The White Flint 2 Scope of Work is going to the Planning Board on September 3. Here is a link to the agenda.
More importantly, here is the document that discusses the Scope of Work. Don’t have time to read all 16 pages? We’re happy to provide this summary:
The WF2 Sector Plan will amend the 1992 North Bethesda/Garrett Park Sector Plan and the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan. An important goal for the WF2 Plan will be exploring ways to connect the North Bethesda centers — WF2, White Flint, Twinbrook, and Rockville — to one another seamlessly and cohesively.
The 455-acre White Flint 2 Sector Plan (WF2 Plan) includes a short segment of Rockville Pike north of Montrose Parkway and south of Rollins Avenue, and encompasses areas to the west, north, and east of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan. Residential neighborhoods adjacent to the proposed Sector Plan area include Randolph Hills on the east and Luxmanor on the west. The following are located within the proposed WF2 Sector Plan area: Montrose Crossing, Wilgus, Tri-Rock, Loehmann’s Plaza, and the light industrially zoned properties east of the railroad tracks along Parklawn Drive. The Nicholson Court area is being included in the WF2 Plan to facilitate planning for a potential MARC station in that area.
WF2 includes areas that have not been covered by other recent plan updates, including a critical portion of Rockville Pike between the City of Rockville and the White Flint Sector Plan, as well at the industrial uses east of the CSX tracks. WF2 also includes Executive Boulevard, an office park that is experiencing high office vacancy rates.
Staff will evaluate different levels of residential and nonresidential development, and prepare scenarios to be tested by traffic modeling. Staff will explore the changing circumstances with the office market, whether industrial areas should be retained, and what locations are appropriate to encourage mixed-use development. Planners will also analyze the segment of Rockville Pike within the WF2 area and how it can be transformed into an urban boulevard, consistent with the goals of the White Flint Sector Plan and the City of Rockville’s Pike Plan. Urban design guidelines will be prepared, which will likely have similar elements to the White Flint Sector Plan guidelines.
WF2 will also address transportation and mobility issues by considering potential infrastructure improvements, modifications to existing transportation policies, or expansion of the White Flint special tax district. The Plan will seek to improve vehicular transportation and bikeway networks from White Flint to Rockville, including BRT options; and potentially link both sides of the CSX tracks at the proposed location for a new MARC station near Nicholson Court. The future construction of Montrose Parkway East and the BRT routes for Rockville Pike (MD 355 South), the North Bethesda Transitway, and Randolph Road are additional transportation infrastructure elements to be considered in the Plan area. The Plan will explore how to improve walkability for residents in neighborhoods on the east side of the tracks.
Another issue to be considered in the WF2 Plan is school capacity in the Walter Johnson School Cluster in North Bethesda. Proposed residential densities in the White Flint Sector Plan generate the need for a new elementary school within the Walter Johnson Cluster.
The need for additional park and open spaces will also be analyzed as a component of this Plan.
The Plan will promote environmental sustainability, including environmental site design techniques and increased tree canopy coverage. Opportunities to improve air quality, reduce emissions, and provide alternatives to single-occupant vehicles will also be explored.
Outreach efforts for this Plan will include an open house, a series of workshops, and small group meetings to engage residents, surrounding neighborhood associations, business owners, community organizations, the existing White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee, and the County Executive’s coordinator for implementation of the White Flint Sector Plan. New social media, electronic newsletters, and other communication tools will be utilized. The City of Rockville will play an important role in the Plan’s outreach efforts since the area north of Montrose Road and Randolph Road is within the City’s maximum expansion limits. In fall 2015, staff will launch a series of workshops to solicit ideas from the community and begin developing preliminary plan concepts.
Planning Department staff began working on this Plan in May 2015. The Planning Board is scheduled to review the Working Draft Plan in spring 2016 and transmit the Planning Board Draft Plan to the County Executive and County Council by August 2016. The County Council review of the Plan is scheduled to begin in October 2016. Upon the completion of the Council’s review and action, a Sectional Map Amendment (SMA) will be initiated to implement the Plan’s zoning recommendations. It is anticipated that the SMA will be completed by summer 2017.