Special Exception and Forest Conservation Plan

E. Tesfaye


Special Exception Modification request by Congressional Country Club, applicant, requests modification to the existing facility to make improvements; RE-2 & R-200 zone; located at 8500 River Road, Bethesda Staff Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Action required for hearing by the Hearing Examiner on 4/10/07)

Item 13

Roundtable Discussion including Briefings and Worksessions

(No public testimony will be taken at this time)


A. Approval of Minutes

B. Commissioners' Reports

C. Director's Report

D. Germantown Master Plan Status Report

E. Gaithersburg Master Plan Status Report

F. Forest Conservation Law (Continuation) -Postponed

G. Draft Regulations for Enforcement of Planning Board Actions -Postponed

H. Budget Presentation Discussion

6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Planning Board Meeting Continues (MRO Auditorium)
Item 14 Growth Management Speaker Series

M. Banach


Dr. Arthur C. Nelson ("Chris" among friends, short for Christian), is Co-Director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech based in Alexandria, Virginia. He founded Virginia Tech's planning program in Alexandria in 2002; today it numbers more than 100 students in certificate, masters, and doctoral programs. He is also founder of the Planning Academy at Virginia Tech, already the nation's largest professional education operation among planning programs.

Chris is a nationally known expert in both infrastructure planning -- focusing on financing issues and housing production. His clients in these areas have included the NSF, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Brookings Institution, National Association of Realtors, Urban Land Institute, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency among others.

Chris has published more than 200 works including 15 books. His recent books include The Social Impacts of Urban Containment, Impact Fees: Principles and Practice, and Impact Fees and Housing Affordability. He is the recipient of two teaching awards, and awards for outreach, research, and scholarship. His students have won many awards including several national awards. His Virginia Tech students will be the first to publish their studio project as a book for the American Planning Association.

Topic: “The Infrastructure and Affordable Housing Linkage.” The linkage between adequate infrastructure supply and affordable housing seems intuitive but reasons may be elusive. This presentation will review the theory and research on that linkage as a starting point to engage Montgomery County planning officials in discussing policy approaches and implications.



Notices and Reminders

March 27 1:00 p.m. Department Heads Meeting, 6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale
  28 7:30 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
  29 9:00 a.m. Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring
April 2

7:00 p.m. County Wide Recreation Advisory Board, Recreation Administrative Offices, 4010 Randolph Road, Wheaton
  4 7:15 p.m. East County Citizens Advisory Board, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring
  5 9:00 a.m. Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring
  5 7:00 p.m. Mid County Recreation Advisory Board, Dept. of Recreation, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton
  9 7:00 p.m. Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center, 2450 Laytonsville Road, Silver Spring
  10 4:30 p.m. Wheaton Urban District Advisory, Mid-County Services Ctr. 2424 Reedie Drive, 1st Floor, Wheaton
  10 7:00 p.m. East County Recreation Advisory Board, Fairland Comm. Ctr., 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  11 7:00 p.m. Silver Spring Recreation Advisory Board, Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring
  11 7:30 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
  12 9:00 a.m. Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring
  12 7:30 p.m. Western Area Recreation Advisory Board, Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac
  16 7:15 p.m. Upcounty Citizen Advisory Board, Upcounty Regional Service Center, Conference Room A, 12900 Middlebook Road, Germantown
  16 7:00 p.m. Western Montgomery County Citizen Advisory Board, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda
  17 7:00 p.m. Mid-County Citizen Advisory, Mid-County Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive, 1st Floor, Wheaton
  18 9:30 a.m. Full Commission Meeting, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
  18 7:00 p.m. UpCounty Recreation Advisory Board, Upcounty Regional Service Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Ste 1600, Germantown
  19 3:30 p.m. Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Board, Discovery Communications, 1 Discovery Place, Silver Spring
  24 1:00 p.m. Department Heads Meeting, 8787 Georgia Avenue, MRO Auditorium Silver Spring
  25 7:30 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
  26 9:00 a.m. Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring



Civic/Homeowners Association Database

Effective immediately, management of the Civic/Homeowners Association Database is being returned to the Community Outreach and Media Relations Office. Arnita Jackson will now manage the database.

Should you have questions regarding the database, i.e., place an order for a civic association list, add a new organization to the database, update or make changes to an existing group, please call Arnita at 301-495-4600 or email her at

Thanks for your continued support in providing us with information that helps us keep our database current. Keeping our database updated, provides us with a greater opportunity to notify Montgomery County residents and businesses of proposed changes, development and meetings that will impact their communities.






