The Planning Department staff have released their official White Flint 2 Sector Plan: Briefing and Preliminary Staff Recommendations in preparation for their presentation to the Planning Board on Thursday. It’s well worth reading as it describes what they suggest should be the plan for the White Flint 2 area. You can read the memo by clicking here: RevisedWF2PreliminaryRecommendationsMemoFINAL) At the end of the memo, you’ll see a few letters from property owners or their attorneys describing changes they’d like to see in the plan, most of which concern increasing density.
Friends of White Flint very much wants to know your thoughts on this plan. What do you like? What do you want to change? Please email us your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
But it is 33 pages long, so if you’re on deadline for your big project or just can’t bring yourself to read the entire memo, here are their key recommendations.
Land Use and Zoning
Promote the transformation of single use commercial shopping centers into mixed-use places along Rockville Pike (MD 355).
Integrate new residential and non-residential uses in the Executive Boulevard office park and promote mixed-use neighborhood centers at the Loehmann’s Plaza and Randolph Hills Shopping Centers.
Retain existing multi-family residential development as an important resource of market rate affordable housing.
Retain light industrial properties to provide important services to down County residents, offer opportunities for small scale businesses, entrepreneurs, and vocational and entry-level employment.
Extend the Rockville Pike (MD 355) Boulevard concept to the City limits of Rockville with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
Provide new streets that permit alternative ways to navigate in the Plan area and to link to adjacent communities.
Support the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan recommendation for a MARC Station but recognize that Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) must develop criteria for infill stations in Montgomery County.
Support the expansion of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan street network, where feasible.
Accommodate new bikeways that link to the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan area and the City of Rockville.
Provide design direction that recognizes the unique context and development challenges of individual areas such as Executive Boulevard, Rockville Pike, and other neighborhood centers identified by the Plan.
Encourage design excellence for new development, including quality public use space that complements the guidance of the White Flint and Twinbrook Urban Design Guidelines.
Promote walkability with new streets and enhanced streetscape to define the public realm.
Promote variety in new building height and massing to maximize access to natural light and air circulation for building occupants, those of neighboring buildings, and surrounding communities and public open spaces.
Promote a diverse mix of housing options for residents at different stages of life.
Retain existing multi-family residential development that furthers Montgomery County’s Housing Element of the General Plan (2011) to provide a broad range of affordable housing options.
Parks and Open Space
Create new parks and open spaces for public use to promote a livable environment for existing and future residents, visitors and employees, and to expand the network of interconnected open spaces envisioned by the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan.
Link new parks and open spaces with existing and proposed bikeways and trails.
Develop at least 12 acres of public use in the Plan area.
Public Facilities/Community Facilities
Support the community facilities recommended in the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan.
Provide recommendations to address school capacity issues in the Walter Johnson cluster.
Promote the co-location of public facilities to reduce public expenditures and minimize land area.
Encourage new prototypes for public facilities that promote innovate design.
Promote energy efficiency and encourage net zero energy building design.
Improve the urban ecology, including goals to reduce heat island effect and promote Environmental Site Design (ESD) in stormwater management practices.
Retain existing wooded areas where designated, and provide increased tree canopy throughout the Plan area.
Include sustainable solutions in the design of an attractive public realm, to integrate green features, enhance mobility options, and promote walkability.
Provide adequate transitions between new development and existing neighborhoods through appropriate building heights and development intensities.
Promote new pedestrian paths and bikeways between existing residential communities and new mixed-use development.