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


Planning Board meeting presentations by community groups

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Live blogging from April 13, 2009 meeting of the Montgomery County Planning Board. Topic for the evening is reactions by community organizations to proposals for development projects in the new White Flint. Meeting is live streamed at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org.

Dan Hoffman from Randolph Hills Civic Association. We are unique on its impact on the Sector.…

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Planning Board Meeting — April 13, 2009

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Live video streaming is available at www.montgomerycountyplanning.org. Topic for this evening is community associations’ reactions to developers’ proposals for projects under the new White Flint Sector Plan.

 Chairman Hanson: in about two worksessions from now, we begin making decisions.

Garrett Park Estates/White Flint Park (continued from prior session): Natalie Goldberg, Suzanne Hudson (co-chair for Residents and Community Associations for Friends of White Flint), and Glenn Adler, president of the association).…

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Planning Board Meeting – April 13, 2009

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Live blogging from the April 13 meeting of the Montgomery County Planning Board. The Planning Board does much of its work on the White Flint Sector Plan in “worksessions” focussed on a topic. This meeting is a worksession continuing the same topic as the prior two meetings: presentations and reactions to specific developers’ proposals for projects they would like to build in the new White Flint.…

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Environmental Goals Posted

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One of the goals of the White Flint Sector Plan is to remake the area into a “green” community. Montgomery County has recently enacted new carbon footprint reduction plans, as part of a “cool counties” movement nationwide.

Previous discussions with the Montgomery County Planning Board have resulted in developers uniformly claiming that they could not comply with the new requirements, including new pervious surfaces (which let water drain through rather than running off) and tree cover (which reduces the “heat island” effect of warming concrete).…

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Couple of Bricks Shy of a Load . . .

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One of the main proposals for revitalizing Rockville Pike and other areas in the White Flint Sector is to make the sidewalk more beautiful and pedestrian-friendly. One common practice, used, for example, in Wheaton and Bethesda, is to add bricks instead of poured pavement.

But a controversy has arisen about the use of brick “pavers.” Some, including those who are mobility-challenged, believe that brick pavers are more dangerous; others claim that they require more maintenance to avoid holes, breaks and “pop-ups.”

 That controversy has reached the Montgomery County Council.…

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Is the big MARC Station fight all for nothing?

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One of the long-running battles in the development of the new White Flint Sector Plan is over the placement of a new commuter rail station in White Flint. There’s been a rail stop in nearby Garrett Park for decades, and master plans for the White Flint area have long had another station pencilled in for Montrose Station, just above Randolph Road to the north of the Sector.…

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Community meeting a success

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I recently attended a very exciting March 25, 730pm informational meeting that was held for the owners of Old Georgetown Village HOA and the Georgetown Village Condominium Association at their clubhouse.  It was to apprise them of the status and plans for the White Flint Sector.  The briefing was done by Evan Goldman of Federal Reality Investment Trust, www.federalrealty.com, in has capacity as a member of a developers collaborative. …

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Latest Parks Recommendations

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Some of you may recall that I have been working on recommendations for changes in the White Flint Sector Plan’s discussion of parks in the new White Flint. I posted earlier versions in the FLOG in early March, and received some helpful comments. I also discussed these recommendations with members of the White Flint Steering Committee, and with the Planning Staff.…

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Wondering about Libel?

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OK, a little bit off-topic, but some people hold back on what they say, even here in the FLOG, because of a fear of libel. Others may forge ahead publishing things that shouldn’t be.

 Public Citizen has issued a new guide to libel for bloggers, which is winning praise from bloggers on the right and left:

http://www.citizen.org/documents/WritingwithLibelinMind.pdf

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