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Council debates B-CC expansion plan

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ROCKVILLE – While the proposed Downtown Bethesda Sector Plan would expand density in Bethesda, one thing it could also expand is Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.

On Monday the County Council Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee discussed buying or leasing property next to B-CC as way to find more space for the school’s increasing demands.

The council discussed several options from buying the office building located on 4401-4421 East West Highway next to B-CC in order to expand the school’s athletic fields and to leasing room from nearby office buildings to compensate for overcrowding.

“B-CC High School is the single hardest issue to for us to tackle in this,” said Council President Roger Berliner (D-1), who represents Bethesda. “Everything else seems to have a plausible answer, we don’t know what precisely what the answer is but B-CC High School – it’s a problem.”

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Council considers Bethesda area green space

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One of the key issues for the future of Bethesda is debate between more parks or more parking.

Last week, the County Council Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee discussed one of the most debated issues of the proposed Downtown Bethesda Sector plan – green space versus room for parking.

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Cell tower exemptions being considered

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ROCKVILLE -- The Montgomery County Council Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee discussed Monday a proposed bill to allow telecommunication companies to install cell phone antennas on towers without a public hearing.

Under zoning law, all telephone towers must undergo a public appeal process.

However, Council President Nancy Floreen (D-At large) proposed in Zoning Text Amendment 16-05 to exempt telecommunication poles 30 feet or lower from public hearings.

At the meeting, the PHED committee decided not to vote or provide a recommendation for the proposed bill.

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