GE Tech Park Special Study Area - MP-1-06
- Approximate Total Area: 97 Acres
- Existing Land Use: Office-Warehouse
- Current Land Use Designation: Commercial/Industrial-Research-Office
- Current Zoning: I-3 (Light Industrial)
The G.E. Technology Park Study Area is bounded on the north by Lakelands Park and the Quince Orchard Cluster Middle School #2 Site, on the east by the Lakelands Community, on the south by MD Route 28, and on the west by Lake Nirvana and the Kentlands community.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION :
The G.E. Technology Park Study Area includes property that was originally owned by the National Geographic Society. In September 1966, Otis B. Kent filed annexation petition X-088 with the City of Gaithersburg for 1030.69 acres, including the National Geographic Society property. Mr. Kent, however, had sold 100.036 acres to National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society then requested that their property be excluded from the Kent annexation. The Mayor and City Council allowed the Society’s property to remain in Montgomery County, reducing the Kent annexation to 928.38 acres. In 1989, the National Geographic Society filed annexation petition X-146 with the City for 98.7962 acres of land, the remainder of the land purchased from Mr. Kent after dedicating right-of-way for MD Route 28. The City zoned the property I-3 (Industrial Office Park), which is comparable to the former Montgomery County zoning of C-P (Commercial Office Park).
The property was later purchased by Gaithersburg Realty Trust (GRT), who subdivided the land as G.E. Technology Park. In 2000, the original annexation agreement was amended by Gaithersburg Realty Trust. This amendment, subject to several conditions, provided for street dedication and other land conveyances to the City; stormwater management improvements and easements; and a development cap for new development of seven hundred thousand (700,000) square feet.
Last Update: 9/18/2006
The Mayor and City Council adopted MP-1-06 on September 5, 2006, by resolution R-92-06.
Master Plan Amendment MP-1-06: Special Conditions Associated with the GE Technology Park Special Study Area Amendment to the 2003 Land Use Plan, an Element of the City of Gaithersburg Master Plan.
Please take notice that a joint public hearing on the above-referenced application will be conducted by the City of Gaithersburg Mayor and Council and Planning Commission on Monday, July 17, 2006 in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 7:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as this matter can be heard. Public comment is invited at the joint public hearing on the special conditions associated with the adopted GE Technology Park Special Study Area.
Gaithersburg, as an incorporated city, is subject to Article 66B–Land Use, of the Annotated Code of Maryland. Section 3.05, of Article 66B, requires that the City’s Master Plan shall be reviewed and if necessary revised or amended at least once every six years.
As stated in the 2003 Land Use Plan Element, special conditions require a separate public hearing. The 2003 Land Use Plan Element which includes the GE Technology Park Special Study Area is recommending special conditions associated with the adopted MP-2-04.
The proposed special conditions were developed throughout a number of public hearings and work sessions, most recently the Mayor and City Council’s policy discussion on May 1, 2006.
Please note that the Master Plan approved on May 15, 2006 contained the exact same language for special conditions; however, special conditions require their own separate public hearings. While Master Plans are generally advisory in nature, the zoning ordinance does permit the City to enact special conditions which have the force of law.
The special conditions relate to concurrency of development, comparable mix and density of future development and preservation of open space.
For any questions related to this Master Plan Amendment, please contact Greg Ossont at the Planning and Code Administration at 301-258-6330, or you may email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MP-1-06 Exhibits (pdf files)
Last Update: 5/16/2006
The Mayor and City Council adopted MP-2-04 on May 15, 2006 by resolution R-53-06.
Gaithersburg, as an incorporated city, is subject to Article 66B–Land Use, of the Annotated Code of Maryland. Section 3.05, of Article 66B, requires that the City’s Master Plan shall be reviewed and if necessary revised or amended. The GE Technology Park is one of ten designated Special Study Areas and must fulfill the Special Study Area requirements of the Land Use Element of Article 66B and the State of Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection, and Planning Act of 1992.
A joint public hearing on MP-2-04 was held on December 6, 2004. A joint work session was held on February 15, 2005. During this work session, there was considerable discussion regarding concurrent redevelopment of the various map designations and the impacts of the current I-3 zoning and potential rezoning to the MXD zone as it relates to the existing annexation agreement.
Another joint work session was held on November 28, 2005. The options were discussed, as well as proposed special conditions. The Planning Commission and City Council reached consensus on Option 1 and Option 3 and provided staff with guidance to eliminate Options 2 and 4 citing their resemblances to Euclidian zoning. The Planning Commission closed its record on December 21, 2005 and made a recommendation (PCR-1-06) on January 4, 2006.
The Mayor and City Council hosted a Town Hall meeting at Lakelands Park Middle School on March 15, 2006. Staff presented information on the current annexation agreement, the suggested baseline requirements, the four options as well as the Planning Commission's recommendation. The Mayor and City Council record was closed April 20, 2006.
The Mayor and City Council held policy discussion on May 1, 2006 and concurred with the Planning Commissions recommendation while adding special conditions for comparable mix and density and the preservation of Map Designation 1 as open space.
Draft Resolution and Revised Draft MP-2-04 incorporating guidance from Policy Discussion
MP-2-04 Exhibits (pdf files)
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