Father Lee along with the land use attorney, Mission First Housing, reps from the engineering and architectural firms had our first meeting with various Montgomery County Planning personnel this past week. It was a productive meeting as we presented our project and got feedback from County Planning as we prepare for our DRC meeting on the 17th of July.
The Development Review Committee (DRC) is an inter-agency task force comprised of representatives from public agencies and utilities such as WSSC, PEPCO, the State Highway Administration, and the county Departments of Permitting Services, Environmental Protection, and Public Works and Transportation.
DRC members discuss the application with planning staff at a regularly scheduled meeting — not more than three weeks after the application has been accepted. Each agency, providing comments for the DRC meeting, does so in writing. The planning staff ensures that those comments are included in the application file, along with a meeting summary and next steps. Planners then prepare recommendations that are presented to the Planning Board as part of the public hearing on the proposed site plan.
DRC meetings are open to the public but are not public hearings.
We will keep you posted!