Global Mission and MCA to Meet with County Exec

Plans for Global Mission Church, the 138,000-square-foot church designed for construction in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, has been put on hold as Frederick Commissioners question the project’s scope in the rural landscape. Montgomery and Frederick county residents alike have voiced complaints and numerous concerns.  Montgomery’s County Executive, Ike Leggett, recently met with Montgomery Countryside Alliance (MCA), and has arranged to meet with the Global Mission and MCA on August 6th. Read more…

Tour of Dickerson Power Plant

The Dickerson Generating Station, a Mirant operated power plant in northern Montgomery County, recently provided a tour to 25 nearby residents, organized by the Sugarloaf Citizens Association treasurer, Chris Kendrick.  MCA director, Caroline Taylor, joined the tour as they were guided through the plant’s operating process and lectured on future energy plans. The plants hopes to offer regular open house tours at the end of the year, once it finishes construction to meet new federal emissions standards. Read more…

Save Belward Farm from Science City

The North Potomac Citizens Association released the following community alert on the proposed development of a Science City on treasured Belward Farm in North Potomac and Gaithersburg West.  Click below to see development plans and learn how you can help.

Science City Alert

Planning Commission Delays Decision on Church

As residents and environmentalists unite voices against the proposed Global Mission Church, a massive development that would sit in the scenic shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, the Frederick Planning Commission has decided to delay decisions to further investigate its detrimental consequences to the preserved area.  See Gazette article… 

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Clarksburg Ten Mile Creek

More Clarksburg development threatens Ag Reserve.   

Let’s Protect the Ten Mile Creek Watershed  

This watershed in Clarksburg, Maryland, contains some of the most healthy drinking water in our area. It’s included in a county-designated “Special Protection Area.” Since 1994, however, massive development in the town of Clarksburg has savaged local streams. And now proposed new developments and a huge county bus depot threaten what is left. Click map to enlarge.

Voice your support of Ten Mile Creek Watershed in one email copied to these decisionmakers:

Montgomery County Executive Leggett
Council President Andrews
Planning Board Chairman Hanson

Tell them:

1. Who you are
2. To support the 
Planning Board staff recommendation, which proposes moving the bus depot to an alternate site outside the “Special Protection Area”
3. To downsize the amount of impervious surface and development (the current master plan allows 1,643 residential units and many scores of acres of office & retail space).
4. You can also add one or two points from the 
Ten Mile Creek Fact Sheet.

Please send your email asap! A Planning Board Hearing will take place Thursday, July 9 at 1 p.m., and a decision will be made by the County Council in the fall.

Let Dolores Milmoe know if you or your group can testify at the Planning Board Hearing.
 

Thank you for helping to protect our area waterways!

 

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-652-9188

www.audubonnaturalist.org

 

enews@audubonnaturalist.org Audubon Naturalist Society

 

Montgomery Countryside Alliance thanks Audubon Naturalist Society for the use of this alert!

 

Gaithersburg West Master Plan

 

Coming to Shady Grove Hospital area: 40,000 new jobs, 14.7 million square feet of construction, 5,000 new homes … and NO secured funding for any transit…

 

*The Montgomery County Planning Board is now drafting its Gaithersburg West Master Plan for a high-rise, high-density “Science City” between Shady Grove Rd and Great Seneca State Park (see planning area).

*The plan triples the current workforce of the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center to a total of 60,000 people (more than all of downtown Bethesda).

*The new construction doubles the LSC space to 14.7 million sq. feet of development, much of which will be commercial and housing (current space is purely research and development).

*With only 5,000 new homes to accommodate the 40,000 workforce influx, demand will intensify for nearby real estate, and more housing will develop in and around the Ag Reserve.

*The aggressive increase in construction, residents, and commuters will be largely unsupportable in an area already at or above capacity in its transit, water, sewage, and school systems.  They have only identified space for a single, additional elementary school, leaving the Wooton school cluster a casualty of extreme overcrowding.

*It would bring approximately 35,000 additional vehicles to already congested commuter routes, greatly increasing current congestion and requiring expansion to six and eight-lane highways surrounding the development along with five new highway interchanges.  

*The plan also includes a shift in the Corridors Cities Transit to mitigate the increased traffic, but this would offer little help as few current residents would be close enough to access the CCT stations.  

*Proposed building heights of five to twelve stories would dwarf surrounding neighborhoods, whose commercial buildings are currently two to five stories high.

*The plan includes Johns Hopkins University’s development of local treasure, Belward Farm, purchased at a gift price under deed restrictions for property use as an academic or medical campus.  Using the “and related purposes” clause to undermine these restrictions, JHU has persuaded planners to permit 4.6 (of JHU’s proposed 6.5) million square feet of high-rise, high density commercial and housing construction, developing all but 10% of the 107 acre farm, the only green space left in the area. 

 

Several meetings have been held to draw community input, but updated drafts reflect little reverence for community concerns.  The final plan is to be decided upon by the County Council in the fall.  President Phil Andrews has already questioned the planners’ number predictions.

 

ACTION NEEDED:

 

At this stage, it is important that we contact the County Council, County Executive and Planning Board to communicate that such large-scale development is irresponsible and unsupportable in this area.  The citizens group Residents for Reasonable Development (RRD) has presented an alternative plan to help the Life Sciences Center meet goals without sacrificing local environmental and community interests. As we express our concerns, it may help to recommend the benefits of the more balanced and reasonable RRD plan as an alternative. 

 

Please voice your concerns to the following contacts:

 

County Council President, Phil Andrews: 

 councilmember.andrews@montgomerycountymd.gov

 

County Executive, Ike Leggett:

 ike.leggett@montgomerycountymd.gov 

 

County Planning Board Chair, Royce Hanson:

 royce.hanson@mncppc-mc.org

 

 

Thank you so much for your help!

 

Montgomery Countryside Alliance

 

Montogmery Countryside Alliance

P.O Box 120 Boyds, MD 20841 301-349-5021

info@mocoalliance.org