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    City of Gaithersburg
                  PROCESS
                      AND
                 OVERVIEW




A Master Plan Element
  *draft* October 7, 2009

        Published ??


                       Joint Hearing - MCC & PC
                             MP-2-09
                                                     2009
                                                    MASTER PLAN
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CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
   2009 MASTER PLAN
PROCESS AND OVERVIEW ELEMENT
   Planning Commission Approval: ??, Resolution ??
   Mayor and City Council Adoption: ??, Resolution ??



            MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
                 Mayor Sidney A. Katz
        Council Vice President Michael A. Sesma
                      Jud Ashman
                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula
                  Henry F. Marraffa, Jr.
                      Ryan Spiegel



              PLANNING COMMISSION
                    Chair John Bauer
             Vice-Chair Danielle L. Winborne
             Commissioner Matthew Hopkins
             Commissioner Lloyd S. Kaufman
              Commissioner Leonard J. Levy
        Alternate Commissioner Geraldine Lanier



                   CITY MANAGER
                     Angel L. Jones


     PLANNING AND CODE ADMINISTRATION
  Greg Ossont, Director, Planning & Code Administration
           Lauren Pruss, Planning Director
                 Kirk Eby, GIS Planner
               Jacqueline Marsh, Planner
            Raymond Robinson III, Planner
                                                                                                                                                      CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
                              CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
                                  2009 Master Plan
                                                           CHAPTER 1
                              PROCESS AND OVERVIEW
                                                 TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.     Introduction.......................................................................................................................... 1
2.   Guiding Principles ............................................................................................................... 2
3.   1BMaster Plan Framework....................................................................................................... 3




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                                                                                                         CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
1. Introduction
       Article 66b of the Maryland Annotated Code requires that municipalities adopt a
comprehensive, or master, plan composed of various elements, such as Land Use, Transportation,
and Sensitive Areas to serve the general purpose of guiding and accomplishing the coordinated,
adjusted, and harmonious development of the local jurisdiction and its environs.
        The Master Plan is designed to establish a vision and long-range plan for the City’s future.
It sets policies, identifies and evaluates community planning goals and areas of community
concern, and in the final analysis, presents a recommended plan. The process of developing and
adopting a Master Plan involves many tasks such as social and demographic research, land-use
review, identification of policy issues, community involvement and participation, and coordinating
separate land use, transportation, community facilities, recreation and natural resource plans.
       By evaluating current conditions and future trends, The City of Gaithersburg will develop a
Master Plan to support its vision of leadership in the years to come. A unified vision for the future
development of the City, representing ideas from the citizens, the local business community,
industry, elected officials, regulatory agencies, and other interested parties, is a major achievement
of the Master Plan.
         Each of the Master Plan Elements will be prepared, reviewed, and revised separately. The
first element of the City of Gaithersburg 2009 Master Plan update is “Process and Overview”. This
element will provide the basic strategy and visions that will guide each successive element, thus
allowing the City to accommodate residential, commercial, institutional and industrial growth over




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the next six years.




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2. Guiding Principles
        In developing the Process and Overview Element, the City will continue to be guided by
the Six Pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness,
caring and citizenship) as demonstrated by the following principles:

CUSTOMER FOCUS
We actively pursue the identification of citizen needs through citizen involvement to provide
effective service to our community with efficiency, accountability, and a caring attitude.

OPEN COMMUNICATION
We promote honest, open communication and easy access to information.

CREATIVITY
We strive to improve the quality and efficiency of City services through creative approaches and
new innovative, cost effective technologies.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
We provide quality services, of the best value, to effectively meet the needs of our community
while maintaining a pay-as-you-go philosophy.

COOPERATION
We promote a spirit of fairness, trustworthiness, respect and teamwork among our elected officials,
City employees, residential and business communities, neighboring jurisdictions, and other
governmental agencies.

COMMITMENT OF EXCELLENCE
We strive to achieve excellence in all we do.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
We advocate good citizenship and support the freedom to actively pursue suggestions, ideas, and
creative approaches, leading to continuous improvement in everything we do.




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3. Master Plan Framework
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        Under Maryland’s “Smart, Green & Growing legislative package,” adopted in 20091, the
City of Gaithersburg is required to incorporate twelve specific visions that will direct the goals of
the Master Plan and help develop and implement a sound growth and development policy. These
visions will enhance the City’s Master Plan by reflecting a greater connection between where we
live, where we work, and the quality of life we enjoy. The State’s visions are actualized through
the City of Gaithersburg’s commitment to fulfill each vision. The City commitment will be
achieved in the Master Plan through the incorporation of specific guiding strategies based upon the
City’s adopted Strategic Directions (SD).

State Vision 1:
Quality of life and sustainability: a high quality of life is achieved through universal
stewardship of the land, water, and air resulting in sustainable communities and protection
of the environment;

City Commitment: The City of Gaithersburg strives to provide a higher quality of life for the
community by preserving and enhancing open space and critical environmental areas;
highlighting environmental design in its land use plans to support ecological systems, create
parks, trails, and recreational facilities; and encouraging sustainable development through smart
growth practices and green building techniques.




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Guiding Strategies:

       Utilize the City’s ‘Smart Growth’ principles to encourage high quality infill
        redevelopment.

       Increase public green/open space through infrastructure re-designs in existing
        neighborhoods.

       Protect and restore environmentally sensitive areas during development and redevelopment
        by promoting land uses that are in balance with, and minimize adverse effects on, the
        natural environment.

       Protect and improve water resources (streams, wetlands, 100-year floodplains, and riparian
        buffers) that have significant functions and values related to flood protection, sediment and
        erosion control, water quality, groundwater recharge and discharge, education, vegetation,
        and fish and wildlife habitat.

       Improve public and private stormwater management (SWM) facilities; including
        performance, longevity, safety, ease of maintenance, community acceptance, and
        environmental benefit, by implementing new State SWM regulations such as
        Environmental Site Design (ESD) techniques.

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      Continue to improve single family, multifamily, commercial, and municipal recycling
       programs. (SD #8)

      All new City facilities should be constructed in an environmentally sustainable manner and
       achieve LEED Silver certification. (SD #11)

      Participate in regional efforts to reduce solid waste, air, noise, visual, and lighting pollution
       to ensure a high quality of life that is sustainable for future generations.


State Vision 2:
Public participation: citizens are active partners in the planning and implementation of
community initiatives and are sensitive to their responsibilities in achieving community
goals;

City Commitment The City of Gaithersburg will ensure effective and consistent communication
activities and implement programs that promote citizen involvement. The City will continue to
develop innovative ways to involve citizens to carry out the City’s vision, embracing the Inclusive
Communities principles and recognizing citizens for their contributions.

Guiding Strategies:

      Target audiences of various demographics using multi-channel communication
       methods.(SD #10)

      Foster excellent working relationships with local media to ensure accurate, timely and
       comprehensive coverage of City news, events and activities is presented to the
       community.(SD #10)

      Work with homeowners associations and other community organizations to identify
       specific areas of concern. (SD #2)

      Ensure that public participation is all-inclusive by involving all the major interest groups of
       the City. (SD #1)

      Incorporate whenever possible the use of public charettes, informational workshops,
       Council worksessions, and ad-hoc and standing advisory City committees input in
       developing master plan element recommendations.

      Encourage active participation by stakeholders, local businesses, and organizations early in
       the City’s Master Plan development.




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State Vision 3:
Growth areas: growth is concentrated in existing population and business centers, growth
areas adjacent to these centers, or strategically selected new centers;

City Commitment The city shall ensure an efficient use of land, provide for livable communities,
and mange growth, encouraging economic development with important jobs and businesses
located only where infrastructure or capacity exists or can be improved.

Guiding Strategies:

    Explore opportunities for those areas located within the City’s Maximum Expansion
     Limits.

    Diversify local economy so that approved development can serve a variety of industries.

    Focus redevelopment opportunities on underutilized sites.

    Limit new development to where public utilities, facilities, and services can be established
     without unduly burdening the existing service provision or users.

    Focus growth within the City towards the following City activity centers:
         Olde Towne




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         Washingtonian/Crown Farm vicinity
         Frederick Avenue Corridor
         Kentlands Commercial District
         Lakeforest Mall and vicinity

    Include a mix of uses to create seven days a week activity with a balanced mix of
     commercial and residential uses. (SD #3)


State Vision 4:
Community design: compact, mixed–use, walkable design consistent with existing
community character, located near available or planned transit options is encouraged to
ensure efficient use of land and transportation resources and preservation and enhancement
of natural systems, open spaces, recreational areas, and historical, cultural, and
archeological resources.

City Commitment The City shall continue to exhibit innovative and smart community design by
encouraging traditional neighborhood designs, mixed use developments, and transit-oriented
developments, incorporating sustainable “green” techniques. New developments and
redevelopments of existing areas should achieve the City’s of walkable neighborhoods, an inviting
streetscape, usable public open space, sensitivity to historic resources, and a unique sense of
place.



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Guiding Strategies:

      Encourage green building principles to be applied in both public and private development
       in order to support environmentally sensitive design, construction, operation, and
       maintenance of buildings and landscapes.

      Encourage compatible development when non-residential uses are adjacent to residential
       communities.

      Develop and implement design standards to assure compatibility and connectivity between
       adjacent land uses.

      Establish a street pattern for development that connects with the street pattern of the
       surrounding community.

      Continue to foster transit-friendly communities by providing infrastructure, transit shelters,
       pull-off lanes, and hiker-biker links to existing and planned residential and commercial
       developments, public facilities such as parks and schools, and transportation facilities such
       as park-and-ride lots and rail centers.

      Apply new land uses, development and design standards and encourage rezoning of certain
       properties to allow for development that integrates multiple uses (employment and/or
       housing) on the site.

      Include a mix of uses to create seven days a week activity with a balanced mix of
       commercial and residential uses. (SD #3)


State Vision 5:
Infrastructure: growth areas have the water resources and infrastructure to accommodate
population and business expansion in an orderly, efficient, and environmentally sustainable
manner.

City Commitment The City will continue to provide orderly and timely development by regulating
growth through its Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (AFPO) requirements. This ensures new
development or redevelopment will take place in an area that has the adequate school capacity,
water and sewer capacity, available emergency services, and no negative traffic impacts.

Guiding Strategies:

      Work in close partnership with the State of Maryland, Montgomery County, the Board of
       Education, and the Maryland Department of Transportation to address transportation, open
       space, and school capacity issues. (SD #1)

      Consider the impact on transportation, schools, other public facilities, and the environment
       when approving new development and redevelopment. (SD #1)



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    Continue working with the Board of Education, Montgomery County Government and the
     State of Maryland to foster continual upgrades to schools to meet the needs of City
     residents.

    Continue working with WSSC and developers to maintain and enhance the existing water
     and sewer infrastructure and any additions thereto.

    The City will implement a comprehensive approach to traffic management that includes
     planning, engineering, education, and enforcement that will integrate new transportation
     policies with design and construction of modern transportation facilities.


State Vision 6:
Transportation: a well–maintained, multimodal transportation system facilitates the safe,
convenient, affordable, and efficient movement of people, goods, and services within and
between population and business centers;

City Commitment The City will implement traffic and transportation planning and management
strategies to improve the safety, structure, and function of streets, transit, bikeways, and sidewalks.
The City will provide and encourage a safe, convenient, and economic transportation system. The
City should plan and serve the “transportation disadvantaged” and all transportation alternatives
should be considered.




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Guiding Strategies:

    Seek to eliminate gaps in the pedestrian and bicycle network, and encourage the use of
     transit facilities to reduce traffic congestion, conserve energy and maintain air quality
     goals.

    Integrate bicycle and pedestrian design elements into the road design and traffic claming
     measures and implement traffic calming measures in existing communities where
     appropriate. (SD #2)

    Coordinate with Maryland Department of Transportation and Montgomery County on road
     projects, making sure that all new state and county roads in Gaithersburg contain
     appropriate design features. (SD #2)

    Maximize the location and utilization of parking through site plan review and by permitting
     parking on existing streets where appropriate.

    Ensure compatibility of local transportation projects with regional transportation facilities.

    Require preservation of right of ways for future transportation projects.




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      Promote alternatives to single-occupant vehicle trips, such as sharedride programs, transit,
       bicycling, and walking to reduce pollution and promote mobility for all residents.

      Consider public transportation options for new public improvement projects such as parks
       and other public land-uses.

      Identify and prioritize specific pedestrian and bicycle improvements including designated
       routes, road signage, new trails and sidewalks, and bike lanes.

      Fully integrate the consideration of bicyclists and pedestrians’ needs into the community
       and the site design process to create facilities concurrently with development.

      Provide safe walking routes that connect communities to schools, transit, recreational
       facilities, commercial and retail areas, and other communities.


State Vision 7:
Housing: a range of housing densities, types, and sizes provides residential options for
citizens of all ages and incomes.

City Commitment The City will implement programs that improve current housing stock and
pursue development and redevelopment opportunities that provide an appropriate mix of housing
types in inclusive communities. The City shall provide for the housing needs of all its citizens.

Guiding Strategies:

      Offer a wide range of housing types, preferably in a mixed-use setting.

      Adhere to the tenets of New Urbanism with aesthetic considerations dependent on the
       urban design policies within the Master Plan – Smart Growth Policy Document for new
       housing development and re-development. (SD #5)

      Ensure that the current and future housing stock allows residents to remain in the City as
       their financial, employment, and familial situations change.

      Encourage renovations of existing apartment communities for major renovations.

      Encourage redevelopment of functionally obsolete and aging apartments.

      Consider approval of multi-family dwellings in or near the existing or proposed City
       activity centers.

      Consider approval of multi-family dwellings to encourage redevelopment of dilapidated
       properties or infill projects on underutilized sites.




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State Vision 8:
Economic development: economic development and natural resource–based businesses that
promote employment opportunities for all income levels within the capacity of the state’s
natural resources, public services, and public facilities are encouraged;

City Commitment Gaithersburg will foster a growing and sustainable economic base to provide a
diversity of jobs and services for City residents. Community-sensitive economic development will
support the City’s vision in almost all areas and help to improve Gaithersburg’s quality of life.

Guiding Strategies:

    Focus primarily on retaining businesses currently in Gaithersburg and helping them to
     grow and prosper (SD #9)

    Work with other City departments, state and county agencies and legislative bodies to
     implement transportation infrastructure improvements that will facilitate development or
     redevelopment.

    Implement improvements in local transportation links between existing residential
     communities and business areas to facilitate home-to-work trips.

    Develop a plan for City-owned properties in Olde Towne.




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    Develop City incentives to facilitate implementation of the Frederick Avenue Corridor and
     Olde Towne Master Plans and help assist redevelopment opportunities for sites such as
     Lakeforest Mall and the Montgomery County Agricultural Center.

    Ensure employment and commercial opportunities are sited in close proximity to
     residential areas.

    Identify existing business districts throughout the City which need better infrastructure or
     potential re-zoning to strengthen their business core.

    Diversify the local economy, with equitable and balanced opportunities throughout the
     City, so that approved development can serve a variety of industries.




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State Vision 9:
Environmental protection: land and water resources, including the Chesapeake and coastal
bays, are carefully managed to restore and maintain healthy air and water, natural systems,
and living resources;

City Commitment The city will continue to implement programs and policies to protect, enhance,
and monitor our natural and built environment to support a sustainable quality of life. The City
believes in preserving and enhancing open space and environmental areas and will ensure a high
quality of life that is sustainable for future generations.

Guiding Strategies:

    Encourage green building to be applied in both public and private development in order to
     support environmentally sensitive design, construction, operation, and maintenance of
     buildings and landscapes. (SD#8)

    Develop environmental education programs and activities for citizens, staff, schools, and
     neighborhood groups in an effort to enhance the community’s involvement in
     environmental protection. Such issues could center on general environmental awareness,
     storm water management, integrated pest management, pollution prevention, recycling,
     climate protection, and green building. (SD #8)

    Preserve green space, flood plains, and stream valleys for passive recreation as well as seek
     opportunities to acquire open space with an emphasis on active use (SD #7)

    Continue to preserve and maintain environmentally sensitive areas through forest
     conservation, wetland and stream valley buffer protection, and floodplain management,
     while identifying those areas that are environmental hazards and encourage the proper
     mitigation and protection programs.

    Identify, designate, and protect key natural resources, sensitive environmental elements,
     and unique habitats.

    Protect and restore environmentally sensitive areas during development and redevelopment
     by promoting land uses that are in balance with, and minimize adverse effects, on the
     natural environment.




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State Vision 10:
Resource conservation: waterways, forests, agricultural areas, open space, natural systems,
and scenic areas are conserved;

City Commitment The City shall preserve natural resources and conserve scenic and historic
areas and open spaces. The City strives to provide a high quality environment in which to live and
work that includes the conservation of the City’s green infrastructure (the interconnected networks
of open space, parks, natural areas, forests, waterways, and wildlife habitat).

