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Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-07, introduced at the County Council’s December 8 meeting, proposes zoning changes to allow owners of R-60 properties (less than 25,000 square feet in size) located within one mile of a Metrorail station entrance to build duplexes, townhouses, and other multi-family structures (e.g., small apartment buildings). All properties in the Town are zoned R-60. All but a few properties near the corner of Bradley Lane and Connecticut Avenue are within 1 mile of the Bethesda Metro station, and about a third of the properties in the Town are located within one-half mile of the station.
The ZTA proposes that the multi-family structures would have to meet the County’s R-60 building height and setbacks. Multi-family structures on lots located one-half mile to 1 mile from a Metrorail station also would have to meet the County’s lot coverage and minimum parking requirements. Those within one-half mile of the station would have less restrictive lot coverage limits and would have reduced parking requirements.
The County Council will hold a public hearing on ZTA 20-07 on February 9, 2021. Here is a link to the full text of the ZTA.
The Town’s Subcommittee on Regional Growth and Development has been tasked by the Town Council to study ZTA 20-07 and make recommendations to the Town about possible responses. The Subcommittee will meet on December 17, 2020 at 7 p.m. to discuss the ZTA, and Town residents are invited to listen in to that meeting. To RSVP, please send an email to the Town Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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