Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

P.O. Box 2761

White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


Monthly Archives: May 2009

New Red Line Metro Stop – Why?

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I was reading today about a MoCo Councilmember’s proposal to put a new metro station between White Flint and Grosvenor, at a cost of $250-$300 million, and I can’t help ask the inevitable question; Why??? You can read about the proposal in several news articles, including this one: http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1678097

The Councilmember’s argument is the following: “A new stop would serve a very important purpose, particularly given the growth that is expected in that area as we redo White Flint from a strip mall on steroids to a new urbanism model.”I just don’t see how adding a new metro station ½ a mile away from an existing station would help relieve transit.…

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CR Zone materials now available

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One of the features of the new White Flint Sector Plan is the use of a new Commercial/Residential Zone, drafted by the Planning Board staff to provide flexibility in the development of new mixed-use neighborhoods. The CR Zone explanation is now available on-line at (note that this is a very large .pdf file and may take some time to download and open):

http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/whiteflint/documents/CRzonetoPB.pdf

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Presentations Available on District Proposals

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The materials presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board at last Thursday’s worksession are now available on the general White Flint planning page.

The morning session materials are available at:

http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/whiteflint/documents/staffpresentationmorningsession.pdf

The much-shorter evening session materials are available at:

http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/whiteflint/documents/staffpresentationeveningsession.pdf

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The End Game Begins

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The Montgomery County Planning Board conducts much of its work on the White Flint Sector Plan in worksessions arranged around various topics. These worksessions can last for many hours. But you can’t blink, or you might miss something interesting. Some thirteen hours into the worksession last Thursday, May 21, the Planning Board revisited some of its earlier work on the southern and northern edges of the Sector Plan, and fireworks bloomed.…

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Dense Discussion of New Zoning

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The Montgomery County Planning Board conducts much of its work on the White Flint Sector Plan in worksessions arranged around a topic. Earlier today, the Board went through the Sector, district-by-district, looking at particular issues in each neighborhood. Now the Board is considering a new CR Zone, proposed to match the White Flint Sector Plan, and intended to provide a balanced mix of commercial and residential development.…

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Vision for White Flint: Issues by District; The Mall throws in a curve (or no curve)

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The Montgomery County Planning Board is working through the “design guidelines” for each “district” within the White Flint Sector. Live streaming video is available at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org.

White Flint Planner Nkosi Yearwood: Maple Ave. District: Issue: Historic Montrose School. One-room school building. Issues of access from Montrose Parkway. Recommendation is to retain the zone as C-2.…

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Design Guidelines: Vision for White Flint’s Future

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One innovation of the White Flint Sector planning process is the development of “design guidelines.” Now used in other Montgomery County plans, the idea of design guidelines as a flexible, non-regulatory planning tool was pioneered in the White Flint plan process. The concept is that the Planning Board can illustrate, through pictures and descriptions, its vision for a particular area — in this case, the White Flint Sector as a whole, and individual portions (“districts”) within a larger Sector.…

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Planning Board Worksession — May 21, 2009

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The Montgomery County Planning Board does much of its work on the White Flint Sector Plan in “worksessions” arranged around a particular topic. Today’s topic is the Design Guidelines, which are the visual and descriptive representations of the plans for the six “districts” which the Staff has designed within the White Flint Sector.…

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Civic Green as Hot Potato

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One of the more convoluted discussions in the White Flint Sector Plan is the siting of various parks. The biggest park in the Sector is the existing Wall Local Park, at the corner of Nicholson Lane and Old Georgetown Road; the Plan contemplates revising this park (which is currently largely covered by the Montgomery Aquatic Center and a big parking lot) by shifting the parking into a structure to the north and converting the parking lot into a series of informal park fields.…

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Down to the Wire: Final Planning Board Schedule

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The Montgomery County Planning Board has been working on the White Flint Sector Plan for almost three years, and the end of the process is finally in sight. The latest Staff memorandum contains an advance schedule, as usual, but this schedule contains only three items, and the last one is the final Planning Board approval of the Plan and transmission to the County Council.…

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