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Gaithersburg Unanimously Approves Sears Property Annexation

Council members unanimously supported the annexation of property along Shady Grove Road and spoke out against criticism from Rockville officials.

The Gaithersburg City Council unanimously approved a resolution to annex the 27.89-acre Sears property along Shady Grove Road in spite of harsh criticism from Rockville city officials.

Earlier Monday, that Gaithersburg officials were "preparing to wreak serious, unnecessary and perhaps permanent damage upon the relationship between their city and the City of Rockville."

and council member Jud Ashman said, "I think some of [Rockville's] interpretations of our process and the narrative history aren't correct."

Much of the debate over the annexation has centered on a 1992 memorandum of understanding between the two cities which, according to Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz, expired on July 23, 2012.

Related Coverage of Sears Property Annexation:

 (Monday, Aug. 6, 2012) [Blog post by Rockville city council member Tom Moore]

 (Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012)

 (July 31, 2012)

  (July 26, 2012)

 (June 7, 2012)

 (March 5, 2012)

Vince Korsak August 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
No, it's more like getting dad to give you a ride to the swim meet because mom had to go to work that night. The County didn't say no so much as say there was nothing they could do. The County could have locked up the zoning for five years after annexation but they didn't. Watch the County PHED committee and Council sessions on the topic, they're online. I fail to see any "veil", i think the "law" comments out of the Council were more in response to Rockville claiming there was something improper going on.
Theresa Defino August 07, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Hey, CP, if you invested the time to actually read some news stories about this issue you would know that the Rockville mayor and council have been unanimously in their opposition to G-burg's annexation. Mr. Moore is giving voice to how they all feel and he represents us just fine, thank you.
Chris August 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I think there is something improper going on as the G-burg council is not saysing why they are doing this, merely that they can legally. Without the background of why a decision is made you lose the ability to judge the decisions that a lawmaker/politicians makes. Does what they suggest and accomplish bare fruit down the road. Without the what and why they are keeping the public in the dark. If there is anyplace for transparency it is local government.
Vince Korsak August 07, 2012 at 06:59 PM
But they did say why: Because Sears asked. Certainly the tax revenue makes it worth the effort in the long term, but why does it have to be more complicated than this?
Jim Burnetti August 07, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Please leave Derwood and Mill Creek Towne alone as you sprawl toward Shady Grove Road. If I wanted to live in Gaithersburg, I would have bought a home there.

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