The Montgomery County Planning Board Agenda

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Last updated: May 23 at 4:00 P.M.

8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3760

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9:00 am Planning Board Meeting (MRO Auditorium)


  Consent Agenda


Item *1 Adoption of Opinions/Resolutions

Group A: All Commissioners Eligible to Vote:

i) Preliminary Plan No. 120060580 Schooley Property: ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION No. 07-13

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

ii) Preliminary Plan No. 11987040A Mother of God Amendment: ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION No. 07-14

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

iii) Site Plan No. 820070030 Colesville Road Hilton. ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION No.

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Item *2 Record Plats

Subdivision Plat No. 220070220 Tolson Center C-2 zone; 1 Lot; Southeast quadrant, intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard. North Bethesda Staff Recommendation: Approval

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.



Item *3 Consent Agenda -POSTPONED

Site Plan Review No. 82003041A, Maple Ridge (Also known as Seaton Square) RT-8; amendment to replace playground equipment with comparable equipment from a different manufacturer. Located between Lockwood Drive and Columbia Pike (US 29), approximately 1,500 feet west of New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650);White Oak & Vicinity Staff Recommendation: Approval with conditions

  Hearings on Applications
Item *4 Preliminary Plan No. 120070140, and Site Plan Review No. 820070050 Randolph Plaza

D. Kinney


C-1 zone; 1.29 acres; 1 lot requested; 18,704 square feet of office and 4,005 square feet of retail use; located on the north side of Randolph Road, approximately 250 west of the intersection with New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650); White Oak; Staff Recommendation: Approval

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved Preliminary Plan and Site Plan.

Item *5 Preliminary Plan No. 120061000, and Site Plan Review No. 820060330 Petruccelli’s Corner

N. Braunstein


C-1, O-M, and Rural Village Center Overlay zones; 2.66 acres; 1 lot requested; new 10,000 square foot commercial building, retention of a 4,100 square foot commercial building, and a cellular telephone antenna; located in the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Darnestown Road (MD 28) and Seneca Road (MD 112); Potomac; Staff Recommendation: Approval

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved Preliminary Plan and Site Plan.

Item *6 Preliminary Plan No. 120070400, Allanwood (Resubdivision)

E. Grayson/ C. Conlon


R-200 zone; 2.36 acres; 3 lots requested; 3 one-family detached dwelling units; located on the southeast side of Norbeck Road, approximately 350 feet east of Drury Road; Aspen Hill; Staff Recommendation: Approval

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Item *7 Preliminary Plan Amendment No. 12004018A, Airpark North Business Park

R. Weaver/ C. Conlon


I-4 zone; 134.07 acres; approximately 1.2 million square feet office, industrial and research and development use previously approved; request to amend a previous condition of approval dealing with construction of the Lois Green Conservation Park parking lot; Gaithersburg; Staff Recommendation: Approval

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved.

Item 8 Zoning Text Amendment No. 07-04

G. Russ


Introduced by Councilmembers Elrich and Berliner: to amend the Zoning Ordinance to establish setbacks for accessory structures from national park property; and generally amend the special provisions for accessory structures in single-family residential and agricultural zones Staff Recommendation: Transmit Comments to the County Council

(Action required for public hearing of 06/12/07)

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved staff recommendation to transmit comments to the County Council.

12:00 PM Lunch
  Planning Board Meeting Continues (MRO Auditorium)
Item 9 Silver Place -Moved to Roundtable Discussion

M. Riley

Staff Recommendation: Discussion

1:00 PM Park Item
Item 10 Parks CIP Worksession

M. Venzke


Overview of requests from public forum and discussion of evaluation criteria for FY09-14 CIP

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

Item 11 Montgomery Parks Public / Private Partnership Annual Report : Red Wiggler Community Farm

T. Brooks


The Red Wiggler Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit Public /Private Partner of the Commission. the Red Wiggler Farm located in the Ovid Hazen Wells Recreational Park in Clarksburg. the Red Wiggler Farm provides environmentally grown produce using the devoted labor and services of mentally and physically challenged adults. The Red Wiggler Foundation will give the Board their annual report of activities, special events, and public benefits Staff Recommendation: Discussion

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

  Planning Board Meeting Continues
Item 12 Site Plan Review and Final Water Quality Plan No. 8-06011, Bowie Mill Estates

