The Montgomery County Planning Board Agenda

Thursday, May 28, 2009


May 28, 2009

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 a.m. The agenda is subject to change and certain items may be postponed or added.
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item *1 Adoption of Opinions/Resolutions


Item *2 Record Plats

Subdivision Plat No. 220061180, Clarksburg Village
R-200 zone; 4 parcels; located on the east side of Stringtown Road at the intersection of Granite Rock Road; Clarksburg.

Staff recommendation: Approval

Subdivision Plat No. 220090530, Spring Hill Manor
R-60 and R-90 zones; 2 lots; located on the east side of Spring Hill Lane, 100 feet south of Glenmoor Drive; Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Staff recommendation: Approval


Item *3 Consent Items

Planning Board Action/Decisions: Approved

Item 4 Approval of Minutes
  Planning Board Action/Decisions: Approved
Item 5 Public Private Partnership: Tai Chi Court

M. Ma/ E. Masciocchi


Review proposal by Wu Wei Tai Chi Club to construct a Tai Chi court near picnic shelter H at Cabin John Regional Park.

Staff recommendation: Approve partnership

  Planning Board Action/Decisions: Approved
Item 6 Shady Grove Maintenance Facility Relocation: Site Selection Analysis

M. Ma/P. Izzadjoo


Review Staff evaluation of potential acquisitions sites for relocation of the Shady Grove Maintenance Facility located on Crabbs Branch Way, Gaithersburg and Vicinity Master Plan area.

Staff recommendation: Approve staff recommended site for new location

  Planning Board Action/Decisions: Approved
Item 7 Amendment to County Code Chapter 33A

K. Reily


Introduced by Councilmember Leventhal to amend the time period within which the Council may schedule a public hearing on a Master Plan or Master Plan Amendment.

Staff recommendation:: Transmit Comments to the County Council


Planning Board Action/Decisions: Approved
Item 8

Takoma/Langley Sector Plan -Postponed

B. Barron/ M. Williams


(No Public Testimony will be taken)
Item 11 Growth Policy Status Report and Draft Recommendations -Time Change



Review of Listening Sessions and summary of Staff Draft recommendations.

(No Public Testimony will be taken)

  Planning Board Action/Decisions: Discussion only, no vote taken.
12:30 PM LUNCH
Item 12 Closed Session -ADDED

B. Gries

Pursuant to Annotated Code of Maryland, State Government Article, Section 10-508 (a) (3) to consider acquisition of real property for a public purpose – Josiah Henson Site
Item 14 Closed Session -ADDED


Pursuant to Annotated Code of Maryland, State Government Article, Section 10-508 (a) (13) to comply with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicially imposed requirement that prevents public disclosures about a particular proceeding or matter (Approval of Closed Session Minutes)
Item 13 Parkland Acquisitions -ADDED

1:30 PM

B. Gries

(10 min)


A. Fairland Recreational Park: Authorization to acquire 52.88 acres, more or less, unimproved, from The Artery Group located south of MD RT 198 (Sandy Spring Road), West of the Prince George's County line, Burtonsville, Maryland, 20866

Staff Recommendation: Approval

B. Josiah Henson Site:

i. Add the Josiah Henson Site to the Legacy Open Space Program as a Heritage Resource (Class II)

Staff Recommendation: Approval

ii. Authorization to acquire 23,292 square feet more or less, improved, from The Estate of Marian G. Rozier, located at 11410 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, Maryland 20852 as a Legacy Open Space (LOS) Heritage Resource.

Staff Recommendation: Approval

  Planning Board Action/Decisions: Approved
Item *9 Project Plan No. 920070010, Studio Plaza, Continuation of Discussion for Alley Abandonment (AB 719) and Mandatory Referral (MR 09-713)

E. Hisel-McCoy


A. Project Plan No. 920070010 CBD-1 & Fenton Village Overlay Zone; 5.11 acres; Multi-building mixed-use development, including, but not limited to, residential, retail, office, and/or hotel uses, with a maximum base density – exclusive of any density bonuses – of 626,781 gross square feet; located on the block bound by Thayer Avenue, Fenton Street, Silver Spring Avenue, and Mayor Lane in Fenton Village, Silver Spring; Silver Spring CBD Sector Plan Staff recommendation: Approval with Conditions
B. Alley Abandonment (AB 719) Staff recommendation: Approval with Conditions
C. Mandatory Referral (MR 09-713) Staff recommendation: Approval to Transmit Comments


A: Planning Board Action/Decisions: Approved with changes

B: Planning Board Action/Decisions: Approved to transmit commentws

C: Planning Board Action/Decisions: Approved on pro forma basis

Item 10 Worksession #4: Gaithersburg West Master Plan - Life Sciences Center (LSC) Districts: North and West; LSC Zones; Environmental Analysis

N. Sturgeon


(No Public Testimony will be taken)
  Planning Board Action/Decisions: Discussion only, no vote taken.
Item 15 Round Table Discussion-POSTPONED


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Montgomery County Department of Parks
Special Announcement

The Commission is considering the approval of a request to dedicate a playground at Kensington Heights Neighborhood Park in Kensington in honor of Mr. Wayne Goldstein, an activist and tireless advocate for residents throughout Montgomery County. Mr. Goldstein was a former president of the county’s Civic Federation, a current columnist in The Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper and a consistent advocate for community issues throughout the county. Most notable among Mr. Goldstein’s greatest achievements is that Mr. Goldstein was a huge figure in the preservation and advocacy realm.
The Commission will be considering this request within the next 14 days. If you would like to comment on this proposal, please send you comments to Mr. Terry Brooks, Chief, Special Program Division at no later than June 1, 2009.