The Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee of the Montgomery County Council will begin holding hearings on the White Flint Sector Plan next Monday, Nov. 16, at 2PM. Other hearings are scheduled for coming weeks.
The Committee staff has now released its “Committee Packet” for the Nov. 16 hearing. The packet includes reprints of the County Executive’s 41-page letter and attachments (including the County Department of Transportation’s “Rockville Pike is a through highway from Bethesda” attack on the mobility portion of the White Flint Plan), and comments and recommendations from the Planning Board.
The first seven pages of the packet are the PHED Committee staff’s own comments and proposals on several areas of controversy. For example, PHED Committee staff recommends that an arts and entertainment district not be established in White Flint until market studies demonstrate that an audience is available to support a viable theater or similar facilities. On school siting (a controversial topic), “Staff completely disagrees with the decision of the Planning Board to ignore the School Board’s opinion on this issue and believes strongly that the Sector Plan should identify at least one site for a new school.” The Committee Staff recommends the White Flint Park school site adopted by the Board of Education. And the Staff quoted the Department of Libraries to reject some residents’ suggestion that the proposed library in White Flint be “full-service” library, noting that the Department wanted only an “express” library as part of its planned facilities.
The staff packet can be found at: