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.…Read More
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! …Read More
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.…Read More
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.…Read More
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.…Read More
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).…Read More
The White Flint Partnership, formerly the Collaborative, has been actively promoting a redesign of Rockville Pike, including stressing the use of transit lanes in the middle of the redesigned Pike, special bike-friendly intersections and lanes, and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. The redesign was prepared by Glatting-Jackson, an influential walkability and transportation consulting firm whose other major transportation innovation (adding a robust network of streets to relieve the traffic burden on the Pike) the Board has eagerly embraced.…Read More
The Montgomery Planning Board is grinding slowly through its agenda for today’s meeting, but anticipates that it won’t finish today. Chairman Hanson has proposed an additional hearing on Monday night, May 4. Topics: unresolved school issues; unresolved transportation issues. Won’t be able to deal with the environmental issues.
Dan Hardy, head of the Vision Division for the Planning Board, is currently discussing differences in plans for Rockville Pike.…Read More
The Montgomery County Planning Board does much of its work on the White Flint Sector Plan in worksessions arranged around topics. Today’s hearing is live streamed at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org. Today’s topics are parks, environment and transportation (bicycles).
Board running well behind schedule, so not opening up to presentations. Received new materials (including from FoWF on parks), but will call up only if the Board has questions.…Read More
Live blogging from the worksession of the Montgomery County Planning Board. Topics include parks, environment and transportation update.
The Planning Board does much of its work on the White Flint Sector Plan in worksessions. Ordinarily, the Board rapidly passes through routine “consent” materials on its way to the worksessions, but today the subjects seem to be more controversial, and the auditorium is full of suits with earnest expressions.…Read More