Westbard Residents Will Press Ahead With Legal Effort To Overturn County Growth Plan

Community group has announced decision to file an appeal


The Westbard neighborhood in Bethesda

Aaron Kraut

Westbard residents are planning to appeal a judge’s ruling against them in their effort to topple a county growth plan for their neighborhood.

The announcement made over the weekend came about a week after a judge sided with Montgomery County over issues the group raised about a long-range planning document for the Bethesda community. A residents’ group, SaveWestbard, notified members of the decision in an email, explaining the group would hold a community meeting in April to discuss the appeal process.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Richard E. Jordan disagreed with the plaintiffs that county planners didn’t sufficiently evaluate greenhouse gas emissions while reviewing the Westbard plan and held that the County Council offered sufficient opportunity for public testimony on the proposal.

He also found no merit to the plaintiffs’ allegations that the county improperly traded zoning privileges for concessions by property owners.

An attorney for a Westbard developer, Regency Centers, last week welcomed the judge’s ruling and said her clients are moving forward with their plans for overhauling Westwood Shopping Center in the neighborhood.


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