As we prepare for the Montgomery County Planning Board’s final actions on the White Flint Sector Plan and as we celebrate the exploits of the Greatest Generation, I wanted to pause a moment to remember two of our friends and colleagues who won’t be with us to celebrate the Final Plan:
Bea Chester was a neighborhood activist, a tiny dynamo, who joined with those of us in “Neighborhood Three” of the original 2006 planning process. She would regale us with stories of “before the ’92 Master Plan.” She lost her battle with cancer a year later.
Marion Clark was a long-time Planning Board staffer, whose specialty was “green” planning; she was the go-to person on sustainability, green design, permeability and the like. In addition, she was a warm, friendly and helpful individual. She suddenly left us last Thanksgiving, and the Planning Staff has been scrambling to fill the void in the sustainability section ever since.
You can see memories of both Bea and Marion in the green spaces in the Sector Plan.