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


New Planning Board Interactive Web Interface

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The Montgomery Planning Board has launched Design Montgomery, an interactive web portal for public outreach and comments on specific design proposals. http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/design/designmc/

The public can view and comment on various proposals, including using the common “star-rating” click system. Some of the proposals are animated: the Silver Spring library project includes a slide which animates different views when the traffic lights are red or green, and pedestrians using an overhead street-crossing bridge.…

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Staff Responses to Public Hearing Testimony Available

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The Staff memorandum for the March 19 worksession (see posts below for more information) has a summary of all public testimony given at the January Public Hearing on the White Flint Sector Plan Public Hearing Draft. http://www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/agenda/2009/documents/20090319_white_flint_sector_plan.pdf

The memo also includes “responses” to the public’s recommendations. For example, in response to the County Executive’s concern that the “Plan moves away from established capacity focused principles,” the staff responded that “The Plan retains the mobility focused principles promoted in the 2007 Growth Plan.”

The comments and responses, as presented in the staff memo, are in table format, in an annoying landscape presentation, organized by topic.…

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Huge Topics Up for Planning Board on Thursday

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Some of the biggest properties in the White Flint Sector will be discussed at this Thursday’s Planning Board worksession. White Flint Mall and Mid-Pike Plaza, at the southern and northern ends of the Sector respectively, will present plans for new developments and renovations.

The White Flint Mall plans have been particularly controversial, with substantial push-back from the Garrett Park Estates – White Flint Park representatives to the White Flint Steering Committee.…

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Planning Staff Recommends Northern MARC Station Site

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One of the discussions throughout the two-year White Flint Sector Plan development process has been where to locate a new commuter railroad station to connect to the White Flint Metrorail station. The original Master Plan recommends a new commuter rail station; the staff wants to relocate that site further south into the White Flint Sector.…

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Upcoming Planning Board Worksession Schedule

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The Montgomery County Planning Board has posted, as part of the March 19 meeting staff materials, a tentative schedule of upcoming worksessions:

April 9 — Cancelled at request of Steering Committee

April 23 — Worksession #5: Topics: Schools and Parks, Design Guidelines, Environment and Sustainability, transportation and mobility

May 7 — Worksession #6: Topics: Zoning, Staging, Implementation…

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Agenda Posted for March 19 Planning Board Worksession

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The Montgomery County Planning Board works on the White Flint Sector Plan in public “worksessions.” The next worksession is scheduled for March 19 at approximately 9:00AM in the auditorium in Silver Spring. The White Flint Steering Committee discusses the Sector Plan with the Planning Board during these worksessions. The Planning Board generally live broadcasts these meetings on its web site.…

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John Fry to Join FoWF Board

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The Board of Directors of Friends of White Flint is pleased to announce the addition of a new Board member: John Fry, from the Fallstone Homeowners’ Association, a member of the White Flint Steering Committee and a member of the former White Flint Advisory Group. Fry is a Residents and Community Associations Class Director on the FoWF Board.…

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History of Rock Creek Park

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Rock Creek Park is one of the closest major parks near the White Flint Sector. Kevin Kline offers some history of Rock Creek Park, from information supplied by Friends of Rock Creek:

 Rock Creek Natural History

·         The Rock Creek Watershed is home to a surprisingly diverse assortment of wildlife.

·         The nature enthusiast will discover 160 bird species ranging in size from the Blue Heron that fishes in Rock Creek to the butterfly-like Warblers.

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Green Infrastructure Plan

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Kevin Kline offers a proposal for a “Green Infrastructure Plan” for the White Flint area. Hat tips to MoCo Civic Federation and Friends of Rock Creek:

Green Infrastructure Master Plan Goals:

  • Identify the existing and desired contiguous network of natural areas of countywide significance;
  • Identify and recommend effective mechanisms to preserve, protect, enhance, and restore the network;
  • Support the desired development pattern identified in the county’s General Plan and facilitate smart growth;
  • Complement, guide and enhance existing plans, programs, and environmental guidelines for development
  • Realize forest protection goals;
  • Provide a planning tool to help improve water quality;
  • Increase the potential for state funding of open space preservation;
  • Streamline environmental protection recommendations for community master plans; and,
  • Facilitate a more streamlined and environmentally effective review and mitigation process for all public and private development projects

A Green Infrastructure Functional Master Plan will:

  • Provide a policy guide for development and zoning decisions;
    Enable planners to consider important natural resources when reviewing development applications, transportation plans, and park acquisition; and,
    Help guide smart growth
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Homeless in the White Flint Area

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Many people consider White Flint a high-income area, but as Kevin Kline reports from the Randolph Civic Association meeting, there are those who are less fortunate:

WHITE FLINT HOMELESS

Park Police Officer Sergeant Waters attended an RCA Exec meeting (3.5.09) and elaborated on homeless living in our area.  The largest homeless encampment he has ever seen was just north of RCA-land, in the woods of Parklawn Park & Parklawn (Memorial Park) cemetery. …

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