One of the many constraints during the four-year development of the White Flint Sector Plan was the limitation that all changes had to be within the boundaries of the White Flint Sector, a 430-acre area at the center of the White Flint part of North Bethesda. Any other changes would have to have been to the overall North Bethesda Master Plan, which wasn’t, we were told, legally possible. This led to massive grumbling, since it was obvious that many White Flint-wide issues were truncated because of the artificial sector boundaries (and, of course, opponents were constantly complaining that the area was too big).
Fear not, we were told. There will be a White Flint II follow-up, covering the areas east and west of White Flint. This was particularly important to Randolph Hills, a residential area to the east, and often overlooked in County planning because it was lower-income and younger than other surrounding areas, and to the Executive Boulevard area, which has long been part of a robust office environment in White Flint.
Well, fast-forward to 2010, and maybe there will be a White Flint II, and maybe not. It’s all because of the budget crisis in Montgomery County. Basically, the planning and County Council budget permits only one more massive planning effort in the current work plan. It’s either White Flint II or Glenmont (at the other end of the Metro’s Red Line).
The Council will apparently choose on Monday morning.
Have a preference? Write your Councilmembers and let them know.