Guiding Strategies:

    Work closely with Federal, State and Montgomery county agencies and the public to
     protect and enhance the City’s natural resources and urban environment. (SD #8)

    Implement policies and projects to preserve, enhance and maintain an interconnected
     network of open spaces, greenways, and urban forests to provide ecological, economic,
     recreation, and aesthetic benefits. (SD #8)

    Increase emphasis on managing operation costs by evaluating cost-effective solutions and
     green building technologies to increase building efficiency. (SD #11)

    Pursue pollution prevention policies and programs for noise, light, greenhouse gases, and




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     solid waste. (SD #8)

    Development and redevelopment should be planned and directed so as to conserve the
     needed amount of open space.

    Programs should manage land conservation and development activities in a manner that
     accurately reflects the community’s desire for a quality environment and a healthy
     economy and is consistent with state environmental quality statutes, rules, and
     implementation plans.

    Protect and improve water resources (streams, wetlands, 100-year floodplains, and riparian
     buffers) that have significant functions and values related to flood protection, sediment and
     erosion control, water quality, groundwater recharge and discharge, education, vegetation,
     and fish and wildlife habitat.




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State Vision 11:
Stewardship: government, business entities, and residents are responsible for the creation of
sustainable communities by collaborating to balance efficient growth with resource
protection;

City Commitment The City will continue to encourage orderly and managed development by
implementing smart growth planning techniques that will ensure the City’s neighborhoods and
communities maintain a high quality of life and sustainability.

Guiding Strategies:

    Address broad areas of concern such as: Future fiscal health of the City; future housing mix
     and affordability and demographic makeup of the City; future of the City’s transportation
     network; and quality of life issues. (SD #1)

    Ensure that public participation is all inclusive by involving all of the major interest groups
     of the City. (SD #1)

    Adhere to the tenets of New Urbanism with aesthetic considerations dependent on the
     recently adopted urban design policies within the Master Plan – Smart Growth Policy
     Document for new housing development and re-development. (SD #5)

    Support the preservation of the City-owned historic resources and designated sites. (SD
     #11)

    Incorporate the City’s Smart Growth Principles to encourage high quality development and
     redevelopment. Thoughtful design techniques should be considered to protect natural
     resources, utilize existing infrastructure, and promote traditional neighborhood design.

    Limit new development where public utilities, facilities, and services cannot be established
     without unduly burdening the existing service provision or users. Continue to enforce the
     Adequate Pblic Facilities Ordinance (APFO) and update requirements periodically, if
     needed.

    Support compact building design and a mix of land uses that promotes sustainable
     development, creates more secure communities, provides a variety of land use options, and
     improves environmental outcomes.

    Balance the future type, location, and phasing of major public and transportation facilities
     with the City’s urban expansion, which includes possible annexations and infill
     development.

    Implement programs and policies to protect, enhance, and monitor our natural and built
     environment to support a sustainable quality of life.




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State Vision 12:
Implementation: strategies, policies, programs, and funding for growth and development,
resource conservation, infrastructure, and transportation are integrated across the local,
regional, state, and interstate levels to achieve these visions.

City Commitment The City will strive to Increase citizen awareness of, and participation in
planning and other related community issues and processes and encourage active involvement in
the City’s Master Plan process.

Guiding Strategies:

    Ensure effective and consistent communication activities and implement programs that
     promote citizen involvement.(SD #10)

    Work in close partnership with the State of Maryland, Montgomery County, the Board of
     Education, and the Maryland Department of Transportation to address transportation, open
     space, and school capacity issues. (SD #1)

    Ensure that all planning and development considers and responds to the city’s
     environmental, transportation, economic, social and civic needs. (SD #1)

    Educate Gaithersburg’s residents, businesses, and developers about Smart Growth




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     principles, new urbanism, planning trends, etc. (SD #1)

    Work harmoniously with surrounding municipalities, Montgomery County, and the State of
     Maryland to achieve the implementation of a cohesive smart planning vision.




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October 2, 2009


Bonnie Geiger
Law Section
The Gazette Newspaper
2-A North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701

Dear Ms. Geiger:

Please publish the following legal advertisement in the October 7, 2009, and October 14, 2009,
issues of the Gaithersburg Gazette.

Sincerely,




Lauren Pruss
Planning Director                       ASSIGNED CODE: MP-2-09 Acct No. 133649
                          NOTICE OF JOINT PUBLIC HEARING

                       MASTER PLAN AMENDMENT MP-2-09:
                            PROCESS AND OVERVIEW
                    CITY OF GAITHERSBURG 2009 MASTER PLAN

The Mayor and Council and Planning Commission of the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, will
conduct a joint public hearing on Master Plan Amendment MP-2-09 to incorporate Process and
Overview, an element of the City’s 2009 Master Plan, on

                                           Monday
                                       December 7, 2009
                                        AT 7:30 P.M.

or as soon thereafter as this matter can be heard in the Council Chambers at 31 South Summit
Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Gaithersburg, as an incorporated city, is subject to Article 66B–Land Use, of the Annotated Code
of Maryland. Section 3.05 of Article 66B requires that the City’s Master Plan shall be reviewed
and if necessary revised or amended at least once every six years.

The Process and Overview is the first element of the 2009 Master Plan update to be reviewed.
Included in this element are a description of the Master Plan, an overview of the Master Plan
adoption process, a summary of the legal authority of the Plan, and a series of vision statements
that will establish the framework of the 2009 Master Plan. Public comment is invited at the joint
public hearing on the Process and Overview for the 2009 Master Plan.
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Further information is available, including a copy of the proposed Process and Overview, for
public inspection from the Department of Planning and Code Administration at City Hall,
31 South Summit Avenue, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The
2009     Master    Plan    can     also    be   viewed     on    the   City’s   website   at
www.gaithersburgmd.gov/masterplan.

For any questions related to this Master Plan Amendment, please contact Planning Director
Lauren Pruss at the Planning and Code Administration at 301-258-6330, or you may email your
questions to plancode@gaithersburgmd.gov.
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      Ms. Nancy Sturgeon, Principal Planner
      Community Planning
      Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission
      8787 Georgia Avenue
      Silver Spring, MD 20910-3760


      Dear Ms. Sturgeon,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am sending you a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan. Over the next sixty days we
      will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process and Overview to forward to our
      Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for review. The City Council,
      Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to have your input into the
      decision-making process. We are seeking input from your organization, and we
      appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont


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                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009

      Maryland State Clearinghouse for Intergovernmental Assistance
      c/o Maryland Department of Planning
      301 West Preston Street, Suite 1101
      Baltimore, MD 21201


      Dear Clearinghouse,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am sending you a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan. Over the next sixty days we
      will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process and Overview to forward to our
      Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for review. The City Council,
      Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to have your input into the
      decision-making process. We are seeking input from your organization, and we
      appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont




                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      Michael J. Nortrup
      Maryland Department of Planning
      301 West Preston Street, Suite 1101
      Baltimore, MD 21201


      Dear Mr. Nortrup,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am sending you a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan. Over the next sixty days we
      will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process and Overview to forward to our
      Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for review. The City Council,
      Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to have your input into the
      decision-making process. We are seeking input from your organization, and we
      appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont




                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009

      John R. Bollinger, PE
      Division Chief, Plant Division
      National Institute of Standards and Technology
      100 Bureau Drive, Mailstop 3510
      Gaithersburg, MD 20899-3510


      Dear Mr. Bollinger,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours.

             Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process
      and Overview to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for
      review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont


                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      Stella S. Fiotes, AIA
      Chief Facilities Management Officer
      National Institute of Standards and Technology
      100 Bureau Drive, Mailstop 1900
      Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1900


      Dear Ms. Fiotes,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours.

             Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process
      and Overview to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for
      review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont

                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      Mr. Paul DesJardin, Chief of Housing and Planning
      Dept Of Human Services, Planning, & Public Safety
      Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
      777 N Capitol Street NE, Suite 300
      Washington, DC 20002


      Dear Mr. DesJardin,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours.

             Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process
      and Overview to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for
      review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont

                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      David B. Levy, Chief of Long Range Planning
      Department of Community Planning & Development Services
      City Of Rockville
      111 Maryland Avenue, 2nd Floor
      Rockville, MD 20850


      Dear Mr. Levy,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours.

             Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process
      and Overview to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for
      review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont

                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      The Honorable Isiah Leggett
      Montgomery County Executive
      101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor
      Rockville, MD 20850


      Dear County Executive Leggett,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours.

             Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process
      and Overview to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for
      review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont


                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      Rollin Stanley, Planning Director
      Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission
      8787 Georgia Avenue
      Silver Spring, MD 20910-3760


      Dear Mr. Stanley,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours.

             Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process
      and Overview to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for
      review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont


                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      Mr. Marcel C. Acosta, Exectuve Director
      National Capital Planning Commission
      401 9th Street NW
      North Lobby, Suite 500
      Washington, DC 20004


      Dear Mr. Acosta,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours.

             Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process
      and Overview to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for
      review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont

                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      Mr. Bruce Crispell, Director
      Division of Long Range Planning
      Montgomery County Public Schools
      2096 Gaither Road, Suite 201
      Rockville, MD 20850


      Dear Mr. Crispell,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours.

             Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process
      and Overview to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for
      review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont

                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager
      Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
      14501 Sweitzer Lane, 7th Floor
      Laurel, MD 20707


      Dear Mr. Johnson,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours.

             Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process
      and Overview to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for
      review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont


                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY


      October 7, 2009


      The Honorable Darrell Anderson, Mayor
      Town of Washington Grove
      P.O. Box 216
      Washington Grove, MD 20880-0216


      Dear Mayor Anderson,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours.

             Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft 2009 Process
      and Overview to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission for
      review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont


                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY

      October 7, 2009


      Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley
      Maryland Department of Transportation
      7201 Corporate Center Drive
      P. O. Box 548
      Hanover, MD 21076


      Dear Secretary Swaim-Staley,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours. In addition, a copy has been
      provided to the Maryland State Clearinghouse for Intergovernmental Assistance.

              Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft Process and
      Overview Element to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission
      for review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont

                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY

      October 7, 2009


      Mr. Richard Eberhart Hall, Secretary
      MD Department of Planning
      301 W. Preston Street, Suite 1101
      Baltimore, MD 21201-2305


      Dear Secretary Hall,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours. In addition, a copy has been
      provided to the Maryland State Clearinghouse for Intergovernmental Assistance.

              Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft Process and
      Overview Element to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission
      for review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont


                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY

      October 7, 2009


      Secretary John R. Griffin
      Maryland Department of Natural Resources
      580 Taylor Avenue
      Tawes State Office Building
      Annapolis, MD 21401


      Dear Secretary Griffin,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours. In addition, a copy has been
      provided to the Maryland State Clearinghouse for Intergovernmental Assistance.

              Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft Process and
      Overview Element to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission
      for review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont

                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                       A CHARACTER COUNTS! CITY

      October 7, 2009


      Ms. Shari Wilson, Secretary
      Maryland Department of the Environment
      1800 Washington Blvd
      Baltimore, MD 21230


      Dear Secretary Wilson,

             On behalf of the City of Gaithersburg I am notifying you that a draft copy of the
      Process and Overview Element of the 2009 Master Plan is now available for review and
      comment. A copy of the draft Element is available for download on the City’s website,
      www.gaithersburgmd.gov, by following the Master Plan link. Printed copies are
      available at City Hall during regular business hours. In addition, a copy has been
      provided to the Maryland State Clearinghouse for Intergovernmental Assistance.

              Over the next sixty days we will be receiving comments on the draft Process and
      Overview Element to forward to our Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission
      for review. The City Council, Planning Commission, and I appreciate the opportunity to
      have your input into the decision-making process. We are seeking input from your
      organization, and we appreciate your timely review and comment on this document.

             If you have any additional questions about the City of Gaithersburg’s Master Plan
      update process, please don’t hesitate to call me at (301) 258-6330.

      Sincerely,




      Lauren Pruss
      Planning Director


      Enclosures
      cc:     Kirk Eby
              Rob Robinson
              Greg Ossont


                  City of Gaithersburg ● 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877‐2098 
    301‐258‐6300 ● FAX 301‐948‐6149 ● TTY 301‐258‐6430 ● cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov ● www.gaithersburgmd.gov 
                                                                                                                  

                 MAYOR                            COUNCIL MEMBERS                        CITY MANAGER 
              Sidney A. Katz                          Jud Ashman                          Angel L. Jones 
                                                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula 
                                                   Henry F. Maraffa, Jr. 
                                                    Michael A. Sesma 
                                                      Ryan Spiegel 
                                    MEMORANDUM

TO:            Mayor & City Council
               Planning Commission
VIA:           Lauren Pruss, Planning Director

CC:            Angel L. Jones, City Manager
               Greg Ossont, Director
               Planning and Code Administration

FROM:          Rob Robinson, Planner
DATE:          October 7, 2009
RE:            MP-2-09 and MP-3-09: The Process & Overview and Water Resources
               Element amendments to the Master Plan

On October 7, 2009 staff released both the draft “Process & Overview” (MP-2-09) and
“Water Resources Element” (MP-3-09) of the 2009 Master Plan update, for the sixty (60)
day public advertisement and comment period as required by Article 66b of the Maryland
Annotated Code. The draft elements have been posted on the City’s website and copies
sent to State and local government agencies. Additionally, notification letters have been
sent to various interested parties. The joint public hearings for these elements will be held
Monday December 7, 2009.

Over the next sixty days, staff will be receiving and compiling all comments provided by
agencies and the public. These comments will be placed into the public record for review
during the joint hearings. Staff will be providing individual copies of the draft elements
to the Mayor and Council and Planning Commission in November in preparation for the
joint hearings in December. Should you have any questions, please contact me at
rrobinson@gaithersburgmd.gov or 301-258-6330.




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Kirk Eby
From:                         Kirk Eby
Sent:                         Thursday, October 08, 2009 9:11 AM
To:                           'L Janey'; 'clearinghouse@mdp.state.md.us'
Cc:                           Rob Robinson; Lauren Pruss
Subject:                      City of Gaithersburg 2009 Master Plan elements for review


The City of Gaithersburg is updating its Master Plan.  The first two elements of the 2009 Master Plan are now 
available for download from the City's website (http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/masterplan).  The Process 
and Overview Element establishes the overall vision and framework of the Master Plan.  The Water Resources 
Element evaluates the impact of development on drinking water supply, wastewater infrastructure, and 
stormwater and nonpoint source pollution.  
 
The City is seeking comment on these two Master Plan elements.  Written comments can be submitted via e‐
mail to plancode@gaithersburgmd.gov or sent to: 
 
  City of Gaithersburg 
  Planning and Code Administration 
  31 South Summit Avenue 
  Gaithersburg, MD 20877 
 
If you have any additional questions, please contact Planning Director Lauren Pruss at 301‐258‐6330 or via e‐
mail at plancode@gaithersburgmd.gov.  
 
J. Kirk Eby, AICP, GISP 
GIS Planner 
City of Gaithersburg | 31 South Summit Avenue | Gaithersburg, MD 20877 
(P) 301‐258‐6330   (F) 301‐258‐6336 
 
Get weekly e‐mail updates of upcoming City meetings and events by registering for myGaithersburg at 
www.gaithersburgmd.gov/mygaithersburg  
 
The opinions expressed in this message are not necessarily those of the City of Gaithersburg Staff, Mayor or Council 
 
 




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                                 MEMORANDUM

TO:           Mayor & City Council
              Planning Commission
VIA:          Lauren Pruss, Planning Director

CC:           Angel L. Jones, City Manager
              Greg Ossont, Director
              Planning and Code Administration

FROM:         Kirk Eby, GIS Planner
DATE:         November 4, 2009
RE:           MP-2-09 and MP-3-09: The Process & Overview and Water Resources
              Element amendments to the Master Plan

On October 7, 2009 staff released both the draft “Process & Overview” (MP-2-09) and
“Water Resources Element” (MP-3-09) of the 2009 Master Plan update, for the sixty (60)
day public advertisement and comment period as required by Article 66b of the Maryland
Annotated Code. In preparation of the joint public hearings scheduled for Monday
December 7, 2009, staff is providing paper copies of each draft Element for your review
prior to the hearing.      Should you have any questions, please contact me at
keby@gaithersburgmd.gov or 301-258-6330.




