Planning Board Agenda

Thursday, December 19, 2002, 9:30 A.M.

8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20910-3760

(301) 495-4600,


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9:30 a.m.


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



A.     Administrative Items

B.     Transfer $106,739 from Ballfield Lighting PDF #008721 to Ballfield Initiatives PDF #008720 in order to encumber a contract for installation of lights at Wheaton Regional Park Ballfield #3. Approval

Proposed Closed Session pursuant to Maryland State Government Code Annotated Section 10-508(a)(7) (consult with counsel to obtain legal advice) (subject: SoccerPlex)

10:25 a.m.


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




Roll Call

Approval of Minutes

Commissioners’ Report

Director’s Report

Reconsideration Requests

10:40 a.m.


Mandatory Referral #00814-SHA-1 State Highway Administration (SHA) Congestion Relief Study (CRS)Intersection Improvements Veirs Mill Road (MD 586) at Aspen Hill Road. Approval with comments.



Implementation Strategies for Arts and Entertainment Districts1) proposed zoning text amendments to add definitions for arts related land uses, and to permit or allow by special exception home occupations in CBD Zones and certain industrial zones, and 2) additional recommendations – Discussion and Approval to Transmit to County Council and County Executive.

12:00 P.M.





1:00 P.M.


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




Little Seneca Creek Stream Restoration, Camp Seneca Special Park – Stream restoration as mitigation for sediment violation – Approval.



Special Exception S-2552: Hotel – Marriott International, 130 suites, 3.83 acres, I-3 Zone, WesTech Business Park, West of Cherry Hill Road and South of Plum Orchard Drive, Calverton – Approval with conditions.  



Mandatory Referral No. 02814-SHA-1: Muncaster Mill Road (MD115) from Redland Road to Norbeck Road (MD 28) - Approval with comments.



Preliminary Plan Review No. 1-02043 – Finnegan Farm (Request to revise previous conditions of approval); RC zone; 12 lots (12 additional 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 & Vicinity – Approval with conditions.



Preliminary Plan Review No. 1-03018 – Willow Ridge Phase II; R-200 zone; 9 lots (8 single family detached dwelling units, and 1 existing horticultural nursery); 19.07 acres; On the north side of Darnestown Road (MD 28), approximately 900 feet west of Quince Orchard Road (MD 124); Darnestown & Vicinity  Approval with conditions.



Preliminary Plan Review No. 1-03027 – Valois Property, Proposed Lot 29, Block D, Spring Lawn Farm; RE-2 zone; 1 lot (1 single family detached dwelling unit); 2.05 acres; At the southern terminus of Crystal Spring Drive, approximately 500 feet south of Country View Way; Sandy Spring/Ashton & Vicinity – Approval with conditions.



Record Plats



Upper Rock Creek Area Master Plan - Transportation – Worksession #3

(No public testimony will be taken at this time.)

5:40 P.M.




*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



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7:15 p.m.,

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


17 -

7:15 p. m.,

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


18 -

7:00 p.m.,

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


18 -

7:00 P.M.,

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


18 -

7:30 p.m.,

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, MRO Auditorium


19 -

9:30 a.m.,

Montgomery County Planning Board General Meeting, 3rd Floor Conference

Room, MRO


19 -

4:00 p.m.,

Downtown Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Board, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 8435 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring















7:00 p.m.,

Countywide Recreational Advisory Board, Department of Recreation, 12210 Bushey Drive, Wheaton



7:00 p.m.,

Mid-County Recreation Advisory Board, Department of Recreation-Room 300, 12210 Bushey Drive, Silver Spring



7:00 p.m.

Silver Spring Citizen Regional Advisory Board 9500 Brunett Avenue Silver Spring



7:30 p.m.,

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, MRO Auditorium



9:30 a.m.,

Montgomery County Planning Board General Meeting, 3rd Floor Conference

Room, MRO



7:30 p.m.,

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





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