Category Montgomery County Government

Pike District Streetscape Design Guidelines Community Meeting

Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will partner with the Friends of White Flint to host a virtual meeting to review the Pike District Streetscape Guidelines on Thursday, October 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. These guidelines will complement the Pike District’s existing high-quality streetscape and mixed-use developments that have been constructed since the adoption of the White Flint Sector Plan in 2010 and will provide direction to future developments. The guidelines are being produced as part of the Advancing the Pike District initiative, which is sparking implementation of the White Flint Sector Plan by identifying short-term development opportunities  that can be implemented within the next two to five years. RSVPs are required to attend the meeting.

Event details:
Montgomery Planning and Friends of White Flint host the Advancing the Pike District Streetscape Guidelines virtual meeting October 21, 2021 7 to 8 p.m. Click here to RVSP to the meeting.

Pike District Connector

The Montgomery County Planning Department partnered with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Montgomery Parks, and the Better Block Foundation to temporarily connect the Bethesda Trolley Trail to the Montrose Parkway Trail and activate hubs at key intersections along the trail connection. The project, called the Pike District Connector, was built with community volunteers and included a kickoff community bike ride with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) on September 18. The Connector will remain in place through late fall 2021.

About Advancing the Pike District

Advancing the Pike District is a Montgomery Planning initiative to accelerate the transformation of White Flint’s core into a walkable, mixed-use district by identifying short- and medium-term implementation-focused solutions that build on the Sector Plan’s recommendations, enhance mobility, and promote economic development, urban design and placemaking. The project revisits and builds upon the recommendations from the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, which has guided infrastructure improvements and development in the White Flint area over the past decade, with the goal of accelerating White Flint’s transformation.

View the Advancing the Pike District Development Trends, Infrastructure Update and Short-Term Solutions report.

For more information about Advancing the Pike District, contact Walker Freer at 301-495-4651 or by email. Sign up for the project’s eletter to stay informed.

Community invited to attend virtual meeting for Advancing Pike District Streetscape Guidelines on October 21

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), will partner with the Friends of White Flint to host a virtual meeting to review the Pike District Streetscape Guidelines on Thursday, October 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. These guidelines will complement the Pike District’s existing high-quality streetscape and mixed-use developments that have been constructed since the adoption of the White Flint Sector Plan in 2010 and will provide direction to future developments. The guidelines are being produced as part of the Advancing the Pike District initiative, which is sparking implementation of the White Flint Sector Plan by identifying short-term development opportunities  that can be implemented within the next two to five years. RSVPs are required to attend the meeting.

Event details:
Montgomery Planning and Friends of White Flint host the Advancing the Pike District Streetscape Guidelines virtual meeting October 21, 2021 7 to 8 p.m.
RVSP

Pike District Connector

The Montgomery County Planning Department partnered with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Montgomery Parks, and the Better Block Foundation to temporarily connect the Bethesda Trolley Trail to the Montrose Parkway Trail and activate hubs at key intersections along the trail connection. The project, called the Pike District Connector, was built with community volunteers and included a kickoff community bike ride with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) on September 18. The Connector will remain in place through late fall 2021.

About Advancing the Pike District

Advancing the Pike District is a Montgomery Planning initiative to accelerate the transformation of White Flint’s core into a walkable, mixed-use district by identifying short- and medium-term implementation-focused solutions that build on the Sector Plan’s recommendations, enhance mobility, and promote economic development, urban design and placemaking. The project revisits and builds upon the recommendations from the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, which has guided infrastructure improvements and development in the White Flint area over the past decade, with the goal of accelerating White Flint’s transformation.

View the Advancing the Pike District Development Trends, Infrastructure Update and Short-Term Solutions report.

For more information about Advancing the Pike District, contact Walker Freer at 301-495-4651 or by email. Sign up for the project’s eletter to stay informed.

