Around 40 community members, business owners and developers were in attendance at the White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee Meeting held on January 14, 2013, at Wall Local Park/Shriver Aquatic Center. The bulk of the meeting was spent on ProMark and Foulger-Pratt’s presentation of the Sketch Plan Amendment for North Bethesda Gateway. We’ll be posting a detailed run-down of that plan shortly.
In the meantime, the following are the discussion items which rounded out the agenda:
- The County Executive’s Office is in the process of creating the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee. The interview process is complete and it is hoped that the members will be announced before the end of January.
- The Parks and Planning Department has been engaged with Gables Residential, which owns the property at 11605 Old Georgetown Road (presently a surface lot on the southern corner of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard). An all-day meeting of this public/private partnership recently convened with an effort toward planning for redevelopment on the site. White Flint Coordinator Dee Metz added that the group looked very closely at how the site will be laid out to accommodate the various features proposed, including a park and parking garage. Though some of the project isn’t funded yet, she reports they are creating a good vision for the site. The park, in particular, is viewed as a “real anchor of White Flint” and a “great amenity.” The plan for the property will be presented at the Implementation Advisory Committee’s March meeting.
- N’kosi Yearwood from the Montgomery County Planning Department assured the group that transportation and its funding are hot button issues that will remain at the forefront in 2013 and beyond. Dee Metz added that the plan is to present a supplemental budget to the County Council in March to address funding some of the proposed transportation projects. The emphasis is to get the early roads built as soon as possible but there has been no mention yet of opening Hoya Street. The County Executive has agreed to forward-fund other roads critical to the sector plan. Some of the process has slowed as they wait for state approval of the intersection alignment plan.
- White Flint 2 has been further delayed. It will now be recommended that County Executive deliver the plan to the County Council in September 2015. This is a change from the last proposal, which was Spring 2015. N’kosi has already started work on the plan and will begin community engagement in short order. White Flint 2 includes properties north of Montrose Road to the Rockville City limits, including Montrose Crossing. It also stretches west to include the Executive Boulevard office parks and east to include Parklawn Drive, Randolph Hills Shopping Center & Loehmann’s Plaza.
- The Parks and Planning Department will submit a monitoring report to the County Council on the progress of White Flint this spring.
- On February 4th at 7pm, the Parks Department will host a Facility Plan Public Meeting on the Josiah Henson Special Park, located at 11420 Old Georgetown Road. The meeting will be held at Tilden Middle School.
The White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee meets the second Monday of every month at 7pm and the public is welcome to attend. Learn more at: http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/whiteflint/