Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ April 2002

What You Can Do If You Oppose the Proposed KFC Drive-Through

The NFCCA’s last meeting (in February) was devoted to a presentation by representatives of TriCon Global (now Yum Foods) and Kentucky Fried Chicken.  TriCon/KFC must have a special exception from the county planning ordinance to build and operate a drive-through Kentucky Fried Chicken/Pizza Hut Express at the corner of Lexington Drive (the street directly behind Woodmoor Center) and University Boulevard.

NFCCA members attending the meeting voted unanimously to oppose the TriCon/KFC application.  The resolution reads:  “The Northwood-Four Corners Civic Association voted on February 13, 2002, to oppose the application of TriCon Global/Kentucky Fried Chicken for a special exception to the zoning ordinance to operate a drive-through restaurant in Four Corners (Case S-2505).”

For more detailed information, come to the next NFCCA meeting, where we will continue our discussion and entertain revisions to the voted resolution.

Send an Appealing Letter

We highly recommend that you write to express your opinion to the Montgomery County Board of Appeals.  The hearing to consider Yum Foods/KFC’s application has been postponed until 29 May 2002, so your letter must arrive before this date.  (Don’t wait until the last minute!)

You also may attend the meeting, which is open to the public, and express your views there.  Due to the passions inflamed by this issue, however, writing letters may allow folks to express their opposition more calmly.

Should you choose to write to the Board of Appeals, address your letter to:  Mr. Donald H. Spence, Jr., Chairman, Montgomery County Board of Appeals, Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, Room 217, Rockville, MD 20850.  Refer to Case Number S-2505.  Be sure to mention that you’re a resident of the Northwood Park area of Silver Spring (or that you live in Four Corners) and include both your own name and address.  You are responding to the application before the Montgomery County Board of Appeals to grant a special exception to operate a Kentucky Fried Chicken/Pizza Hut Express drive-through restaurant at the corner of Lexington Drive and University Boulevard.

Remember, it is not enough that you “don’t want it.”  You need to address specific reasons why the KFC/Pizza Hut applicants fail to meet the requirements of a “special exception” (see the 10 “adverse effects” listed in the story in this issue), how it will transgress the purpose of C-4 commercial zoning at Woodmoor Center (see the story in this issue), and/or how it will violate the Four Corners Master Plan (see the story in this issue).   ■

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