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What you missed at yesterday’s PHED WF2 Worksession

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While you were at work, we were at yesterday afternoon’s County Council PHED Committee (Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee) worksession on White Flint 2.  Here’s what transpired:

MPDU

The planning board recommended that CR and CRT zoned residential space should have a 15% rate of MPDUs (Moderately Priced Dwelling Units) as opposed to the standard 12.5% rate. There was quite a lot of discussion on this recommendation, though there was agreement that a school site would be the first public amenity priority and 15% MPDU would be the second public amenity priority. After much discussion, it was decided to circle back to this issue at a future worksession.

Nancy Floreen asked why the planning board thinks rents in White Flint 2 will be high enough to support a 15% rate and noted there is no data to support or refute that statement. She also suggested there might be a different MPDU standard for the eastern and western sides of White Flint 2.

Hans Reimer wants 15% MPDUs to be the standard if no school site is provided.

George Leventhal was concerned about equity with White Flint 1 which has a 12.5% rate and requested council staff to investigate how a 15% rate might be imposed on future White Flint 1 projects.

Casey Anderson testified that the master plan and case law allows the planning board to press property owners for a 15% MPDU rate in exchange for increased density and height.

Gwen Wright noted that the planning board does not want White Flint 2 development to leapfrog White Flint 1 development and doesn’t think the 2.5% difference would have an impact on financing for redevelopment projects.

Specific Property Zoning

The committee agreed that the zoning suggested by the planning board for the following properties was appropriate:

Wilco property on Executive Blvd.

Peel properties on Executive Blvd.

Rockville Pike North District

Federal Plaza

Charles E. Smith/JCC/Hebrew Home properties

Verizon property

Georgetown Park area

Montrose Crossing

Loehman’s Plaza

Rocking Horse Center

The committee discussed changes to the zoning for the following properties:

Morgan Apartments is devising a plan to increase affordable housing and density, This plan will be presented to the committee at a later date.

Cherrington is in talks with the property owner of the Wilgus site to reach a compromise, so the Wilgus property was tabled until a later date

Guardian received its requested 2.5 FAR.

Parklawn South/Randolph Hills section of the plan started a lengthy discussion about Light Industrial (IL) zoning. Hans Reimer advocated for keeping light industrial as a needed space for the county.  Council staff also made retaining IL spaces a priority.  Nancy Navarro advocated for the ability to transform the IL spaces into mixed-use spaces rather than forcing residents on the east side of the plan to be stuck only with industrial space. Nancy Floreen suggested using the Twinbrook overlay as a starting point for coming up with a solution.  Gwen Wright suggested an experimental overlay zone that opened the Randolph Hills shopping center to mixed-use redevelopment.  This discussion was tabled until potential solutions could be sussed out.

The next PHED committee worksession will be held Monday, October 30.

 

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