The Montgomery County Planning Board Agenda

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 3:30 pm

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 9:00 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. Refer to the Planning Board Rules of Procedure for more information on public testimony. Any individual or organization may submit a written statement for consideration by the Planning Board. Written comments must be received in the Chair's office at least 24 hours in advance of the Planning Board hearing date, referencing the hearing date and item, to be reviewed by the Board and included in the official record of the hearing. Written comments received within 24 hours before a hearing will be placed in the file, but will not be considered by the Planning Board or included in the official record. Comments should be transmitted via e-mail to, faxed to Chair Françoise Carrier at 301-495-1320, or addressed to: Françoise Carrier, Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.
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  4. Occasionally due to time constraints, the Planning Board may limit the total amount of time dedicated to public testimony. Public testimony may not be taken for items identified as Briefings, Worksessions and/or Roundtables. On other occasions when no public testimony will be taken, the agenda will specifiy.
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item 1 Consent Agenda

*A. Adoption of Resolutions


Planning Board Action/Decision: Adopted.

1. Town of Somerset Bathhouse Forest Conservation Plan MR2010737 –ADOPTION OF MCPB RESOLUTION No. 10-169

2. Reserve at Fair Hill Site Plan No. 82005028C – ADOPTION OF MCPB RESOLUTION No. 10-175

3. Third District Police Station Forest Conservation Plan MR2009742 – ADOPTION OF MCPB RESOLUTION No. 10-176


*B. Record Plats


*C. Other Consent Items


Planning Board Action/Decision: Adopted.

ADOPTION OF ORDER – regarding resolution of violations of Forest Conservation Plan 119900430 at 12310 Piney Meetinghouse Road

  *D. Approval of Minutes

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Minutes of December 6, 2010

item 5 Department of Parks' Energy and Utility Conservation Plan - NEW TIME

G. Giddens

Energy and utility conservation cost savings to be presented by Dick Anderson, CQI Associates
item 2 White Flint Staging and Implementation

J. Sesker

Planning Board Action/Decision: Discussion only.
item *3 Extension Request for Project Plan Review No. 920070030, 4900 Fairmont

J. Sloan

CBD-2 zone; 0.59 acres; Requesting extension of an approved plan for a mixed-use development including up to 154,864 square feet of development, consisting of 118 multi-family dwelling units and 3,300 square feet of non-residential space; located at the southwest intersection of Norfolk Avenue and Fairmont Avenue; Bethesda CBD

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

item *4 Extension Request for Project Plan Review No. 920070010, Studio Plaza

E. Hisel-McCoy

CBD-1 & CBD-2 zones; 5.11 acres; Requesting extension of an approved plan for a mixed-use development including up to 684,442 square feet of development, consisting of 603 multi-family dwelling units and 256,314 square feet of non-residential space; located on Thayer Avenue, approximately 171 feet east of the intersection with Georgia Avenue; Silver Spring CBD

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Item 13 Closed Session - ADDITION

Pursuant to State Government Article Annotated Code of Maryland 10-508(a)(3) to consider the acquisition of real property for a Commission purpose and matters directly related thereto

item 6 Board of Appeals No. S.E. 11-02: Margaret L. Zhang - REVISED STAFF MEMO

C. Gilbert

Applicant requests a special exception for a child day care facility for 30 children; R-200 zone; located at 14315 Marian Drive, Rockville
Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

(Action Required for Hearing by the Hearing Examiner on 01/21/11)

item *7 Preliminary Plan 120100150, Clewerwall - Resubdivision

R. Weaver

RE-2 zone; 5.2 acres; 2 lots requested for 2 one-family detached residential dwellings, one existing to remain; located in the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Saunders Court and Saunders Lane; Potomac Subregion Master Plan.
Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved with conditions.
item 8 Burtonsville Commercial Crossroads Neighborhood Study

K. O'Connor

A. Briefing: Recent Development in Burtonsville
B. Briefing: Department of Housing and Community Affairs - Façade and Streetscape Project
C. Scope of Work: Burtonsville Commercial Crossroads Neighborhood Plan
Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.
Item 9 CR Zones Zoning Text Amendment

J. Sloan

A. Draft - CR Zones Zoning Text Amendment

B. Draft - CR Zones Zoning Text Amendment - Red Lined Version

Zoning text amendment to add CR Neighborhood and CR Town zones to the family of CR zones in Division 59-C-15. Modifications, clarifications, and corrections to integrate the new zones into the structure of the CR zones are proposed including changes to uses, parking, development methods, general requirements, development standards, and public benefit requirements.
Planning Board Action/Decision: Discussion.
Item 10 Zoning Text Amendment 10-13

G. Russ

To allow the Hearing Examiner to decide adequate public facility issues and parking waivers when the Examiner is granted the authority to approve a special exception application.

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

(Action Required for County Council Public Hearing of 1/18/11)

Item 11 Zoning Text Amendment 10-14

G. Russ

To conform the land uses allow in the RNC/TDR zone to the land uses allowed in the RNC zone

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

(Action Required for County Council Public Hearing of 1/18/11)

Item 12 Zoning Text Amendment 10-15

G. Russ

To clarify that airstrips allowed in agricultural zones must be associated with farming operations; and provide an amortization period for certain approved airstrip special exceptions

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved to Transmit Comments.

(Action Required for County Council Public Hearing of 1/18/11)

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