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


You are NOT Alone, Part 2 . . .

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A new group was announced at Monday’s Montgomery County Planning Board meeting. The White Flint Community Coalition is an organization of communities adjacent to the proposed White Flint Sector, which intends to articulate common concerns on “Compatibility with Existing Communities, Development of a Smart Core, Mobility, and Sustainability.” The three charter members who signed an announcement letter to the Planning Board are: Luxmanor Citizens Association, Garrett Park Estate — White Flint Park Citizens’ Association, and Crest of Wickford Homeowners Association.…

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You are NOT Alone, Part 1 . . .

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The Board of Directors of Friends of White Flint is pleased to announce a new milestone:

As of April 14, 2009, an average of 175 unique visitors read the FLOG and the FoWF web site each day.

While not much compared to some of the really big Web sites, we think this is a good beginning for a local blog, and we thank each and every one of you who reads and participates in the FLOG.…

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More Community Presentations

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Two additional presentations by community associations. Ed Rich, from Old Farm Community Association, and Ken Hurdle (Secretary of the Board for Friends of White Flint) from Luxmanor Civic Association. Rich: street network. Supports elliptical method because it better defines walking patterns. But heights must be stepped down toward neighborhoods. Important with large tracts of land where developers try to average across their property rather than observing the step-down requirements.…

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Planning Board Meeting Presentations by Community Groups

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Live blogging from April 13, 2009, meeting of the Montgomery County Planning Board worksession, hearing from community groups about reactions to developers’ proposals.

Paula Bienenfeld, Luxmanor Citizens Associations, with Steve Dryden from Friends of Rock Creek. Went back two years to first principles. Advisory Group meetings and proposals. Something really exciting and different.…

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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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