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


Everybody remember where we parked!

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Live blogging from June 4, 2009 worksession of Montgomery County Planning Board. Live streaming video is available at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org.

Dan Hardy, head of transportation planning, is going over parking management issues. Jacob Sesker, financing and implementation expert, joins him. On May 7, the Board made decisions summarized on P. 31 of the handout (May 28 memo).…

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So what WILL we do about Rockville Pike?

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Live blogging from the June 4 2009 worksession of the Montgomery County Planning Board. Live streaming video is available at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org.

Dan Hardy, head of the Vision Division and chief transportation planner, on coordination on Rockville Pike recommendations that have occurred since the May 21 worksession. What should the plan be?…

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Implementation Planning — Let’s be Flexible (but not TOO flexible)

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Live blogging from the June 4, 2009, worksession #12 of the Montgomery County Planning Board. Live streaming is available at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org. The staff proposed a series of options, but the Board turned immediately to the option of a system under which there would be fewer zones covering the Sector, with text explaining how the zones would be applied across larger blocks of properties.…

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Followup to May 21 Worksession

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Live blogging from June 4, 2009 worksession of the Montgomery County Planning Board. Live streaming video is available at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org.

At its May 21 worksession, the Planning Board considered what to suggest for the vacant land in the small triangle just north of the Montrose Parkway at Mid-Pike Plaza. The favored recommendation was to place fire and police facilities for the Sector on that land.…

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Planning Board Worksession – June 4, 2009

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The Montgomery County Planning Board does much of its work on the White Flint Sector Plan in worksessions organized around topics. Today’s worksession is likely to cover four important topics:

the Design Guidelines which add details to the broad outlines painted by the Master Plan itself;

the new CR (Commercial/Residential) Zone expected to be created for White Flint and other areas in order to provide flexibility between various types of development, while limiting overall density and heights;

implementation and staging of the various White Flint improvements and projects, particularly infrastructure (transportation, including the conversion of Rockville Pike into a boulevard); and

financing, involving how to pay for the various improvements.…

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New Photos added to Home Page Gallery

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Three new sets of photos have been added to the Photo Gallery on the www.friendsofwhiteflint.org home page. The photos show illustrations of three communities using designs similar to that planned for White Flint:

SoHo/Greenwich Village, New York City, which incorporates some of the street designs planned for Rockville Pike.

Celebration, Florida, known as the Disney-planned town, but which actually is one of the more successful “New Urbanism” communities.…

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To Pike or Not to Pike, that is the question

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The success of the White Flint Sector Plan depends on a workable and effective plan to revitalize and improve Rockville Pike, the main north-south highway through the Sector. There is general agreement that the Pike needs to be converted into a “boulevard,” with sidewalks, transit improvements, and retail opportunities closer to the street (instead of being pushed back behind parking lots).…

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Materials available for June 4 Worksession

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The Montgomery County Planning Board does much of its work on the White Flint Sector Plan in worksessions arranged around topics. The Board is completing its work on the Plan, and expects to view a draft final version on June 18. The June 4 worksession, the final informational meeting, is arranged around a couple of topics: implementation and staging of development, and the new CR Zone.…

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New Red Line Metro Stop – Why?

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I was reading today about a MoCo Councilmember’s proposal to put a new metro station between White Flint and Grosvenor, at a cost of $250-$300 million, and I can’t help ask the inevitable question; Why??? You can read about the proposal in several news articles, including this one: http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1678097

The Councilmember’s argument is the following: “A new stop would serve a very important purpose, particularly given the growth that is expected in that area as we redo White Flint from a strip mall on steroids to a new urbanism model.”I just don’t see how adding a new metro station ½ a mile away from an existing station would help relieve transit.…

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CR Zone materials now available

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One of the features of the new White Flint Sector Plan is the use of a new Commercial/Residential Zone, drafted by the Planning Board staff to provide flexibility in the development of new mixed-use neighborhoods. The CR Zone explanation is now available on-line at (note that this is a very large .pdf file and may take some time to download and open):

http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/whiteflint/documents/CRzonetoPB.pdf

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