PHED Committee Worksession: School Site, parking,

PHED Committee Worksession: School Site, parking,

Live Blogging from the worksession of the PHED committee.

One of big issues is where to reserve land within the White Flint Sector for a new elementary school (which won’t be needed for 16 or more years). The PHED Committee last month agreed with the Board of Education to reserve space at White Flint Park, but also asked for more possible sites. The Board of Education identified several alternatives, but one would have been within the proposed route for an extension of Nebel Street. Glenn Orlin, PHED Committee staffer, recommended that the potential site on the Nebel Street route be taken out of the discussion.

Gary Stith, speaking for the County Executive, then talked about reserving parking for members of the public. that’s part of our study, which should be back some time in 2010.¬†Committee Chair Knapp: that’s part of a bigger issue.

Orlin: Affordable housing and public facilities proposed for¬†the “excess” land north of the Montrose Parkway. But issue has arisen about a “park and ride” lot. I disagree with that proposal, since we generally don’t have park and ride lots in urban areas. Councilmember Marc Elrich: what about park and ride closer to 270? Orlin: looked at earlier, and there’s no place to put it. Floreen: I agree with Orlin, but only so many spaces at Metro stations. Those of us who shake hands go to all of them. We need to have Metro parking capacity. This is a demand. We have made other policy decisions that go hand-in-hand. Demand issue. Edgar Gonzalez from MoCo Dept of Transportation: we are going to be relying on buses, and in our discussions with developers, we have talked about replacing these parking spots with more. Economic development issues. We are not saying leave these at-grade parking spaces forever, but we need to look at what’s coming down the Pike, literally.

Knapp: staging and phasing elements. We’re going to have to put some language in and need to craft it during the next few weeks.

the Committee recessed until 2PM. The committee will then return to land use issues. The Committee’s land use memo can be found at:

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/council/pdf/agenda/cm/2009/091207/20091207_PHED1.pdf

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