The public is invited to join the Montgomery County Planning Board throughout the spring to hear a diverse slate of planning experts speak about ways to guide growth while maintaining a vibrant economy and protecting the county’s unique natural resources.

The growth management speaker series will inform the Planning Board and planning staff as they update the county’s key growth policy, (also referred to as the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance), which directs growth to areas with the right level of roads, schools and other public amenities. The growth policy will ultimately be reviewed and voted on by the County Council.

As Montgomery County emerges as an economic power center in the state, public officials and planners are working to retain high levels of public service and our historically high quality of life.

The series hosts nationally known experts who will lend insight into such issues as balancing growth and public services; fostering high-quality communities; developing vibrant urban areas and creating pedestrian-friendly environments; among other subjects. See below for information about the speakers, who will address the Planning Board on the dates specified below. For more information and to view online videotapes of the speeches, go to

April 12, 1 p.m.: Robert Gibbs, a pioneer in reviving the community-oriented principles of traditional town planning and smart growth, will share his perspectives regarding the linkage between growth management and neighborhood planning.


April 26, 4 p.m.: James Murley, Director of the Catanese Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University, is former Secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs and Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Florida. Murley will cover “Growth Management Efforts and Strategies in Florida – Past, Present and Future.”


May 3, 1 p.m.: Richard Heapes, founder and principal of Street-Works, a mixed-use development and consulting firm headquartered in New York, is nationally recognized for creating great urban places. Heapes recently led a $180-million mixed-use development in suburban West Hartford, Connecticut.


May 17, 7 p.m.: Robert Hunter is president-elect of the American Planning Association and serves as the executive director of the Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission in Tampa, Fla. Hunter will address “Growth: Who Pays and Who Plays?”


May 24, 7 p.m.: Alexander von Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, has authored three books on urban revival and is now writing a history of low-income housing politics and policy. Von Hoffman will address “Urban Planning in the Age of Sprawl: Thoughts on the Past and Future of American Metropolitan Growth.” His presentation will focus, in part, on growth management case studies, including Montgomery, Loudoun and Fairfax counties.


June 6, 7 p.m.: Edward “Ned” Hill, Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Economic Development at the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, is also a Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. Hill edited Economic Development Quarterly from 1994 to 2005. Hill’s topic will be announced.


June 7, 7 p.m. : Ed McMahon, who holds the Charles Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute, is nationally known as a leading authority on sustainable development, land conservation, urban design and historic preservation. McMahon will address “The Dollars and Sense of Responsive Design.”


June 14, 7 p.m. : Michael Freedman, principal and founder of an urban design firm in San Francisco, specializes in infill development, master plans, corridor redevelopment, design guidelines and open space planning. Freedman will address “The Strategy of Superior Infill by Guiding Growth and Change with Effective Regulatory and Capital Improvement Tools.”


June 219:15 a.m. : Peter Park, Director of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department, specializes in innovative community and building design solutions.


7 p.m. June 21: Gordon Price, Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, has written extensively on Vancouver and transportation and land use issues. Price will discuss “The Vancouver Recipe: How to Increase Density and Reduce Fat.”

Except for the June 6 presentation, the growth management speaker series will take place during regularly scheduled Planning Board meetings held on Thursdays at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. Additional speakers may be added in the coming weeks and the current schedule may change. For the latest on the speaker series, call (301) 495-4600 or go to





Planning Board Seeks Public Comment on
Water and Sewer Category Change Requests

The Planning Board will hear testimony and consider recommendations on Thursday, April 12, 2007, for several water and sewer category changes, recommending that water and/or sewer service be extended (or denied) to individual properties for the cases listed below. The Planning Board’s recommendations will be sent to the County Executive.

The County Executive will then hold an additional public hearing on April 25, 2007 at 2:00 pm. The following cases are currently being considered:

Case Number Applicant (Owner)& Location Planning Area


2640 Norbeck Road, Silver Spring

Aspen Hill


25106 Oak Drive, Damascus



8011 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg

Agricultural and Rural Open Space

Handy and Snyder, LLC

12224 Quince Valley Drive, Gaithersburg

Potomac Subregion


15512 Norman Drive, North Potomac

Potomac Subregion


2715 Duvall Road, Burtonsville



2500 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring



Go to the Planning Board’s website after April 2, 2007 for the staff report and the position on the agenda. Written comments are also welcomed prior to the April 12, 2007 Planning Board Hearing and should be addressed to: Royce Hanson, Chairman, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or sent via e-mail.

Planning Board staff contact for questions: Mary Dolan at 301-495-4552 or by e-mail.

For additional updated information and maps for each request, see the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) website, “Water Supply and Wastewater;” or call DEP (240-777-7700).