Thursday, February 14, 2002, 1:45 P.M.

8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910-3760



The following time schedule is an estimate subject to change without notice, depending on the circumstances affecting each item.  On individual agenda items, public testimony is accepted unless otherwise noted and italics indicate staff’s recommendation for Board action.  For information about meetings in progress, call (301) 495-1333.  For other information, call 301-495-4600 or the TTY (teletypewriter used by people with hearing or speech impairments) at (301) 495-1331.  The Planning Board encourages the participation of individuals with disabilities in all its programs and services.  Meeting agendas and other planning and parks information are available on the Internet –

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1:00 p.m..


GENERAL MEETING (Third Floor Conference Room)

Program Coordination, Legal, Legislation, and Administrative Items


1:45 p.m.






Roll Call

Approval of Minutes

Commissioners’ Reports

Directors’ Reports

Reconsideration Requests


2:00 p.m.


A History of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Montgomery Countya 75th anniversary slide show and commentary by Park Historian, Mike Dwyer.



Amendment to FY03-08 Capital Improvement Program - to fund facility planning for a hiker-biker bridge over Viers Mill Road to connect portions of Rock Creek Trail – Approval to amend the Parks Capital Improvement Program.



Abandonment Petition AB 651 - Proposed Abandonment of a portion of an alley in the Crestview Subdivision, Bethesda – Denial.



Clarksburg Village Development District; Application for adequate public facilities; located south of Stringtown Road and north of MD 27 within the Newcut Village neighborhood, Clarksburg – Approval to transmit comments to County Council.



Clarksburg Skylark Development District; Application for adequate public facilities; located east of Mid County Highway and north of MD 27 within the Newcut Village neighborhood, Clarksburg – Approval to transmit comments to County Council.



Preliminary Plan Review No. 1-00069A - Easter Seals – Inter-Generational Care Facility; (Request to revise the previous conditions of approval); CBD-R1 Zone; 1 lot (47,000 square feet commercial/office, 46,181 square feet office previously approved); 0.65 acre; at the intersection of Second Avenue and Georgia Avenue; Silver Spring - Approval with conditions.



Preliminary Plan Review No. 1-02018 - Evangelical Formosan Church Of Washington (House of Worship); R-200 Zone; 1 lot, 4.0599 acres; in the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Darnestown Road (MD 28) and Riffle Ford Road; Gaithersburg - Approval with conditions.



Preliminary Plan Review No. 1-02043 - Finnegan Farm;

RC Zone; 20 lots (20 single-family-detached dwelling units); 225.61 acres; on the south side of Berryville Road, approximately 1,800 feet south of Kelly Farm Drive, Potomac - Approval with conditions.



Record PlatsApproval.



Board of Appeals Petition No. S-2482 (Special Exception) Montgomery County Career Fire Fighter Association, Inc., applicant, requests a special exception for a private club (a two-story, 20,000-square-foot building for its members); RDT Zone; 75 acres; 24100 Stringtown Road, Clarksburg Approval with conditions.


*Maryland law and the Planning Board’s Rules of Procedure regarding ex parte (outside the record) communications require all discussion, review, and consideration of this matter take place only during the Board’s public hearing.  Telephone calls and meetings with Board members in advance of the hearing are not permitted.  Written communications will be directed to appropriate staff members for response.


Notices and Reminders



11 -

7:00 p.m.,

Silver Spring Citizen Regional Advisory Board Meeting, Gwendolyn E. Coffield Community Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring


12 -

4:30 p.m.,

Wheaton Urban District Committee Meeting, Mid-County Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton


13 -

7:15 p.m.,

Eastern Area Recreation Advisory Board Meeting, Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring


13 -

7:30 p.m.,

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, MRO Auditorium


14 -

1:45 p.m.,

Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium (New Time)


14 -

7:30 p.m.,

Western Area Recreation Advisory Board Meeting, Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac


18 -




19 -

7:45 a.m.,

Bethesda Urban Partnership Board of Directors Meeting, 7906 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda


19 -

7:00 p.m.,

Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board Meeting, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center, Room A, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda


19 -

7:15 p.m.,

Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board Meeting, Mid-County Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton


20 -

9:30 a.m.,

Full Commission Meeting, PRA Auditorium, 6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale


20 -

7:00 p.m.,

UpCounty Regional Recreation Advisory Board Meeting, UpCounty Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown


20 -

7:00 p.m.,

Wheaton Redevelopment Steering Committee Meeting, #403, Redevelopment Office, 11501 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton


21 -


Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium


21 -

4:00 p.m.,

Downtown Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee Meeting, 1st Floor Conference Room, 8435 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring


22 -

8:00 a.m.,

Silver Spring Action Group, Division of Traffic and Parking Services, 1109 Spring Street, Suite 407, Silver Spring (new time)


25 -

7:15 p.m.,

UpCounty Citizens Advisory Board Meeting, UpCounty Regional Services Center, Meeting Room A, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown


25 -

7:30 p.m.,

UpCounty Action Group, UpCounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Suite 1000, Germantown


27 -

7:30 p.m.,

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, MRO Auditorium


28 -


Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium



Help Us Update Our Database!


Please Call 301-495-4600


The Planning Board’s Community Relations Office is updating the extensive civic and homeowners association database, and you can help by calling 301-495-4600 any time of the day or night with the current president’s name, address, and phone number.  Thanks so much for your cooperation.






