Costco’s Wheaton Gas Station Proposal Denied by Board of Appeals
The Montgomery County Board of Appeals on Wednesday denied Costco a special exception to put a 16-pump gas station in Wheaton.
The board voted unanimously in favor of adopting an earlier report from Martin L. Grossman, hearing examiner and director for the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings. Grossman recommended denial of the special exception request.
The Board of Appeals includes: David K. Perdue, chairman; Carolyn J. Shawaker, vice chairman; Stanley B. Boyd; John H. Pentecost and Edwin S. Rosado.
Costco was appealing a ruling made on February 28, 2013 by the Montgomery County Planning Board. That board voted 3-2 to recommend denial of the request to build the station at 11160 Veirs Mill Road based on its conclusion that the petition was not sufficiently consistent with the 2012 Wheaton CBD and Vicinity Sector Plan. Those opposed to the proposal had argued the pumping station would cause negative traffic and health impacts to the surrounding neighborhood.
Katherine Freeman, executive director of the Board of Appeals, said the board’s written decision will be issued within 30 days. An appeal of the Board of Appeals ruling can be made to the Montgomery County Circuit Court.
After reviewing an analysis from their planning staff and hearing testimony from the applicant and scores of residents, the Montgomery County Planning Board recommended denial of a proposed special exception to allow a 16-pump Costco gas station at the Westfield Wheaton Mall on Feb. 28. The Board will forward its recommendations to the Hearing Examiner […]