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                          NOTICE OF JOINT PUBLIC HEARING

                  MASTER PLAN AMENDMENT MP-2-09:
              PROCESS AND OVERVIEW, AN ELEMENT OF THE
               2009 CITY OF GAITHERSBURG MASTER PLAN

APPLICATION:         MP-2-09

APPLICANT:           City of Gaithersburg Planning Commission


Please take notice that a joint public hearing on the above-referenced application will be
conducted by the City of Gaithersburg Mayor and Council and Planning Commission on
Monday, December 7, 2009 in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 7:30 p.m. or as soon
thereafter as this matter can be heard. Public comment is invited at the joint public hearing.

Gaithersburg, as an incorporated city, is subject to Article 66B–Land Use, of the Annotated
Code of Maryland. Section 3.05(a)(4)(i) of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland
requires the development and inclusion of a statement of goals and objectives, principles,
policies, and standards, which shall serve as a guide for the development and economic and
social well-being of the local jurisdiction. In addition, Section 1.01 of Article 66B requires the
implementation of twelve statewide visions within the local jurisdiction’s visions and goals. The
proposed Process and Overview Element will amend the City’s current Master Plan.

Further information regarding the Process and Overview Element is available for public
inspection from the Department of Planning and Code Administration at City Hall, 31 South
Summit Avenue, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The draft
Process and Overview Element can also be viewed on the City’s website at
www.gaithersburgmd.gov/masterplan.


For any questions related to this Master Plan Amendment, please contact Lauren Pruss at the
Planning and Code Administration at 301-258-6330, or you may email your questions to
plancode@gaithersburgmd.gov.

                                                   CITY OF GAITHERSBURG


                                             By:_____________________________________

                                                Lauren Pruss
                                                Planning Director                Joint Hearing - MCC & PC
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NOTICES SENT THIS 9th DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2009 TO:
INTERESTED PARTIES:
(A list of names and addresses is on file, available at City Hall in the Department of Planning
and Code Administration.)
MAYOR AND COUNCIL
PLANNING COMMISSION
CITY STAFF
Angel L. Jones, City Manager
Lynn Board, City Attorney
Britta Monaco, Public Information Director
Doris Stokes, Administrative Assistant
JOHN HUDSON                   RICHARD ARKIN                VICTOR MCDONALD
214 TULIP DR                  121 SELBY ST                 409 RIDGEPOINT PL
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        GAITHERSBURG MD 20878




RICHARD ARKIN                 MICHAEL WATKINS              EILEEN SCHLICHTING
121 SELBY ST                  DPZ ARCHITECTS               KENTLANDS COMM FOUNDATION
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         320 FIREHOUSE LN             207 KENT OAKS WAY
                              GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



ROBERT MAURI                  PAMELA LINDSTROM             JOHN BAUER
KENTLANDS COMM FOUNDATION     EAST DEER PK HOA             944 FEATHERSTONE CT
809 INSPIRATION LN            421 GAITHER ST               GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



THOMAS NATELLI                STEVEN VIROSTEK              PAGE LANSDALE
NATELLI COMMUNITIES           DANAC CORP                   CHEVY CHASE BANK
806 W DIAMOND AVE STE 300     7200 WISCONSIN AVE STE 901   8401 CONNECTICUT AVE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         BETHESDA MD 20814            CHEVY CHASE MD 20815



JODY KLINE ESQ                JOHN CARMAN                  BILL SMITH
MILLER MILLER & CANBY         RODGERS CONSULTING           PETERSON COMP
200 B MONROE ST               9260 GAITHER RD              12500 FAIRLAKES CIR
ROCKVILLE MD 20850            GAITHERSBURG MD 20877        FAIRFAX VA 22033



SCOTT REED                    JON STANG                    RODNEY THOMPSON
MAGRUDER COMP                 242 PERRYWINKLE LN           9 N SUMMIT AVE
12165 DARNESTOWN RD           GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        GAITHERSBURG MD 20877
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



TOM PATTON                    HENRY MARRAFFA               LARRY LUHN
26 BROOKES AVE                12 KEYSTONE DR               TREASURER
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877        18428 AZALEA DR
                                                           DERWOOD MD 20855



AMY HARDIN                    JENNY LONG                   GEORGE WINKLER
CHAIR                         POTOMAC VALLEY BANK          WINKLER AUTOMOTIVE
103 BROOKES AVE               702 RUSSELL AVE              401 E DIAMOND AVE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877        GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



SHARON BOHRER                 CINDY HINES                  JOHN BURLEY
CITY COUNCIL LIAISON          EXEC COORDINATOR             FOREST OAK MIDDLE
120 HUTTON ST                 316 E DIAMOND AVE STE 202B   651 SAYBROOKE OAKS BLVD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877        GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



DUANE JELINEK                 AUSTIN A DECKER              MARION JULIER, GENERAL MANAGER
16021 INDUSTRIAL DRIVE        7 WATCH HILL COURT           LAKEFOREST SHOPPING CENTER
LABRECYCLERS, INC. MD 20877   GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        701 RUSSELL AVENUE
                                                           GAITHERSBURG MD 20877
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PATRICIA OLIPHANT             FRANCIS ROSE                    GUS MCLEOD
POTOMAC VALLEY BANK           9001 EDGEWOOD DR                LAWSON SURGICAL SUPPLY
702 RUSSELL AVENUE            GAITHERSBURG MD 20877           431 NORTH FREDERICK AVENUE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877                                         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



LAWRENCE SKOK, ESQ.           MICHAEL STEVENSON, SR.          DEBORAH MILLER
GIMMEL, WEIMMAN, ETC.         STEVENSON GROUP                 COMFORT INN
4 PROF. DR., #145             20 E. DIAM. AVE. #300           16216 FREDERICK ROAD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20879         GAITHERSBURG MD 20977           GAITHERSBURG MD 20898



MARY K. WILLIAMS              JEFF ROBERTSON                  LORAH TIDWELL
THE GAZETTE                   COMCAST ONLINE                  US HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
1200 Q.O. BLVD.               1519 OLD BRIDGE ROAD            5600 FISHERS LANE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         WOODBIRDGE VA 22192             ROCKVILLE MD 20857



REGIONAL PLANNER              MARYLAND MUNICIPAL LEAGUE       JILL SPRUNG ALEXANDER
MD DEPT OF PLANNING           1212 WEST STREET                21 LEATHERLEAF CT
301 W PRESTON ST              ANNAPOLIS MD 21401              GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
BALTIMORE MD 21201-2305



MIKE BUCCI                    ELLIE ELDREDGE                  NATALIE M FENIMORE
114 WOODLAND RD               3 THORBURN PL                   16317 S WESTLAND DR
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878           GAITHERSBURG MD 20877




BRUCE GOLDENSOHN              J. SUSAN KING                   EILEEN SHEA
11504 GOLDEN POST LN          116 LITTLE QUARRY RD            209 W DEER PK RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878           GAITHERSGURG MD 20878




JIM STEPHENSON                KENNETH WEISS                   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
11529 FLINTS GROVE LN         ECON DEV COMM LIAISON           GGCC
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         P.O. BOX 8905                   4 PROFESSIONAL DR STE 132
                              GAITHERSBURG MD 20898           GAITHERSBURG MD 20879



R. GARRY WALKER               RALPH P. MOHR                   BENITA KAPLAN
FIRE MUSEUM                   G'BURG MODEL RAILROAD SOCIETY   GHA
25417 CLEARWATER DRIVE        17605 PRINCE EDWARD DRIVE       20 SOUTH SUMMIT AVE
DAMASCUS MD 20872             OLNEY MD 20832                  GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



GERALD & JO HOTT              DON RARY                        BELINDA ADMAS
GAITHERSBURG RAILWAY MUSEUM   HPAC                            1501 TANYARD HILL ROAD
19 BRIGHTON DRIVE             106 LONGDRAFT ROAD              GAITHERSBURG MD 20879
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



SUE ANDERSON                  STELLA CAMPANA                  NORA CAPLAN
9120 EDGEWOOD DR              9104 EDGEWOOD DR                102 BOOTH ST #16`
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877           GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
MARK KOBER                     ANN TALL                         CAROL TUSSEY
12 VALLEYSIDE CT               339 TSCHIFFELY SQ RD             101 ODEND'HAL AVE
GERMANTOWN MD 20874            GAITHERSBURG MD 20878            GAITHERSBURG MD 20877




FRANK MATE                     JIM CLIFFORD                     FRED EVANS, PRINCIPAL
255 ROLLING ROAD               302 E DIAMOND AVE                GAITHERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          GAITHERSBURG MD 20877            314 S FREDERICK AVE
                                                                GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



JOHN M BURLEY, PRINCIPAL       DR. DAVID STEINBERG, PRINCIPAL   SHARON J JONES, PRINCIPAL
FOREST OAK MIDDLE SCHOOL       GAITHERSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL       GAITHERSBURG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
651 SAYBROOK OAKS BLVD         2 TEACHERS WAY                   35 N SUMMIT AVENUE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          GAITHERSBURG MD 20877            GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



DR SANDRA DUGOFF, PRINCIPAL    ROY SETTLES, PRINCIPAL           HILARIE R BOHRER, PRINCIPAL
GOSHEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL       JUDITH RESNICK ELEMENTARY        LAYTONSVILLE ELEMENTARY
8701 WARFIELD RD               7301 HARLEY FARMS DRIVE          21401 LAYTONSVILLE RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20882          GAITHERSBURG MD 20879            GAITHERSBURG MD 20882



PAUL B SCHNITMAN, PRINCIPAL    DONNA WELDIN, PRINCIPAL          R. CRAIG LOGUE, PRINCIPAL
ROSEMONT ELEMENTARY            STRAWBERRY KNOLL ELEMENTARY      SUMMIT HALL ELEMENTARY
16400 ALDEN AVENUE             18820 STRAWBERRY KNOLL RD        101 W. DEER PARK DRIVE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          GAITHERSBURG MD 20879            GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



KATHY BRAKE, PRINCIPAL         LUIS MARTINEZ, PRINCIPAL         DR. DONALD BARRON, PRINCIPAL
WASHINGTON GROVE ELEMENTARY    WATKINS MILL HIGH                MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MIDDLE
8712 OAKMONT ST                10301 APPLE RIDGE RD             19300 WATKINS MILL RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MD 20886      MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MD 20886



PRINCIPAL                      DR. NICK URICK, PRINCIPAL        CATHERINE ALLIE, PRINCIPAL
NEELSVILLE MIDDLE              CAPT. DALY ELEMENTARY            SOUTH LAKE ELEMENTARY
11700 NEELSVILLE CHURCH RD     20301 BRANDERMILL DR             18201 CONTOUR RD
GERMANTOWN MD 20876            GERMANTOWN MD 20876              GAITHERSBURG MD 20879



JOSEPH C ROWE, PRINCIPAL       MONIQUE T FELDER, PRINCIPAL      DR. TIMOTHY RIGGOTT, PRINCIPAL
STEDWICK ELEMENTARY            WATKINS MILL ELEMENTARY          WHETSTONE ELEMENTARY
10631 STEDWICK RD              19001 WATKINS MILL RD            19201 THOMAS FARM RD
MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MD 20896    MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MD 20886      MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MD 20886



DR REBECCA NEWMAN, PRINCIPAL   ROBERT DOMERGUE, PRINCPAL        PAMELA SHIRLEY, PRINCIPAL
THOMAS WOOTTON HIGH            ROBERT FROST MIDDLE              DUFIEF ELEMENTARY
2100 WOOTTON PARKWAY           9201 SCOTT DRIVE                 15001 DUFIEF DRIVE
ROCKVILLE MD 20850             ROCKVILLE MD 20850               GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



WALTER TOZIER, PRINCIPAL       DANIEL SHEA, PRINCIPAL           ROSE ANN ARMES, PRINCIPAL
STONE MILL ELEMENTARY          QUINCE ORCHARD HIGH              KINGSVIEW MIDDLE
STONEBRIDGE VIEW DR            15800 QUINCE ORCHARD RD          18909 KINGSVIEW RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878            GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
DR. CAROL LEVINE, PRINCIPAL   PAULA GORDON, PRINCIPAL        LAURA HART-SILKWOOD, PRINCIPAL
RIDGEVIEW MIDDLE              BROWN STATION ELEMENTARY       RACHEL CARSON ELEMENTARY
16600 RAVEN ROCK DR           851 QUINCE ORCHARD BLVD        100 TSCHIFFELY SQUARE RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



DR CAROL LANGE, PRINCIPAL     LAURIE GROSS, PRINCIPAL        CAROLINE KURSMAN, PRINCIPAL
DIAMOND ELEMENTARY            FIELDS ROAD ELEMENTARY         JONES LANE ELEMENTARY
4 MARQUIS DRIVE               1 SCHOOL DRIVE                 15110 JONES LANE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



MARY WILSON, PRINCIPAL        DR EDWARD SHIRLEY, PRINCIPAL   ROSALVA RORAS, PRINCIPAL
THURGOOD MARSHALL ELEM.       NORTHWEST HIGH                 ROBERTO CLEMENTE MIDDLE
12260 MCDONALD CHAPEL DR      13501 RICHTER FARM RD          18808 WARING STATION RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GERMANTOWN MD 20874            GERMANTOWN` MD 20874



COLLETTE HAYES, PRINCIPAL     LAWRENCE CHEP, PRINCIPAL       JUDY BRUBAKER, PRINCIPAL
CLOPPER MILL ELEMENTARY       DARNESTOWN ELEMENTARY          GERMANTOWN ELEMENTARY
18501 CINNAMON DR             15030 TURKEY FOOT RD           19110 LIBERTY MILL RD
GERMANTOWN MD 20874           GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GERMANTOWN MD 20874



C MICHAEL KLINE, PRINCIPAL    DR JOHN ROBINSON, PRINCIPAL    SALLY ELLER, PRINCIPAL
RONALD MCNAIR ELEMENTARY      MARK TWAIN SPECIAL             PHOENIX II
13881 HOPKINS ROADQ           14501 AVERY ROAD               7401 HADLEY FARMS DR
GERMANTOWN MD 20874           ROCKVILLE MD 20853             GAITHERSBURG MD 20879



SHIRLEY T WISE, PRINCIPAL     DENNIS M REIDY, PROGRAM MGR    ANNA SAYLOR
ST. MARTIN'S                  OAKMONT SCHOOL                 GAITHERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL
201 S FREDERICK AVENUE        17501 OAKMONT AVENUE           314 S FREDERICK AVE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



LINDA DUTKA, COORD            YVONNE MALCOLM                 LIN TERMAN
GAITHERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL      GAITHERSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL     GAITHERSBURG ELEMENTARY
1835 PINTAIL LA               2 TEACHERS WAY                 35 N SUMMT AVENUE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20879         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



LOIS ROYER                    LISA BAILEY                    TERRI SUMMERVILLE
ROSEMENT ELEMENTARY           SUMMIT HALL ELEMENTARY         SUMMIT HALL ELEMENTARY
16400 ALDEN AVENUE            101 W DEER PARK DR             101 W DEER PARK DR
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



MICHELE SCHULTZE              SUSAN COPEL                    PATTY SORENSEN, COORD
WASHINGTON GROVE ELEMENTARY   WATKINS MILL HIGH              WATKINS MILL HIGH
8712 OAKMONT STREET           10301 APPLE RIDGE RD           18 MEADOWCROFT CT
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MD 20886    MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MD 20886



GABRIEL ROMERO, COORD         ANN CORNELL                    CATHY MCCARTHY
WATKINS MILL HIGH             MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MIDDLE      WATKINS MILL ELEMENTARY
19929 DELLCASTLE ROAD         19300 WATKINS MILL RD          19001 WATKINS MILL RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20886         MONTGOMERY VILLAGE` MD 20886   MONTGOMERY VILLAGE MD 20886
RENEE BRODSKY                   JOHN LIPTON                  LINDA RADEN
DUFIEF ELEMENTARY               DUFIEF ELEMENTARY            QUINCE ORCHARD HIGH
15001 DUFIEF DRIVE              15001 DUFIEF DRIVE           15800 QUINCE ORCHARD RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878           GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



BRIAN GIFFORD, COORD            LARRY ARCH, COORD            PAUL SCHIMKE
QUINCE ORCHARD HIGH             QUINCE ORCHARD HIGH          KINGSVIEW MIDDLE
9 RAMSDELL COURT                401 E. JEFFERSON ST, #207    18909 KINGSVIEW RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878           ROCKVILLE MD 20850           GERMANTOWN MD 20874



LINDA HANSON                    DANNY WINBORNE               GAY MASLOW
RIDGEVIEW MIDDLE                BROWN STATION ELEMENTARY     RACHEL CARSON ELEMENTARY
16600 RAVEN ROCK DR             851 QUINCE ORCHARD BLVD      100 TSCHIFFELY SQ RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878           GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



SABRINA BEROZ                   ANDREA BERMAN                MINDY MCCIRTIN
DIAMOND ELEMENTARY              FIELDS ROAD ELEMENTARY       THURGOOD MARSHALL ELEMENTARY
4 MARQUIS DRIVE                 1 SCHOOL DRIVE               12260 MCDONALD CHAPEL DR
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878           GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



