Land Use Proposals

Land Use Proposals

The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold another work session on the White Flint Sector Plan this Thursday, March 5, beginning some time after 9AM (White Flint is fifth on the meeting agenda), in the auditorium at the Maryland-National Capital Area Park and Planning Office, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring.

 The topic is Land Use Proposals, which includes various proposals for future development in the White Flint Sector.

The staff memo supporting the discussion is on-line at: http://montgomeryplanningboard.org/agenda/2009/documents/20090305_white_flint.pdf.

It’s an interesting document, with some of the most illuminating maps and diagrams yet. To date, the various maps haven’t identified possible development proposals other than as zoning or area guides. These maps have specific proposal information, including placement in relation to other proposals and existing developments (such as LCOR’s North Bethesda Town Center (“NBTC”) and JBG’s North Bethesda Market (“NoBe”). The staff notes also include summaries of many basic concerns by residents and residential associations, as well as recommendations on various issues being debated for the last two years. For example, on the southern edge of the Sector, a long-running discussion between the Garrett Park Estates community and Lerner-Tower White Flint Mall over building heights near the community is discussed with a staff recommendation that building heights in that area be limited to 50 feet.

The Thursday meeting could be a surprisingly-lively affair.

Barnaby Zall

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