September Meeting Notes

Bicycle Master Plan

David Anspacher of the Planning Dept presented on the the Bicycle Master Plan in the works. It is intended to appeal to those with low tolerance for traffic stress (approx 51% of people).  See the presentation here.

5550 Friendship Blvd

Developer filed a Local Map Amendment to raise the permitted height in Sector Plan from 90 feet to 180 feet. The latest plan is that the existing building would remain, and a condo of 180 feet would be added (100 upscale condos). They are thinking of a small greenspace in front of the building being used as a dog park. Tentative hearing dates with Planning Board on Dec 7. On Oct 10, the developer will make a presentation to the Friendship Village Council. They will be presenting to CCCFH in our October meeting. Friendship Heights will vote to take a stance on their proposal after the presentation and has asked that the CCCFH do the same. 

Bethesda Downtown Plan

On the Council Agenda for tomorrow (9/19/17). The Sectional Map Amendment seems to be on track for approval. The SMA adopts the zoning proposed in the Sector Plan for over 200 properties. 

Westward Self Storage

CCCFH Issues: 

  • Portion of building in the Stream Valley Buffer 
  • Access: How are people accessing this building?
  • Compliance with zoning: Where are you measuring height from?
  • How will this all fit in with the greenway? Will there be a canyon effect.
  • Stormwater questions
  • Parcel 177 is the southeastern parcel of the cemetery – are they planning to build on it or dedicating it? 

Sept 12: New site plan looks very similar and has building height measuring point. They would like a tree variance as well. They also filed a response that is an 18 page document that seems to say they are willing to push back against the community concerns. 

There is a planning board meeting on Oct 19. This is an extension meeting at which the Planning Board is likely to extend the deadline to November. Staff report will come in early November. There is a decent amount of coordination needed on the CCCFH front in the next few months. 

Westbard Sector Plan: 

Reminder: Regency owns a lot of strip malls. They are in the retail business. Traditionally, retail developers do not switch over to residential development. It will be interesting to see if they flip the residential property to someone else and move forward with their retail developments.

Save Westbard Lawsuit: 

Oral arguments heard in August on two of the three claims (the procedural claims). A decision on either of these claims could cause a remand. The third claim is on illegal contract zoning and is scheduled to go to trial in October (this has since been rescheduled to January). 

The mediation process with the Baptist Church and the Cemetery is ongoing but confidential, so not much to report. 

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