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2008 MCPS Zoning City of Rockville

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Montgomery County Board of Education President Nancy Navarro, now County Councilmember tells the City of Rockville that parents want cell towers on public school playgrounds.
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  SummaryRockvilleDraftZoningOrdinanceRevisionãPrimaryConcernsoOversteppinglimits andasserting authority in areasoutsideits bounds oReducing Qie property valueofone governingbody by another governingbodywithout adequate compensationoReducingQr seriouslyimpacting the value ofpublicpropertyoInterfering 'With fulfillingmandatetoprovidesafetyaUsurpingexisting procedures andpotential conflict withfederalrules ãIssues oCESC ãResidential islandamongcommercialãInconsistent with adjacentdensities ãLowdensityuseinconsistentwithgoalofclusteringhigherdensitynearmajorarteries oStone StreetãLocationsuitedformixeduseprojectconsistentwithSmart Growth principalsãMixeduseconsistent with city'sstatevisionofsustainability ãIdeally suited forhigherdensitygiven proximity torailright-of-way oParle OverlayãIf s*1r?lused, constitutestakingMCPS property withoutcompensation ãLardvaluealoneofthe16schoolsitesapproximately  55 million ãAlreadyzoned residentialthereby precluding commercial development oFences ãLimitsheightto4feet ãSafetyandsecurityrequires6 foot fence oCellTowers ãEffectivelyprecludesanycelltowerbeinglocatedasconditionswouldbe inconsistent withfunctioningoftower ãCountyregulationalreadyinplaceregardinglocationof cell phonetowersand specifiesthatMCPSmustadheretothose rulesãMCPShasrigorous process forlocatingcell phonetowers including substantial communityinput ,,  MQNTGOMERYCOUNTYBOARDOF EDU TION BSOHungerfordDrive+Rockville, Maryland 20850 February 5, 200 Ms.RobinWiener,~ City ofRockvillePlanjtlng Commission CityHail.lllMaryJandAveone Rockville.Maryland~0850-2364DearMs.Wiener: Weapplaudthe city scomprehensive underlalcing oftheDraftZoning Ordinance Revisionandthe Draft ZooiDgMap to Ijlodcmize zoningconcepts using consistent, clear andconcise language. Thisletterisofferedas conpnient fortherecordonthedraftordinanceandmap as it pertainstothereal property owned by the Boa:rdof Education. C.arver EducatioDal $enicu Center, 850 HlIDgerl'Ol'd DriveThe DraftZoning Map identifiestheCarverEducationalServicesCenter{CESC)propertyasan R-200 zone. comparat le toits prior designation intheResidential-Suburban Z.One, which hasbeen eliminated, Contimrii;g usefor educational institntionuse is stillviableunderthenewzoning designation. Redevelqpment optionsforresidentialuseoftwodwellingwritsperacrearelimiting andnotconsistent wiJb densitiesinthe adjocect  neigaborhood,whichis commercialalong the Hungctford Drive(MJt> 355)frontage, singte-faroily detached{R-90)acrossMannakee Street tothe west,and townhouses [R-30andR·6C>)onthesouthandeastboundaries.Lowdensitydevelopment alongamajorarterialiandclosetootheramenitiesisnot,in beBoard'sopinion,the highest and bestuseofthe site: 'Ihe elimfuation ofspecial development proceduresremovesall other options.TheBoardofEducati~requests1hatthispropertybereconsideredforzoningatahigherdensity andincludeofficeandserviceretailalongtheproperty's:MD355frontage. LincolnCarter-,580 if. Stonestreet Avenue TueDraftZoningM*P identifiestheBoard' s warehouseproperty asanR-60zone,whichis comparableto the existingzoning., providingfor 6,000 square foot residenlial lots. TheBoardbelieves fuat theloca.ti~noftfrl3property,lessthanamilefromtheRockville Metro Station,isideal forthenew Mixed-Usci: Transition(MXT)zone. It liesadjacenttoexistingindustrialusesthatweretargetedforthe. ToWJI C~ter EastzoneintheEastRockvilleNeighborhood Plan. Thewesternhalf df the property also i~ adjatenttotheCSX and M.etrorail right-of-way. TheBoardbelieves that higher densitiesshould belocated acljacent totherail right-of-way andlowerdensitieswherethe propertyabutsex.istin$single-familyhomes. This areashouldconsistofamixofsingle-family homesand townhouse Units. Phone301-Z79-3517;ãfax301-2.79-3860ã boe@mcpsmd.org + www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org ;;;  ~~~~~~~~ Ms RobinWiener 2 February 5 2008 Scho1>ls PublicParleZone i~ anewlyaddedzoneoverlayonallcitypm:ksand recreation areas.Thispublicparkzoneis'$eingaddedtoallschoolsites,includingschool recreation areas,topreservethepropertiesfor patk use if aschoolisclosedanddeclaredsurplus.Theimpactofthis change willbeto .limit rede ve1opmootvalue for alternativeusesof any schoolsthatmightbedeclaredsurplusinthefutnrs,Italsowillmake it difficulttoexchangeproperties.Inthe past, closedschoolshave been usedformanypurposes,includingrecreationcenters,elderlyhousing,andparks.Thecounty'hasadispositionprocessfordeterminingtheuseofclosedschoolsand surplus sitesthatprovidesa publicforum for reviewing alternative usesconsistent withcommunityneeds.theBoardbelievesthatthisisthepreferredmethodforreuse.Fencinglimitations Pi theresidentialzoneatfourfeetarenotconsistentwithschoolneedsforsix-foot-high foncin~ in'someareasfor safety andsecurity.TheBoardrequeststhefencing heightlimitationbe~vised....TelecommunicationTowers TheDraftZoning Otllinance indicatesa preference far· placement oftelecommunication facilities innon-residential zQ les oron city-owned property and sets aheightlimitationof50feetinaresidentialzoneand l99 feetinallotherlocations.Theimpactwillbetoeffectivelyprohibitcell towerson schoolsifts in the city because all schoolsites arein residential zonesand50 feet is toolowtoattract~erestamongcelltowervendors.TheBoardurges the citytorevise this provisionand work, withcounty officials to developuniformcriteria for telecommunication towers across thecounty, TheBoardof Education looksforwmitoparticipating further ontherevisionstothe Draft Zoniag OrdinanceandDtaft:ZoningMapas they proceedthroughpublicreviewoverthenext months, Iwould appreciate an t;pporttm:ity forBoardofBdncationmemberstomeetwiththe members ofthe Planning Commissiol).to discussthefuture of MCPSproperties. Thank you fur yourc~iderati.on of our interests. President NN:vnb Copyto: MembersoftheBoard of Education HonorableSusanR.,Hoffmann,Mayor Dr,Weast. ExecutiveStaff Mr.Lavorgna Mr.Ikheloa c:  :.\..~:' ·. I-~~I r.''.-~ :..-,..f:~~.~· ~i:\-.~:; · ·ããf ~:'.H,~~:.i-..-...~~ '~-;:;: :~-·~-; ~~.:ri L~·r-, .r .. ~~~~ ,_-  rT· ·..J~--F·'.ã.· ,rr:~.-\(.- Cieyof Rockville111Ma'1landAvenue 1l.ockville.Ma;rybu;d 20850.2164 www.rockvillerod.gov l4a]'<lt & CowiriJ 2411-314..'W O ' TYi40.. 14·f l37 PAX2 (}.B ~Bll89 ?·¢' i;; 0~ I'VH' T1 ,..ãL' -·· V-i~ .,/..;J__.,. June 19,20~8 jlJN 2 fr  fa~8 NancyNavarro,President MontgomeryCountyBoardofEducation 850HungerfordDr. Rockville,~20850 Viafax301~279-3860 BOARD 0F~ .f:f DearMs.Navarro: Thankyouf~ryourl.etterofJune4,2008,outlining the MontgomeryCounty Board of Education'sconcernswiththedraftofthe City ofRockville'snewZoningOrdinance.I want toassure you thatthe City's PlanningCommissiondidgive dueconsideration tothepointsyouraisedin apreviousletterand highlightedthoseissuesintheirtransmittalletterto theMayor andCouncil. It ismy understanding that a representative of the Board ofEducationhassignedupto speakabout 1hese issuesat the PublicHearing on June30at7:00p.m,atCityHall. Additionally, if you wouldlikethe opportunity todiscussyourconcernsinmoredetail withtheMa~randCouncil,wewouldbe happy toadd this itemtooneofthe worksession~endasduringwhichwewill discuss theZoningOrdinanceindepth..Ifthisisdesirable,~leaselet~eknowyourpreferencetomeetoneitherWednesday,July9,or Monday, July 14. Both worksessions will beginat7:00 p.m, TueCity ofRockvilleappreciatesyourinterestinthe draft ofthenewZoningOrdinance,andwe-lookforwardtoworkingwithyou.· Sincerely, ~~ SusanR._Hoffmann MAYOR 1 Mayor 811° R.HoEm£1J OOUNCIL Joe.. B Britt<ioPiat:rGajewskiPhyllis Mim=c:io k~ M. ltcbbc.-  'MA.'lA-GER .ottUl UT CITYCll aU< CJwF.~1o11r Cl'l':i' ATl'O:BNBY PalllT. Glaaaa ' cc: Couneilmembers JoeLavorgna,ActingDirectorofFacilitiesManagement,MCPS ScottIOllery, CityManagerSondraHaransBlock, Assistant CityAttorney SusanSwift,AICP. Director, Community Planning andDevelopmentServices JimWasilak,ChiefofPlanning DeaneMellander,Planner ID ,,
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