In June, the Montgomery County Department of General Services held two meetings to receive public input on the location and exact description of the public amenities proposed in the White Flint Sector Plan. http://blog.friendsofwhiteflint.org/2011/05/23/white-flint-charettes-june-1-16/. The charettes followed months of controversy about the consulting contract, and especially the cost. http://blog.friendsofwhiteflint.org/2011/04/12/do-you-know-who-youre-hiring-april-11-meeting-of-white-flint-implementation-committee/, http://blog.friendsofwhiteflint.org/2011/04/13/diane-schwartz-jones-responds-to-concerns-about-public-amenities-charette-process/.
The consulting contract was for $100,000. The report was finally released today, and can be found at:
The report is brief, with 15 pages and lots of tables in the appendices, but essentially boils down to a list of features requested by residents, with some comments by the county agencies and property owners who will have to build and maintain the amenities. Notably, the “wish list” of features in the tables in the appendices are not coordinated with the property owners’ development plans; for example, the residents asked for “children’s sailing ponds,” which last night’s White Flint Mall presentation showed would likely already be available in the “Piazza” portion of the 43.5 acre site.
Still, there are some interesting suggestions in the report.