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Name not shown inside Bethesda/Chevy Chase March 25, 2020, 10:15 PM

How will the proposed project impact you or your family?
It will have a moderate impact.


What do you consider the pros and cons of this project? Please explain.
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It will increase the flexibility of meadowbrook to provide riding opportunities to the public and its riders, it will also be easier on the horses during the hot summer months, It appears that it will fit in with the neighborhood looking like a large brn. I disagree it looks like a warehouse with some have described

Name not shown inside Silver Spring March 23, 2020, 3:21 PM

How will the proposed project impact you or your family?
It will have a moderate impact.


What do you consider the pros and cons of this project? Please explain.
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Meadowbrook Stables operates pursuant to a lease under which M-NCPPC is its landlord. The lease states expressly that “Lessee may not make any changes, alterations, installations, additions or improvements to the Premises without [M-NCPPC’s] consent. Lessee shall not … place fill within the 100-year floodplain … excavate or build any improvement on the Premises without express prior written consent from [M-NPPC].” (Lease § 6.8) And the lease provides further that “Whenever a permit or license is required for a new use of the Premises, Lessee shall obtain M-NCPPC’s review and express written approval of the use prior to applying for the license or permit.” (Lease § 6.3). Rather than enforcing the lease as written, M-NCPPC has acceded to its lessee’s request without conducting the due diligence – including obtaining neighborhood and park users’ input – that a responsible public body should conduct. Meadowbrook Stables doesn’t even propose to pay additional rent to compensate the county for the permanent loss of the view scape of a major area of the park. Meadowbrook Stables proposes to continue operating under its existing lease as though no concession had occurred. Yet construction and operation of the proposed facility – ostensibly to allow Meadowbrook to compete with commercial equestrian facilities - would NEVER be permitted under a commercial lease. Occupancy of the park and operation of an exclusive facility there is a PRIVILEGE. The stables are abusing that privilege by attempting to expand their operations beyond the scope of the rights granted under their lease. They are trying to abuse their trusted relationship with the neighbors and the public who enjoy the park, by persuading the county to elevate their needs above those of everyone else. Yet they have known since they assumed occupancy in 2003 that the improvements and configuration of the facility where they operate are limited. They agreed to operate the facility using certain approved improvements. The stables have no right to expect that additional public resources will be sacrificed to expand their leasehold and shift the balance between their occupancy rights and the rights of the others who use the park, without compensating anyone for their expansion of their privilege to the detriment of others. The stables consistently attempt to obfuscate the facts by implying that the new building is a “necessity”, when any examination of their operations and equestrian requirements demonstrates unequivocally that it is not. M-NCPPC should NOT approve this request and should not recommend approval by any other agency.

Name not shown inside Bethesda/Chevy Chase March 15, 2020, 5:25 PM

How will the proposed project impact you or your family?
It will have no impact.


What do you consider the pros and cons of this project? Please explain.
To horses?
To people?
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I have for some time been concerned that, during poor weather, the horses aren't able to have excercise. This will help that a lot., I like the idea of providing solar panels for lighting and eliminating the current outdoor lights. This is taking advantage of green energy options and helping to reduce our carbon emissions., The building design appears nice and mixes well with the others near that site., It should not have much impact on stormwater runoff. The landscaping will be attractive and help retain rainwater.

Name not shown inside Bethesda/Chevy Chase March 8, 2020, 2:13 PM

How will the proposed project impact you or your family?
It will have a significant impact.


What do you consider the pros and cons of this project? Please explain.
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Pro: attractive solution to dirt and unsightly dust clouds, Pro: increased property values for neighborhood as a solar-powered structure containing state of the art drainage solutions is installed near an already existing successful and peaceful business on historic land, Pro: less overall traffic because lessons and use the facility will be more regulated throughout the year rather than stacking up missed lessons, Pro: along with construction of the roof, the engineers have a chance to reconstruct drainage and rainfall to properly assist with the overflow and potentially help with flooding in the area (which exists with or without the barn but now has an opportunity to improve), Pro: Montgomery County remains pro-business without harming an upscale lower County neighborhood

Name not shown outside Planning Areas March 7, 2020, 9:31 AM

How will the proposed project impact you or your family?
It will have a significant impact.


What do you consider the pros and cons of this project? Please explain.
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I am writing in support of Meadowbrook Stables covered riding pavilion. My daughter has been riding at Meadowbrook for the past six years. Before moving to this area, she rode at a barn that had an indoor riding arena, which allowed for full riding lessons year round. Meadowbrook is a wonderful stable, but we have missed an indoor ring! The barn is beautiful and is always well kept. I am certain the addition will be the same, and it will lead to safer conditions for the students, staff, and the horses.

Name not shown inside Bethesda/Chevy Chase March 5, 2020, 8:38 AM

How will the proposed project impact you or your family?
It will have a moderate impact.


What do you consider the pros and cons of this project? Please explain.
To horses?
To people?
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As a horse lover and neighbor, I believe that the pros for this project very much out weigh the cons., Pro: the new arena will grant the horses a place to freely move and exercise when inclement weather would otherwise require the horses to remain confined to their stalls., Pro: the new arena will lead to fewer canceled lessons or rides due to inclement weather, which would primarily benefit the horses. Horses, just like humans, require regular exercise to remain healthy and strong. When ridden, they are guided through exercises by the rider or instructor that ensure that the horse remains more balanced which lowers the chances of injuries for the horse or rider., Pro: If the new arena is built consistent with the style of the stables, it will ultimately beautify the area. Based on the plans that have been submitted, it appears that the proposed arena will be quite lovely. , Con: Neighborhood traffic at times when there is inclement weather. But, given that this traffic will be no worse than that when the weather is nice, the health and well-being if the horses and riders alike outweigh this con.

Cassandra Elder inside Bethesda/Chevy Chase March 4, 2020, 9:35 AM

How will the proposed project impact you or your family?
It will have no impact.


What do you consider the pros and cons of this project? Please explain.
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I think it it is a great idea! No matter what the weather, Horses and people can still get exercise. I think it would be a wonderful addition to Meadowbrook.

Name not shown inside Bethesda/Chevy Chase March 4, 2020, 7:20 AM

How will the proposed project impact you or your family?
It will have no impact.


What do you consider the pros and cons of this project? Please explain.
To horses?
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I think its a nice upgrade for Meadowbrook Stables and will make a more comfortable area for the horses and the riders. The design looks to be very attractive and in scale with the rest of the property. I like the additional landscaping to help blend it in to the surrounding park.

Heather Steele inside Bethesda/Chevy Chase March 3, 2020, 9:54 PM

How will the proposed project impact you or your family?
It will have no impact.


What do you consider the pros and cons of this project? Please explain.
To horses?
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Fully support indoor riding facility. It will make the stables a year round facility affording more people the opportunity to ride and interact with horses. I rode at meadowbrook as a teen and now live a few blocks away. Horses do nothing but enhance the lives of people involved. Meadowbrook and Rockcreek stables offer the only opportunity to close in DC Suburbs to ride and interact with horses.

Name not shown inside Bethesda/Chevy Chase March 3, 2020, 8:03 PM

How will the proposed project impact you or your family?
It will have a moderate impact.