As the Montgomery County Planning Board finishes up its work on the White Flint Sector Plan, we can start to see the beginnings of the next phase of the Master Plan process. After the Planning Board completes its work (expected by the end of this month), it will publish a Planning Board Draft Plan, and send the Plan to the Montgomery County Council. The County Executive will have 60 days to publish a Fiscal Impact Statement and make other comments. Then the Council will take over.
The Councilmember from the White Flint area is Roger Berliner from Potomac (note: all councilmembers are Democrats). Berliner has been involved in the White Flint planning process for years, and has proposed, among other things, increasing the number of Metro stops in White Flint. Even though several members of the Council are very interested in aspects of the White Flint Plan, Berliner can be expected to play an outsized role.
Berliner has now written a reply to a constituent statement of support for the White Flint Draft Plan:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the White Flint Sector Plan. Although I am not directly involved in the planning process at this stage, I am following closely the work of the Planning Board as it develops the White Flint Sector Plan.
Once the Planning Board submits to the County Council its final recommendations, the Council will hold a public hearing on the plan. After the public hearing, the Planning Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will hold worksessions during which it will review all aspects of the plan, including building heights, density, traffic issues, and school location. The PHED committee will then make its own recommendations on the White Flint Sector Plan to the full Council before a final vote is taken, probably in early 2010.
Once again, thank you for sharing your views with me. Please be assured that I will consider your input as I work with my colleagues to approve a plan that permits revitalization and sustainable development of the White Flint area while protecting the surrounding neighborhoods.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Council Vice President