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Kensington, MD 20891

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Notes from January 13, 2009 Meeting of Steering Committee

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Here are my edited notes from Tuesday night’s White Flint Steering Committee meeting. For more information on the meeting, see earlier post on this meeting.

I wrote these notes, so any mistakes are mine. They were circulated for comment before posting and Committee members did suggest several changes.

Notes from January 13, 2009, meeting of White Flint Steering Committee  [.pdf version]

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Last Night’s Steering Committee Meeting

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Last night (Tuesday, January 13, 2009), the White Flint Steering Committee met to discuss issues in the White Flint Public Hearing Draft Plan. Fifteen of the seventeen Committee members attended. The meeting was a spirited two-hour discussion, focussing mainly on transportation issues.

The Steering Committee meeting was called to determine if it was possible to identify issues on which a consensus could be forged, and others which should be brought to the Planning Board’s attention as “conflicts.” The Committee did find a strong consensus on a number of points, and conflicts on several others.…

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A Picture is worth a thousand . . .

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There were some tense moments at last night’s Montgomery County Planning Board hearing on the White Flint Public Hearing Draft plan. Explosive photos, misbehaving technology and tightly-enforced time limits combined to worsen already-sour relations between the biggest landowners and the biggest and most active neighborhood association in southern White Flint.

Carol Alderson, a resident of White Flint Park-Garrett Park Estates, was the fourth speaker after the government agencies, and she popped up a series of pictures on the gigantic wall screens.…

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Metro’s Position on the Public Hearing Draft

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Since the video is not yet available from last night’s hearing, here are some notes and commentary on the position of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (“Metro”):

Metro didn’t have a lot to say about the Public Hearing Draft, which envisions a new White Flint centered around the White Flint Metro Station, with Rapid Bus Transit lanes, and other transit-oriented features.…

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County Executive’s Position on the Public Hearing Draft

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Since the video is not yet available of the County Executive’s testimony on the Public Hearing Draft, here are some notes and commentary:

 The testimony was given by Diane Schwartz-Jacobs. She called the plan “a significant effort” and a “bold vision” with a “responsible approach.” She applauded the “key theme of taming Rockville Pike.”

Then she threw the cold water: “departures from the growth policy .…

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Planning Board Public Hearing on White Flint Plan

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Last night, January 12, 2009, the Montgomery County Planning Board held a public hearing on the Public Hearing Draft of the White Flint Sector Plan. More than 40 people spoke, including representatives of County Executive Ike Leggett (“don’t duplicate my authority”), WMATA/Metro (“don’t take our bus facility, but increase the value of the land”) and the Housing Opportunities Council (“add more affordable housing”).…

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Interesting ULI commentary on recent smart growth developments

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Transit’s Up, Driving’s Down: Have We Reached the Tipping Point? by Robert Dunphy(This is an excerpt from commentary on ULI’s blog, The Ground Floor.)
Transit use is up, and driving is down—have we reached a tipping point where Americans finally renounce their love affair with the car and adopt more sustainable transportation?

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