Planning Board Hearing December 16 at 9:00 am for Strathmore Avenue Project
The Property is currently developed with the vacant St. Angela Hall Retirement Home, open space, and frontage associated with the Academy of the Holy Cross School.
The rezoning will allow for the future redevelopment of the property with up to 125 single-family dwelling units (including a minimum of 15% MPDUs) and a 145-bed residential care facility.
An associated Preliminary Forest Conservation Plan and Tree Variance is recommended for approval and discussed in a separate Staff Report.
Subsequent Preliminary and Site Plan reviews will be required if the Local Map Amendment is approved.
Permitted uses on the Site include up to 125 single-family detached and attached dwelling units
(including a minimum of 15% MPDUs) and a residential care facility (with up to 145 beds).
- Commercial uses are not permitted on the Property, except permitted accessory uses associated with
the residential care facility.
- A natural surface trail must be provided along the western side of the Site that is subject to a public
- The Property is limited to no more than three points of vehicular access from Strathmore Avenue.
- The Property must be subdivided to formally delineate the boundary of the area subject to the rezoning
at the time of Preliminary Plan.
- A Phase I Noise Analysis must be submitted with the Preliminary Plan to identify noise levels that might
impact interior and exterior spaces subject to the Planning Department’s Noise Guidelines. The analysis
must be performed by a qualified acoustical engineer. If a combined Preliminary/Site Plan is
submitted, the Site Plan must include recommendations from a qualified acoustical engineer to
mitigate excessive noise levels per the Noise Guidelines.
At the time of Preliminary Plan and Site Plan(s) approval, the Applicant must address the following:
- The Applicant will upgrade the Strathmore Avenue frontage through the construction of the 10-footwide shared use path and 6-foot-wide green buffer that complies with the North Bethesda/Garrett Park
Master Plan, the Bicycle Plan, and other applicable plans and policies.
- Create a safe and attractive pedestrian trail that connects open spaces within the development and, to
the extent practicable, connects the development with the surrounding community.
a) The trail should be of a permeable material (i.e. natural surface, wood chip, wood mulch) that
provides good accessibility and low maintenance and seating should be provided along select
portions of the natural surface trail that are outside of the floodplain but may lie within the
stream valley buffer.
- Create an attractive and walkable streetscape on both sides of Street C:
a) Continue to coordinate with Staff on the townhouse driveways to create a pedestrian friendly
- Create useable public open spaces:
a) Consolidate public open space to two or three areas and work with staff to improve the utility
of these spaces at the time of Site Plan.
Read the entire staff report.