A new zoning text amendment that would affect the special exceptions process for gas stations in Montgomery County was introduced at Tuesday’s county council session.
The zoning text amendment would apply to gas stations that process more than 3.6 million gallons of fuel per year. The proposed gas station at the Wheaton Costco would process an anticipated 12 million gallons of fuel per year.
Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Valerie Ervin and Nancy Navarro are sponsoring ZTA 12-07. (Update: Councilmember Craig Rice has also been added as a co-sponsor.) A public hearing will be scheduled for June 19 at 7:30 p.m.
The ZTA’s language would direct the Board of Appeals to examine if the gas station would negatively affect the neighborhood regarding noise, fumes, and traffic.
In addition, the ZTA would require the gas station to be located “at least 1,000 feet from 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.”
The proposed Costco gas station would be located 300 feet from the Kenmont Swim & Tennis Club.