Help Aaron to compel the City of Gaithersburg to follow Annexation rule

Update posted by Steve Lawrence On Jul 12, 2017

CalAtlantic Homes purchased the contract to develop the “Johnson Property and will be having an open meeting on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to provide their latest plan. Please come if possible and listen and share your views of this project.

Remember Thurgood Marshall Elementary School has limited parking so please car pool, walk, or plan accordingly.

Below is their official invite and local contact point. Hope to see everyone there.

- Steve


July 11, 2017
Dear Neighbor:
RE: The Enclave at Quince Orchard
CalAtlantic Homes is the contract purchaser for The Enclave at Quince Orchard, formerly
known as the “Johnson Property,” located at the northwest corner of Darnestown Road (MD Route
28) and Quince Orchard Road (MD Route 124) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, just to the north of
Quince Orchard High School. The property is 14 acres and is predominantly unimproved with the
exception of a single story brick building. This portion may be better known for the pit barbeque
stand that occasionally sits in the front of the property.
The property was annexed from Montgomery County into the City of Gaithersburg earlier
this year, and CalAtlantic Homes will be the residential builder. CalAtlantic Homes, which is
continuing the legacy of Ryland Homes, has been a top builder in this metro DC area for 50 years
and is one of the largest builders in the nation. We were also named Builder of the Year for 2016
by Builder Magazine. CalAtlantic Homes proudly builds thoughtfully designed homes from coast
to coast, with outstanding quality and an unwavering commitment to true customer service.
We are proud to have this opportunity to create another beautiful community in
Gaithersburg and would like to have an opportunity to meet our neighbors. Plans are being
finalized and we would like to share with you the progress that has been made. The proposed plans
are consistent in size, density and layout with the plans that were approved by the annexation.
The community meeting will provide you with an opportunity to see the latest plans and
we will be there to answer any questions you might have about the project. The meeting will be
held at the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, located at 12260 McDonald Chapel Drive,
Gaithersburg, MD, in the all-purpose/cafeteria room on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
There is no need to RSVP for this meeting. If you would like to speak with us prior to this meeting
you may email me at [email protected] I look forward to meeting you soon!
Sincerely yours,

David Duncan
Vice President Land Development
CalAtlantic Homes


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Julie Thompson
Land Coordinator
[email protected]
calatlantichomes.com
Continuing the legacies of Ryland and Standard Pacific
14280 Park Meadow Drive, Suite 108, Chantilly, VA 20151
office: (703) 449-6522 | mobile: (703) 501-0435
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Update posted by Steve Lawrence On Jul 05, 2017

Thank you everyone for your support. Currently we have 649 reads and raised just over $2,850.00. Expenditures to date are now $4,678.40 so your donations are greatly appreciated!

We don’t anticipate that we will raise the same amount as our expenses, but if for some reason we do YEAH!, we will donate the monies to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). They are a very highly rated charitable Non-Profit based here in Montgomery County Maryland. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate charity since we are trying to get the Gaithersburg City Council to LISTEN to the hundreds and hundreds of surrounding voices.

The HLAA helps Children, Veterans, Students, Families, and many with hearing impaired conditions.

Thank you again,

- Steve

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Update posted by Steve Lawrence On Jun 19, 2017

Aaron and 14 Co-Plaintiffs filed an Amendment to our case against the City of Gaithersburg for improperly trying to annex the Johnson property. Attached is an article from the latest issue of the Montgomery County Sentinel which provides a good update. An electronic version will be posted shortly.

Our filed Amendment is being processed and copies delivered to the Gaithersburg City Council. We expect the Court to set a new hearing date shortly which will be 30 plus days out. Thank you all for your support. We apologize for all the interruptions and visits to your homes and surrounding communities.
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Update posted by Steve Lawrence On Jun 10, 2017

We spent the last couple of weeks working with paralegals, lawyers, and walking around to residents that border the Johnson property. Lots of great work and we are now in a good position to carry this effort forward, and here is why...

  • We are arguing that the Vote to Annex was not properly carried out. The City had a legal Quorum to vote, but the law states they need three “yes” votes to enact but they only had two who voted in favor of annexation.
  • We are not arguing that the proposed annexed property doesn’t touch the city – there is legal precedent to allow pin point connections and this why previous legal Counsel advised us that we cannot win that argument.
  • We are not arguing that the City doesn’t have the authority to annex this property or others because they can, they have a right to do so.
  • We have legal standing, we have hundreds and hundreds of people affected that are a combination of local neighbors, residents that border the disputed property, and City residents that are 1,000 feet from of the Johnson property.
  • We hired two lawyers plus paralegals to help us craft our amended complaint. They recommend that we pursue this in court.
  • Currently we are talking with 20 plus people who are interested in signing our amended complaint as co-plaintiffs.
  • We spent $4,434.00 plus monies on deep research and two very accomplished lawyers, plus experienced members of the surrounding communities have provided feedback.

No guarantee and it will be up to the Judge to decide but we are now well positioned. Our biggest hurdle now is timing to get the last version printed and then walked around for signatures, so we can drop it off Monday June 12th which is the deadline we were given.

If anyone would like to help with the expenses, our Crowd Funding site is still available and donations are greatly appreciated. https://gogetfunding.com/help-aaron-to-compel-the-.... We all have real world, families and other commitments so please do not feel obligated, but help if you can.

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