Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Developer proposes 5 homes around Wheaton Woods Pool in Aspen Hill (Photos)
The applicant is seeking an exception that would allow the new block of Landgreen Street to be only 44' wide, rather than the 60' width the rest of the road currently has. It has also requested a waiver from upgrading existing offsite sidewalks around the property. Planning staff are supporting the former, and rejecting the latter. So the developer will have to improve the existing sidewalk on the south side of Landgreen, between the site and Marianna Drive. It will be widened to 5'.
An existing storage building at the pool will be removed from the site, according to the staff report. The developer will have to make a school payment at the middle and high school levels, due to current overcrowding in the Wheaton High School cluster.
Planning staff say they have received no complaints about the project so far from nearby residents. However, the minutes from a public meeting on the development show that attendees did raise concerns about the adequacy of existing stormwater management infrastructure in particular, as well as screening and setbacks.
Construction is expected to begin this fall, should the plans be approved on schedule.
The project is considered to be compatible with the existing single-family home character of the surrounding neighborhood. Staff is recommending the Board approve the preliminary plan with conditions.
The Board will take up the Wheaton Woods proposal at its February 25 meeting.