Comments Off on Environmental Goals Posted
One of the goals of the White Flint Sector Plan is to remake the area into a “green” community. Montgomery County has recently enacted new carbon footprint reduction plans, as part of a “cool counties” movement nationwide.
Previous discussions with the Montgomery County Planning Board have resulted in developers uniformly claiming that they could not comply with the new requirements, including new pervious surfaces (which let water drain through rather than running off) and tree cover (which reduces the “heat island” effect of warming concrete).… Read More
Comments Off on Couple of Bricks Shy of a Load . . .
One of the main proposals for revitalizing Rockville Pike and other areas in the White Flint Sector is to make the sidewalk more beautiful and pedestrian-friendly. One common practice, used, for example, in Wheaton and Bethesda, is to add bricks instead of poured pavement.
But a controversy has arisen about the use of brick “pavers.” Some, including those who are mobility-challenged, believe that brick pavers are more dangerous; others claim that they require more maintenance to avoid holes, breaks and “pop-ups.”
That controversy has reached the Montgomery County Council.… Read More
Comments Off on Is the big MARC Station fight all for nothing?
One of the long-running battles in the development of the new White Flint Sector Plan is over the placement of a new commuter rail station in White Flint. There’s been a rail stop in nearby Garrett Park for decades, and master plans for the White Flint area have long had another station pencilled in for Montrose Station, just above Randolph Road to the north of the Sector.… Read More
Comments Off on Community meeting a success
I recently attended a very exciting March 25, 730pm informational meeting that was held for the owners of Old Georgetown Village HOA and the Georgetown Village Condominium Association at their clubhouse. It was to apprise them of the status and plans for the White Flint Sector. The briefing was done by Evan Goldman of Federal Reality Investment Trust, www.federalrealty.com, in has capacity as a member of a developers collaborative. … Read More
Comments Off on Latest Parks Recommendations
Some of you may recall that I have been working on recommendations for changes in the White Flint Sector Plan’s discussion of parks in the new White Flint. I posted earlier versions in the FLOG in early March, and received some helpful comments. I also discussed these recommendations with members of the White Flint Steering Committee, and with the Planning Staff.… Read More
Comments Off on Wondering about Libel?
OK, a little bit off-topic, but some people hold back on what they say, even here in the FLOG, because of a fear of libel. Others may forge ahead publishing things that shouldn’t be.
Public Citizen has issued a new guide to libel for bloggers, which is winning praise from bloggers on the right and left:
http://www.citizen.org/documents/WritingwithLibelinMind.pdf… Read More
Comments Off on Next Planning Board Worksession Announced
Nkosi Yearwood, staffer for White Flint, announced today that the Montgomery County Planning Board will hold its next worksession on the White Flint Sector Plan on Monday, April 13, 2009, at 7PM in the Silver Spring auditorium, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. The Planning Board does much of its work on the Sector Plan in worksessions organized around topics.… Read More
Comments Off on March 30th Planning Board Worksession
Many of the residents that I spoke with after the work session last night were encouraged that the Planning Board was taking a strong position on the creation of walkable neighborhoods and a new community around White Flint Metro.
I do want to comment on two residents that did not have the opportunity to present their views last night because the board ran out of time. … Read More
Comments Off on Community Associations’ Presentations
Live blogging from March 30, 2009, meeting of the Montgomery County Planning Board. Topic up next is the presentation of reactions from four community associations.
Garrett Park Estates/White Flint Park: Natalie Goldberg, Suzanne Hudson (co-chair of Friends of White Flint) and Glenn Adler, President of the GPE/WFP Citizens Association, presented.
Three developers at the heart of the plan presented, but none embraced the Main Street Civic Green focus.… Read More
Comments Off on Property Owners’ Presentations (continued)
Live-blogging from the March 30 meeting of the Montgomery Planning Board. Live streaming available at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org.
Federal Realty Investment Trust. Mid-Pike Plaza. Don Briggs, Evan Goldman (also a co-Chair of Friends of White Flint). Between Montrose Rd and Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville Pike and Old Old Georgetown Rd. Current Toy R Us, Silver Diner.… Read More