Residents approved a proposed Building Ordinance by a vote of 18 to 11 at the April 8, 2008 Annual Town Meeting. This ordinance requires anyone seeking to demolish or modify the outside of their home to get a permit from Oakmont in addition to a County permit. The Oakmont permit application needs to be submitted no later than 30 days BEFORE submitting a building permit application to Montgomery County.
The Ordinance also requires posting a refundable bond to cover the cost of damage to town property during the course of construction or demolition.
To read the ordinance, see Oakmont Building Ordinance.
For a building permit application, see Building or Demolition Permit.
Over the past several years, Montgomery County has been experiencing rapid population growth. As a means of managing growth, the County has encouraged denser development in existing neighborhoods. At the same time, consumer demand has grown for houses that are significantly larger than most homes in the County’s older neighborhoods, including Oakmont. Constructing these large homes on lots that once belonged to an adjacent house or tearing down an existing home to build a much larger one is called mansionization.
Oakmont residents have expressed concern about the effects of mansionization on the neighborhood. In the summer of 2006, the Committee conducted a survey to determine town priorities. Results of the survey showed a great deal of concern about mansionization, with the focus of that concern being on:
- Effect of larger footprint on storm water run-off and the subsequent damage caused to neighbors
- Effect on the mature trees in the neighborhood
- Changes to the character of the neighborhood, including the effect on diversity as homes in the lower price ranges disappear
The ordinance was enacted to respond to these concerns.