Luxmanor, a wealthy community just west of the White Flint Sector boundary, has a lively community list-serve, reflecting its residents’ active participation in the four-year process which developed the White Flint Sector Plan. Some of the most hardened opponents of the Plan live there and post on the list-serve. So do some strong proponents of a walkable, sustainable, transit-oriented White Flint, including Friends of White Flint Secretary of the Board Ken Hurdle, a Luxmanor resident and former head of the Civic Association.…Read More
Monthly Archives: May 2010
In today’s Washington Post, venerated columnist David Broder discusses a preview of next year’s report of the decennial Census, and looks at “A Changed America.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/07/AR2010050704064.html. Broder notes major shifts in urban and suburban areas, with both becoming more diverse in a variety of measures.
We’ve seen the same type of shifts in North Bethesda generally, and in White Flint in particular.…Read More
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.…Read More
The missing piece of the White Flint Sector Plan, unanimously approved by the Montgomery County Council on March 23, is how to pay for it. In a compromise with the County Executive, the Council agreed to move the rest of the Plan forward while the Executive noodles a consultant’s report on how to finance the needed infrastructure (roads, etc.).…Read More
One of the trickiest parts of the implementation of the new White Flint Sector Plan will be “Neighborhood Mobility Balance.” How do you provide access for all nearby residents to the wonders of the new White Flint, while protecting those communities against congestion and cut-through traffic?
It’s a question we, and others, asked the Montgomery County Council during its consideration of the Plan, and the Council responded with sensitivity and concern.…Read More
In March, after the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved the White Flint Sector Plan, we published several statements from Councilmembers on the Plan. Today I received a long message from Councilmember Marc Elrich with his thoughts on both the enactment and future of the Plan. Here are excerpts:
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In its final form, the plan provides the framework for a genuinely “smart growth” area – one that will have a mix of residential and commercial uses along with the infrastructure we need to support a vibrant community.