Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ April 2002

President’s Message

By Ken Hawkins

Say that a community, either through its individual members or its civic associations, decides to oppose a proposal to locate a new fast food drive-through restaurant in its midst.  It’s not enough to base the opposition on the fact that we “don’t like it” or that we don’t want our neighborhood to be a dumping ground for junk food outlets.  We need to build a case within the criteria that the powers-that-be, i.e., the Montgomery Board of Appeals, will use to grant or reject the proposal.

As you know, the situation is not hypothetical:  TriCon Global, now Yum Foods, wants to build a KFC/Pizza Hut drive-through behind the Woodmoor Center.  The NFCCA has joined the Woodmoor-Pinecrest and Indian Springs civic associations, along with the Blair High School PTSA and the Allied Civic Group, in opposition.

Thus, this issue of the Northwood News contains articles about the uses now allowed by the property’s C-4 zoning designation, the criteria for granting special exceptions to the zoning, and how all this sits with the approved and adopted Four Corners Master Plan.

At our April meeting, we will use this information to consider additional motions to amend the resolution we passed in February.  We also will consider any new business of concern to members.  Please plan to attend.   ■

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