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Town Council News

Next meeting: Monday  »  08.27.07 @ 7:30 p.m. & Monday  »  09.10.07 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room. The public is invited to attend.

Actions at the July 23rd and August 13th meetings included:
approval of a sign notifying neighbors when a building permit application has been made.
introduction of Ordinance 2007-07; Home Occupations in Principal Residences & set public hearing date. This ordinance change will require that the operator of a home occupation in a residential zone must be a resident of the property involved, and that the property involved must be the “principal residence” of that same resident.
introduction of Ordinance 2007-08; Enforcement of Town Ordinances & set public hearing date. This ordinance change will clarify that with regard to enforcement of Town ordinances, Article IX will not contain provisions for an enforcement amnesty period or for grandfathering of existing violations.

Casey 6 and 7 Preliminary Plan

Town reps met with the developer, EYA, to discuss: 1) minimizing noise impacts of a new entrance to Robert’s Oxygen from Crabbs Branch Way by locating it far enough from Town residences and by appropriate design, 2) keeping the new Crabbs Branch Way-Amity Dr. connection as far from the Town as possible, and 3) maintaining and planning for visual screening between the developed property and the Town.

Piedmont Crossing Phase I Site Plan

A new tentative date, September 20th, for review before the Planning Board has been floated. We toured the site with review coordinator Robert Kronenberg of Park and Planning and discussed ongoing issues for the site plan: buffer character and landscaping along Ridge Rd., retention of mature trees, adequate wetlands recharge, damage to the wildlife corridor, the potential for well water disruption, excess unit density.

LOS Condemnation

Again, no news is…no news. We are still awaiting the judge’s rulings on various motions.


The Washington Grove Town Council will hold a public hearing preceding the Council meeting on Monday, September 10, 2007, 7:30 p.m., in McCathran Hall, 300 Grove Ave. Washington Grove, Maryland. The purpose of this meeting is to take public comment regarding the proposed Zoning Text Amendment No. 2007-07; Home Occupations in Principal Residences.


The Washington Grove Town Council will hold another public hearing preceding the Council meeting on Monday, September 10, 2007, 7:30 p.m., in McCathran Hall, 300 Grove Ave. Washington Grove, Maryland. The purpose of this meeting is to take public comment regarding the proposed Ordinance No. 2007-08; Enforcement of Town Ordinances.

Planning Commission News

Next meeting: Wednesday  »  09.05.07 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room.
The public is invited to attend.

Building Permits

If you are going to erect a building or structure (including fences), make structural alterations to, or move any existing building or other structure, you must first obtain a building permit from the Washington Grove Planning Commission. The Town zoning ordinance governs setbacks, lot coverage and height. Applications are available at the Town Office at 301-926-2256. The permit fee is $10.00, payable to the Town of Washington Grove. Interior renovations, which involve electrical, plumbing, or load-bearing changes, generally require a County permit. A shed requires a County permit as well. The Town must first sign off all applications for County-required building permits. The Historic Preservation Commission will review most permits as well.

Building permits were issued for the following:
215 W.G. Lane  »  Demo Shed

Historic Preservation News

Next meeting: Tuesday  »  09.18.07 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room.
Meetings are open to the public. The HPC encourages residents to come for an early consultation when planning a renovation.

Neighborhood Watch News

Report Crimes & Suspicious Activity!
Mont. Co. Police non-emergency: 301-279-8000
Town Office: 301-926-2256
David Stopak: 301-330-6446
Betsy Klinger: 301-977-3517
Keith Gillis/Leigh Partington: 301-208-1437

Recreation Committee News

Next meeting: Wednesday  »  09.26.07 @ 7:30 p.m. in Council Room.
The public is invited to attend. New members always welcome!

The Art Show Cometh

Men, women, and children
Of Washington Grove
Lend us your art
show us your art
be a part of the third
Sometimes annual art show.

Contact Jerry Ruley 301-330-4589 or Jim Fletcher 301-461-6690 for adult entry forms.
Contact Missy Yachup 301-947-4159 for children’s entry forms.
Show to be held October 19th/20th.

2007-2008 Film Society Series

The Washington Grove Film Society announces the 2007-2008 season which kicks off in October. All films are shown on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in McCathran Hall. Sales of the five (5)-film subscription series are available for $20. Tickets at the door will cost $7. Please send your check for series subscriptions, payable to the Town of Washington Grove, to Birgit Henninger, Box 355. Please support the series and save $3 per ticket by subscribing. A discussion will follow each film. Flexible ticketing: If you miss a film you can still use the ticket by bringing a guest to a subsequent film this season.

This year the Film Society will be showing the following films:
October 21: Tous les Matins du Monde, France, subtitles, 115 minutes.
November 11: Donnie Darko, USA, 113 minutes.
January 6: Circus Palestina, Israel, subtitles, 83 minutes.
February 10: The Beautiful Country, USA/Norway, subtitles, 125 minutes.
March 2: Il Postino, Italy, subtitles, 115 minutes.

More information about the films can be found on the Town website: www.washingtongrovemd.org/our_Town/events/film_society.shtml See you at the movies!

Ceili Dance Returns

On Sept. 22, 2007 there will be a Ceili Dance in McCathran Hall. This event is presented by the Blackthorn/Ring of Kerry Dancers and sponsored by the Recreation Committee. There will be a dance workshop before from 5-6p.m. and the dance will begin at 6:00p.m.. For more information call Betsy Klinger 301-977-3517.

Get caught in the trap!

The Mousetrap Concert Series starts its 9th season on October 14, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. Brochures with detailed information are will be mailed shortly.

Woman’s Club News

Annual Pot Luck Supper The Woman’s Club Pot Luck Supper will be held on Friday, September 14, at 6:30p.m. in the Clubhouse. Bring a dish to share and join us for good food and great conversation. All Grove residents and friends are invited. New residents are strongly encouraged to attend. It’s a great way to meet your new neighbors!

Be Prepared to STOP!

The intersection of Grove Rd. and Dorsey St. will soon be a 3-way stop. This action addresses the entry of vehicles from Dorsey into an area of poor visibility on Grove Road. Several near accidents have been reported. The new signs will be in place by September.

Labor Day

Labor Day festivities and fun will happen on August 31st and Sept. 1st & 2nd. See the enclosed flyer for all the details. If you would like to volunteer to help, please call Craig English 301-840-1897.

Bulk Trash Pick Up Scheduled

A bulk trash pick up is scheduled for Saturday, November 10, 2007. Collection may include furniture, appliances (not those with Freon), rugs, large toys, small auto parts, etc…Materials may NOT include construction by-products, large automotive parts, or tires. Please place all items “curbside” by 7:00 p.m.

New Number for Miss Utility

Safe digging just got easier with 8-1-1. Underground power lines are sometimes subject to unintentional “dig-ins” by construction equipment or, in some cases, even by homeowners doing yard work. That is why it is important for anyone planning to do work that involves digging to call the new toll-free nationwide “call before you dig” phone number 8-1-1. Please be careful when you dial.

Clerk’s Corner

Bulletin Deadline is the 12th of the month!!

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