GEOFF FERRI                     ALAN SCHWARTZ, COORD         FORREST CLARK, COORD
NORTHWEST HIGH                  NORTHWEST HIGH               NORTHWEST HIGH
13501 RICHTER FARM RD           1350112915 CLIMBING IVY DR   20 PAVILLION DR
GERMANTOWN MD 20874             GERMANTOWN MD 20874          GAITHERSBURG MD 20874



ERNIE RITTER                    DEE HOFFMAN                  FREDERIC A. LASS
G'BURG MODEL RAILROAD SOCIETY   9 THORNBURN ROAD             G'BURG MODEL RAILROAD SOCIETY
5532 CARVEL STREET              GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        P.O. BOX 684
CHURCHTON MD 20733                                           WASHINGTON GROVE MD 20880



TOM PATTON                      EILEEN SCHLICHTING           FREDERICK SCHIRRMACHER
26 BROOKES AVENUE               ARTS COUNCIL                 G'BURG MODEL RAILROAD SOCIETY
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877           207 KENT OAKS WAY            1635 PRIMROSE ROAD, NW
                                GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        WASHINGTON DC 20012



DAVID SHAYT                     JUDY CHRISTENSEN             JON STANG
214 CEDAR AVENUE                GHA                          248 PERRYWINKLE LANE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877           6 WALKER AVENUE              GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
                                GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



ELIZABETH SHATTO                JOHN BAUER                   ISA ROTHER, COMMUNITY DEV
FREDERICK HISTORIC SITES        PLANNING COMMISSION          CITY OF ROCKVILLE
19 EAST CHURCH STREET           944 FEATHERSTONE CT          111 MARYLAND AVE
FREDERICK MD 21701              GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        ROCKVILLE MD 20850



JOHN MATHIAS, TRANSIT COORD.    DAVID MOSS, PLAN MGR         PLANNING Commission
MNCP&PC                         MO. CO. DPWT                 TOWN OF WASHINGTON GROVE
8787 GEORGIA AVE                101 MONROE ST 10TH FL        BOX 216
SILVER SPRING MD 20910          ROCKVILLE MD 20850           WASHINGTON GROVE MD 20880
PAUL ARMOSTRONG            MELISSA BANACH               DICK HAWES
DISTRICT 3 ENGINEER SHA    COM BASED PLANNING           MCPS CONSTRUCTN DIV
9300 KENILWORTH AVE        MNCP&PC                      850 HUNGERFORD DR
GREENBELT MD 20770         8787 GEORGIA AVE             ROCKVILLE MD 20850
                           SILVER SPRING MD 20910


MICHAEL RODGERS            RONALD KREITNER              LYNN GUTTERING
METRO WASH COG             MD OFF OF PLANNING           TRANS PLAN DEPT
777 N CAPITOL ST NE        301 W PRESTON ST #1101       COG
WASHINGTON DC 20002        BALTIMORE MD 21201           777 N CAPITOL ST NE #300
                                                        WASHINGTON DC 20002


FRED EDWARDS               NATL CAPITOL                 REGIONAL PLANNER
DIV OF FACILITIES & SVCS   PLANNING COMMISSION          MD OFF OF PLANNING
110 N WASHINGTON ST        801 PENNSYLVANIA AVE #1101   301 W PRESTON ST
ROCKVILLE MD 20850         WASHINGTON DC 20876          BALTIMORE MD 21201-2305



WILLIAM CARROLL            WSSC                         NEIL PEDERSEN
PLAN & PROJECT REV         ADMIN BUREAU                 SHA
MD OFF OF PLANNING         14501 SWEITZER LN            PO BOX 717
301 W PRESTON ST #1104     LAUREL MD 20707              BALTIMORE MD 21203-0717
BALTIMORE MD 21201


PARKER WILLIAMS, ADMIN     RANDALL TURNER               JAMES SIMPSON
SHA                        MEDIMMUNE, INC.              1349 CARLSBAD DR
707 N CALVERT ST           35 WEST WATKINS MILL ROAD    GAITHERSBURG MD 20879
BALTIMORE MD 21203         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



MIKE LEMON                 SUE EDWARDS                  JOSEPH CORATOLA
WINCHESTER HOMES           M-NCPPC                      10 GOLDEN ASH WAY
6305 IVY LN #800           8787 GEORGIA AVE             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
GREENBELT MD 20770         SILVER SPRING MD 20910



DANNY WINBORNE             LEONARD LEVY                 RACHEL HOPP
PLANNING COMMISSION        PLANNING COMMISSION          1371 MAIN STREET
137 APPLE BLOSSOM WAY      14 SUPREME COURT             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878      GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



MONTGOMERY CO MARYLAND     MD STATE HWY ADMIN           MATTHEW HOPKINS
101 MONROE ST              9300 KENILWORTH AVE          PLANNING COMMISSION
ROCKVILLE MD 20850         GREENBELT MD 20770           106 FAIRGROVE TER
                                                        GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



LLOYD KAUFMAN              KEN GEMMELL                  Adrienne Gillen
PLANNING COMMISSION        19733 DROP FORGE LN          KENTLANDS CITIZENS ASSEMBLY
405 FIRE HOUSE LN          GAITHERSBURG MD 20879        438 LITTLE QUARRY RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878                                   GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Jon May                    Rich Brancato                Clyde Bartz
ROSEMONT CITIZENS ASSN     LAKELANDS MAIN ST. CONDOS    GREENS OF WARTHER
8940 EDGEWOOD DR           647-A MAIN ST                150 CROSSBOW LANE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877      GAITHERSBURG MD 20878        GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
James Crank                        Perlita Powers             Jan Erickson
PARK SUMMIT CONDO                  NO. 8 RUSSELL AVE CONDO    BENNINGTON COMM. ASSN
303 PALMSPRING DR                  8 RUSSELL AVE #302         29 GOODPORT LANE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878              GAITHERSBURG MD 20877      GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Ron Heckman                        Elizabeth Clark            Tom Armstrong
NEWPORT ESTATES SEC I              FIRESIDE CONDO             JOAN'S HILL
8 MICHAEL CT                       136 DUVALL LN              108 LONGDRAFT RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877              GAITHERSBURG MD 20877      GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Andrew Bove                        Troy Carbaugh              Cynthia Changuris
BRIGHTON HOA                       VILLAGE OVERLOOK IIB       VILLA RIDGE CONDOMINIUM
157 BRALAN LN                      435 CHRISTOPHER AVE #22    414 GIRARD ST
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877              GAITHERSBURG MD 20879      GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



Michelle Maher                     Stuart Dross               Stacey Portis
SHADY GROVE VIL COM COUNCIL CORP   MUDDY BRANCH HOA           KENTLANDS VIEW CONDO INC
138 GOLD KETTLE DR                 326 ALDERWOOD DR           415 RIDGEPOINT PL
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878              GAITHERSBURG MD 20878      GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Steve Antolick                     Valerie Hermansen          Dick Jones
CROSS GREEN CONDOS @ LAKELANDS     AUDUBON SQUARE HOA         VILLAGE OVERLOOK
705 B MAIN ST                      423 STERNWHEELER COURT     411 CHRISTOPHER AVE #13
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878              GAITHERSBURG MD 20877      GAITHERSBURG MD 20879



Andrea Barsi                       Luke Brami                 Dia Starcher
SENECA MEWS                        WASHINGTONIAN WOODS        BRIGHTON WEST CONDO III
103 TWELVE OAKS DR                 101 CANFIELD HILL DR       864 WEST SIDE DR
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878              GAITHERSBURG MD 20878      GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Shelby Complon                     Michael Dennis             Jennifer Eisenfeld
NEWPORT ESTATES SEC II             TIMBERBROOK CONDO ASSN     PARK SUMMIT HOA
60 STATE CT                        137 TIMBERBROOK LN         520 CORAL REEF DR
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877              GAITHERSBURG MD 20878      GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Gwen Love                          Cindy Barnes               Alex Imirie
KENTLANDS CONDO III                MONTGOMERY MEADOWS         CAROLANN COURTS CONDO
130 CHEVY CHASE ST #103            1020 TRAVIS LN             22 TRENTO COURT
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878              GAITHERSBURG MD 20879      GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



Elayne Kabakoff                    Ralph Kantrowitz           Nan King
LAKELANDS RIDGE CONDO 3            COPPERFIELD CROSSING II    BRIGHTON EAST CONDO I
311 HIGH GABLES DR #404            226 KENTLANDS BLVD # 301   514 WEST DEER PARK RD.
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878              GAITHERSBURG MD 20878      GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



Rusty Drew                         Maggie Levy                Mary Louis
SHADY GROVE VILLAGE I CONDO ASSN   LAKELANDS RIDGE HOA        VILLAGE OVERLOOK IIA
18 BLUE RIBBON COURT               310 HIGH GABLES DR #404    423 CHRISTOPHER AVE #32
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878              GAITHERSBURG MD 20878      GAITHERSBURG MD 20879
Evan Meyers                 Tom Mills                      Jimmy Pennywell
AMBERFIELD HOA              HEATHWALK CONDOS               BRIGHTON WEST CONDO IV
613 SUFFIELD DRIVE          704-A MAIN ST                  1018 WEST SIDE DR
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878       GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Linda Putterman             Richard Ryberg                 Marge Tibery
DIAMOND FARM HOMES CORP     FOXWOOD HOA                    KENTLANDS CONDO V
3 LONG MEADOW DR            1 BRIARSTONE LANE              150 CHEVY CHASE ST # 205
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878       GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Duane Kirklin               Kristin Johnston               Maggie Levy
LILAC GARDENS CONDO         ORCHARD GLEN                   LAKELANDS RIDGE CONDO 4
4787 MID COUNTY CT          115 LONGPOINT WAY              310 HIGH GABLES DR#406
MONROVIA MD 21770           GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Nina Mall                   Mike Potter                    Robert Ravida
KENTLANDS RIDGE CONDO INC   GREENS OF WARTHER              BOZZUTO CONDOS @ KENTLANDS
152 KENDRICK PL #22         % MTM MGMT ASSOC               185 CHEVY CHASE ST
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878       26223 RIDGE RD                 GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
                            DAMASCUS MD 20872


Tom Mills                   Bob Rubenstein                 Kevin Rowe
LAKELANDS HEATHWALK COND.   LAKELANDS RIDGE CONDO 1        QUINCE ORCHARD PARK
704-A MAIN ST               201 HIGH GABLES DRIVE #307     221 SWANTON LN
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878       GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Mona Janis                  Nelson LeRoy                   Mary Anne Clark
LAKELANDS RIDGE CONDO 5     SHADY GROVE VILLAGE II         LAKEFOREST GLEN
300 HIGH GABLES DR          4 SUPREME CT                   1324 TRAVIS VIEW CT
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878       GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20879



Keith Manley                Drew Pallo                     John Pugh
WARTHER HOA                 POTOMAC OAKS                   BRIGHTON EAST CONDO III
115 SHARPSTEAD LN           706 QUINCE ORCHARD BLVD #101   266 WEST DEER PARK RD.
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878       GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



Alan Rosen                  Mel Rushfield                  Teresa Salsgiver
LONGDRAFT ESTATES           KENTLANDS CONDO II             LAKELANDS RIDGE CONDO 2
17017 SIOUX LN              120 CHEVY CHASE ST #403        301 HIGH GABLES DR #402
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878       GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



JoAnn Schimke               Jeff Brown                     Dean Zuras
WEST RIDING CITIZENS ASSN   LILAC GARDENS                  WASHINGTONIAN TOWNS
734 TIFFANY CT              17-B WATER ST                  22 PONTIAC WAY
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878       GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



David Studley               Anthony Donsante               Theresa J Toliver
HIDDEN ORCHARDS             ORCHARD PLACE                  BRIGHTON WEST CONDO V
716 BEACON HILL             18 ROTHSCHILD CT               1092 WEST SIDE DR
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878       GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
Patrick McCalley                  Eva Gegner                    Florine Henderson
LAKELANDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION   GATEWAY PARK @ WASH CTR       BRIGHTON WEST CONDO II
842 STILL CREEK LN                9736 WASHINGTONAIN BLVD       752 WEST SIDE DR
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



David Sams                        Steven Schwartz               Scott Sherman
BRIGHTON EAST CONDO II            LAKELANDS MARKET ST.CONDO     EMORY WOODS HOA
446 WEST DEER PARK RD.            256 B MARKET ST EAST          9111 EMORY WOODS TER
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877



Margaret Neal                     Ben Montgomery                Ted Blitgen
DORSEY ESTATES HOA                COURTYARDS AT RIO             THE ORCHARDS HOA
11535 SULLNICK WAY                9645 ATHENS PL                15 TIMBER ROCK RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Nancy Goglio                      Paul Waldron                  Brian Weiblinger
OLD CARRIAGE HILL                 COPPERFIELD CROSSING I        ORCHARD HILLS
905 WILD FOREST DR                931 BEACON SQUARE CT. #24     147 APPLE BLOSSOM WAY
GAITHERSBURG MD 20879             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Frances Winter                    Abraham Schenider             Larry Seeger
RELDA SQUARE HOA                  KENTLANDS CONDO I             FERNSHIRE FARMS
2 GLAZEBROOK CT                   110 CHEVY CHASE ST #405       1015 BAYRIDGE TER
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Janice Young                      Harry Stern                   Hillary Boe
SAYBROOKE                         KENTLANDS CONDO IV            QUINCE ORCHARD PARK II CONDO ASSN
105 BOOKHAM LN                    140 CHEVY CHASE ST #403       182 MILL GREEN AVE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Richard Brandis                   Alex Mendez                   Ann Walsh
THE VISTAS @ WASHINGTONIAN        NEWPORT ESTATES SEC III       WOODLAND HILLS
% VISTA MANAGEMENT                22 STEVEN CT                  104 KESTREL CT
1131 UNIVERSITY BLVD #101         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877         GAITHERSBURG MD 20879
SILVER SPRING MD 20902


Sheila Schneider                  Lisa Woodard                  Meredith Worthington
KENTLANDS CRAFTSTAR CONDO/TOWNS   THE WOODS AT MUDDY BRANCH     BRIGHTON WEST CONDO I
168 CHEVY CHASE ST                201 ALDERWOOD DR              668 WEST SIDE DR
GAITHERSBURG MD 20876             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Andrew Bove                       GERI LANIER                   Mac Staples
DEER PARK PLACE                   PLANNING COMMISSION           KENTLANDS CITIZENS ASSEMBLY
157 BRALAN LN                     533 KERSTEN ST                % COMMUNITY MGMT CORP
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         12701 FAIR LAKES CIR
                                                                CHANTILLY VA 20153


Sandra Ewing                      Paula Covington               Robert Fogel
THE ORCHARDS HOA                  LAKELANDS COMMUNITY ASSN      BRIGHTON EAST CONDOS I, II, III
% VANGARD MNGMT ASSOC INC         % LAKELANDS COMMUNITY MGMT.   % ABARIS REALTY INC.
PO BOX 39                         960 MAIN ST                   12009 NEBEL ST
GERMANTOWN MD 20875               GAITHERSBURG MD 20878         ROCKVILLE MD 20852
Claude Lumpkins                   Marty Deutsch                  Barbara Wagner
BRIGHTON WEST CONDO IV            OAKS @ WASHINGTONIAN WOODS     CEDAR VILLAGE CONDOS INC.
% VISTA MANAGEMENT                CONDO                          557 SUMMIT HALL RD
1131 UNIVERSITY BLVD W # 101      804 AMBER TREE CT #303         GAITHERSBURG MD 20877
SILVER SPRING MD 20902            GAITHERSBURG MD 20878


Steve Schwartz                    KAREN RAINBOLT                 CLARK WAGNER
MARKET STREET CONDO               934 POINTER RIDGE DR           314 INSPIRATION LN
256 MAIN ST B                     GAITHERSBURG MD 20879          GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



CLARK DAY                         MARY JO LAFRANCE               Ryan Pustilnik
26 WALKER AVE                     105 CHESTNUT ST                WINDBROOKE CONDO ASSN
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877             GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          43 WINDBROOKE CIRCLE
                                                                 GAITHERSBURG MD 20879



Lisa Franklin                     Barbara Jensen                 Ruchita Patel
LAKEFOREST GLEN                   DEER PARK PLACE                QUINCE ORCHARD PARK
% PROCAM                          % QUANTUM REAL ESTATE MANGMT   % THE MANAGEMENT GRP
14904 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE           5101 RIVER RD #101             20440 CENTURY BLVD #100
SILVER SPRING MD 20905            BETHESDA MD 20816              GERMANTOWN MD 20874


