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Preliminary Ideas for White Flint 2 from the Planning Department

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At the May 16th White Flint 2 Sector Plan Meeting, the planning department presented alternative scenarios for the White Flint 2 area and their potential impacts on traffic and schools. Please note that these are preliminary scenarios from the planning department, but they are important first drafts that you should take a look at, ponder, and comment on.

Some of the Planning Department’s assumptions include:

Keeping the industrial space in the White Flint 2 area since it is 10% of the county’s industrial property

36% increase in jobs by 2040

24% increase in population by 2040

White Flint 1 transportation projects are completed, including the Western Workaround and Montrose Parkway East

No BRT or non-auto mode share goals

They offered three different alternatives.

Alternative 1  (based on existing zoning)

Most of the new residential and non-residential development comes from CR (Commercial Residential) and CFT (Commercial Residential Town) zoned properties such as Montrose Crossing, Pike Center, and Federal Plaza.

Some additional residential development on Executive Boulevard from current office properties

Retention of all existing multi-family residential, single-family, and industrial zones.

Alternative 2

Changes Executive Boulevard from an EOF (employer/office) zone to a CR (Commercial Residential) mixed-use zone

Increases density on the Federal Plaza site,  changes Flor Area Ratio (FAR) along Rockville Pike, and changes JCC property to CRT (Commercial Residential) zone

Includes the rezoning of Montrose Baptist site

Retains existing multi-family residential, single-family residential, and some industrial zones.

Alternative 3

Includes higher Floor Area Ratios (FARs) for properties in different sections of White Flint 2

Retains existing multi-family residential, single-family residential, and less industrial zones.

Includes the rezoning of Montrose Baptist site

Currently, there are 1,900 residential units and over 6 million square feet of retail and office space in the White Flint 2 area. In addition to the current residential and non-residential space, the planning department’s three preliminary scenarios would create the following:

Alternative 1:  3,200 new residential units and 2.7 million square feet of new retail and office development

Alternative 2: 4,800 new residential units and 3.2 million square feet of new retail and office development

Alternative 3: 5,700 new residential units and 4.8 million square feet of new retail and office development

They projected there will be additional MCPS students:

Alternative 1:  201 elementary, 84 middle, and 107 high school

Alternative 2:  295 elementary, 123 middle, and 156 high school

Alternative 3:  359 elementary, 150 middle, and 191 high school

Future meetings and opportunity for public comment include:

May 26 — Planning Board Meeting

Early June — Public Meeting with Property Owners and Stakeholder Presentations

Late June — Public Meeting with MCPS

Early July — Public Meeting Preliminary Recommendations

July 28 — Planning Board Preliminary Board Recommendations Presentation

Here are some of the more important slides from Monday’s presentation. (Click here to see the entire slideshow presentation.)

 

 

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