A drawing of the townhomes planned for the space next to the Quarry Springs community. Credit: VIA MONTGOMERY COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

A proposal to build 44 town homes next to the Quarry Springs condominium community on River Road has won the county planning board’s approval.

The town homes will be built across about 5.5 acres that were once slated for 47 condominium units, filling out the 13.3-acre quarry site. The Montgomery County Planning Board in 2006 approved plans to construct up to 97 condo units in four buildings on the property, but only 50 of the units have been constructed.

But, because the developer felt the market would be stronger for town homes, plans for the property have changed.

“I think this is a good resolution to the site. It’s a difficult site. It’s a quarry site,” land-use attorney Barbara Sears told the planning board. “This allows the balance of the site to be completed in a way that I think is very compatible given the architecture and layout.”

The town homes are expected to generate more car trips than the condos, since more people tend to live in them, planning staff said. The developer, William Rickman, will complete an internal, private street loop as part of the town home project and will be providing additional lawn and garden space for residents. The community already has a clubhouse and pool.

The planning board unanimously approved the revised development proposal.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.