Confirmed victory
Petitioning County Councilmembers Montgomery County and 11 others

County Councilmembers: Protect Ten Mile Creek and Provide for the Needs of Clarksburg Residents!

Ten Mile Creek in Clarksburg, MD is Montgomery County's last, best stream and part of the drinking water supply for 3 million people in the Washington, D.C. region.Clarksburg Town Center has grown tenfold in the past ten years, but infrastructure including safe, walkable shopping, a public library and transit, is lacking.
Montgomery must keep its promises to meet the needs of Clarksburg residents and put in place science-based protections for fragile, sensitive Ten Mile Creek. The alternative would be to allow further sprawl to degrade Ten Mile Creek and to pull infrastructure investments away from where they are needed - in the Town Center.
The way to avoid these tragic mistakes is via sound land use planning through an amendment to the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan. Learn more here


(Petition created by Montgomery Countryside Alliance)  

Letter to
County Councilmembers Montgomery County
Montgomery County Councilmembers Roger Berliner
County Executives Ike Leggett
and 9 others
Montgomery County Councilmembers Hans Riemer
Montgomery County Councilmembers Craig Rice
Montgomery County Councilmembers Nancy Navarro
Montgomery County Councilmembers George Leventhal
Montgomery County Councilmembers Nancy Floreen
Montgomery County Councilmembers Valerie Ervin
Montgomery County Councilmembers Marc Elrich
Montgomery County Councilmembers Phil Andrews
Planning Board Members Montgomery County Planning Board Members
I applaud the Council and Planning Board for moving forward with the needed master plan amendment to the Clarksburg Master Plan prior to approving any development in fragile Stage 4. The resulting draft amendment represents important and appropriate recommendations, notably reducing housing density on the “Pulte” parcel. Yet, oddly, the draft also allows for proposed massive development on the Miles Coppola property would result in a staggering and environmentally disastrous 25% impervious surface at the headwaters of Ten Mile Creek. Moreover, this proposed second regional outlet mall does not move the Clarksburg community any closer to the fulfillment of a walkable, vibrant Town Center and does not provide high quality jobs.

I write you now to urge you to properly employ science and public interest as you determine how Clarksburg’s final stage be developed. Ten Mile Creek now flows clean and serves as the back up drinking water supply for our region, over 4.3 million residents. With science, per the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, alerting us to significant reductions in our ground and surface waters by the year 2040, it is imperative that land use decision address resource protection first and foremost.

Development should be scaled to ensure protection of our irreplaceable water resources, now and for future generations. Our collective focus should be on fulfilling to promise to Clarksburg’s residents and completing the Town Center and associated transportation needs while protecting our environment. Our planners and elected representatives should do no less.


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Sincerely,