The Montgomery County Planning Board Agenda -REVISED

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Last updated: April 6 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.
  3. Occasionally due to time constraints, the Planning Board may limit the total amount of time dedicated to public testimony. Total time limits will be listed on the agenda.
  4. To sign up to testify on any agenda item in advance of a hearing, call 301-495-4600.
  5. Listen to the Planning Board proceedings live on our website: Or on Thursdays, call 301-495-1333 for a recorded message on the status of the agenda.
  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 Full Commission Meeting Conference Call (MRO Auditorium)
Item 18 Resolution M-NCPPC #07-11 -ADDED

P. Barney


Prince George's County Park Acquisition and Development Bonds

9:00 am Planning Board Meeting (MRO Auditorium)
9:00 Am Consent Agenda



Item *1 Adoption of Opinions/Resolutions


Item *2 Record Plats




Subdivision Plat No 22007076 Shaare Tefila Congregation R-200 zone; 1 lot; locate on Georgia Avenue, approximately 375 feet south of Taveneer Court; Olney; Staff Recommendation: Approval

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Subdivision Plat No 22007098 Yinger’s Add. To Woodfield RE-2 zone; 6 lots; locate on Woodfield Road, approximately 900 feet northwest of Watkins Road; Damascus; Staff Recommendation: Approval

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Subdivision Plat No 22007102 Potomac Hunt Acres RE-2 zone; 1 lot; locate on Admiral's Way, approximately 1000 feet southwest of River Road; Potomac; Staff Recommendation: Approval

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.




9:00 AM Hearings on Applications
Item *3 Preliminary Plan No. 120060550, Taylor Subdivision, Lots 5& 6 Block B (Resubdivision)

D. Kinney


R-90 zone; 0.89 acres; 2 lots requested; 2 one-family detached residential dwellings; located on the south side of Arnet Lane, approximately 440 feet east of the intersection with Wilson Lane; Bethesda Chevy Chase; Staff Recommendation: Approval

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Item *4 Preliminary Plan No. 120061180, Stern Property – Phase I

E. Grayson


RE-2C zone; 30.03 acres; 5 lots requested; 5 one-family detached residential dwelling units; located on Bonny Brook Lane, approximately 230 feet northwest of Heather Field Court; Damascus; Staff Recommendation: Approval


Item *5 Pre-preliminary Plan No. 720070020, Dorset Shire II

C. Conlon


R-200/TDR-3 zone; 5.99 acres; 8 lots requested; 8 one-family detached residential dwellings; located on the south side of Piedmont Road, approximately 700 feet west of Skylark Road; Clarksburg; Staff Recommendation: Objection to the submission of a preliminary plan as currently proposed

Planning Board Action/Decision: Discussion only no vote taken.

Item 6 Preliminary Forest Conservation Plan and Mandatory Referral No. 07304-DPWT-1: East Germantown Fire Station

P. Johnson

M. Zamore


Preliminary Forest Conservation Plan: Mandatory Referral No. 07304-DPWT-1: East Germantown Fire Station– 20633 Boland Farm Road, R-200 Zone, Germantown Master Plan Staff Recommendation: Approve with comments



Mandatory Referral No. 07304-DPWT-1: East Germantown Fire Station – 20633 Boland Farm Road, R-200 Zone, Germantown Master Plan Staff Recommendation: Approve with comments




Item 7 Mandatory Referral No. 07202-MCPS-1: Ashburton Elementary School

K O'Conner


Addition of eleven classrooms and a parent drop-off loop, intersection of Lone Oak Drive and Sinnott Drive, Bethesda, R-60 Zone, North Bethesda/Garrett Park Master Plan. Staff Recommendation: Approval

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved staff recommendation.

Item 8 Proposed Amendments: Montgomery County Comprehensive Water Supply and Sewerage Systems Plan

L. Cole


AD 2007-2 (Administrative Cases) - Staff Recommendation: Transmit Recommendations to County Executive

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved staff recommendation.

12:00 PM Lunch
Item 19 Closed Session -ADDED

P. Barney

D. Daniel


A. Pursuant to Maryland State Annotated Code 10-508(a)(8), to consult with staff, consultants or other individuals about pending or potential litigation

B. Pursuant to Maryland State Annotated Code 10-508(a)(7) to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice

1:00 PM Planning Board Meeting Continues (MRO Auditorium)


Item 9 Growth Management Speaker Series

K. Moritz

M. Banach


Robert Gibbs has been a pioneer and leader to revive the community-oriented principles of traditional Town Planning and Smart Growth as an antidote to the alienating, formless sprawl of suburbia. Mr. Gibbs is considered a leading urban planning consultant by some of the most respected mayors, architects, and developers in America. During the past twenty years, Gibbs has been active in developing innovative yet practical methods for applying current trends in residential and commercial development to more than 300 town centers and historic cities across North America such as Atlanta, Cambridge, Charleston, Portland, Madison, Sarasota, Seattle, and Denver. Gibbs also consulted with many new urban towns including: Alys Beach, Kentlands, Rosemary Beach, and Seaside. Gibbs is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a charger member of the Congress for New Urbanism and has a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Topic: “Principles and Techniques to Accommodate Growth and Enhance Community Identity, Livability, and Economic Success ”

Item *16 Site Plan Review No. 82001009A (Formerly 8-01009A) Limited Amendment, Milestone Business Park -TIME CHANGE

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

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Item *10 Preliminary Plan No. 120050060, Ashton Meeting Place

R. Weaver


C-1 and R-60 zones; 7.4 acres; 1 lot requested; 58,659 square feet of retail, 2,679 square feet restaurant, 27,575 square feet office, and 6 multi-family residential dwellings; located in the southeast quadrant of the intersection of Sandy Spring Road (MD 108) and New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650); Sandy Spring-Ashton; Staff Recommendation: Denial

Planning Board Action/Decision: Testimony

Item *11 Site Plan No. 8-06023 Ashton Meeting Place

J. Sloan


C-1/R-60 zones, 7.40 acres, 58,659 gross square feet retail, six multi-family dwelling units over retail, 2,679 gross square feet restaurant and 27,575 gross square feet office; Sandy Spring Staff Recommendation: Denial

Additional Applicant Correspondence -Added to web site

Planning Board Action/Decision: Testimony only, no vote taken

Item 12 Right of Way Abandonment AB690, AB691, AB692

D. Paine


Abandonment of portions of unimproved Douglass Avenue, Evans Drive, and Gardiner Avenue within the Carroll Knolls Subdivision in Wheaton Staff Recommendation: Transmit Comments to DPWT

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved

Item 13 Board of Appeals No. S-2688

C. Gilbert


Special Exception request by Deborah K. Prettyman, applicant, to operate a major home occupation; RE-2C zone; located at 10948 Bellehaven Blvd., Damascus Staff Recommendation: Transmit recommendation ofApproval with conditions

(Action required for hearing by the Hearing Examiner on 4/27/07)

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved to transmit

Item 14 Board of Appeals No. S-2684 -Postponed to April 26

S. Youla


Special Exception request by Zelkova LLC, applicant, to operate a landscape contractor business; RDT zone; located at 18930 Wasche Road, Dickerson Staff Recommendation: To Be Determined

(Action required for hearing by the Hearing Examiner on 4/30/07)

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved to transmit with letter

6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Planning Board Meeting Continues (MRO Auditorium)
Item *15 Adequate Public Facilities Review for Building Permit

E. Axler


Chevy Chase Bank, Old Georgetown Road at Rockville Pike (MD 355) Staff Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved

Item 17

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. Growth Policy Interim Report

E. Budget Discussion





Notices and Reminders

April 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 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 (

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