Last week, the Montgomery County Planning Board could not seem to make up its mind about stricter regulations for gas stations. More than once, the special exception case for the proposed Costco gas station in Wheaton sidelined discussion about the larger issue of gas stations in Montgomery County.
Tonight, the Montgomery County Council will hear testimony at a public hearing for Zoning Text Amendment 12-07.
If the ZTA is approved, gas stations that dispense more than 3.6 million gallons per year could not be located within 1,000 feet of "any public or private school, or any park, playground, or hospital, or other public use, or any use categorized as a cultural, entertainment and recreation use.”
ZTA 12-07, which was introduced in April, is sponsored by councilmembers Marc Elrich, Valerie Ervin, Nancy Navarro, Craig Rice and Hans Riemer.
Check it out: Wheaton Patch has created a page where you can see all of our Costco gas station coverage in reverse chronological order.
The public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Third Floor Council Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. The hearing will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). You can also watch the hearing streaming live online.