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Object ID 2009.2093.16
Title Summary of Actions Taken on Friendship Heights Sector Plan
Object Name Report
Date 12/7/1972
Creator Montgomery County Planning Board
Approved December 7, 1972 for Public Hearing February 7, 1973

1. Board accepts as valid staff estimate of approximately 11,000 vehicle trips per evening peak hour generated by development in both Maryland nnd District of Columbia portions of Friendship Heights (excluding thru trips) as maximum capacity to permit traffic flow at Service Level D.

2.Board accepts as reasonable the technical staff's estimates of traffic generated by different types of development; At 20% modal split, anticipated vehicle trips per evening peak hour of. 0.7 vehicles per residential dwelling unit; 1.5 vehicles per 1,000 square feet of office space; 3.6 vehicles per 1,000 sqaure feet of commercial.

(Note : Montgomery County Department of Public Works and D.C. Department of Highways also accept these as reasonable)

3.Board accepts traffic capacity as a reasonable constraint on development scale at this time. The Sector Plan should be considered to have a duration of 8-10 years, and should be reviewed withln the year prior to opening of METRO service, now expected by December 1978.

4. Development to maximum densities permitted under existing zoning would generate traffic far in excess of capacity at Service Level D,

5. Board examined possibility of changing present zoning (mostly C-2 or R-CBD) to lower-density zones available under existing Zoning Ordinance. Those zones vhich are floating zones could not be imposed by Sectional Map Amendment. Among available Euclidian zones none met the tests of reducing peak hour traffic flow, being compatible with existing uses, producing development desirable in that setting, and satisfying legal test of reasonableness.

1. Board recommends anplying proposed new Central Business District zones developed by the Citizens Advisory Committee to Study Zoning in Central Business Districts and Transit Station Areas (the "Blue Ribbon Committee"). These zones should be applied by Sectional Map Amendment following the adoption of Sector Plan. The Board made tentative recommendations, subject to final action December 7, for rezoning each parcel In Friendship Heights (see attached table),

2. Board determined that the Central Business District should be reduced in size, and recommended changing C3D boundary line to exclude Bergdoll tract, south parking lot of Saks Fifth Avenue store, and parking area of Chevy Chase Center.

3. Street systems : Board recommendations are based on anticipated completion of Friendship Boulevard south to Western Avenue, end extension eastward to Wisconsin Avenue and improved signalization and traffic flow systems. Board action does not involve any widening of Wisconsin Avenue or realignment of present Dorset-Grafton intersection with Wisconsin.

4. Board stressed importance of measures, in addition to lowered density of development, to protect adjacent residential neighborhoods. These include proposals for park end buffer strip areas, street closings end cul-de-sacs, traffic regulations and other controls requiring implementation by action of operating departments of the Montgomery County government.