The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (formerly called Growth Policy) for review and approval by the County Council by November 15, 2016. The intent of the Subdivision Staging Policy is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and transportation facilities, are adequate to meet the needs of new development.…Read More
Monthly Archives: March 2016
Capital Business in The Washington Post wrote an article yesterday, Bill Marriott on Starwood merger: ‘We’re working on a total organization plan’
The article focused mostly on Marriott’s merger with Starwood, creating the largest hotel company in the world. Shareholders of the two companies are scheduled to vote this month on the $12.2 billion deal, which is awaiting approval from regulators.…Read More
According to Wired Magazine, if you really want to get more people walking, install lots of street furniture, make sure there are plenty of windows on the ground floors of buildings, and prioritize spaces that engage passers-by—like stores—over those that don’t—like parking lots.
To encourage people to ditch their cars and walk, commission public art, let restaurants offer outdoor dining, and invest in grand plazas.…Read More
Chair Brain Downie introduced Carolyn Chen, the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee’s new manager.
Dee Metz gave an update on what the County Executive’s office is working on.
They are proceeding with the CIP process, and so far, there are no cuts to the White Flint projects in the CIP.
They are proceeding with the western workaround with construction due to start this summer.
Thanks to Smart Cities Council, I can share three traffic myths that just won’t go away, not matter how many times folks read the facts.
1. You can help the problem by building more roads
Just building more roads or running more buses are not traffic solutions by themselves. It’s about supply and demand.…
We talk all the time about new urbanism since that is one of the bedrock principles of the Pike District. But how much do you really understand new urbanism? So grab your tablet or phone, sit outside on this lovely warm Monday, and take a quick New Urbanism 101 course with material from www.newurbanism.org.
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Wow — what a wonderful celebration of the Fathers of the Pike District and two of the Founders of Friends of White Flint, Barnaby Zall and Evan Goldman! It was an SRO crowd to honor these two amazing men. Thank you to our gold sponsor Linowes and Blocher who helped make this an evening to remember.…
This week’s “In Theory” section in The Washington Post is all about car-free cities. An article in Monday’s Washington Post declared that it is time to move on from the car century. A related article suggested that Americans are ditching their cars and moving toward multi-modal transit options, including walking, cycling, and transit. …Read More
The Montgomery County Planning Department hosted the second event in its 2016 Winter Speaker Series with a presentation by Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group. This firm is currently assisting the Montgomery County Planning Department as it updates its Bicycle Master Plan.
View the video presentation featuring Jennifer Toole on February 23.…Read More