Background

THE GOOD LIFE.
Exploring new possibilities for Montgomery Village.

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Background

Monument Realty purchased the Montgomery Village Golf Course at auction in March of 2013, after the previous owner filed for bankruptcy. At its peak, the golf club had over 350 members. In its final year of operations, it had only 115 members, the great majority of whom did not live in Montgomery Village. Declining membership numbers, the financial burden of continued operations and increasing uncertainty with respect to timeframes for rezoning for future redevelopment all led to the permanent closure of the Golf Club in November 2014.

In cooperation with the community and its leaders, Monument Realty looked at the demise of the Golf Club as an opportunity to transform the property to a mix of residential uses and open space that would increase the appeal of Montgomery Village as a place to live. Beginning in May of 2013, Monument Realty hosted several community meetings and attended or participated in many others, and saw a high level of interest and engagement by the community in achieving that objective. Through a series of interactive design workshops held between May and November 2013, nationally recognized planning firm Torti Gallas and Partners developed a Concept Plan that achieved the community’s goals of preserving a key aesthetic feature of Montgomery Village – expansive open space – while adding a mix of housing types in a manner that fits architecturally within the adjacent neighborhoods, and maintaining adequate buffers and view corridors for our neighbors.

On March 25, 2014, the Montgomery Village Foundation Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly in favor of a unanimous resolution from the MVF Joint Property Committee supporting the Concept Plan. In the summer of that year, the Montgomery County Council expressed a desire to evaluate land uses for all of Montgomery Village though the development of the Montgomery Village Master Plan (MVMP). The MVMP was initiated by Council in September of 2014 and between October 2014 and July 2015, the County Planning Department hosted a series of community workshops to develop the MVMP. The MVMP rezoned the former Montgomery Village Golf Club to permit low density townhome development as illustrated in the Concept Plan that was approved by the MVF. The MVMP was unanimously approved by Council in February of 2016.

Now that the property has been rezoned through the MVMP, a Preliminary Plan will be submitted for Montgomery County Planning Board approval. The Preliminary Plan evaluates (a) the proposed density, as recommended by the Master Plan, relative to the available public facilities, including transportation and school capacity in the area; (b) conformance with the master plan; and (c) the compatibility of the development with the surrounding community. A Site Plan is submitted for Planning Board approval concurrent with, or after approval of, the Preliminary Plan. The Site Plan reviews the specific elements of the development, such as landscaping, sight lines and design standards. Once the Site Plan is approved, a “Final Plat” is processed, approved and recorded. The Final Plat establishes the legal lot upon which a home may be built. Once a Final Plat is recorded, a Building Permit may be issued to allow construction to proceed. The anticipated timeframe for these steps, from Preliminary Plan submission to Building Permit issuance is likely two years (i.e. early 2019).