E. Hisel-McCoy


RNC zone; 468.53acres; 186 lots; 158 one-family detached dwellings, 14 duplex dwelling units, and 14 townhouses, including a minimum of 15% Moderately Priced Dwelling Units; located on Muncaster Mill Road opposite the intersection with Needwood Road; Upper Rock Creek; Staff Recommendation: Approval with conditions

Planning Board Action/Decision: Continuence

4:30 PM  
Item 14 Growth Management Speaker Series -TIME CHANGE

K. Moritz

M. Banach


Alexander von Hoffman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. He is the author of House by House, Block by Block: The Rebirth of America’s Urban Neighborhoods, Fuel Lines for the Urban Revival Engine: Neighborhoods, Community Development Corporations, and Financial Intermediaries; and Local Attachments: The Making of an American Urban Neighborhood, 1850 to 1920. He directed “Patterns and Process of Sprawl,” a project for the U. S. Geological Survey. Thanks to grants from the MacArthur, Ford, and Fannie Mae Foundations, von Hoffman is currently writing a history of low-income housing politics and policy in the United States. Mr. Von Hoffman graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of History, Ph.D.; University of Massachusetts Department of History, M.A.; and Department of English, B.A., Summa Cum Laude.

Lucille Harrigan has degrees in International Relations from Barnard College and Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from American University. She spent her career at the State Department as a speechwriter; as a contract writer for the Defense Department and USIA while raising her children. Harrigan taught Comparative Government at Montgomery College. In 1977, she became Legislative Information Coordinator for the Montgomery County Council, and remained on staff for 21 years.

Since her retirement, she has been work with Mr. Von Hoffman on a series of papers on sprawl in the Washington region.

Topic: “Urban Planning in the Age of Sprawl.” Thoughts on the Past and Future of American Metropolitan Growth.” This presentation will focus on three growth management case studies including Montgomery, Loudon, and Fairfax Counties.

6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Planning Board Meeting Continues (MRO Auditorium)
Item 13

Roundtable Discussion including Briefings and Worksessions -TIME CHANGE

(No public testimony will be taken at this time)


A. Approval of Minutes

B. Commissioners' Reports

C. Director's Report

D. Silver Place Program of Requirements for Park and Planning Headquarters



Notices and Reminders

May 16 9:30 a.m. Full Commission Meeting, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro
  16 7:00 p.m UpCounty Recreation Advisory Board, Upcounty Regional Service Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Ste 1600, Germantown
  17 9:00 a.m. Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
  17 3:30 p.m. Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Board, Discovery Communications, 1 Discovery Place
  19 9:00 a.m. Rachel Carson Greenway 100th Birthday Celebration - Rachel Carson Conservation Park
  20 9:00 a.m. Rachel Carson Greenway 100th Birthday Celebration - Rachel Carson Conservation Park
  20 2:00 p.m. Rachel Carson Cake Cutting- Rachel Carson Conservation Park
  21 7:00 p.m. Western Montgomery County Citizen Advisory Board, Garrett Park Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Avenue, Garrett Park
  22 1:00 p.m. Department Heads Meeting, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro
  23 7:30 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
  24 9:00 a.m. Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
  25 12:00p.m. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month- Dr. Abul Hussam, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, George Mason University, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
  30 11:30a.m. Reach In Forum Focusing on the Hispanic Community, MRO Auditorium, Silver Spring, MD
  31 7:00 p.m Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
June 4 -6:00 p.m. ,County Wide Recreation Advisory Board, Recreation Administrative Offices, 4010 Randolph Road, Wheaton
  6 7:15 p.m., East County Citizens Advisory Board, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring
  7 9:00 a.m. Montgomery County Planning Board Meeting, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring
  7 - 7:00 p.m. Mid County Recreation Advisory Board, Dept. of Recreation, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton
  11 7:00 p.m. Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, Long Branch Library
  11 8:00 p.m. Upcounty Citizen Advisory Board Annual Meeting, BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.
  12 4:30 p.m. Wheaton Urban District Advisory, Mid-County Services Ctr. 2424 Reedie Drive, 1st Floor, Wheaton
  12 7:00 p.m. East County Recreation Advisory Board, Fairland Comm. Ctr., 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  13 7:00 p.m. Silver Spring Recreation Advisory Board, Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring
  13 7:30 p.m. Historic Preservation Commission, MRO Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
  13 TBD Celebration Event honoring Commissioners Wendy Perdue and Meredith Wellington - Brookside Gardens







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

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 21 9:15 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