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


How It All Got Started . . .

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(First in a projected series of posts leading up to the publication of the final Draft of the White Flint Sector Plan by the staff of the Montgomery County Planning Board. I welcome all participants in the White Flint planning process to add their own memories and analyses.)

For me, the White Flint Planning process began in October 2006, when I saw a tiny squib in the Gazette, calling for volunteers to discuss the future of White Flint.…

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Two Who Will Be Missed

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As we prepare for the Montgomery County Planning Board’s final actions on the White Flint Sector Plan and as we celebrate the exploits of the Greatest Generation, I wanted to pause a moment to remember two of our friends and colleagues who won’t be with us to celebrate the Final Plan:

Bea Chester was a neighborhood activist, a tiny dynamo, who joined with those of us in “Neighborhood Three” of the original 2006 planning process.…

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FoWF Town Hall on Final Draft Plan

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The Friends of White Flint Board is considering holding a “Town Hall” discussion on the Final White Flint Sector Plan draft to be issued by the Montgomery County Planning Board’s staff on June 18. The Board will decide by June 10 on the location and time for the Town Hall.

Comments on the proposed Town Hall can be sent to any Board member:

John Fry

David Freishtat

Evan Goldman

Suzanne Hudson

Ken Hurdle

Mike Smith 

Greg Trimmer

Barnaby Zall

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Coalition for Smarter Growth Weighs in on County Priorities

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A letter received by a Friend of White Flint (reprinted including HTML code; we do not endorse or recommend using the links directly; please use caution):

High tech jobs are an important goal for Montgomery County, but where we put those jobs is important too. County officials are considering two vastly different development proposals – one for massive expansion of the Life Sciences Center in Gaithersburg and the other a centrally located transit-oriented development at White Flint Metro.…

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So, what was THAT all about?

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So another, and probably the final Planning Board worksession is complete. Observers after the session were buzzing about what appeared to be mistakes, both simple and fundamental, in the presentations and discussions on staging and implementation. And some of the Commissioners’ statements were internally contradictory, as well as inconsistent with the principles which have guided this process for years.…

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What’s really important?

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Live blogging from the June 4, 2009 worksession of the Montgomery County Planning Board. Topics remaining include implementation and staging.

Dan Hardy, chief transportation planner, and Piera Weiss, Master Planner for White Flint, joined by Jacob Sesker, financing wizard. Staging proposals from handouts. Board is concerned that some of the items on the list are “must haves” and some are “should haves.”

Chairman Hanson: Further development is triggered by completion and don’t want important things to be held up because something that is just “nice” isn’t done.…

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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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