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Emergency Vehicle Access Activities Underway

Clarksburg Town Center: Part of the improvements required in Clarksburg Town Center as a result of the compliance plan began on Monday, October 19. Newland has obtained permits and is now proceeding with widening Grapevine Ridge, Murphy Grove, and Piedmont Trail by 2 to 4 feet. The structural improvements will be completed before Jan 1, 2010 while the landscaping and aesthetic components will be completed in Spring 2010. These improvements include:

  • Relocation of landscaping. Final landscaping will be completed in Spring 2010.
  • Installation of a retaining wall along portions of Murphy Grove and Piedmont Trail. This wall will be finished with an aesthetic architectural finish by Spring 2010.
  • Installation of a structural subgrade and Grasspave2 on the far side of the street from the houses along Snowden Farm. The final product will look like lawn, but will be able to support fire department apparatus. The final result is that parking on one side of the road will be maintained in front of the residences that face Snowden Farm on Grapevine Ridge, Murphy Grove, and Piedmont Trail. Without these improvements, parking would need to be removed on both sides of the road in these locations in order to accommodate fire department apparatus.
Arora Hills: Parking prohibition signs are currently being installed throughout Arora Hills. Depending on the width of the street and other factors, on-street parking is being prohibited to ensure that fire and other emergency vehicles can access every structure and property within the development. Prior to parking prohibitions, the drive aisle for traffic was too narrow and/or impeded by vehicles and other obstacles parked in the right-of-way.

The County discussed the parking plans with residents of Arora Hills in a series of meetings prior to finalizing them. Not all requests for adjustments could be met; however, alternatives were considered and discussions with the community will continue as the prohibitions are implemented and the actual impact of these prohibitions can be assessed.

Sign installation in Arora Hills is expected to be completed by mid-November; however, the parking prohibitions apply at the individual locations as soon as the signs go up. Enforcement has already begun in some locations.

New Parking Restrictions Required in Clarksburg Town Center and Arora Hills. The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service has determined that limited parking restrictions will be necessary in Clarksburg Town Center and Arora Hills to ensure that they can reach all homes in times of emergency. These restrictions are planned to maintain as much neighborhood parking as possible while assuring adequate Fire and Rescue access. Other neighborhoods may be restricted in the future if fire access is found to be impeded.

Background Information: The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service determined that limited parking restrictions were necessary in Clarksburg Town Center and Arora Hills to ensure that they can reach all homes in times of emergency. These restrictions were planned to maintain as much neighborhood parking as possible while assuring adequate Fire and Rescue access. Other neighborhoods may be restricted in the future if fire access is found to be impeded.

Visit this link to see a list of streets where these restrictions are required and maps identifying which side of the street will be posted for “No Parking”.