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Proposed zoning amendment would regulate antennas for wireless service

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. County Executive Ike Leggett has released a draft zoning text amendment to regulate the deployment of small cell antennas for wireless service in the county. Leggett has scheduled a public meeting to get input on this proposal before sending legislation to the County Council. The meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 23 from 7-9 p.m. in the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., 3rd Floor Hearing Room in Rockville. Because of the increasing demand for wireless capacity, the county is receiving applications for these antennas at an unprecedented level. According to a...

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Traffic, safety principal concerns raised at sector planning kick off

Graphic courtesy Montgomery County Planning Department (M-NCPPC). Traffic congestion and pedestrian safety along Georgia Avenue were the principal concerns among attendees at a presentation kicking off planning for a Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills sector plan. The comments primarily focused on the difficulty crossing Georgia Avenue at Forest Glen Road to get to and from the Metro, and at Seminary Place to get to shops and restaurants. Over and over, attendees said “you take your life in your hands” at those crossings. The purpose of this planning process is to consider “long-term land use and transportation strategies in response to the SHA...

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Sidewalk project underway in East Silver Spring

Photo by Mike Mowery Work has begun to repair and replace sidewalks in East Silver Spring, a project expected to take about 9-10 weeks, depending on the weather. According to information distributed by county’s Department of Transportation, a contractor will replace deteriorated, damaged and misaligned curbs and gutters, and then restore disturbed areas with soil, grass seed and straw mulch. This phase will cover Thayer, Sligo and Silver Spring avenues, as well as cross streets such as Fenton and Grove. Homeowners who have damaged driveway aprons and/or lead walks can have them repaired or replaced by the contractor at...

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First planning meeting for updating Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills set

Montgomery County Planning Department photo. The county’s Planning Department will hold the first public meeting to discuss updating plans for Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills tonight at Park and Planning headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave. The department will start the process with a traffic study along Georgia Avenue from 16th Street to the Forest Glen Metro station, according to a press release. The planning area will include the Montgomery Hills commercial section. The department lists the sector plan priorities as: Balancing regional traffic demands with the needs of enhancing and protecting the existing residential neighborhoods. Evaluating existing conditions and providing...

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Bus Rapid Transit station design report released

Graphic from Bus Rapid Transit Station Design Prototype Report. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has released a Bus Rapid Transit Station Design Prototype Report to illustrate what BRT stations could look like along various parts of the proposed routes. The BRT system is designed to provide large buses running in dedicated lanes with green light priority and fewer stops than a regular bus. The county intends to use 60’ articulated buses for this system, and the goal is to reduce traffic congestion along the routes under study, which includes U.S. Route 29. Current plans call for busses to...

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