Planning Board ON THE INTERNET


Due to technical difficulties, live audio of Planning Board meetings will not be available on the Board’s website until further notice.  Please visit the website,, for the current week’s agenda and staff reports, news releases, statistical data, calendar of events and meetings, information on the Board and its work in Montgomery County, and much more.




County Council Review of Transportation Policy Report II


February 12 and 13, 2002 – 7:00 pm. (New Time)

7th Floor Council Hearing Room

100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville


Public Forums will be held before the County Council on TPR II issues.





Department of Permitting Services

Division of Water Resources Management

Has received:





This proposed project is to improve the intersection at Old Columbia Pike and Briggs Chaney Road.  This site is within the Upper Paint Branch Watershed.  The Upper Paint Branch Watershed is a designated Special Protection Area.                    




The site is a 45.25 acre parcel located on the west side of MD 355 at the intersection with Hammer Hill Road.  The site is zoned R-200/TDR and will consist of a mixed residential (single-family detached townhouse and multi-family dwellings) subdivision.  The site is located within the portion of Little Seneca Creek Watershed that has been designated as a Special Protection Area.


If you wish to request a public information meeting for one of these proposals, a written request must be submitted to this office within 15 days of this notice (Notice posted 2/11/2002).


The Water Quality Plans are also available for review at the Department of Permitting Services office during working hours.  (8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday)


For further information, please call Leo Galanko at (240) 777-6242.  The address for the Department of Permitting Services is:

                                                 Department of Permitting Services

                                                 255 Rockville Pike, 2nd Floor, Station 8

                                                 Rockville, Maryland 20850




February 2002



Friday 1 - 7 to 9pm

Montgomery County Park and Planning Auditorium - 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring (free parking in rear)

A showing of the video "Whispers of Angels" with a discussion afterwards.  Thomas Garrett and William Still, two of the great stationmasters, are featured in this hour-long film about the Underground Railroad, starring Ed Asner and Blair Underwood.  This dramatic documentary film was created last year in Delaware by Teleduction, Inc.  It includes interviews with Charles Blockson, Bill Williams and Jame O. Horton, among others.

Saturday 9 - 11am to noon -

Warren Methodist Church, White's Ferry Road and Martinsburg Road, 3 miles west of Poolesville

Storyteller Diane Macklin will weave a touch of magic into traditional folk tales and legends from Africa that will mesmerize audiences both young and old, with the themes of Love, Hope, Patience and Kindness.  The Warren Church is a Montgomery County historic site-the only African American site in the state that still retains all three of its original buildings: church, school and community hall. 

Monday 18 - 2 to 4pm - Presidents Day

Good Hope Methodist Episcopal Church, 14655 Good Hope Road, Cloverly

"Benjamin Banneker" as played by Dale Guy. Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) was a free black man from Ellicott Mills, Maryland, who was a renown mathematician and inventor. He helped survey the boundaries for the District of Columbia and published an annual Farmer's Almanac.  The old Good Hope Church is a Montgomery County historic site. Although the church has been renovated, the African American community and cemetery date back to the 1880s.  After the presentation "Partnership with Nature" will conduct a workshop on the uses of

natural herbs.

Saturday 23 - 10am to 12 noon

Old Lincoln High School, North Stonestreet and Lincoln Avenue, Rockville

Helping to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation with gospel singing, a talk on the Black Schools in Montgomery County, and "Partnership with Nature".  An African American Quilt Show will continue to be on display until 4 p.m. Lincoln High School, a Rockville Historic Site, was built in 1935 to serve the entire Black population of Montgomery County. It is now the Crusaders Baptist Church.  To find out more about the 25th Anniversary Celebration events, including a bus tour, gospel concert, and banquet, call (301) 251-2747.

Tuesday 26 - 7 to 9pm

Wheaton Claridge Recreation Center, 11901 Claridge Rd., Wheaton

"An Evening With Matthew Henson." James Henson will present a film about his grand-uncle, Matthew Henson, who accompanied Admiral Peary on his arctic expeditions and became the first man to reach the North Pole on April 6, 1909, having been sent ahead to break the trail.  He was born in Charles County, Maryland in 1866.

There is a nearby park named for Matthew Henson.



75 Years



For directions or more information call 301.258.4044

All programs are free and open to the public - Refreshments will be served



Are they needed?

Attend a public forum on

Tuesday, February 12, 2002 7-9 p.m.,

Earle B. Wood Middle School

14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, MD 20853


The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning Staff and the Montgomery County Recreation Advisory Board invite the public to participate in a forum to discuss a proposal for Dog Exercise Areas in Montgomery County Parks.


Proposed locations are portions of:  (1) Aberdeen Local Park, 12231 Triple Crown Road, North Potomac, (2) Bonifant Landfill Site (part of the Northwest Branch Recreation Park), (3) Centerway Local Park, 9551 Centerway Road, Gaithersburg; (4) Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park, 2001 Evans Parkway, Silver Spring, (5) Parklawn Group Camping Area, 12718 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, and (6) Water’s Landing Local Park, 13701 Waters Landing Drive, Germantown


Your comments on this subject are important in determining the suitability of these or other sites for dog exercise areas.  Speakers representing organizations and other groups may have 5 minutes; individuals are limited to 3 minutes.  To register as a speaker, call (301) 650-2890.


You may also send written comments by March 1, 2002 to our website at:, mcp feedback, cc: Terry Brooks, or mail to him at M-NCPPC, Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901.


For a copy of the proposal, go to the website or call Mr. Brooks at (301) 495-2477.