We want to keep everyone updated on how the Temple Renovation project is progressing. Here are the latest details.
The results of the water table testing are in. We did much better than when a water test was performed in 2006. That means that now we are eligible for further testing. At this point there is no guarantee that we will be able to have any kind of septic system on the 65 acres. It only means that the water table is adequate for shallow and sand mound testing.
The next step is to get a land planner involved. The land planner will prepare a 2013 version of the 2006 site plan with proposed location for further testing around the location of the 11 holes that were dug for the water test. A septic system on the 65 acres could possibly be used for the Temple side of KPC’s property.
Prayer room separation
We met with the Department of Permitting Service to confirm that both the religious assembly and residential uses may continue after the necessary improvement (i.e., installation of a fire wall between the main residential structure and religious assembly space) is completed in order to obtain a Certificate of Use& Occupancy to re-occupy the religious assembly space. This will limit the number of people permitted to use the space to 49. We have submitted plans, and are getting proposals from 4 – 5 contractors.
Because KPC sold Transfers of Development Rights (TDRs) many years ago, a religious assembly use on the North Parcel (the 65 acres also known as the Peace Park) is not permitted in the Rural Density Transfer (RDT) Zone under the current Zoning Ordinance and the draft Zoning Ordinance Rewrite of Montgomery County. The only thing we could build on the 65 acres, if we have a septic system, is a single family home.
Here is an income and expense report for the Temple Renovation Project.