Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan Recommendations

400 Signatures Goal: 1,000

To the Montgomery County Council:

We understand the County Council is currently considering the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. As you consider the Plan, we urge you to do three things:

1. Stage development to assure parks, schools and traffic are in balance with growth.

2. Mitigate the impact on nearby residential neighborhoods.

  • Ensure development near those neighborhoods is compatible in use with residential areas.
  • Ensure there are appropriate transitions from the central business district to the neighborhoods.
  • Provide for a Greenway where appropriate that provides a meaningful transition space.
  • Ensure that there is ample open space in downtown Bethesda, including dedicating the existing county owned surface parking lots to open space and parks.

3. Focus tall buildings near Metro and not at the edges. There are plenty of properties away from residential areas where large buildings can be constructed, and there is no need to site any properties that will degrade the quality of life in residential neighborhoods. At a minimum, the heights given to the following projects should be substantially reduced:

  • The Jaffe Tower (6801 to 6807 Wisconsin): At 145 feet, this project is too big for the southeastern corner of the Plan area and far taller than the Planning Department recommendation for the site and anything else in the area.
  • 7201 Wisconsin Avenue: At 200 feet, this project will cast the Farm Women’s Market and proposed park in shadows for much of the day.
  • The Cheltenham Canyon (7725-7845 Wisconsin): At 250 feet, these buildings are too tall and will create a canyon effect both on Cheltenham Drive and with the towers across Wisconsin Avenue.
  • 7900-8000 blocks of Wisconsin Avenue: At 145-200 feet, these buildings are far taller than the Planning Department recommendation for these sites. These buildings will create a canyon effect across Wisconsin Avenue.
  • 4400-4424 Montgomery Avenue: At 120-145 feet, these buildings will tower over Elm Street residences and create a canyon with the commercial office buildings across Montgomery Avenue.

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  • Sharon dean
    Sharon dean United States, Silver Spring
    Nov 11, 2016
    Nov 11, 2016
    Although l don't live in Bethesda, l shop their, my doctors are there, and l sped a good bit of time at restaurants and cultural events in the area. I find it less and less appealing as it turns into a canyon. The traffic created by Walter Reed is appalling. Street parking is now $2.00 per hour . I'm finding it less and less appealing because it has become a inightmare to get around. Smart Growth has been anything but !
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov 10, 2016
    Nov 10, 2016
    I have lived in the same house for over 50 years, but hardly go to Bethesda anymore, since it is so clogged and it is impossible to park. We tend to go upcounty instead when we go out to eat, shop, etc.
  • Simma
    Simma United States, Washington
    Nov 03, 2016
    Nov 03, 2016
    Please do not authorize additional building that does not ensure our roads and schools have the capacity to handle any additional residents that the building would allow for.

    Also, in order to maintain a healthy social fabric in our community, I urge you to ensure that any new buildings include affordable housing units.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov 03, 2016
    Nov 03, 2016
    I moved here 3 years ago in search of a walking/biking neighborhood.
    The reasons I moved are at risk
    The traffic is already horrendous!
    The way people deal with our narrow streets (when driving) is appalling!
    I plan to leave soon!
    The current plans for the "west" side of town are completely irresponsible!
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  • 4 months ago
    Hugh Kelly United States
    4 months ago
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    Sharon dean United States
    7 months ago
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    Larry Orr United States
    7 months ago
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    Kevin Beverly United States
    7 months ago
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    Kathleen Flanagan United States
    8 months ago
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    Joel Parriott United States
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    Karen Auerbach United States
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    Nancy Latham United States
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    Simma United States
    8 months ago
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    Anjali Prakash United States
    8 months ago
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    Michael Johnson United States
    8 months ago
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    Jacqueline Wong United States
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    Sara Edwards United States
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    John Nolan United States
    8 months ago
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    Evelyn Chung United States
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