The Johnson Property is located at the intersection of 28 and Quince Orchard and encompasses the CVS, Safeway, the Sunoco, and the property next to the Sunoco. They are currently requesting that the property be annexed into the City of Gaithersburg and rezoned for development.
The images above outline the plan and what they propose to place on the site. It would be some townhouse, and several mixed use buildings that could be up to 5-6 stories high.
NPCA Current Position: We opposed the annexation plan and spoke at the public hearing. We are working with several other communities and HOA’s and wrote a letter expressing concerns for the proposed development and sent to the County Council and City of Gaithersburg. We will keep you posted as this continues to develop.
Update: As of December 4, 2015, the Johnson Family withdrew their application due to overwhelming concerns raised by the community over the density proposed.
We will keep you posted as we learn more.
Email from the Johnson Family Lawyer – December 4, 2015:
Dear Neighbors of the Johnson Property:
Out of respect for the concerns raised with the proposed plan to annex the property, we have requested a postponement of the County and City review process to allow for additional time for community outreach and assessment of the proposed plan. If you had calendared the January 6, 2016 City Planning Commission recommendation date and the February 1, 2016 City Council public hearing date, please note that we have requested a postponement of those dates. We will follow up with everyone once anything further is scheduled. Thank you very much again for your interest in the property. If you would like to be removed from these updates, please let me know.
October 27, 2015 – There was a community meeting presentation that outlined the plan to have the property annexed into the City of Gaithersburg.
November 12, 2015 – Due in part to overwhelming response from the community (many of which were North Potomac residents so thank you), the Planning Board had a hearing and announced they were going to recommend to the County Council against the rezoning, which would mean that assuming the County Council agreed with the Planning Board, there would be a moratorium on the proposed development for 5 years. For the agenda see: http://www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/agenda/2015/agenda20151112.html
December 4, 2015: The Johnson Family attorney announced their plans to postpone the review process.
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