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County Council Approves Resolution to Ignore M-83

The Montgomery County Council approved the resolution titled “Transportation Solutions for Northwest Montgomery County” on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The resolution which instructs the County Planning Board to ignore M-83, the long-planned roadway which would connect the Mid-County Highway in Gaithersburg to Snowden Farm Parkway in Clarksburg, when making future decisions about development.

The Council voted 7-2, with UpCounty District 2 Councilmember Craig Rice and At-Large Councilmember Nancy Floreen voting against the resolution.

In September, At-Large Councilmember and Council Vice President Hans Riemer proposed the resolution. M-83 will remain part of the Master Plan, but the Planning Board will not make judgments based on the roadway being built. “The council will still decide in the future what will or won’t be built when it comes to M-83,” said Reimer who stated that he is opposed to completely removing the Mid-County Highway Extension. I am totally opposed taking a highway away,” Riemer told Germantown Pulse in September.

M-83 is a much-debated topic in the County. Indeed, this resolution was the subject of an often raucous public hearing on Oct. 17 about a road which exists only as an idea thought of over 50 years ago, but it has gotten new life as development in the Clarksburg area continues to grow, and the County continues to drag its feet on providing transportation improvements for the growing UpCounty population.

“This is not the way we should