Shireen Ambush                    Peggy Toland                   Jeff Kivitz
AMBERFIELD HOA INC                AUDUBON SQUARE HOA INC         BOZZUTO CONDOS @ KENTLANDS
% ABARIS REALTY INC               % COMMUNITY ASSN INC           % MAIN ST PROP MGMT
12009 NEBEL ST                    P.O. BOX 1130                  9 PARK AVE
ROCKVILLE MD 20852                GERMANTOWN MD 20875-1130       GAITHERSBURG MD 20877


Barbara Jensen                    Karen Cooper                   Mike Potter
BRIGHTON WEST CONDOS I,II,III,V   CAROLANN COURTS CONDO          CEDAR VILLAGE
% QUANTUM                         % PAUL ASSOC INC               % MTM MGMT ASSOC
5101 RRIVER RD # 101              6935 WISCONSIN AVE # 4         26223 RIDGE RD
ROCKVILLE MD 20816                CHEVY CHASE MD 20815           DAMASCUS MD 20872


Theresa Nolan                     Jeff Kivitz                    Jesse James
COPPERFIELD CROSSING I            COPPERFIELD CROSSING II        COURTYARDS AT RIO
% AFFILIATED PROP MGMT            % MAIN ST PROP MGMT            %ALLIED REALTY
PO BOX 8205                       9 PARK AVE                     7605 ARLINGTON RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20898-8205        GAITHERSBURG MD 20877          BETHESDA MD 20814


Glenn Loveland                    Peggy Toland                   Jesse James
CROSS GREEN CONDOS @ LAKELANDS    DIAMOND FARM HOMES CORP        EMORY WOODS HOA
% ABARIS REALTY INC               % COMM ASSN INC                % ALLIED REALTY
12009 NEBEL ST                    PO BOX 1130                    7605 ARLINGTON ROAD
ROCKVILLE MD 20852                GERMANTOWN MD 20875-1130       BETHESDA MD 20814


Sandra Ewing                      Peggy Toland                   Lisa Franklin
FERNSHIRE FARMS                   FOXWOOD HOA                    FIRESIDE CONDO
% VANGUARD MGMT ASSOC             % COMMUNITY ASSN INC           % PROCAM
PO BOX 39                         PO BOX 1130                    14904 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE
GERMANTOWN MD 20875-39            GERMANTOWN MD 20875-1130       SILVER SPRING MD 20905


Craig Chung                       Shireen Ambush                 Dana Needle
GATEWAY COMMONS HOA               GATEWAY PARK @ WASH CTR        HEATHWALK CONDOS
% THE MANAGEMENT GRP              % ABARIS REALTY INC            % COMSOURCE MGMT INC
20440 CENTURY BLVD # 100          12009 NEBEL ST                 3414 MORNINGWOOD DR
GERMANTOWN MD 20874               ROCKVILLE MD 20852             OLNEY MD 20832
Jeff Kivitz                       Jeff Kivitz                           Steve Philbin
KENTLANDS CONDOS I,II,IV,V        KENTLANDS CRAFTSTAR CONDO/TOWNS       KENTLANDS RIDGE CONDO INC
% MAIN STREET PROP MGMT           % MAIN STREET PROP MGMT               % COMMUNITY MNGMT CORP
9 PARK AVE                        9 PARK AVE                            12701 FAIR LAKES CIR
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877             GAITHERSBURG MD 20878                 CHANTILLY VA 20153


Richard Skobel                    Michael LaPrade                       Patty Krebeck
KENTLANDS VIEW CONDO INC          LAKELANDS HEATHWALK CONDO             LAKELANDS MAIN ST. CONDO
% MAIN STREET PROP MGMT           % COMSOURCE MGMT INC                  % COMSOURCE MGMT INC
9 PARK AVE                        3414 MORNINGWOOD DR                   16 EXECUTIVE PARK CT
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877             OLNEY MD 20832                        GERMANTOWN MD 20874


Michael La Prade                  Shireen Ambush                        Shireen Ambush
LAKELANDS MARKET ST CONDO         LAKELANDS RIDGE CONDO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5   LAKELANDS RIDGE HOA
% COMSOURCE MGMT INC              % ABARIS REALTY, INC                  % ABARIS REALTY, INC
3414 MORNINGWOOD DR               12009 NEBEL ST                        12009 NEBEL ST
OLNEY MD 20832                    ROCKVILLE MD 20852                    ROCKVILLE MD 20852


Jeff Kivitz                       Peggy Toland                          Jeff Kivitz
LILAC GARDENS CONDO               MONTGOMERY MEADOWS                    NEWPORT ESTATES SEC I
% MAIN ST PROP MGMT               % COMMUNITY ASSOC INC                 % MAIN ST PROP MGMT
9 PARK AVE                        P.O. BOX 1130                         9 PARK AVE
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877             GERMANTOWN MD 20875-1130              GAITHERSBURG MD 20877


Elaine Ziemke                     Claude Lumpkins                       Dale Roan
NEWPORT ESTATES SEC II            NEWPORT ESTATES SEC III               NO. 8 RUSSELL AVE CONDO
% THE MANAGEMENT GROUP            % VISTA MGMT                          % MAIN ST PROP MGMT
20440 CENTURY BLVD                1131 UNIVERSITY BLVD W                9 PARK AVE
GERMANTOWN MD 20874               SILVER SPRING MD 20902                GAITHERSBURG MD 20877


Mike Potter                       Ralph Caudle                          Jeff Kivitz
OAKS AT WASHINGTONIAN WOODS       ORCHARD GLEN                          PARK SUMMIT CONDO
% MTM MGMT ASSOC                  % IKO REAL ESTATE, INC                % MAIN ST. PROP MGMT
26223 RIDGE RD                    3403 OLANDWOOD CT, #1                 9 PARK AVE
DAMASCUS MD 20872                 OLNEY MD 20832                        GAITHERSBURG MD 20877


Jeanette Broadwater               Tony Martella                         Richard Skobel
PARK SUMMIT HOA                   POTOMAC OAKS                          QUINCE ORCHARD PARK II CONDO ASSN
% VANGUARD MGMT ASSOC             % COMSOURCE MGMT INC                  % MAIN ST PROP MGMT
P.O. BOX 39                       3414 MORNINGWOOD DR                   9 PARK AVE
GERMANTOWN MD 20875               OLNEY MD 20832                        GAITHERSBURG MD 20877


Richard Skobel                    Bruce Blumberg                        Mike Potter
SAYBROOKE                         SHADY GROVE VIL III COM ASSN INC      SHADY GROVE VIL COMM COUNCIL CORP
% MAIN ST PROP MGMT               % ABARIS REALTY INC                   % M.T.M MGMT ASSOC
9 PARK AVE                        12009 NEBEL ST                        26223 RIDGE RD
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877             ROCKVILLE MD 20852                    DAMASCUS MD 20872


Shireen Ambush                    Michael Eckloff                       Curt Rosenthal
SHADY GROVE VILLAGE I, II CONDO   TIMBERBROOK CONDO ASSN                VILLAGE OVERLOOK
% ABARIS REALTY, INC              % COMSOURCE MGMT INC                  % COMSOURCE MGMT INC
12009 NEBEL STREET                3414 MORNINGWOOD DR                   3414 MORNINGWOOD DR
ROCKVILLE MD 20852                OLNEY MD 20832                        OLNEY MD 20832


Curt Rosenthal                    Curt Rosenthal                        Ravi M. Parkhie
VILLAGE OVERLOOK IIA              VILLAGE OVERLOOK IIB                  WARTHER HOMES ASSOC
% COMSOURCE MGMT INC              % COMSOURCE MGMT INC                  %THE MANAGEMENT GROUP
3414 MORNINGWOOD DR               3414 MORNINGWOOD DR                   20440 CENTURY BLVD
OLNEY MD 20832                    OLNEY MD 20832                        GERMANTOWN MD 20874
Shireen Ambush                 Linda Wildman           Peggy Toland
WASHINGTONIAN TOWNS            WASHINGTONIAN WOODS     WOODLAND HILLS
% ABARIS REALTY INC            % IKO REAL ESTATE INC   % COMMUNITY ASSN INC
12009 NEBEL ST                 3403 OLANWOOD CT #1     PO BOX 1130
ROCKVILLE MD 20852             OLNEY MD 20832          GERMANTOWN MD 20875-1130


Mike Potter                    WARREN JOHNSON          Carla Johnson
THE WOODS AT MUDDY BRANCH      104 CHESTNUT ST         BENNINGTON COM ASSN INC
% MTM MGMT ASSOC               GAITHERSBURG MD 20877   29 GOODPORT LN
26223 RIDGE RD                                         GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
DAMASCUS MD 20872


Gloria Aparicio Blackwell      DANIEL CAMPOS           MIKE BLACKMON
SHADY GROVE VIL III COM ASSN
53 APPLESEED LN
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878



Jackie Shaw                    Fran Monblatt           Shireen Ambush
MISSION HILLS HOA              GATEWAY COMMONS HOA     KENTLANDS CONDO III
5 ANTIOCH RD                   112 GOUCHER TER         % ABARIS REALTY INC
GAITHERSBURG MD 20878          GAITHERSBURG MD 20877   12009 NEBEL ST
                                                       ROCKVILLE MD 20852


Dan Hilton, Pres               Peyton Harris           - Sonya Burke
THE VISTAS @ WASH WOODS        WINDBROOKE CONDO ASSN   QUINCE ORCHARD PARK RESIDENT
% VISTA MANAGEMENT             % CAPITAL MNGMT         216 WINTER WALK DR
1131 UNIVERSITY BLVD #101      12011 LEE JACKSON HWY   GAITHERSBURG MD 20878
SILVER SPRING MD 20902         FAIRFAX VA 22033


- Patricia Murret
THE GAZETTE NEWSPAPER
9030 COMPRINT CT
GAITHERSBURG MD 20877
                            Gaithersburg
                            A Character Counts! City




    City of Gaithersburg
                  PROCESS
                      AND
                 OVERVIEW




A Master Plan Element
  *draft* October 7, 2009

        Published ??


                               2009
                              MASTER PLAN




                                         Joint Hearing - MCC & PC
                                                MP-2-09
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CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
   2009 MASTER PLAN
PROCESS AND OVERVIEW ELEMENT
   Planning Commission Approval: ??, Resolution ??
   Mayor and City Council Adoption: ??, Resolution ??



            MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
                  Mayor Sidney A. Katz
        Council Vice President Michael A. Sesma
                      Jud Ashman
                   Cathy C. Drzyzgula
                  Henry F. Marraffa, Jr.
                      Ryan Spiegel



              PLANNING COMMISSION
                   Chair John Bauer
             Vice-Chair Danielle L. Winborne
             Commissioner Matthew Hopkins
             Commissioner Lloyd S. Kaufman
              Commissioner Leonard J. Levy
        Alternate Commissioner Geraldine Lanier



                   CITY MANAGER
                     Angel L. Jones


     PLANNING AND CODE ADMINISTRATION
  Greg Ossont, Director, Planning & Code Administration
            Lauren Pruss, Planning Director
                  Kirk Eby, GIS Planner
               Jacqueline Marsh, Planner
            Raymond Robinson III, Planner
                                                                                                                                                    CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
                             CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
                                 2009 Master Plan
                                                          CHAPTER 1
                              PROCESS AND OVERVIEW
                                                TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.   Introduction.......................................................................................................................... 1
2.   Guiding Principles ............................................................................................................... 2
3.   Master Plan Framework....................................................................................................... 3                     Deleted: 1B




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                                                                                                         CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
1. Introduction
       Article 66b of the Maryland Annotated Code requires that municipalities adopt a
comprehensive, or master, plan composed of various elements, such as Land Use, Transportation,
and Sensitive Areas to serve the general purpose of guiding and accomplishing the coordinated,
adjusted, and harmonious development of the local jurisdiction and its environs.
        The Master Plan is designed to establish a vision and long-range plan for the City’s future.
It sets policies, identifies and evaluates community planning goals and areas of community
concern, and in the final analysis, presents a recommended plan. The process of developing and
adopting a Master Plan involves many tasks such as social and demographic research, land-use
review, identification of policy issues, community involvement and participation, and coordinating
separate land use, transportation, community facilities, recreation and natural resource plans.
        By evaluating current conditions and future trends, The City of Gaithersburg will develop a
Master Plan to support its vision of leadership in the years to come. A unified vision for the future
development of the City, representing ideas from the citizens, the local business community,
industry, elected officials, regulatory agencies, and other interested parties, is a major achievement
of the Master Plan.
         Each of the Master Plan Elements will be prepared, reviewed, and revised separately. The
first element of the City of Gaithersburg 2009 Master Plan update is “Process and Overview”. This
element will provide the basic strategy and visions that will guide each successive element, thus
allowing the City to accommodate residential, commercial, institutional and industrial growth over




                                                                                                         2009 MASTER PLAN: PROCESS AND OVERVIEW
the next six years.




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2. Guiding Principles
        In developing the Process and Overview Element, the City will continue to be guided by
the Six Pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness,
                                                                                                       Comment [CCD1]: The jump between
caring and citizenship) as demonstrated by the following principles:                                   the CC pillars and the principles is pretty
                                                                                                       big, they don’t seem to relate to each
                                                                                                       other. Either make more of a connection
CUSTOMER FOCUS                                                                                         or take out the pillars part.

We actively pursue the identification of citizen needs through citizen involvement to provide
effective service to our community with efficiency, accountability, and a caring attitude.

OPEN COMMUNICATION
We promote honest, open communication and easy access to information.

CREATIVITY
We strive to improve the quality and efficiency of City services through creative approaches and
new innovative, cost effective technologies.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
We provide quality services, of the best value, to effectively meet the needs of our community
while maintaining a pay-as-you-go philosophy.

COOPERATION
We promote a spirit of fairness, trustworthiness, respect and teamwork among our elected officials,
City employees, residential and business communities, neighboring jurisdictions, and other
governmental agencies.

COMMITMENT OF EXCELLENCE
We strive to achieve excellence in all we do.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
We advocate good citizenship and support the freedom to actively pursue suggestions, ideas, and
creative approaches, leading to continuous improvement in everything we do.




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                                                                                                        CITY OF GAITHERSBURG
3. Master Plan Framework
       1B




        Under Maryland’s “Smart, Green & Growing legislative package,” adopted in 20091, the
City of Gaithersburg is required to incorporate twelve specific visions that will direct the goals of
the Master Plan and help develop and implement a sound growth and development policy. These
visions will enhance the City’s Master Plan by reflecting a greater connection between where we
live, where we work, and the quality of life we enjoy. The State’s visions are actualized through
the City of Gaithersburg’s commitment to fulfill each vision. The City commitment will be
achieved in the Master Plan through the incorporation of specific guiding strategies based upon the
City’s adopted Strategic Directions (SD).

State Vision 1:
Quality of life and sustainability: a high quality of life is achieved through universal
stewardship of the land, water, and air resulting in sustainable communities and protection
of the environment;

City Commitment: The City of Gaithersburg strives to provide a higher quality of life for the
community by preserving and enhancing open space and critical environmental areas;
highlighting environmental design in its land use plans to support ecological systems, create
parks, trails, and recreational facilities; and encouraging sustainable development through smart
growth practices and green building techniques.

Guiding Strategies:




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       Utilize the City’s ‘Smart Growth’ principles to encourage high quality infill
        redevelopment.

       Increase public green/open space through infrastructure re-designs in existing
        neighborhoods.

       Protect and restore environmentally sensitive areas during development and redevelopment
        by promoting land uses that are in balance with, and minimize adverse effects on, the
        natural environment.

       Protect and improve water resources (streams, wetlands, 100-year floodplains, and riparian
        buffers) that have significant functions and values related to flood protection, sediment and
        erosion control, water quality, groundwater recharge and discharge, education, vegetation,
        and fish and wildlife habitat.

       Improve public and private stormwater management (SWM) facilities; including
        performance, longevity, safety, ease of maintenance, community acceptance, and
        environmental benefit, by implementing new State SWM regulations such as
        Environmental Site Design (ESD) techniques.

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      Continue to improve single family, multifamily, commercial, and municipal recycling
       programs. (SD #8)

      All new City facilities should be constructed in an environmentally sustainable manner and
       achieve LEED Silver certification. (SD #11)

      Participate in regional efforts to reduce solid waste, air, noise, visual, and lighting pollution
       to ensure a high quality of life that is sustainable for future generations.


State Vision 2:
Public participation: citizens are active partners in the planning and implementation of
community initiatives and are sensitive to their responsibilities in achieving community
goals;

City Commitment The City of Gaithersburg will ensure effective and consistent communication
activities and implement programs that promote citizen involvement. The City will continue to
develop innovative ways to involve citizens to carry out the City’s vision, embracing the Inclusive
Communities principles and recognizing citizens for their contributions.

