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


Trip Generation Rates in the New White Flint

Posted on by evangoldman

Comments Off on Trip Generation Rates in the New White Flint

Bookmark and Share

I was reading two great books on urbanism that inspired me to submit my first post to the FLOG!  The first book is called “The Option of Urbanism” by Chris Leinberger and the second is “Home From Nowhere” by James Kunstler.  I am thinking of buying some extra copies if anyone on the steering committee is interested in reading them.  

Read More

Parks and Recreation: A Proposal

Posted on by Barnaby Zall

Comments Off on Parks and Recreation: A Proposal

Bookmark and Share

It doesn’t seem as if the Planning Board will have much time to go over parks and recreation in the White Flint Sector Plan Public Hearing Draft work sessions. I prepared a brief presentation on the topic, covering the existing facilities, the proposals in the Public Hearing Draft, and a suggestion to provide more recreation space at little or no cost:

fun-families-fitness.pdf

Comments would be appreciated. …

Read More

Proposed Upcoming Work Session Schedule

Posted on by Barnaby Zall

Comments Off on Proposed Upcoming Work Session Schedule

Bookmark and Share

The Staff memo for Thursday’s Montgomery County Planning Board meeting includes a proposed schedule for upcoming work sessions on the White Flint Sector Plan (the Planning Board does much of its work on particular details of the Sector Plan in work sessions; the White Flint Steering Committee comments to the Board during these sessions):

 March 5  Worksession #3: Land Use and Zoning/Property Owners Presentations [see earlier post for more]

March 19 Worksession #4: Continuation of Land Use and Zoning/Property Owners Presentations; Public Facilities: School [siting for a new elementary school is a hot topic in the plan], MARC  station [two competing proposals for location of a new commuter railroad station]

April 9  Worksession #5: Environment and Design Guidelines [Sustainability is a generally-accepted goal in the plan; but there is some disagreement about the amount of permeable land and green tree cover to be required] [the design guidelines are a new feature of this Master Plan process, and may change expectations and proposals without going through the full zoning process].…

Read More

Land Use Proposals

Posted on by Barnaby Zall

Comments Off on Land Use Proposals

Bookmark and Share

The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold another work session on the White Flint Sector Plan this Thursday, March 5, beginning some time after 9AM (White Flint is fifth on the meeting agenda), in the auditorium at the Maryland-National Capital Area Park and Planning Office, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring.

 The topic is Land Use Proposals, which includes various proposals for future development in the White Flint Sector.…

Read More

Fair Warning: Friends of White Flint to seek contributions

Posted on by Barnaby Zall

Comments Off on Fair Warning: Friends of White Flint to seek contributions

Bookmark and Share

Friends of White Flint is a nonprofit corporation, which has been funded entirely by small personal contributions from the founders. The FoWF Board of Directors has authorized consideration of several new projects, including expanding the web-based services and information outreach we provide, which will cost significantly more than the currently tiny budget.…

Read More

Technical Issues

Posted on by Barnaby Zall

Comments Off on Technical Issues

Bookmark and Share

Some users have reported technical issues logging into the FLOG yesterday and today. These seem to be resolved now. Please let me know if you have issues posting, commenting, or otherwise. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Barnaby Zall…

Read More

Future Planning Board Work Sessions

Posted on by Barnaby Zall

Comments Off on Future Planning Board Work Sessions

Bookmark and Share

The Montgomery County Planning Board does much of its work on the White Flint Sector Plan in “work sessions.” These work sessions generally have a topic, which is presented by one or more speakers, and then the Board discusses the topic with the White Flint Steering Committee.

The next work session is scheduled for March 5, 2009, and will feature a discussion of various development proposals for the Sector.…

Read More

Next White Flint Meeting: March 5

Posted on by Barnaby Zall

Comments Off on Next White Flint Meeting: March 5

Bookmark and Share

The next meeting of the Montgomery County Planning Board to discuss the White Flint Sector Plan will be held on March 5, at 9AM in Silver Spring, 8787 Georgia Ave.

The topic will be land use, and the focus will be on individual development project proposals. Just like during the Advisory Group meetings, developers and their representatives will present their ideas and argue how each is better than: a) the status quo, and b) everybody else’s idea.…

Read More

New Costs and New Tax Revenues from the Sector Plan:

Posted on by Barnaby Zall

1 Comment

Bookmark and Share

Live blogged from the Steering Group’s meeting with Planning Board staffer and economics/financing wizard Jacob Sesker (mostly Sesker’s comments, with a few questions and comments interspersed): 

Private implementation costs, public implementation costs, and mixed costs, called “district” costs.

Rockville Pike is about $66 million, Streets another $61 million.  The majority of the district roads are in the middle of the sector plan.…

Read More

Theme for the Night: What’s Doable?

Posted on by Barnaby Zall

Comments Off on Theme for the Night: What’s Doable?

Bookmark and Share

So, the Cliff Notes version of the Financing Appendix? Here’s 40 pages of possible ways to pay for all the infrastructure and improvements in the Sector Plan, but there are really only a few that are realistic. We want to talk about what is do-able.

 Next Planning Board Work Session is Feb.…

Read More