Montgomery County Planning Board



Thursday, June 27, 2002, 9:30 A.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 –



9:30 a.m.


GENERAL MEETING (Third Floor Conference Room, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring)




A.        Administrative Items


9:45 a.m.


PLANNING BOARD MEETING (MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring)




Roll Call

Approval of Minutes

Commissioners’ Reports

Directors’ Reports

Reconsideration Requests


Blue Agenda (Summary of Staff Recommendations)

10:00 a.m.


Consent Item:  Reservation of Land for Public UseApproval.



Zoning Text Amendment No. 02-09 - Introduced by District Council at the request of the Board of Appeals; amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow roofed porch additions to a main building to extend certain distances into minimum required yard areas - Approval.



Zoning Text Amendment No. 02-07 - Introduced by Councilmember Dacek; amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow ‘emergency health care facility’ by right in the C-T zone - Approval with modifications.



Designation of Howard Hughes Medical Institute as a Strategic Economic Development ProjectTransmit comments to the County Council.




Site Plan Review No. 8-02034 - Grandview Townhomes; CBD-1/R-60 Zones; one-family detached unit, 42 townhouses; southwest quadrant, intersection of Grandview Avenue and Blueridge Avenue; Kensington-Wheaton; PA – 31 - Approval with conditions.  



Board of Appeals Petition No. S-420-G (Special Exception Modification) - Holy Cross Hospital of Silver Spring, applicant, requests modifications to the existing hospital; R-60 Zone; 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring – Approval with conditions.



Development Plan Amendment - (DPA-02-3) – Euro Motocars, applicant, seeks to amend approved Development Plan to permit an automobile dealership; 5.34 acres; Town Sector Zone; 19730 Germantown Road, Germantown - Approval of Development Plan Amendment and Approval of Supplementary Plan.


1:30 p.m.


PLANNING BOARD MEETING CONTINUED (MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring)




Briefing and Discussion of MPDU Issues including alternative agreements and financial feasibility of MPDU’s in high-rise buildings.



Site Plan Review No. 8-02030 - The Overlook at Rossmoor Leisure World; PRC Zone; 260 multi-family units; on North Leisure World Boulevard, 1,535 feet southeast of Interlachen Drive; Aspen Hill & Vicinity; PA – 27 - Approval with conditions.



Local Map Amendment No. G-798Bachelors Forest, LLC/Centext Home, applicant, requests rezoning from the R-90 Zone to the RT-15 Zone; 198 townhouses; 14.7 acres; 11601 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton – Approval of the RT-15 Zone; Approval of Schematic Development Plan.



Preliminary Plan Review No. 1-02105 – Donald B. Griggs Property; RE-2C Zone; 3 lots (3 single-family detached dwelling units); 9.017 acres; on the east side of Mount Vernon Avenue, approximately 200 feet south of Damascus Road (MD 108); Damascus Vicinity – Approval with conditions.



Subdivision Regulations Waiver No. 02010 – Seneca Highlands; Request for a waiver under Section 50-38 of the Montgomery County Subdivision Regulations; RC Zone; 2 lots (existing); 4.23 acres; on the west side of Darnestown Road (MD 28), approximately 500 feet northeast of Turkey Foot Road; Darnestown – Grant waiver, subject to conditions.


5:30 p.m.




7:30 p.m.


Part 1. Pre-Preliminary Plan Review No. 7-02042 – Cabin Branch
Part 2 Staff Recommendation
; RE-1, RMX-1, I-3 Zones; Mixed Development – Residential/Retail; 900 acres; west side of I-270, north of West Old Baltimore Road, south of Clarksburg Road (MD 121); Clarksburg & Vicinity – Discussion of issues prior to applicant proceeding with zoning application and subsequent preliminary plan and site plan submission.



Preliminary Plan Review No. 1-97098 – Thompson Farm; RDT Zone; 16 lots and 1 outlot; 434.73 acres; on the east side of Slidell Road, approximately 4,700 feet southwest of Comus Road; Clarksburg – Approval with conditions.