Guiding Strategies:

      Target members of various demographic groups using multi-channel communication                      Deleted: audiences
       methods.(SD #10)                                                                                    Deleted: s


      Foster excellent working relationships with local media to ensure accurate, timely and
       comprehensive coverage of City news, events and activities is presented to the
       community.(SD #10)

      Work with homeowners associations and other community organizations to identify
       specific areas of concern. (SD #2)

      Ensure that public participation is all-inclusive by involving all the major interest groups of
       the City. (SD #1)

      Incorporate whenever possible public charettes, informational workshops, Council                    Deleted: the use of
       worksessions, and input from ad-hoc and standing advisory City committees in developing             Deleted: input
       master plan element recommendations.

      Encourage active participation by stakeholders, local businesses, and other organizations
       early in the City’s Master Plan development.




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State Vision 3:
Growth areas: growth is concentrated in existing population and business centers, growth
areas adjacent to these centers, or strategically selected new centers;

City Commitment The city shall ensure an efficient use of land, provide for livable communities,
and manage growth, encouraging economic development with important jobs and businesses
located only where infrastructure or capacity exists or can be improved.                                    Comment [CCD2]: What about
                                                                                                            location of residential uses?

Guiding Strategies:

    Explore opportunities for those areas located within the City’s Maximum Expansion
     Limits.

    Diversify local economy so that approved development includes a variety of industries.                 Deleted: can serve


    Focus redevelopment opportunities on underutilized sites.

    Limit new development to where public utilities, facilities, and services can be established
     without unduly burdening the existing service provision or users.

    Focus growth within the City towards the following City activity centers:
         Olde Towne




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         Washingtonian/Crown Farm vicinity
         Frederick Avenue Corridor
         Kentlands Commercial District
         Lakeforest Mall and vicinity

    Include a mix of uses to create seven days a week activity with a balanced mix of
     commercial and residential uses. (SD #3)


State Vision 4:
Community design: compact, mixed–use, walkable design consistent with existing
community character, located near available or planned transit options is encouraged to
ensure efficient use of land and transportation resources and preservation and enhancement
of natural systems, open spaces, recreational areas, and historical, cultural, and
archeological resources.

City Commitment The City shall continue to practice innovative and smart community design by                Deleted: exhibit
encouraging traditional neighborhood designs, mixed use developments, and transit-oriented
developments, incorporating sustainable “green” techniques. New developments and
redevelopments of existing areas should achieve the City’s desire for walkable neighborhoods,               Deleted: of
inviting streetscapes, usable public open spaces, sensitivity to historic resources, and a unique           Deleted: an
sense of place.



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Guiding Strategies:

      Encourage the use of green building principles in both public and private development in         Deleted: to be applied
       order to support environmentally sensitive design, construction, operation, and
       maintenance of buildings and landscapes.

      Encourage compatible development when non-residential uses are adjacent to residential
       communities.

      Develop and implement design standards to assure compatibility and connectivity between
       adjacent land uses.

      Establish a street pattern for development that connects with the street pattern of the
       surrounding community.

      Continue to foster transit-friendly communities by providing infrastructure, transit shelters,
       pull-off lanes, and hiker-biker links to existing and planned residential and commercial
       developments, public facilities such as parks and schools, and transportation facilities such
       as park-and-ride lots and rail centers.

      Apply new land uses, development and design standards and encourage rezoning of certain
       properties to allow for development that integrates multiple uses (employment and/or
       housing) on the site.

      Include a mix of uses to create seven days a week activity with a balanced mix of
       commercial and residential uses. (SD #3)


State Vision 5:
Infrastructure: growth areas have the water resources and infrastructure to accommodate
population and business expansion in an orderly, efficient, and environmentally sustainable
manner.

City Commitment The City will continue to provide orderly and timely development by regulating
growth through its Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (AFPO) requirements. This ensures new
development or redevelopment will take place in an area that has the adequate school capacity,
water and sewer capacity, and available emergency services; and produces no negative traffic            Deleted: ,
impacts.

Guiding Strategies:

      Work in close partnership with the State of Maryland, Montgomery County, the Board of
       Education, and the Maryland Department of Transportation to address transportation, open
       space, and school capacity issues. (SD #1)




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    Consider the impact on transportation, schools, other public facilities, and the environment
     when approving new development and redevelopment. (SD #1)

    Continue working with the Board of Education, Montgomery County Government and the
     State of Maryland to secure upgrades to schools to meet the needs of City residents.                         Deleted: foster continual


    Continue working with WSSC and developers to maintain and enhance the existing water
     and sewer infrastructure and any additions thereto.

    Implement a comprehensive approach to traffic management that includes planning,                             Deleted: The City will i
     engineering, education, and enforcement that will integrate new transportation policies with
     design and construction of modern transportation facilities.                                                 Comment [CCD3]: All the other
                                                                                                                  bullet items start with a verb



State Vision 6:
Transportation: a well–maintained, multimodal transportation system facilitates the safe,
convenient, affordable, and efficient movement of people, goods, and services within and
between population and business centers;

City Commitment The City will implement traffic and transportation planning and management
strategies to improve the safety, structure, and function of streets, transit, bikeways, and sidewalks.
The City will provide and encourage a safe, convenient, and economic transportation system. The
City should plan for and serve the “transportation disadvantaged” and all transportation




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alternatives should be considered.

Guiding Strategies:                                                                                               Comment [CCD4]: I’d like to see a
                                                                                                                  strategy in here for road design based on
                                                                                                                  desired levels of pedestrian and bike use,
    Seek to eliminate gaps in the pedestrian and bicycle network, and encourage the use of                       not the current levels. So often the
                                                                                                                  excuse is given “there are no pedestrians
     transit facilities to reduce traffic congestion, conserve energy and maintain air quality                    crossing here so there is no need to
     goals.                                                                                                       provide for them”, when in fact a better
                                                                                                                  design would increase the number of
                                                                                                                  pedestrians etc.
    Integrate bicycle and pedestrian design elements into the road design and traffic claming
     measures and implement traffic calming measures in existing communities where
     appropriate. (SD #2)

    Coordinate with Maryland Department of Transportation and Montgomery County on road
     projects, making sure that all new state and county roads in Gaithersburg contain
     appropriate design features. (SD #2)

    Optimize the location and utilization of parking through site plan review and by permitting                  Deleted: Maximize
     parking on existing streets where appropriate.

    Ensure compatibility of local transportation projects with regional transportation facilities.

    Require preservation of right of ways for future transportation projects.




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      Promote alternatives to single-occupant vehicle trips, such as sharedride programs, transit,
       bicycling, and walking to reduce pollution and promote mobility for all residents.

      Consider public transportation options for new public improvement projects such as parks
       and other public land-uses.

      Identify and prioritize specific pedestrian and bicycle improvements including designated
       routes, road signage, new trails and sidewalks, and bike lanes.

      Fully integrate the consideration of bicyclists and pedestrians’ needs into the community
       and the site design process to create facilities concurrently with development.

      Provide safe walking routes that connect communities to schools, transit, recreational
       facilities, commercial and retail areas, and other communities.


State Vision 7:
Housing: a range of housing densities, types, and sizes provides residential options for
citizens of all ages and incomes.

City Commitment The City will implement programs that improve current housing stock and
pursue development and redevelopment opportunities that provide an appropriate mix of housing
types in inclusive communities. The City shall provide for the housing needs of all its citizens.

Guiding Strategies:

      Offer a wide range of housing types, preferably in a mixed-use setting.

      Adhere to the tenets of New Urbanism with aesthetic considerations in accordance with the       Deleted: dependent on
       urban design policies within the Master Plan – Smart Growth Policy Document for new
       housing development and re-development. (SD #5)

      Ensure that the current and future housing stock allows residents to remain in the City as
       their financial, employment, and familial situations change.

      Encourage renovations of suitable existing apartment communities and redevelopment of           Deleted: for major renovations
       functionally obsolete and aging apartments.

      .                                                                                               Deleted: Encourage redevelopment of
                                                                                                       functionally obsolete and aging
                                                                                                       apartments
      Consider approval of multi-family dwellings in or near the existing or proposed City
       activity centers.                                                                               Comment [CCD5]: Is this really a
                                                                                                       strategy—doesn’t this happen normally?
                                                                                                       Maybe the strategy should be to promote,
      Consider approval of multi-family dwellings to encourage redevelopment of dilapidated           rather than consider higher density in
                                                                                                       these areas.
       properties or infill projects on underutilized sites.




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State Vision 8:
Economic development: economic development and natural resource–based businesses that
promote employment opportunities for all income levels within the capacity of the state’s
natural resources, public services, and public facilities are encouraged;

City Commitment Gaithersburg will foster a growing and sustainable economic base to provide a
diversity of jobs and services for City residents. Community-sensitive economic development will
support the City’s vision and help to improve Gaithersburg’s quality of life.                               Deleted: in almost all areas


Guiding Strategies:

    Focus on retaining businesses currently in Gaithersburg and helping them to grow and                   Deleted: primarily
     prosper (SD #9)

    Work with other City departments, state and county agencies and legislative bodies to
     implement transportation infrastructure improvements that will facilitate development or
     redevelopment.

    Improve local transportation links between existing residential communities and business               Deleted: Implement improvements in
     areas to facilitate home-to-work trips.

    Develop a plan for City-owned properties in Olde Towne.




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    Develop City incentives to facilitate implementation of the Frederick Avenue Corridor and
     Olde Towne Master Plans and to encourage redevelopment opportunities for sites such as                 Deleted: help assist
     Lakeforest Mall and the Montgomery County Agricultural Center.

    Ensure employment and commercial uses are sited in close proximity to residential areas.               Deleted: opportunities


    Identify existing business districts throughout the City which need better infrastructure or
     potential re-zoning to strengthen their business core.

    Diversify the local economy, with equitable and balanced opportunities throughout the
     City, so that approved development includes a variety of industries.                                   Comment [CCD6]: This strategy is
                                                                                                            duplicated under vision element #3


                                                                                                            Deleted: can serve




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State Vision 9:
Environmental protection: land and water resources, including the Chesapeake and coastal
bays, are carefully managed to restore and maintain healthy air and water, natural systems,
and living resources;

City Commitment The city will continue to implement programs and policies to protect, enhance,
and monitor our natural and built environment to support a sustainable quality of life. The City
believes in preserving and enhancing open space and environmental areas and will ensure a high
quality of life that is sustainable for future generations.

Guiding Strategies:

    Encourage the use of green building principles in both public and private development in         Deleted: to be applied
     order to support environmentally sensitive design, construction, operation, and
     maintenance of buildings and landscapes. (SD#8)
                                                                                                      Comment [CCD7]: This is also under
                                                                                                      Vision #4
    Develop environmental education programs and activities for citizens, staff, schools, and
     neighborhood groups to increase the community’s involvement in environmental                     Deleted: in an effort to enhance
     protection. Such issues could center on general environmental awareness, storm water
     management, integrated pest management, pollution prevention, recycling, climate
     protection, and green building. (SD #8)

    Preserve green space, flood plains, and stream valleys for passive recreation as well as seek
     opportunities to acquire open space with an emphasis on active use (SD #7)

    Continue to preserve and maintain environmentally sensitive areas through forest
     conservation, wetland and stream valley buffer protection, and floodplain management,
     while identifying those areas that are environmental hazards and encourage the proper
     mitigation and protection programs.

    Identify, designate, and protect key natural resources, sensitive environmental elements,
     and unique habitats.

    Protect and restore environmentally sensitive areas during development and redevelopment
     by promoting land uses that are in balance with, and minimize adverse effects, on the
     natural environment.




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State Vision 10:
Resource conservation: waterways, forests, agricultural areas, open space, natural systems,
and scenic areas are conserved;

City Commitment The City shall preserve natural resources and conserve scenic and historic
areas and open spaces. The City strives to provide a high quality environment in which to live and
work that includes the conservation of the City’s green infrastructure (the interconnected networks
of open space, parks, natural areas, forests, waterways, and wildlife habitat).

Guiding Strategies:

    Work closely with Federal, State and Montgomery county agencies and the public to
     protect and enhance the City’s natural resources and urban environment. (SD #8)

    Implement policies and projects to preserve, enhance and maintain an interconnected
     network of open spaces, greenways, and urban forests to provide ecological, economic,
     recreation, and aesthetic benefits. (SD #8)

    Minimize operation costs by using cost-effective solutions and green building technologies               Deleted: Increase emphasis on
                                                                                                              managing
     to increase building efficiency. (SD #11)
                                                                                                              Deleted: evaluating

    Pursue pollution prevention policies addressing noise, light, greenhouse gases, and solid                Deleted: and programs for




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     waste. (SD #8)

    Development and redevelopment should be planned and directed so as to conserve the
     needed amount of open space.

    Manage land conservation and development activities in a manner that accurately reflects                 Deleted: Programs should m
     the community’s desire for a quality environment and a healthy economy and is consistent
     with state environmental quality statutes, rules, and implementation plans.

    Protect and improve water resources (streams, wetlands, 100-year floodplains, and riparian
     buffers) that have significant functions and values related to flood protection, sediment and
     erosion control, water quality, groundwater recharge and discharge, education, vegetation,
     and fish and wildlife habitat.




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State Vision 11:
Stewardship: government, business entities, and residents are responsible for the creation of
sustainable communities by collaborating to balance efficient growth with resource
protection;

City Commitment The City will continue to encourage orderly and managed development by
implementing smart growth planning techniques that will ensure the City’s neighborhoods and
communities maintain a high quality of life and sustainability.

Guiding Strategies:

    Address broad areas of concern such as: Future fiscal health of the City; future housing mix
     and affordability and demographic makeup of the City; future of the City’s transportation
     network; and quality of life issues. (SD #1)

    Ensure that public participation is all inclusive by involving all of the major interest groups
     of the City. (SD #1)

    Adhere to the tenets of New Urbanism with aesthetic considerations in accordance with the         Deleted: dependent on
     recently adopted urban design policies within the Master Plan – Smart Growth Policy
     Document for new housing development and re-development. (SD #5)                                  Comment [CCD8]: Also under Vision
                                                                                                       #7

    Support the preservation of the City-owned historic resources and designated sites. (SD
     #11)

    Incorporate the City’s Smart Growth Principles to encourage high quality development and
     redevelopment. Thoughtful design techniques should be considered to protect natural
     resources, utilize existing infrastructure, and promote traditional neighborhood design.

    Limit new development where public utilities, facilities, and services cannot be established
     without unduly burdening the existing service provision or users. Continue to enforce the
     Adequate Pblic Facilities Ordinance (APFO) and update requirements periodically, if
     needed.

    Support compact building design and a mix of land uses that promotes sustainable
     development, creates more secure communities, provides a variety of land use options, and
     improves environmental outcomes.

    Balance the future type, location, and phasing of major public and transportation facilities
     with the City’s urban expansion, including possible annexations and infill development.           Deleted: which includes


    Implement programs and policies to protect, enhance, and monitor our natural and built
     environment to support a sustainable quality of life.




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State Vision 12:
Implementation: strategies, policies, programs, and funding for growth and development,
resource conservation, infrastructure, and transportation are integrated across the local,
regional, state, and interstate levels to achieve these visions.

City Commitment The City will strive to Increase citizen awareness of, and participation in
planning and other related community issues and processes and encourage active involvement in
the City’s Master Plan process.
                                                                                                        Comment [CCD9]: The state vision
                                                                                                        seems to emphasize coordination between
Guiding Strategies:                                                                                     levels of government, the city one relates
                                                                                                        to citizen participation. Strategies 2 and 5
                                                                                                        relate to the state version, 1 and 4 to the
    Ensure effective and consistent communication activities and implement programs that               City version and 3 is a good idea, that
     promote citizen involvement.(SD #10)                                                               doesn’t really relate to either. I certainly
                                                                                                        support citizen involvement, just
                                                                                                        wondering if this is the best place to put
    Work in close partnership with the State of Maryland, Montgomery County, the Board of              these strategies.
     Education, and the Maryland Department of Transportation to address transportation, open
     space, and school capacity issues. (SD #1)

    Ensure that all planning and development considers and responds to the city’s
     environmental, transportation, economic, social and civic needs. (SD #1)

    Educate Gaithersburg’s residents, businesses, and developers about Smart Growth
     principles, new urbanism, planning trends, etc. (SD #1)




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    Work harmoniously with surrounding municipalities, Montgomery County, and the State of
     Maryland to achieve the implementation of a cohesive smart planning vision.




