Statement Regarding MC Planning Board Meeting

Statement on behalf of the Huntington Terrace Citizens’ Association, from Allan Gold, association president

 April 18, 2013

“We are gratified that the Montgomery County Planning Board today confirmed important changes in the Suburban Hospital expansion plan that would greatly benefit the Huntington Terrace neighborhood, including saving 13 homes from demolition, limiting the height of a new parking garage on Southwick Street and addressing traffic patterns related to its use, and maintaining strict limits on noise pollution. The changes in the plan approved by the Planning Board, and the Montgomery County Board of Appeals before it, are the fruit of years of hard work of many neighborhood residents and our counsel, Norman Knopf.

“We look forward to the decision of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, which is expected to rule this year on whether the Board of Appeals should rehear important elements of the hospital expansion issue.

“We also take this opportunity to remind everyone that the Huntington Terrace neighborhood has never opposed the modernization and expansion of Suburban Hospital. What we have sought are improvements in its plan that balance the needs of the hospital with those of our neighborhood.”

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):

http://www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/agenda/2013/documents/SuburbanHospitalstaffreport.pdf

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.