The White Flint Sector Plan development process is moving forward. The Plan was approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on July 16; the County Executive has sixty days to review and comment on the Plan before the County Council begins hearings. The Council has now scheduled a first public hearing on the Plan for November 3.…Read More
The Montgomery County Council has set a public hearing for Tuesday, September 22, on the county’s Annual Growth Policy. The AGP controls development in the county through an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance that mandates what level of development can be supported by existing and planned public schools, water and sewer facilities and transportation options.…Read More
The Montgomery County Council will hold a public worksession on the new Commercial/Residential Zone on September 17. The CR Zone is a new zoning system, developed first for the White Flint Sector Plan, which encourages mixed-use development and provide numerous incentives for developers to offer public “amenities” in their projects. The CR Zone is intended to replace many of the county’s hundreds of zoning arrangements, offering broad application within the overall policy set by the County Council of encouraging development near transit opportunities.…Read More
Today’s Gazette has an article on the continuing (and sometimes quite heated) debate over the name of the area north of Grosvenor and south of Rockville. Some people call it “North Bethesda,” citing long-term useage and real estate listings. Others insist on “White Flint,” pointing to the Metro station, and the fact that “North Bethesda” is also used in Grosvenor and Rock Springs to the south and west of White Flint.…Read More
OK, we strive for balance at the FLOG, so now that we’ve posted an article on how walkability increases home values in the area (see below), we must search for one on why walkability is a bad idea. Coincidentally, the always-perspicacious Jen Beasley at the Gazette has offered us just that point.…Read More
One of the criticisms raised about the new White Flint Sector Plan is that the Plan is designed to help people who aren’t even there yet, at the expense of people who already live there. Leaving aside the question of whether that’s true, a new article is being circulated in e-mails about how New Urbanism walkable communities actually help those already nearby.…Read More
Friends of White Flint is sponsoring the White Flint Town Hall on September 23, 2009, at 7PM (doors open at 6:30PM). The Town Hall will be held at the NRC Auditorium. Planning Board Chairman Dr. Royce Hanson will present the White Flint Sector Plan, and former Planning Board Vice-Chair John Robinson will moderate the discussion.…Read More
I have updated the main Friends of White Flint web site, including new pictures and descriptions from the White Flint Sector Plan, approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board on July 16.
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I have made a new “tiny” address for the White Flint Sector Plan:
This should bring you to the latest “web optimized” version of the White Flint Sector Plan.
Barnaby Zall…Read More
A broad coalition of organizations, including the Sierra Club, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, and Friends of White Flint, has asked Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to designate Rockville Pike as a “Sustainable Transportation Corridor.” Earlier the City of Rockville also asked the Governor for this designation.
STC designation would permit intergovernmental cooperation between local governments and Metro, and would prioritize the Pike for funding and other government support.…Read More