The Master Plan adopted by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) in 1996 set out a vision for the Four Corners area that emphasized preservation of the community’s physical and social structures. Except for a few very small sites, the land in the Four Corners area is already built upon or set aside for public open space or recreational uses. The local housing is in good condition and among the most affordable in Montgomery County, the residents are well-educated and are economically and racially diverse, and there is ready access to most public and commercial amenities. Consequently, the Master Plan Citizens Advisory Committee saw the greatest need is protecting these positive attributes into the future.
Specifically regarding the commercial area surrounding the Colesville Road/ University Boulevard intersection, the Master Plan states on page 14:
Accordingly, the Master Plan recommended that the entire Woodmoor Shopping Center receive a C-4 limited commercial zoning. The reason given for this zoning was, “The C-4 Zone is more in keeping with Woodmoor’s function as a low-density neighborhood shopping center.” The area next to Pierce Drive was specifically cited for concern that any future development in that location would provide a transition to the adjacent residences.
With this background, the proposed Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant is clearly not an acceptable use for this property. As was stated at the February NFCCA meeting by the KFC representatives, this restaurant’s business will be from 60 percent or greater drive-through customers. This is characteristic of a highway-oriented business, not a neighborhood shopping area. It will not contribute to the general character of the Woodmoor Shopping Center as a destination for local community services and it will not provide a transition to the residential area as the existing structure on Pierce Drive does. ■
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