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MEETING DATE:
                                               TITLE: MP-2-09
December 7, 2009
                                                Process & Overview Element, an Amendment to the
CALL TO PODIUM:
                                                                2009 Master Plan
Rob Robinson
                                               SUPPORTING BACKGROUND:
RESPONSIBLE STAFF:
Greg Ossont, Director
                                               A Master Plan Element, Process & Overview will serve as an
Planning & Code Administration                 informational and policy document to the Mayor and City
                                               Council, the Planning Commission, other boards and
Lauren Pruss, Planning Director                committees of the City, and the residents of Gaithersburg. This
                                               Element is the first amendment of the 2009 Master Plan update.
Rob Robinson, Planner

Kirk Eby, Planner                              As discussed during the July 13, 2009 worksession introducing
                                               the 2009 Master Plan update, the Process & Overview Element
Jackie Marsh, Planner                          serves as the policy framework for the 2009 Master Plan. Using
                                               the required twelve State planning visions as a foundation, the
AGENDA ITEM:                                   Process & Overview Element incorporates adopted Strategic
(please check one)                             Directions and previously approved Master Plan objectives in
      Presentation                             fulfilling and building upon the State visions for the City of
      Proclamation/Certificate                 Gaithersburg.
      Appointment
 X    Public Hearing “JOINT”                   Included in this element are a description of the Master Plan, an
      Historic District                        overview of the Master Plan adoption process, a summary of
      Consent Item                             the legal authority of the Plan, and a series of vision statements
      Ordinance                                and guiding strategies for all successive element amendments
      Resolution
                                               to the 2009 Master Plan.
      Policy Discussion
      Work Session Discussion Item
      Other:


PUBLIC HEARING HISTORY:                        Attached:
(Please complete this section if agenda item
                                               Index of Memoranda (Exhibits in Bold)
is a public hearing)


Introduced                                     DESIRED OUTCOME:
Advertised                     10/07/2009
                               10/14/2009
                                               Conduct hearing

                                               Staff Recommends:
                                               Planning Commission Record Closes 5 PM December 28
                                               (21days) with an anticipated Planning Commission
Hearing Date                   12/07/2008      Recommendation January 6, 2010
Record Held Open                               Mayor & City Council Record Closes 5PM January 7 2010 (31
Policy Discussion                              days) with an anticipated Mayor & City Council Policy
                                               Discussion January 19, 2010
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            TRANSCRIPT

                 OF

        JOINT PUBLIC HEARING


                 ON


             MP-2-09

    Process & Overview Element,
an Amendment to the 2009 Master Plan


            BEFORE THE

        CITY OF GAITHERSBURG

       MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

                 and

        PLANNING COMMISSION

                  on

           December 7, 2009

            Transcribed by
            Doris R. Stokes
                                 Joint Hearing - MCC & PC
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                                    PARTICIPANTS


CITY COUNCIL

       Mayor Katz
       Council Vice President Drzyzgula
       Council Member Ashman
       Council Member Sesma
       Council Member Spiegel


PLANNING COMMISSION

       Chair Bauer
       Commissioner Levy
       Commissioner Hopkins
       Commissioner Kaufman
       Commissioner Lanier (Alt.)


STAFF

       Planner Robinson
       Planning and Code Administration Director Ossont



SPEAKERS FROM THE PUBLIC

None




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Katz        Would the Planning Commission please join us. We have two joint public
            hearings and one with just the Mayor and Council. And with that if Mr.
            Rob Robinson can please explain to us what we are doing.


Robinson    Good evening. This is a joint public hearing on the 2009 Master Plan
            Amendment MP-2-09 Process & Overview. This hearing has been duly
            advertised in the Gaithersburg Gazette on October 7 and 14, 2009. At the
            present time there are 10 exhibits in the record file. These exhibits are
            referenced in an exhibit list in the file. The individual exhibits may be
            reviewed during the course of the meeting or in the Planning Office during
            regular business hours at City Hall. Any objections to the receipt of any
            exhibit should be noted prior to the closing of the record; otherwise they
            will be deemed received into evidence. The Process & Overview Element
            serves as the policy framework for the 2009 Master Plan update. Using
            the required 12 State Planning Visions as a foundation, the Process &
            Overview Element then defines the City’s commitment to each State
            Vision and outlines specific guiding strategies for achieving said
            commitment. As discussed during the work session held this past July,
            strategies listed incorporates the adopted City’s Strategic Directions and
            previously adopted Master Plan objectives.            To maintain policy
            consistency, staff uses language taken verbatim from the adopted
            Strategic Directions and the 2003 Process & Overview Element wherever
            possible. I would be happy to answer any questions.


Katz        Ok. Any other questions for Mr. Robinson?


Spiegel     I had a quick question about how this plays in, with respect to the legal
            force of master plans or master plan elements. I thought I saw something
            in the background material that talked about that, I’m not sure.



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Robinson    Specifically in reference to……..


Spiegel     Not specifically in reference to anything in particular but just in terms of
            whether the Process & Overview incorporates the questions about legal
            effects.


Robinson    No. Specifically what this is doing is laying out….in 2003; just to bring it
            back, when it was first layout in the City at that point developed themes
            and visions. Since that point, the State as you have seen through 66B
            has 12 required visions that everybody that has a master plan has to
            meet. This is its own element to how the City will address and layouts the
            framework. So each of the strategies you see is what the City is going to
            try and strive to achieve with specific recommendations for achieving
            those strategies in each successive master plan. So it layouts out those.
            So it does set the framework.


Spiegel     Thank you.


Katz        Anybody else?


Bauer       Just a quick one. In the State’s Vision 3, actually I am more concern with
            the answer; you are talking about activity centers in the City, page 5.
            Once about a time we talked a lot about Quince Orchard and Clopper or
            West Diamond as being an activity center that was going to have attention
            in the Master Plan looking forward in redevelopment in around there, but it
            doesn’t show up on your list of activity centers. I know this really doesn’t
            drive a lot of that micro-planning.




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Robinson    Once again, what we try to do wherever possible, we try to gear
            everything towards things that the Council have already and the City has
            always tried to strive already in Strategic Directions. So many of these
            have already been listed. They are either in currently adopted master
            plans that may need to be reviewed or areas that within the Strategic
            Directions that have now become a focus. The micro ones, I understand
            and I think those were not going to dissuade and I think they will definitely
            be seen in the Land Use Element when that comes in and we start doing
            map designations and potential special study areas. We would then focus
            more on those. But these activity centers we were thinking in the larger
            scheme. These are large geographic areas that the City is on record as
            saying that these are important areas of focus.


Bauer       Ok.


Sesma       That is actually a good point John because I know that in the sale of the
            Orchard Pond complex recently, I think one of the ideas proposed was
            significant change in the use of that area to include some mixed use
            development.     Especially right at the corner of Clopper and Quince
            Orchard.    Anticipating that, not only that, with the commercial at that
            intersection, it is a pretty significant intersection on the western side of the
            City. It would seem appropriate that we might kind of be a little proactive
            and recognize that we are going to have some stuff happening there.


Katz        Well, in light of that, I think you also have to take in mind that it is not if,
            but when Watkins Mill Road Interchange is going to be there. And that is
            going to be between these two areas that is being discussed. That is
            certainly going to have some impact on what is going to happen there.
            This is a master plan so we certainly should think about what we suggest
            for that area.



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Robinson    Well, just for the Casey properties around the Watkins Mill Interchange,
            that was handled as its own special study area in 2003 and basically most
            of the plan approvals are in. So that is pretty much developed out. So
            looking at this in the six year time frame, we as staff don’t really see much
            master planning for the Casey area; in fact we just want to see it built out
            at this point. We want to see what the approvals came in.


Bauer       But you used Crown Farm.


Robinson    At the time that we did this, Crown Farm as you know was still very much
            in flux. We don’t necessarily know what is going to happen with Crown
            Farm. So there may be something new there.


Katz        There is a possibility and maybe it is wishful thinking, but Watkins Mill
            Road could be started within six years, the Interchange could be. There
            again, it all depends on money, but there is that possibility. I think that is
            something that when we are going through a master plan process I think
            that is something that we truly need to be considering.        It is going to
            change that traffic pattern. Anybody else?


Sesma       Also with the approval and perhaps funding of the CCT in the future, that
            intersection is going to be involved there. There is going to be a great
            elevated crossing there. So there is a lot going on at Quince Orchard and
            Clopper that we need to consider. And I think there is some significant
            redevelopment opportunities not only on the Orchard Pond side, but also
            on the southwestern corner of, I don’t know the name of the plaza,
            Firstfield area. Anyway, so I think that we need to kind of look at adopting
            a more proactive view and being prepared for that.




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Katz        Anybody else?


Levy        I made two notes. One is on page 4, the second bullet from the top where
            we are saying, City facilities should achieve LEED Silver certification,
            shouldn’t that be the minimum. In other ones, if that is what we are going
            to do, there are higher levels that I think we should strive for.


Robinson    Once again as I mentioned, this was taking verbatim from Strategic
            Direction #11 so as to maintain consistency. Obviously, we are open to
            changing text, but wherever possible, we try to use the language of those
            policy documents already adopted.


Levy        Ok. One thing that I kind of like seeing is under State Vision #3, the last
            bullet, it is saying that a mix of uses to create seven days a week activity
            with a balanced mix of commercial and residential uses. We have seen
            several design guidelines suggesting that the City have a 24-7 existence
            and I am not sure I want our community to go to activities happening 24
            hours a day. This pulls it back seven days which is great, but to say 24-7
            is beginning to look to me a bit disturbing so I’m glad this sets up a
            different priority.


Katz        Anybody else, please?


Drzyzgula   I’ll just mention that I did send you comments which you have included
            here.


Sesma       So one comment I have is actually with State Vision #1, it talks about
            sustainability, the quality of life and sustainability. It is interesting that it
            talks about sustainable communities but within that context, even though it
            is mentioned somewhere else, there is nothing talked about creating



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            walkable communities, recognizing that contribution of sustainability. So
            pedestrian friendly, walkability, it’s not under Vision #1.


Robinson    We thought the State Vision here was focusing more on environmental
            stewardship so we tried to keep, and I understand that it is all interrelated
            and tied together. As you can see, many of the strategic directions fit
            multiple state visions. So, as we go forward, with that as guidance, we
            can start shifting…..


Sesma       I would like to see how we can incorporate that aspect of it into what the
            definition of sustainable communities is. It is more than just open space
            and parks; it is also what makes the quality of the community. I know it is
            mentioned elsewhere, but it seems strange that it wasn’t there.


Bauer       I will piggyback on that a little bit. In Vision #11, page 12, there is actually
            specific bullet point about support the preservation of City-owned historic
            resources, but the overall vision seems to be as much about public and
            civic as it does private and neighborhood and on. I think we are well
            committed to promoting preservation at the private level, residential and
            all. Why wouldn’t we just say that here? Why did we just focus on just
            City-owned?


Robinson    Within State Vision #11?


Bauer       Fourth down under Guiding Strategies.


Robinson    Once again, we are trying to maintain consistency in City adopted policies
            so the strategic direction is as it is written there.     So once again, we
            wanted to start this with the basis of using strategic directions and master




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            plans. That is not to say that it is set in stone. Obviously, we don’t have a
            problem expanding these ideas.


Bauer       Why in this case, the original vision is broader than just City-owned. Since
            we got a relatively developed preservation ordinance and practice, it
            seems as if we should acknowledge the two.


Katz        And I think that it makes sense that if we are making suggested changes
            here then we can go back and change the other document. For us not to
            change this document because we have the other document written.


Robinson    I wasn’t saying that you don’t want to change this; I just wanted to make
            you understand where staff was coming from in developing.


Katz        Maybe we need to go back and update this.


Drzyzgula   Well, we update the Strategic Directions every year, so it would be easy to
            make that change.


Katz        Very good. Anybody else? Thank you. This is the time that the Mayor
            and Council and Planning Commission hear from anyone who would like
            to speak on this joint public hearing topic. We ask that you please keep
            your remarks to no more than three minutes. Please note the timer will
            beep and blink yellow when you have 30 seconds left of your three
            minutes so that you can begin to finish your statement. The timer will
            beep and turn red when your three minutes is up. Please note that any
            additional testimony that you might have can be submitted to the City in
            written form and will be a part of the record just as your oral testimony.
            Please state your name and address for the record. Who would like to be




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             the first speaker? Who would like to be the second speaker? Thank you
             very much.


(No speakers from the public)

Sesma        I have one more comment. The list of individuals and/or businesses that
             was part of the documentation here, notification of people that this process
             is underway and I don’t know if you spent anytime looking through this list,
             whether the names are current, the position is current. It is amazing how
             many individuals’ names and various positions that people are no longer
             in those positions. They have moved or deceased. If we are going to
             notify people that this is a proactive process and we want community
             involvement, I think behooves us to make sure that we have an accurate
             list of people that we are going to notify about it and encourage their
             comment on this type of thing.       I don’t know what the process is in
             developing this list, where it came from, but there has got to be a better
             way of updating to make sure that it’s updated. If you just look at the
             school system and the principals of the major schools, I think most of them
             have all been changed.


Ashman       What it seems Mike is that this list was generated from the list from the
             people and organizations that were active in the last master plan update
             and it we just need to spend some time.


Robinson     I know we’re good on the State and County ones, but the other ones we
             have a database that we use.


Sesma        Well, if that is the database that we are using, then there really needs to
             be updated and it should be updated on a regular basis. Even if we just
             went through the MCPS list of staff and make sure that those individuals
             are updated, you got to do that. Some of these people have been out of


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            their positions for the entire time that I have been on the Council and
            before I was on the Council. We got to do a better job on updating. So if
            our database is, if our current database is this bad then we have a
            problem.


Levy        Rob, don’t the private organizations, the homeowner associations, isn’t the
            burden on them to update with the City.


Robinson    We try to work and keep this as current as possible.


Katz        There is no need to keep saying it but this really does need to be
            dramatically updated. It is not even close to being updated. Ok. Very
            good.     It’s being suggested that the Planning Commission hold their
            record open until December 28?


Bauer       I’ll take it from there.   Staff has recommended that the Planning
            Commission hold their record open, rather that they close their record at 5
            p.m. on December 28, 2009.

Kaufman     So moved.


Levy        Second.


Bauer       It’s been moved and seconded. All in favor please say aye?


Commission Ayes.


Bauer       Opposed? That passes unanimously, Mr. Mayor.


Katz        Thank you very much.          And they are scheduled to make their
            recommendation on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. What is the pleasure


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            of the Council?


Drzyzgula   I move that we hold our record open until 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 7,
            2010.


Spiegel     Second.


Katz        It’s been moved and seconded. All those in favor please say aye?


Council     Ayes.


Katz        Opposed? That carries unanimously (5-0) as well. The policy discussion
            is anticipated on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Thank you very much.


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MEMORANDUM TO:             Planning Commission

FROM:                      Rob Robinson, Planner

DATE:                      December 28, 2009

SUBJECT:                   Recommended changes to the draft Process & Overview
                           Element of the 2009 Master Plan for the City of Gaithersburg


On December 7, 2009, the Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission held a
Joint Public Hearing on application MP-2-09, the draft Process & Overview Element of
the 2009 Master Plan. While both the Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission
records were open, staff received comments from the Council and the Planning
Commission, in addition to the Maryland Department of Transportation and the public.

Staff has taken the opportunity since the Joint Public Hearing and prior to the Planning
Commission’s recommendation to review these comments and make changes to the draft
Community Facilities Element, as necessary. The following summarizes the changes
made to the draft in light of the comments received:

       Page 2, first paragraph: The word “principles” deleted from end of first clause.
       Page 3 et al: Throughout the document the use of (SD) has been deleted to avoid
        confusion with future revisions to the City’s Strategic Directions.
       Page 4, Vision 1, 6th bullet: Add “a minimum” before “LEED Silver.”
       Page 4, Vision 1: The following strategy was added in response to Council
        comments, “Seek to eliminate gaps in the pedestrian and bicycle network,
        creating more walkable communities and encourage the use of transit facilities to
        reduce traffic congestion, conserve energy and maintain air quality goals.”

       Page 4, Vision 2, 1st bullet: The word “audience” was replaced with the word
        “members” and the word “groups” was added for clarification.

       Page 4, Vision 2, 5th bullet: The phrase “the use of” was deleted and the word
        “input” was shifted.

       Page 4, Vision 2, 6th bullet: The word “other” was added.

       Page 5, Vision 3, 2nd bullet: The phrase “can serve” was replaced by “includes.”

       Page 5, Vision 3, 5th bullet: The specific geographic areas have been deleted so
        sentence reads, “Focus growth within the City towards City activity centers.”

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       Page 5, Vision 4, City Commitment: The word “exhibit” is replaced with the
        word “practice” and minor grammatical changes were made.

       Page 6, Vision 4, 1st bullet: Deleted “to be applied” and inserted “the use of.”

       Page 6, Vision 5, City Commitment: Added word “produces” before “no negative
        traffic impacts.”

