Comments Off on Friends of White Flint Summary
A member of the White Flint Steering Committee raised a question about participating in the FLOG vs. joining Friends of White Flint. Here is my response:
FoWF is a Maryland non-profit organization, which I started in September 2007. It is separate from the Planning Board’s White Flint Steering Committee. It has an all-volunteer Board of Directors consisting of Evan Goldman, Suzanne Hudson, Ken Hurdle, Greg Trimmer, and me.… Read More
Comments Off on Next Steering Committee Meeting: Money
The next meeting of the White Flint Steering Committee will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7PM in the Silver Spring auditorium of the MNCPPC. Jacob Sesker, “Planner/Coordinator (Explore/Research)” will discuss the new White Flint Planning: Financing appendix to the White Flint Sector Plan Public Hearing Draft.
More information is available, including the Financing Appendix and a cover memo explaining the Appendix, in the new Steering Committee Section of the White Flint Planning page: www.whiteflintplanning.org.… Read More
Comments Off on Friends of White Flint Elects New Directors
The Friends of White Flint are pleased to announce that today the Board of Directors unanimously elected two new members to the Board of Directors:
Ken Hurdle, a resident of Luxmanor, and a member of the White Flint Steering Committee; and
Greg Trimmer, from JBG, who has been active in the Steering Committee meetings.… Read More
Comments Off on Link to see Planning Board video
To see the Montgomery County Planning Board’s meeting on streaming video, try this link:
Choose the appropriate date. Today’s hearing is still going on, but later will be available to review.
Barnaby Zall… Read More
Comments Off on Is PAMR accurate or useful?
The Policy Area Mobility Review (PAMR) process is used by the Montgomery County Council to calculate a balance between transit and auto congestion. Extensive discussion of what PAMR means for planning purposes. “So is this even useful for us?”
Well, Dan Hardy still uses it.
Barnaby Zall… Read More
Comments Off on Robinson: We can’t be complacent about transit
Commissioner John Robinson, during a long discussion of the psychology of transit, points out that we can’t just say that transit is available, so congestion will disappear. It’s still a function of planning to work with all the factors, as they have been, to make sure that the urban design reflects not just the transit theoretical case, but the practical, real-world experience, in which commuters have many reasons to use or not use transt.… Read More
Comments Off on These guys are smart
A personal observation from someone who hasn’t attended a lot of these Planning Board meetings: these guys aren’t overwhelmed by data or by presentations. They dig into the data: e.g., “Dan, do these time estimates include my time walking to the subway station and then to my office?”
I suppose you should expect that in a highly-educated place like Montgomery County, but it’s still refreshing to see public servants taking their responsibilities seriously.… Read More
Comments Off on Tragedy of the Commons
Dan Hardy, explaining relative traffic speeds in PAMR, uses the example of “the tragedy of the commons,” a concept originated by the late Garrett Hardin, a Univ of California professor, who pointed out that if you have a free public good, like sheep grazing on the village commons, people will use more than their fair share, because it is in their interest to do so.… Read More
Comments Off on White Flint going to be a more efficient place to travel in the future
Dan Hardy’s prediction. WF residents currently take transit in greater numbers than projected in the 92 master plan, so it’s already a success with residents. The need is to get employers to encourage transit use by employees.
So will get better transit use in WF, and transportation appendix plans take that increased transit use into account.… Read More
Comments Off on Future of White Flint
Live blogging from Montgomery County Planning Board worksession on White Flint transportation needs. You can access live coverage from the Planning Board’s own site; link from regular White Flint planning page: www.whiteflintplanning.org.
Dan Hardy, transportation planner, and Piera Weiss, are discussing the Transportation Appendix with the Board. Hardy notes that White Flint development is likely to be slightly younger and less expensive than nearby Bethesda.… Read More