BCC Regional Services Center FY23 Budget Forum

Virtual and at the RSC Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 7pm
In-person (limited seating):B-CC RSC 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

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The Citizens Advisory Board Welcomes County Executive Marc Elrich and the Management and Budget Staff

AGENDA

Welcome & Introduction• Pete Fosselman, Director, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
Welcome Remarks• Kristen Nelson, Chair, Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board
Presentation – Office of Management and Budget on the Process and Current Fiscal Climate• Office of Management and Budget
Remarks – County Executive Elrich
Community Comments and Questions
Closing – County Executive Elrich
Adjourn

Friedson to run for re-election to Montgomery County Council

From Bethesda Beat

Montgomery County Council Member Andrew Friedson announced on Wednesday that he plans to run for re-election to his District 1 seat.

Friedson, 35, was first elected in 2018. He said he wants to spend his second term focused on “building on the work we’ve started” in the past four years enhancing residents’ quality of life, creating a more competitive local economy, improving housing affordability and honing the county’s focus on fiscal responsibility.

During his first term, Friedson, a Democrat, was a consistent advocate for fiscal responsibility within the county government, sponsoring a bill that requires an “economic impact statement” for all new county legislation. He also pushed for regular financial reviews of county agencies, monetary relief programs for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthening county ethics laws.

Friedson grew up in Montgomery County, and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac.

Read the rest of the story here.

Analyzing the future of mixed-use development in Montgomery County

Montgomery County has allowed mixed-use development in buildings around activity centers for many years with the goal of creating interactive streets, providing meaningful public spaces, and creating communities where people can live, work, shop, and play within a given neighborhood. Numerous studies show that mixed-use districts generate higher real estate value, reduced vehicle miles traveled, and higher transit ridership.

new study by Montgomery Planning’s Research and Strategic Projects (RSP) Division has found that mixed-use development projects are likely to become even more common than single-use projects both locally and nationally. Considering there is only about 15 percent of “unconstrained” land available for development or re-development in the county, mixed-use properties are needed to support our future economic and population growth. Learn more through an interview with the project manager of the Montgomery County Mixed-use Development Study, Research Planner Nicholas Holdzkom, in the latest Third Place blog post.

Road Closure: Randolph Road Westbound Lanes Close Starting Today

The westbound lanes of Randolph Road between Nebel Street and Parklawn Drive will close starting today, August 30, to make way for Pepco construction.

The westbound lanes of Randolph Road between Nebel Street and Parklawn Drive will be closed starting Monday, as Pepco begins construction for a new substation. The eastbound lanes will remain open, and businesses on the westbound side will be open — as will the sidewalks.

The substation will supply power to the Bethesda and White Flint area, according to a Montgomery County news release. The construction is expected to last 6 months, it said.

“Substation work started in 2020 and associated line work will be performed with overhead and underground construction along Nebel Street, Marinelli Road, Old Georgetown Road, Citadel Avenue, Randolph Road, and Parklawn Drive,” the county’s news release says. “The substation project is expected to be completed by December 2023.”

Reopening date for Old Georgetown Rd. and Executive Blvd.

From MCDOT

Due to weather impacts and a break down at the asphalt plant, the re-opening of the intersection at Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard is re-scheduled for Tuesday August 31.   The final lift of hot mix asphalt on Old Georgetown Road northbound was being placed when the asphalt plant broke down. The contractor will resume asphalt work on Friday Aug. 27th pending the repair at the plant and possibly Saturday asphalt work will be needed. The pavement marking work has been rescheduled for 8/30/21. The sign work (uncovering) and removal of the detour signs is rescheduled for Tuesday, 8/31/21.  The traffic signals at Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard will be set for operation on Tuesday, 8/31/21. All the variable message signs will be changed to the new date “On or about 8/31/21 MD 187, New Traffic Pattern”.   Please reach out to me or our project team if you have any questions.  Your continued patience during construction is appreciated.  

Based on the current weather predictions and a re-opening of the asphalt plant, the anticipated re-opening date for the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard is on or about Tuesday August 31st

Our testimony to County Council on Thrive Montgomery 2050

Good evening. I’m Amy Ginsburg, Executive Director of Friends of White Flint, a nonprofit devoted to transforming the Pike District/North Bethesda area into a walkable, transit-oriented, thriving community.

