Takoma Junction Development Review
The Takoma Junction City-owned parking lot is the site for planned redevelopment. The City has partnered with Neighborhood Development Company (NDC) for the project.
Montgomery County Development Review
In the City of Takoma Park, development review and zoning authority lie with the Montgomery County Planning Department. For general information about development review in Takoma Park, please see Development Review.
February 19, 2019
NDC has submitted a corrected letter to the City Council providing updated information on the status of their project. Because efforts to obtain transferrable development rights (TDRs) to allow for the originally-proposed size of the building did not materialize, NDC is now proposing a building with a smaller footprint. This smaller plan maintains the important front building line but removes square footage from the rear of the building.
At this time, the combined preliminary plan/site plan is being reviewed by the staff of the member agencies and departments of the Development Review Committee (DRC). The DRC is scheduled to discuss the plan at its March 19th meeting. The comments/questions that arise from this meeting will provide important information to the City Council as it considers the revised plan.
Takoma Park staff will be reviewing the plan and how it complies with best practices and applicable laws in planning, stormwater, and tree protection. Staff will share these comments at the DRC meeting. When the plan comes back before the City Council, these and other DRC comments will be considered by the Council, along with a review of the plan in light of past City Council resolutions on the project and the Development Agreement.
The City Council is likely to get a presentation on the plan and the initial comments from the DRC meeting in late March. The City Council will then consider a resolution on the modified plan after the final DRC report is prepared but before the Montgomery County Planning Board considers the application. It is not yet known when the application will come before the Planning Board.
February 14, 2019
NDC submitted plans for the Montgomery County Development Review. On February 14, 2019, the County accepted the application and the documents have been posted on the Development Activity Information Center on their website for Application # 120190150.
January 31, 2019:
The submission by Neighborhood Development Company (NDC) of the plans for the Takoma Junction project is nearly complete and will likely become public in early February. As part of the expected back-and-forth between NDC and the Montgomery County plan reviewers, additional detailed plan information has been requested and provided. Because the submission does not include the sources of planned transferable development rights (TDRs) to allow the building to be the size proposed in the plans, the County requested information on how the building would be designed if transferable development rights (TDRs) were not able to be obtained. Part of the submission, therefore, is an additional plan showing a building of a smaller size, with the reduction in square footage taken from the rear of the building. Both the plan approved by the City Council and the smaller building design will be reviewed by the County Development Review Committee. The City Manager’s full statement.
Montgomery Planning website: www.montgomeryplanning.org
Montgomery County Development Review procedures: http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/info/documents/DevReviewProcedures.pdf)