Opponents Reorganize to Face Wheaton Costco's New Gas Station Application

Costco has restarted the special exception process.

Opponents of the Costco gas station in Wheaton have formed a new umbrella group, separate from the Kensington Heights Civic Association, and are calling it The Stop Costco Gas Coalition.

Costco has restarted the special exception process for the gas station at Westfield Wheaton, but the new plans shift the gas station location so that it complies with the zoning text amendment passed by the Montgomery County Council this summer.

For background on the Costco gas station issue and Zoning Text Amendment 12-07, see Wheaton Patch's topics page.

The new location is east of the original proposed location, but remains in the mall parking lot that borders the Kensington Heights neighborhood. 

Cavan Wilk, a contributor to Greater Greater Washington, has already weighed in: "Altering a bad proposal so its location is a few feet to the east doesn't change that it's a bad idea."

Do you agree? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Interrobang November 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
What money and public amenities have been lavished on Kemp Mill?
Mike Smith November 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Wheaton Sports Pavilion in Wheaton Regional Park. LIbrary and Recreation Center scheduled to be built on Arcola Avenue and not in the central business district because of the Save Our LIbrary Coalition which identifies itself on its website http://www.savewheatonlibrary.com/ as the "Wheaton/Kemp Mill community"
Kim de Groot November 08, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I am really looking forward to approval of the gas station. It conforms to the new law and means that my local gas tax, if any, will now go to MoCo instead of Frederick or PG. I like that!
Wayne E Courtney November 15, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I have to strongly disagree that the lack of gas stations in Wheaton has not been a burden. There are more gas stations in Kensington than in Wheaton yet Kensington Heights has the nerve to complain about Costco. Try to get gas in Kensington. With the gridlock during both rush hours, the limited access roads during rush hours, makes it impossible. Rush hour traffic, 6 gas stations in less than a half mile stretch in kensington are far more toxic than a gas station at the mall. The excuses used against the gas station are factless. The inconveniencing of thousands for the baseless concerns of a private swimming pool and ill managed civic association is rediculous. Bring on Costco Gas. Wayne Courtney
Joe Galvagna December 07, 2012 at 04:08 AM
What planet are you from Cameron that global stuff is crap we all know it wake up.


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