Monday, May 9, 2016

Breaking News: New MCPS School Bus Depot Coming To...

County Executive Ike Leggett wants the MCPS Shady Grove Bus Depot shut down and the buses moved to make way for developers LCOR and NVR to build 698 townhomes and apartments.

100 of the MCPS school buses  and 250 staff cars are to be moved to the front of the MCPS/Board of Education building at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.

The other 300 school buses and 450 staff cars are to be moved to another location.  But, County Executive Ike Leggett and the Montgomery County Council do not want to tell you about that other location.

County Executive Ike Leggett and the County Council do not want the Planning Board to do a full public review of the location for the 300 school buses and 450 staff cars.

Instead, they want the other location to be approved by Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson through an "administrative mandatory referral review."  See the screenshot on the left for the first paragraph of the letter that County Executive Ike Leggett's staff has sent to Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson.

Below is a description of the type of properties that are to be considered for "administrative" review by the Planning Board staff.

Look at the list of things that qualify a property for "administrative" review and allow it to SKIP the full, public Mandatory Referral process before the full Planning Board.

Do you think a BUS DEPOT proposal should be allowed to SKIP a FULL TRAFFIC STUDY? Would you want 300 school buses and 450 staff cars dumped in your neighborhood without a review of the impact those 300 school buses and 450 staff cars would have on the roads you use every day?

Do you think that a bus depot that looks like this will have a significant impact on traffic if it moves to a new location?  

MCPS Transportation Website
County Executive Ike Leggett does not think so.  He says that a new site for these buses can SKIP the full traffic study.  

That will be some surprise for the new neighbors and surrounding community! 

1 comment:

  1. ABSOLUELTY OUTRAGOUS!! A project of this HUGE scope NEEDS to be subject to review transparent to public view. Maybe this is why the Project Description Form prepared by County OMB for "Shady Grove Bus Depot and Maintanence Facility Relocation" (or some such title) includes a statement that "A pedestrian impact study has been or is underway for this project" PEDESTRIAN IMPACT???? WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC and COMMUNITY IMPACT??????? Too bad the Westmore site is outside City of Rockville boundary---the nearest residences are INSIDE the City of Rockville.


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