Draft FoWF Position on Annual Growth Policy

Draft FoWF Position on Annual Growth Policy

Friends of White Flint held a meeting yesterday to discuss an organizational position on the County’s Annual Growth Policy. I have prepared a discussion draft of a position, and invite your comments, either here or directly at bzall@friendsofwhiteflint.org.

The draft looks at the White Flint Sector Plan in the context of the County’s regulation of growth. It notes that the existing AGP process has changed to focus more on traffic congestion, which means that growth depends on moving cars quickly through intersections. The draft describes the FoWF position that growth measures should be viewed more broadly, looking at elements which make up the quality of life in a community. Modern urban design is constrained, by law, as much or more by environmental limits (carbon emissions) as by traffic considerations, and the two measures are often in conflict. Walkability is another element of quality of life, yet walkability may also conflict with rapid car movement.

The draft contends that the White Flint Sector Plan is a more comprehensive, holistic and environmentally-sensitive way to measure the adequacy of public facilities in White Flint, and recommends that the Council follow the Planning Board’s lead in adapting its growth regulations in a comprehensive, environmentally-sensitive manner.

 The statement will be issued on Tuesday, so comments must be made by noon, Monday, Sept. 21.

You can find my draft at:

Draft AGP Statement

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