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


Action for Transit Weighs In On Glatting-Jackson Plan

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Another organization has urged the Montgomery County Planning Board to consider the privately-prepared Glatting-Jackson redesign for Rockville Pike. The Action Committee for Transit, www.actfortransit.org, told the Board that “we share the view of other citizens and business groups that Glatting Jackson’s design for Rockville Pike is superior to the recommendation of the Planning Board staff.…

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“We agree with the Mall owners . . .”

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One of the most contentious relationships in the White Flint Sector Plan process has been between White Flint Mall and the neighborhood to its south, Garrett Park Estates – White Flint Park. There is a long history of strife, dating from before the Mall’s construction in the early 1970’s. Accusations of broken promises, indifference and more have flown.…

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Planning Board Chooses Rocking Horse for New School Site

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The Montgomery County Planning Board does much of its work on the White Flint Sector Plan in worksessions arranged around a topic. Tonight’s topic is transportation. Live video is available at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org.

Bike paths: different types of paths: exclusive and shared paths. Layers of bike and pedestrian network. Bike lanes for on-road.…

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Planning Board Revisits Glatting-Jackson Design for Pike

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The Montgomery County Planning Board is holding a hastily-scheduled worksession on some topics which couldn’t be addressed at the last meeting for lack of time. Streaming video should be available at www.montgomerycountyplanning.org. Topics include transportation and school sites. The Board also decided to revisit the design for the revitalized Rockville Pike: there are two competing visions for the Pike, one by Planning staff, which would put busses, cars and bikes into a shared-use lane at the curb, and one by Glatting-Jackson, an international transportation and walkability consulting firm from Orlando, Florida, which has proposed a design with transit lanes in a wide green median.…

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FoWF Letter on Rockville Pike

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Today I sent a letter to the Montgomery County Planning Board seeking reconsideration of the Board’s rejection of the Glatting-Jackson redesign for Rockville Pike. The Board told us late today that they want to hear from the White Flint Steering Committee on the redesign at tonight’s worksession. The worksession will be held in the auditorium in Silver Spring, 8787 Georgia Ave.…

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White Flint Partnership Speaker Series

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Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to create the speaker series this morning.  Chris Zimmerman and Ian Lockwood both shared some of the best examples of planning around the nation, and they were incredibly engaging speakers.  I was impressed by the way transportation planning and urban planning are coordinated seemlessly in each of these great places!  …

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Design Guidelines Debut

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One of the innovations of the White Flint Sector Plan process was the use of “design guidelines” to supplement traditional master plan development. The Planning Board describes the Design Guidelines as: “White Flint Design Guidelines make specific recommendations for streets, open spaces and buildings within the White Flint Sector Plan. The draft guidelines promote an attractive and successful public realm defined by streets, open spaces, and attractive buildings.” Now the Planning Board is using design guidelines in a variety of projects.…

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Proposed FoWF Letter to Planning Board

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The Montgomery Planning Board’s refusal yesterday to consider the Rockville Pike redesign offered by influential transportation consulting firm Glatting-Jackson continues to roil discussion of the White Flint Sector Plan. Various organizations are staking out positions on the rejection, and the White Flint Steering Committee reportedly is nearing unanimity in opposing the rejection.…

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Speakers’ Series Begins with Arlington and the Pike

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The Friends of White Flint co-sponsored a presentation this morning on “New Urbanism” and “smart growth.” The speakers were Chris Zimmerman, a dynamic speaker who is on the Arlington County (Va.) Board, had been on their planning board, and is on the Metro Board (he just stepped down as Chairman of Metro), and Ian Lockwood, a principal in the walkability and transportation planning firm of Glatting-Jackson of Orlando, Florida.…

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Is FoWF a front for developers?

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At this morning’s Speakers’ Series (which was a great success, by the way), a Friends of White Flint member told me that someone suggested that FoWF was dominated by developers. I blinked, and then pointed out that:

at almost all of our Board meetings this year, 60% or more of the Directors present were “residents” and not affiliated with developers;

the vast majority of our members are residents or businesses which are not developers;  

until this year, none of our funds had come from developers and we had no developers as members; and

only one-third of our Directors are affiliated with developers (and all of those are publicly-disclosed and very active in the White Flint planning process; we’re very pleased to have them participate with us).…

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