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Directing Development in Hillmead

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Mr. Christopher Conklin, Director, Department of Transportation of Montgomery County

Ms Mitra Pedoeem, Director, Department of Permitting Services

Dear Mr. Conklin and Ms.Pedoeem,

I am a resident of the Hillmead neighborhood in Bethesda, MD, 20817, and very respectfully solicit that the County allows the development of the lot at 8903 Fallen Oak Drive, Bethesda, MD, with vehicular access through Fallen Oak Dr and not through Ridge Rd.

A builder is currently processing a permit (No. 937448) to develop the lot at 8903 Fallen Oak Dr via the end of Ridge Rd (beyond the intersection with Melwood Rd), although the lot was originally intended to have vehicular access via Fallen Oak Dr. Nevertheless, for faster construction and lower costs, the builder is trying to use an easement that gives access to the lot via Ridge Rd only in the case that Fallen Oak Dr is not extended to that lot.

Such development would increase the vehicular traffic in our neighborhood unnecessarily, creating a safety issue, especially for families with children and the many people who walk on Ridge and Melwood, neither of which have sidewalks. Some of our streets are also frequently used by cars to cross between Greentree Rd and Bradley Blvd. We can’t keep increasing the number of cars that use our streets and make them even less safe for pedestrians.

The lot at 8903 Fallen Oak Drive was intended to be developed via Fallen Oak Dr. We request that the County enforces its original development plan.

I kindly ask that this petition be shared with the appropriate County offices for their consideration.


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