Project Description

UPDATE

A request was made to grant a special exception on parts of two parcels of land at 3366 Belmont Avenue. A barn is located on one of the parcels, outline in green, while a house is located on the other parcel, outlined in blue. The special exception area is outlined in red.

The special exception request was to allow spirits manufacture, including accessory retail and wholesale distribution of spirits on the premises, and temporary promotional events, such as spirits tasting or public gatherings associated with the distillery. A special hearing is also requested, to have the Administrative Law Judge approve a modified parking plan. Requested variances included permitting a parking area with no screening or landscaping, to permit a parking area to not have a durable and dustless surface, and to permit a parking area to not be striped.

VPC intended to oppose the request for the special exception. As of the end of October 2023, the applicant notified VPC of its intent to rescind the application for the special exception.

VPC has requested a special hearing to determine what uses on the property are appropriate. As of May 2024, the hearing has not yet been scheduled.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Sign a petition that will be submitted as evidence to the administrative law judge.

The petition reads: “I am opposed to the granting of a special exception for “spirits manufacture” and other relief requested for the property at 3366 Belmont Avenue. The requested relief should be denied for many reasons, including the impact on the aquifer that supplies water to wells in the neighborhood;the congestion and safety issues caused by increased traffic on the surrounding narrow country roads; the noise caused by the proposed gatherings and other activities associated with the use; the inappropriateness of the proposed use in a National Historic District; and other issues that would have adverse impacts and make the use incompatible with the surrounding area.”

VPC will collect the names of all petition signers, along with any associated comments. To sign, please click the button below.

Make a tax-deductible contribution to VPC to help offset expenses related to this special project. VPC has retained an attorney and will engage expert witnesses as appropriate. All contributions fund legal expenses and expert witnesses.

Please send a check to VPC, PO Box 5402, Towson, MD 21285 and add “3366 Belmont Avenue” in the memo line, or click “Make a Contribution Online” below to pay with credit/debit card.