Record PlatsApproval.



Zoning Text Amendment No. 02-03 - Introduced by Councilmember Praisner; amend the Zoning Ordinance to modify the standards for granting a telecommunication facility special exception - Approval with modifications.

(Heard on MCPB Agenda of 4/4/02 and 6/13/02)




Dog Exercise Areas - Staff Recommendation
Proposal - Full Text

Public Comments Approval of policy, procedures, and preferred site locations.


*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



26 -

7:30 p.m.,

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, MRO Auditorium


27 -

1:00 p.m.,

Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium


27 -


MCPB, Moderately Priced Dwelling Units Briefing, MRO Auditorium


3 -

8:30 a.m.,

Task Force Meeting on Keep Montgomery County Beautiful, EOB, 101 Monroe Street, 10th Floor Conference Room, Rockville


3 -

7:15 p.m.,

East County Citizens Advisory Board Meeting, Eastern Montgomery Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring


4 -




9 -

4:30 p.m.,

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


10 -

7:15 p.m.,

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


10 -

7:30 p.m.,

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, MRO Auditorium


11 -

9:30 a.m.,

Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium


11 -


MCPB Worksession on Local Area Transportation Review Guidelines, MRO Auditorium


11 -

7:30 p.m.,

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


15 -

7:00 p.m.,

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


16 -

7:45 a.m.,

Bethesda Urban Partnership Board of Directors Meeting, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Lobby, Bethesda


16 -

7:15 p.m.,

Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board Meeting, Executive Office Building, 11th Floor Conference Room, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville


17 -

9:30 a.m.,

Full Commission Meeting, MRO Auditorium


17 -

7:00 p.m.,

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


17 -

7:00 p.m.,

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


18 -

9:30 a.m.,

Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium


18 -


Montgomery County Planning Board, Upper Rock Creek Area Master Plan (Staff Draft), MRO Auditorium


18 -

4:00 p.m.,

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


22 -

7:15 p.m.,

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


24 -

7:30 p.m.,

Historic Preservation Commission 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 to Consider Dog Exercise Areas on June 27


Nine sites, portions of regional and local parks scattered throughout the County, are being considered for dog exercise areas: 

Ø             the former Bonifant Landfill,

Ø             Black Hill Regional Park (near the boat ramp)

Ø             Cabin John Regional Park (near the handball court)

Ø             Centerway Local Park (northwest of the athletic fields)

Ø             Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Park (adjacent to the swim center entrance)

Ø             Olney Manor Recreational Park (south of the aquatic center parking lot)

Ø             Ridge Road Recreational Park (in the gasoline right-of-way)

Ø             Water’s Landing Local Park (south of the playground)

Ø             Wheaton Regional Park (behind the tennis facility)


Development of these facilities will only occur with the partnership between the Department of Park and Planning and an interested “dog owner group” (DOG).


If you wish to speak, please contact Carolyn Wainwright, (301) 495-2572 or via e-mail at


To obtain a copy of the “Proposed Dog Exercise Areas in Montgomery County Parks,” go to


The public hearing will be held in the Planning Board office’s auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.  Call 301-495-4600 to determine the estimated time of this item on the Board’s agenda.






I-270/US 15 Multi-Modal Corridor Study

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Displays - 5:30 PM

Presentation/Public Testimony - 7:00 PM

Seneca Valley High School

12700 Middlebrook Road

Germantown, Maryland 20874


The Maryland State Highway Administration and the Maryland Transit Administration are holding a location/design public hearing to formally present the results of the engineering and environmental studies for the I-270/US 15 Multi-Modal Corridor Study.  The public hearing will provide an opportunity for interested persons to offer verbal or written comments for consideration as part of the project record.  Maps and other exhibits depicting the study alternates will be on display prior to the hearing presentation and public testimony.