HTCA v Suburban Hospital – COSA Decision

We learned on September 13 that the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Sept. 10 affirmed the Montgomery County Circuit Court ruling of 2012 permitting Suburban Hospital to go forward with its expansion. The Court of Special Appeals case was argued one year ago.

The board of directors of the Huntington Terrace Citizens’ Association (HTCA) is working to schedule a community meeting to discuss the decision and possible next steps. We would have 30 days from Sept. 10 to file an appeal if the community so decides. We will let you know as soon as possible when we establish a meeting date and secured a venue.

The court’s decision is available from our Web site. Download it here

Upcoming MC Planning Board Meeting on Suburban Hospital

MC Planning Board meetingThe Montgomery County Planning Board will hold a hearing next Thursday, April 18, regarding Suburban Hospital’s proposed expansion. The hearing will be held between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the first floor auditorium at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, MD.

The hearing is the result of previous legal decisions by the Board of Appeals and their impact on Suburban’s proposed expansion, along with the subsequent re-submittal of Suburban’s drawings and plans to the Planning Board for review.

The hearing will begin with a presentation by planning board staff of their formal report. You can read the report here (it offers a good summation of the state of play):

Suburban’s legal counsel and the hospital’s new president will then make a formal presentation to the five commissioners. Individuals may testify in Suburban’s behalf. Norman Knopf, our Huntington Terrace Citizens’ Association (HTCA) lawyer, will then present the neighborhood’s response. There may or may not be a need for individual testimony in behalf of Huntington Terrace.

However, there is an important need for a significant turnout of Huntington Terrace residents. Please make every effort to attend.

This hearing does not pre-empt the pending decision by the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis of HTCA’s appeal of the original 2010 Board of Appeals approval of Suburban Hospital’s proposal.

Suburban Hospital Filing documents

As promised in the latest newsletter here are some of the documents that Suburban has filed. You will need You will need Acrobat® Reader® to view these documents.
Download Acrobat® Reader® here. Please note that the documents were scanned and are basically images, so if you cannot open it with Acrobat® Reader® you’ll need to find a neighbor who can and have them print these documents for you. There are a lot of pages, so offering them a cup of Starbucks® for doing it would be a fair trade.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Master Plan [PDF, 1.9MB]
Suburban Hospital Modification of Existing Special Exception Architectural, Mechanical and Electrical Design Report (March 2008) [PDF, 1.8MB]
Statement of Suburban Hospital, Inc. in Support of Special Exception Modification [PDF, 1.7MB]
Petition for Special Exception Under Zoning Ordinance [PDF, 112KB]
Peitiion for Variance Under Zoning Ordinance [PDF, 766KB]