The Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee of the Montgomery County Council isn’t quite done with its consideration of the White Flint Sector Plan, even as the full Council begins its own worksessions. Two of the most important remaining topics are financing the Plan and timing the various improvements planned for White Flint (known as “staging”). The PHED Committee takes up financing today (jointly with the Management and Fiscal Policy Committee) and staging tomorrow morning.
The usual Council staff background memo for the financing session won’t be available until today, and isn’t available yet online. The Council staff has prepared a background memo for the staging meeting, which can be found here: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/council/pdf/agenda/cm/2010/100224/20100224_PHED1.pdf.
The staging memo is largely the same as for the February 17 hearing, except that it includes new language (indicated by bold italics) for things the Committee already decided at the earlier meeting. For example, because the Committee wanted to give the Planning Board some flexibility in its monitoring of progress on implementing the Plan, some of the construction deadlines now call for “substantial” completion rather than full compliance. In a compromise between those (including Friends of White Flint) who wanted reconstruction of Rockville Pike to begin in Phase Two, the Committee pushed some Pike reconstruction into Phase Two, but left a provision in Phase Three covering what wasn’t done in the earlier stage; the rationale was to avoid holding up the entire Phase Three if some Pike construction ran late.