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4 December 2013 | Approved: 8 January 2014

Chairman Challstrom called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were commissioners Brenda Gumula, Peter Nagrod, Freda Temple, Steve Werts and David Young.

Approval of Agenda

David Young moved, Brenda Gumula seconded that the agenda be approved. Chairman Challstrom added the timing of the next meeting to the agenda. Approved: 5-0.

Approval of the Minutes

Brenda Gumula moved, Peter Nagrod seconded that the Planning Commission minutes for November 6, 2013 be approved. The Commission Secretary asked for suggestions to clarify the language under County Zoning Ordinance Proposed Revisions. A few changes were made. Approved, as amended: 5-0.

Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

Building Permit Applications

Brenda Gumula asked about the Public Ways and Property permits issued to the WSSC contractor URS for access through the Washington Grove Meadow Conservation Park and along Maple Avenue. Charlie Challstrom reported that there was no new information or confirmation of a start date yet.
At this time, Chairman Challstrom added an update of the CSX project. He presented a letter from Mayor Cole to CSX and Montgomery County representatives clarifying contact information and reinforcing the use of our new Public Ways and Property permit for the project.

Non-Compliance – Draft Template to Catalog Information

Brenda Gumula and Freda Temple presented a draft document called “Compliance Checklist”. The checklist would be used for informational purposes only in an effort to help residents and potential buyers understand what they can and cannot do to their homes. The Commission reviewed and discussed the document. Some changes were made. Peter Nagrod mentioned a satellite tool that roofers use to calculate roof dimensions. He thought it might be useful and was worth exploring. The Commission praised Brenda and Freda for their hard work. Changes will be added and Kathy Lehman will help with the formatting. As a “homework assignment”, each Commissioner will do his/her own home and bring the information to the January meeting.

Report from Town Council

David Young reported the following:

  • The Mayor and Town Council adopted Resolution 2013-09: Montgomery County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This will allow for the Town to qualify for FEMA funding.
  • The Town Council has accepted a contract from R.J. Landscaping for back up snow removal.
  • The clay tennis courts were rolled with a heavy duty roller and the Committee has asked for feedback.

Other Business

Chairman Challstrom reported that an e-mail was sent by the Mayor to Montgomery County asking about possible setback violations on the Roberts Oxygen property where it abuts a single family residence.

Chairman Challstrom brought up the January 2014 meeting. The regular meeting falls on January 1st. The Commission decided to change the meeting date to 8 January 2013.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:22 p.m.

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