If you think that sounds like the goal of the Thrive Montgomery 2050 Plan, you’re right. Much of the Thrive Montgomery plan matches the goals of the two White Flint Sector plans, and we applaud its focus on sustainable growth, development, and urbanism.

We agree wholeheartedly that the major objective of this plan is to ensure a vibrant, strong and competitive economy by attracting and maintaining major employers, enhancing our federal campuses, supporting small businesses and innovation, and attracting and retaining a high-quality, diverse workforce.  It is essential to recognize that attracting high-quality jobs to areas like the Pike District is the key to transforming North Bethesda and other areas of the county.

We also support its emphasis on achieving vision zero, developing a robust network for walking and biking, and utilizing parks as gathering spaces for social connection. As Thrive Montgomery proposes, planning for people, not cars, is the key to redeveloping the Pike District. Being able to easily walk or bike to meet most daily needs creates dynamic centers that contain many different types of housing and high-quality jobs as well as the shops, restaurants, parks, and other amenities that are vital to a community like the Pike District.

We support the Thrive Montgomery 2050 plan because it matches the goals of the White Flint sector plans – creating diverse living spaces, enhancing social interaction, and attracting the high-quality jobs which are the foundation of a thriving community.

’20 is Plenty’ comes to the streets around NoBe Market

County Executive Marc Elrich, County, Council President Tom Hucker, and Councilmembers Andrew Friedson and Evan Glass participated in kick-off ceremonies near Woodglen Drive for the pilot ’20 is Plenty’ program.

“As we continue to reopen, traffic will increase, which will lead to more cars on the road and pedestrians crossing streets,” said County Executive Elrich. “This is why we must focus on increasing safety measures throughout Montgomery County communities so that we reduce the number of fatalities. In 2019, Montgomery County saw 1,200 speed-induced crashes resulting in 32 lives lost, which is far too many. The 20 is Plenty effort is designed to engage residents and save more lives.”

Over the last few years, the 20 is Plenty campaign has set new normal speed behaviors internationally in nations including Canada, Sweden, Scotland and the United Kingdom. Nationally, Montgomery County will be joining approximately six other locations, primarily on the West Coast, which have lowered speed limits to 20 mph on select streets.

“I’m hopeful that this program will be the beginning of a much larger push to slow speeds and save lives,” said Council President Hucker. “We are committed to improving safety on our roadways and taking sensible, repeated steps to meet our Vision Zero goals.”

MCDOT Director Chris Conklin said: “Speed is a major factor in serious injuries and fatalities on our roadways. The 20 is Plenty approach is intended to encourage lower speeds in areas where motor vehicles mix with pedestrians and cyclists. Lower speed limits and additional signage is intended to make drivers aware of the need to drive slowly and cautiously in these areas and on streets surrounding the designated 20 is Plenty locations.”

During its 2021 session, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 562, sponsored by the Montgomery County House Delegation. The bill authorizes Montgomery County and its municipalities to decrease the maximum speed limit to not less than 15 miles per hour on highways, but only after performing an engineering and traffic investigation.

“20 is Plenty is an important way to build awareness about the dangers of driving at dangerous speeds,” said Councilmember Friedson. “Together with physical changes to the roadway that slow down drivers, this initiative can help make our roadways safe for all users—pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.”

Streets included in the pilot program are designated in the Montgomery County Road Code as Urban Roads. The five pilot roadways include:

Century Boulevard – Germantown
Executive Boulevard – North Bethesda
Greenwood Avenue – Long Branch
Pinnacle Drive – Germantown
Woodglen Drive – North Bethesda

The program results will be used to determine how, where and if the program should be expanded. ​

The pilot program falls under the County adopted Vision Zero action plan to eliminate serious and fatal collisions on County roadways for vehicle occupants, pedestrians and bicyclists by 2030.

“Slower speeds provide a safety buffer by shortening stopping distances and lessening the impact of crashes,” said Director Conklin. “When crash impact speeds rise from 20 to 30 miles per hour, the risk of fatality to a pedestrian increases eight-fold. Safety is at the center of all of our work. We are constantly asking ourselves what can be done to better protect the public and this pilot program falls in alignment with these values.”