Old Farm Community Meeting, Thursday, April 6 @ 7:30pm

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I have just confirmed with City Hall that The City of Gaithersburg is hosting a community meeting at the Kentlands Mansion on Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 PM to discuss the recently filed Schematic Development Plan for the undeveloped portion of Lakelands adjacent to the Old Farm neighborhood. Scheduled to attend include City Councilwoman Geri Edens, Developer Tom Natelli, Planning & Code Administration Director Jennifer Russel and Urban Design Director Clark Wagner. Unfortunately, I had a previous commitment that evening and cannot attend. If you have reviewed the SDP and would like to comment on what you have seen in advance of the meeting, please post your comments here. My thanks as well to Michael Berney for creating this forum.

John Schlichting Chairman, City of Gaithersburg Planning Commission

-- John Schlichting (John_Schlichting@hotmail.com), March 23, 2000


As was one of the original home owners in Old Farm, I want to come to tomorrow's meeting with an open mind. For those residents who have requested the meeting, would someone please list and elaborate, in this forum, the issues that concern them?

Also, this weekend we received Dick Arkin's letter on why he was opposed to a synagogue on the Lakelands site next to Old Farm. He made some points about its future growth, the number of families in the congregation, and the parking requirements.

Still, it's not clear to me what impact this would have on Old Farm. On the other hand, we do have real life example in the community: the Mormon church in Gatehouse. Therefore, for comparison, does anyone know the number of families who are members in that church? Also, what is the size of its parking lot and how many cars does it hold? What is the size the entire site of the Church, and also the size of the buildings footprint? These are good points to consider before anyone takes a position on the synagogue.

Any comments?

-- Bob Mauri (newurban@erols.com), April 05, 2000.

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