The materials for Thursday’s Montgomery County Planning Board worksession on the White Flint Sector Plan are available on-line now. Included in the materials is a 46-page summary of financing and implementation options, http://montgomeryplanningboard.org/agenda/2009/documents/20090507_Worksession_10_White_Flint_Sector_Plan.pdf, and a discussion of the proposed new “design guidelines.” http://montgomeryplanningboard.org/agenda/2009/documents/20090705_Draft_Urban_Design_Guidelines_for_White_Flint.pdf.
The implementation memo discusses comments from the January hearing on the Public Hearing draft and responds to comments from the County Executive’s office. If you’re pressed for time, the cover memo is only nine pages and accurately summarizes the voluminous attachments.
The design guidelines are the subject of tonight’s White Flint Steering Committee meeting. The guidelines are an innovation (or they were when first proposed; now they are used in other Master Plans) designed to permit some intermediate control by the Planning Board between the broad outlines of a Master Plan and the specific project approvals each developer must obtain. The Design Guidelines give a general idea of which architectural and construction ideas are permitted and which are encouraged (through bonuses or increases to density).