Costco has now formally applied to Montgomery County for a special exception to the current zoning at Wheaton Plaza so that it can build a mega gas station close to its store. You can get on the County's mailing list to receive updates on Costco’s application, such as hearing date changes, by becoming a "Party of Record."
To become a Party of Record mail or fax your contact information to the County's Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings. I attached a copy of a form you can use to this blog posting. You'll find the address and fax number for the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings on the form. Make sure to sign the form before you submit it, that's a requirement for becoming a Party of Record.
You've probably surmised from the photo I used for this blog posting that I'm not a proponent but being a Party of Record will provide you with information whatever your stance is. My take is that building the busiest gas station in Montgomery County on a parcel of land that's a fifteen minute walk to the platform of the Wheaton Metro would be an abysmal outcome for Wheaton and I don’t believe Montgomery County will let it happen.
The decision made on Costco's special exception application will impact Wheaton's traffic, environment, health, walkability, and livability for many years. Become a Party of Record and stay informed.