Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

P.O. Box 2761

White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


Were your ears buzzing yesterday?

Posted on by Amy Ginsburg

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At yesterday’s County Council PHED committee meeting, the many emails Friends of White Flint members sent to committee members were mentioned more than a few times during the discussion about White Flint 2. Thank you to all the many, many people who advocated for a walkable White Flint 2.

While only the Guardian and Willco properties will be considered to be part of White Flint 1’s metro station priority area, it was decided that all traffic mitigating infrastructure projects in the western and northern parts of White Flint 2 will prioritize walkability and bikeability, ensuring a more urban design. This is a big win for walkability!

Also at the meeting:

The committee decided that zoning for the Morgan Apartments will include increased numbers of MPDUs and workforce housing.

The Verizon property will have a zoning of CRT 3.0, C-3, R-3, H-120.

The Randolph Hills and Pickford Properties will have an overlay zone that provides an option that permits fifty percent residential and fifty percent light industrial. The goal was to preserve light industrial space and give the community the revamped, upgraded town center-like project it wants.

As we said above, Guardian and Willco properties will be come part of White Flint 1. Sufficient room will be added to the White Flint 1 plan to allow for the additional residential and commercial space. They will also become part of the White Flint 1 taxing district.

The rest of the area will use the North Bethesda congestion delay standard of 71 seconds/vehicle for intersections.

A 42% blended NADMS standard will apply to all of White Flint 2 area except for Willco and Guardian properties.

LATR will be use for White Flint 2, except for the Guardian and Willco properties.

 

 

One Response to Were your ears buzzing yesterday?

Ken Kopczyk says: November 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

RE: “The Randolph Hills and Pickford Properties will have an overlay zone that provides an option that permits fifty percent residential and fifty percent light industrial. The goal was to preserve light industrial space and give the community the revamped, upgraded town center-like project it wants.”

After listening to the meeting yesterday, the thing that I’m still struggling with and potentially misunderstanding: Will the existing commercial uses of the shopping center (grocery store, sandwich shop, mini mart, etc.) be preserved with this new zoning? Will new commercial be able to be developed under this new zoning?

If it’s literally just light industrial with residential around it (as zoning name would imply), I think the committee is now supportive of a concept that they were initially totally against in their first meeting: “If one believes that it is not appropriate to have light industrial uses next to residential uses, then the problem is not addressed by adding new residential uses that would still be adjacent to industrial uses.””

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