       Page 7, Vision 5, 3rd bullet: Replaced “foster continual” with “secure.”

       Page 7, Vision 5, 5th bullet: Deleted “The City will.”

       Page 7, Vision 6, City Commitment: Added word “for” in third sentence.

       Page 7, Vision 6, 1st bullet: Deleted “Seek to” and “facilities” from the strategy.

       Page 7, Vision 6, 2nd bullet: Added phrase, “to encourage safe non-automotive
        transportation” to strategy.

       Page 7, Vision 6, 4th bullet: Replaced word “maximize” with the word “optimize”
        and added, “to decrease impervious areas.”

       Page 7, Vision 6, 6th bullet: Added “or dedication” to strategy.

       Page 8, Vision 6, 8th bullet: Added “the location of existing or providing” for
        clarification.

       Page 8, Vision 7, 2nd bullet: Replaced “dependent on” with “in accordance with.”

       Page 8, Vision 7, 4th and 5th bullets: Combined the two strategies to read,
        “Encourage renovations of suitable existing apartment communities and
        redevelopment of functionally obsolete and aging apartments.” as a single bullet.

       Page 8, Vision 7, 6th bullet: Replaced “multi-family dwellings” with “higher
        density.”

       Page 9, Vision 8, City Commitment: Deleted “in almost all areas.”

       Page 9, Vision 8, 1st bullet: Deleted word “primarily.”

       Page 9, Vision 8, 3rd bullet: Deleted phrase, “Implement improvements in.”

       Page 9, Vision 8, 5th bullet: Replaced “help assist” with “to encourage.”

       Page 9, Vision 8, 6th bullet: Replaced “opportunities” with “uses.”
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       Page 9, Vision 8, 8th bullet: Replaced “can serve” with “includes.”

       Page 10, Vision 9, 1st bullet: Delete “to be applied” and insert “the use
        of…principles.”

       Page 10, Vision 9, 2nd bullet: Replaced “in an effort to enhance” with “to
        increase.”

       Page 11, Vision 10, 3rd bullet: Replaced “Increase emphasis on managing” with
        “Minimize” and “evaluating” with “using.”

       Page 11, Vision 10, 4th bullet: Deleted “and programs for” and added word
        “addressing.”

       Page 11, Vision 10, 6th bullet: Deleted “Programs should.”

       Page 12, Vision 11, 3rd bullet: Replaced “dependent on” with “in accordance
        with.”

       Page 12, Vision 11, 4th bullet: Added the phrase “both private.”

       Page 12, Vision 11, 8th bullet: Replaced “which includes” with “including.”

Should you have any questions, please contact me at 301-258-6330, or by e-mail at
rrobinson@gaithersburgmd.gov .
                                   RESOLUTION No. PCR-1-10


                      RESOLUTION OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION
                  APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE GENERAL PLAN
                    FOR THE CITY OF GAITHERSBURG MASTER PLAN
                   REVISING THE PROCESS AND OVERVIEW ELEMENT
                     AND RECOMMENDING ADOPTION OF THIS PLAN
                          BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

                                             (MP-2-09)


        WHEREAS, Section 3.05 of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland sets forth the
function and duty of the Planning Commission to make and approve a general plan or
amendments thereto and recommend same to the local legislative body for adoption, to serve as
a guide to public and private actions and decisions to ensure the logical development of public
and private property in appropriate relationships; and

        WHEREAS, Section 3.05(a)(4)(i) of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland sets
forth that the General Plan must include “A statement of goals and objectives, principles, policies,
and standards, which shall serve as a guide for the development and economic and social well–
being of the local jurisdiction”; and

         WHEREAS, the City has drafted a Process and Overview Element that was the subject of
a joint Planning Commission and Mayor and City Council public hearing on December 7, 2009,
(MP-2-09); and

      WHEREAS, the City has revised and amended the Process and Overview Element in
response to the aforementioned joint public hearing and public comments received, with all
changes documented and in the public record as Exhibit 17; and

     WHEREAS, a thorough review and study of testimony, correspondence and other
documentation on the draft plan was completed through a joint public hearing and a Planning
Commission discussion on January 6, 2010.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Gaithersburg Planning
Commission that the General Plan for the City of Gaithersburg, approved by this Commission on
December 30, 1974, and last amended on April 6, 2009, be and it is hereby further amended as
follows:

         The Master Plan Process and Overview Element, dated October 7, 2009, and entered in
the official record as Exhibit 1, is hereby approved, subject to the revisions documented in Exhibit
17:


      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Planning Commission
recommends adoption of this plan by the Mayor and City Council.



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       WE DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the above resolution was adopted by the City of
Gaithersburg Planning Commission by the following vote of x-x, on January 6, 2010:



                      ______________________________
                               John Bauer, Chair
                       Gaithersburg Planning Commission



______________________________               ______________________________
  Vice-Chair Danielle L. Winborne               Commissioner Leonard J. Levy



______________________________               ______________________________
  Commissioner Mathew S. Hopkins                Commissioner Lloyd S. Kaufman




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      STAFF COMMENTS FOR PLANNING COMMISSION


MEETING DATE:           January 6, 2010

PLAN:                   MP-2-09
TITLE:                  PROCESS & OVERVIEW MASTER PLAN
                        ELEMENT

REQUEST:                Resolution of the Planning Commission
                        Approving an Amendment to the General Plan
                        for the City of Gaithersburg Master Plan, the
                        Process     &    Overview     Element     and
                        Recommending Adoption of this Plan by the
                        Mayor and City Council.

ZONE:                   N/A

APPLICANT:              City of Gaithersburg Planning Commission

STAFF PERSON:           Rob Robinson, Planner
                        Kirk Eby, GIS Planner


Enclosures:

Staff Comments
Draft Resolution
Revised draft Process and Overview Element, dated 12-28-2009
Memo to Planning Commission RE: Changes to draft Element
Index of Memoranda (Exhibits in bold)




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STAFF COMMENTS
A Master Plan Element, Process & Overview will serve as an informational and policy document to
the Mayor and City Council, the Planning Commission, other boards and committees of the City,
and the residents of Gaithersburg. This Element is the first amendment of the 2009 Master Plan
update. The Process & Overview Element serves as the policy framework for the 2009 Master Plan
update. Using the required twelve State planning visions as a foundation, the Process & Overview
Element incorporates adopted Strategic Directions and previously approved Master Plan objectives
in fulfilling and building upon the State visions for the City of Gaithersburg.

Included in this element are a description of the Master Plan, an overview of the Master Plan
adoption process, a summary of the legal authority (requirement) of the Plan, and a series of vision
statements and guiding strategies for all successive element amendments to the 2009 Master Plan.

The draft Process & Overview Element was made available to the public, State and County
agencies, and to the Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission on October 7, 2009. The
Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission held a joint public hearing on December 7, 2009.
Following the public testimony, the Mayor and City Council and Planning Commission discussed
sections of the document.

In response to comments made by the Council, the Planning Commission, and received from the
Maryland Department of Transportation, staff has revised the draft document. A complete list of the
changes made to the document has been included in a memo and submitted as Exhibit 17. The
revised complete draft, reflecting these changes, has also been included as Exhibit 18. Changes of
note include the removal of specific areas defined as City Activity Centers, these will be identified as
the City develops the 2009 Land Use Element; the inclusion of private historic properties for
preservation under State Vision 11; and including the bicycle and pedestrian network in State Vision
1.

The Planning Commission record closed at 5 PM, Monday December 28, 2009.

Conclusion: staff recommends to the Commission TO APPROVE RESOLUTION PCR-1-10 AND
RECOMMENDING ADOPTION OF MP-2-09, THE PROCESS & OVERVIEW ELEMENT, TO THE
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL.
                                           RESOLUTION No PCR 1 10



                          RESOLUTION OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION
                       APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE GENERAL PLAN
                         FOR THE CITY OF GAITHERSBURG MASTER PLAN
                        REVISING THE PROCESS AND OVERVIEW ELEMENT
                         AND RECOMMENDING ADOPTION OF THIS PLAN
                               BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL


                                                   MP 2 09



        WHEREAS Section 3 05 of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland sets forth the
function and duty of the Planning Commission to make and approve a general plan or
amendments thereto and recommend same to the local legislative body for adoption to serve as
a guide to public and private actions and decisions to ensure the logical development of public

and private property in appropriate relationships and


        WHEREAS Section 3 05 a 4 i of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland sets
forth that the General Plan must include A statement of goals and objectives principles policies
and standards which shall serve as a guide for the development and economic and social well
being   of the local   jurisdiction     and


         WHEREAS the City has drafted a Process and Overview Element that was the
                                                                                  subject of
a joint Planning Commission and Mayor and City Council public hearing on December 7 2009
 MP 2 09    and


      WHEREAS the City has revised and amended the Process and Overview Element in
response to the aforementioned joint public hearing and public comments received with all
changes documented and in the public record as Exhibit 17 and

        WHEREAS           a   thorough review and study of testimony correspondence and other
documentation on the draft         plan was completed through a joint public hearing and a Planning
Commission discussion on           January 6 2010

        NOW THEREFORE         BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Gaithersburg Planning
Commission that the General Plan for the City of Gaithersburg approved by this Commission on
December 30 1974 and last amended on April 6 2009 be and it is hereby further amended as
follows


         The Master Plan Process and Overview Element dated October 7 2009 and entered in
the official record as Exhibit 1 is hereby approved subject to the revisions documented in Exhibit
17



        NOW THEREFORE                   BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the                 Commission
                                                                             Planning
recommends     adoption       of this   plan by the Mayor and City Council



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       WE DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the above resolution was adopted by the            City   of
Gaithersburg Planning
                 Commission by the following vote of 5 0 on January 6 2010




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                                John Bauer Chair
                        Gaithersburg Planning Commission




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                                                                                   CPC              FORM

                       COMMUNICATION: PLANNING COMMISSION



MEMORANDUM TO: Mayor and City Council

FROM:                    Planning Commission

DATE:                    January 7, 2010

SUBJECT:                 MP-2-09 -- Amendment to the General Plan for the City of
                                    Gaithersburg Master Plan revising the Process and
                                    Overview Element



At its regular meeting on January 6, 2010, the Planning Commission made the following motion:

                 Commissioner Levy moved, seconded by Vice-Chair Winborne,
                 to APPROVE Resolution PCR-1-10 approving and
                 recommending adoption of MP-2-09.
                 Vote: 5-0

                 Commissioner Levy moved, seconded by Vice-Chair Winborne,
                 to recommend ADOPTION of MP-2-09 by the Mayor and City
                 Council.
                 Vote: 5-0




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                                                                         P&C Director     Greg Ossont
                              RESOLUTION NO. __________

                    RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
                     ADOPTING THE PROCESS & OVERVIEW ELEMENT
                        AMENDMENT TO THE GENERAL PLAN
                   FOR THE CITY OF GAITHERSBURG MASTER PLAN

                         AS APPROVED AND RECOMMENDED BY
                    THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON JANUARY 6, 2010

          AS ADOPTED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL ON JANUARY 19, 2010


        WHEREAS, Section 3.05 of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland sets forth
the function and duty of the Planning Commission to make and approve a general plan or
amendments thereto and recommend same to the local legislative body for adoption, to serve
as a guide to public and private actions and decisions to ensure the logical development of
public and private property in appropriate relationships; and

       WHEREAS, as codified in Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the General
Plan, at a minimum, is required to contain goals, objectives, principles, policies, and
standards, which shall serve as a guide for the development and economic and social well-
being of the local jurisdiction; and

        WHEREAS, Section 3.08 of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland states that
the local legislative body shall adopt the plan and or amendment thereto, and

        WHEREAS, Section 3.05(a)(4)(i) of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland sets
forth that the General Plan must include “A statement of goals and objectives, principles,
policies, and standards, which shall serve as a guide for the development and economic and
social well–being of the local jurisdiction”; and

        WHEREAS, the City has drafted a Process & Overview Element that was the subject of
a joint Planning Commission and Mayor and City Council public hearing on December 7, 2009
(MP-2-09); and

       WHEREAS, the Planning Commission approved Resolution No. PCR-1-10 on January 6,
2010, being the approval of a master plan amendment entitled the Process & Overview
Element and transmitted an attested copy of the same and a copy of the January 7, 2010
Communication: Planning Commission as its recommendation to the Mayor and City Council,
which is hereby attached and incorporated as part of this resolution; and

       WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council discussed the aforementioned Process & Overview
Element and the Planning Commission recommendation (PCR-1-10) during its regular meeting
on January 6, 2010; and




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       WHEREAS, the General Plan and amendments made from time to time provide a
general framework for assisting the Mayor and City Council and City Planning Commission in
making land use policy and facilities decisions:

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and City Council that the Master
Plan Amendment MP-2-09, the Process & Overview Element amendment to the General Plan,
thoroughly reviewed by the legislative body during the joint public hearing conducted on
December 7, 2009, approved by the City Planning Commission on January 6, 2010 (as PCR-1-
10), and recommended to the legislative body in a Communication: Planning Commission,
dated January 7, 2010, is hereby adopted by the Mayor and City Council as an amendment to
the General Plan for the City, the 2009 City of Gaithersburg Master Plan Process & Overview
Element, as heretofore amended.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all other recommendations of the
City Planning Commission, as documented in Exhibit 22 (January 7, 2010 Communication:
Planning Commission) and Exhibit 17 (Memorandum of changes to the initial draft Element
entered into the record as Exhibit 1), pursuant to the adoption of PCR-1-10, are hereby
approved and ratified to the extent not inconsistent with this Resolution.

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that maps and illustrative material
may be revised where necessary to conform to City Council actions. The text may be revised
as necessary to achieve clarity and consistency and to convey the actions of the City Council.

       ADOPTED by the City Council this 19th day of January, 2010.



                                                   __________________________________
                                                   Sidney A. Katz, Mayor and
                                                   President of the Council



THIS IS TO CERTIFY that the foregoing
Resolution was adopted by the City Council
on the 19th day of January, 2010.


____________________________________
Angel L. Jones, City Manager
                         MAYOR & COUNCIL AGENDA COVER SHEET

MEETING DATE:
                                               TITLE: MP-2-09
January 19, 2010
                                                Process & Overview Element, an Amendment to the
CALL TO PODIUM:
                                                                2009 Master Plan
Rob Robinson                                   SUPPORTING BACKGROUND:
RESPONSIBLE STAFF:
                                               A Master Plan Element, Process & Overview will serve as an
Greg Ossont, Director
Planning & Code Administration                 informational and policy document to the Mayor and City Council, the
                                               Planning Commission, other boards and committees of the City, and
Lauren Pruss, Planning Director                the residents of Gaithersburg. This Element is the first amendment of
                                               the 2009 Master Plan update.
Rob Robinson, Planner
                                               The Process & Overview Element serves as the policy framework for
Kirk Eby, Planner                              all 2009 Master Plan Elements. Using the required twelve State
                                               planning visions as a foundation, the Process & Overview Element
Jackie Marsh, Planner                          incorporates adopted City objectives as a series of vision statements
                                               and guiding strategies, building upon the State visions.
AGENDA ITEM:
(please check one)                             The draft Process & Overview Element was made available to the
                                               public and distributed to the Mayor and City Council and Planning
      Presentation
                                               Commission 60 days prior to the joint public hearing on December 7,
      Proclamation/Certificate
      Appointment
                                               2009. The Planning Commission approved MP-2-09 on January 6,
      Public Hearing “JOINT”                   2010 by resolution PCR-1-10 and recommended adoption of the
      Historic District                        same by the Mayor & Council. The Mayor and City Council record
      Consent Item                             closed on January 7, 2010 at 5 PM.
      Ordinance                                Should the Mayor and Council be satisfied with the Process &
      Resolution
      Policy Discussion
                                               Overview Element, staff has prepared a draft resolution for final
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      Work Session Discussion Item             action
      Other:
                                               Attachments:
                                                Draft Resolution
PUBLIC HEARING HISTORY:                         Communication: Planning Commission (Exhibit 22)
                                                Draft version of the Element, dated December 28, 2009, incorporating the
(Please complete this section if agenda item        comments received from the public, Mayor and City Council, Planning
is a public hearing)                                Commission, and other public agencies (Exhibit 18)
                                                Memorandum to the Planning Commission, dated December 28, 2009
                                                    detailing the changes made to the draft Element (Exhibit 17)
Introduced                                      Index of Memoranda (Exhibits in bold)
Advertised                     10/07/2009
                               10/14/2009
                                               DESIRED OUTCOME:
                                               Policy Discussion
Hearing Date                   12/07/2009      Draft Resolution Attached
Record Held Open               01/07/2010      Ready for Final Action
Policy Discussion              01/19/2010

                                                                                                   Joint Hearing - MCC & PC
                                                                                                         MP-2-09
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