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Land-use issues will continue to take center stage in the Clarksburg-Boyds area in 2014, with the Montgomery County Council’s review of larger retail and housing projects within the Ten Mile Creek watershed.

Proposed by Pulte Homes are 1,000 residential units west of Interstate 270 in Boyds and a Peterson Companies mixed-use Tanger fashion outlet center with restaurants, offices and housing east of I-270.

Two council committees — Planning, Housing, and Economic Development and the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment committee — will meet in joint session on Jan. 13, 17 and 24 to consider whether the projects pose an environmental threat to the Ten Mile Creek watershed, which drains into Little Seneca Lake, a backup water supply for the region during droughts.

Pulte has threatened to sue the county, claiming that recommendations to reduce the number of homes the company can build on the site violate its property rights.

The council must decide whether to amend the 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan for the final Phase 4 area of growth based on current environmental studies of the Ten Mile Creek watershed.

Meanwhile, also coming up for a council vote in 2014 will be plans by Adventist Healthcare and partners to build a mixed-use Premium fashion outlet on land initially planned for a medical center west of I-270 in the Cabin Branch watershed.

Developers Streetscape Partners, New England Development and Simon Properties argue that the project will bring long-awaited retail services to Clarksburg. The plan has won support from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for Montgomery County and the county hearing examiner.

The Peterson Companies argued that the Streetscape project detracts from growth planned for the Clarksburg town center west of I-270. Elm Street Development, owners of the Clarksburg town center site, are expected to present a revised plan for development of the center with a full-sized supermarket, county library and other amenities in 2014.