The White Flint Sector Plan Steering Committee agreed to a second meeting next Tuesday, January 13, 2009, at 4:30PM. The meeting will be held at the offices of Federal Realty Investment Trust, 1626 East Jefferson St., Rockville.
The purpose of the meeting is to identify particular issues or concerns with the Public Hearing Draft, including matters identified in public testimony at the Planning Board hearing the day before (for more information on the hearing, see prior posts).… Read More
Comments Off on Upcoming Planning Board Work Sessions
The Montgomery County Planning Board makes many of its substantive decisions during or after “work sessions.” Usually the Board operates openly before an audience, but rarely permits additional participation by others during the sessions. The upcoming White Flint Sector Plan work sessions, however, will feature participation by the White Flint Sector Plan Steering Committee.… Read More
Comments Off on More than 50 people to testify at Jan 12 hearing
Time is running out to sign up to testify at next Monday’s Planning Board public hearings on the White Flint Sector Plan, and so is space.
The Board already has more than 50 people signed up to testify. Since testimony is limited to three minutes (for everybody), this means that there will be at least three hours of testimony already.… Read More
Comments Off on Timing of the White Flint Plan
Last night’s Steering Committee meeting revealed more details about the expected timing of the White Flint Sector Plan development process. Piera Weiss, speaking for the Board, said the goal was to submit a draft plan to the Montgomery County Council in the spring, probably April or May. Since “it takes a month to produce a copy of a full draft plan,” Piera noted, that means that the Planning Board needs to complete its work by the end of March.… Read More
Comments Off on Bombshell at Steering Committee meeting
When Piera Weiss, Planner-Coordinator for the White Flint Sector Plan, finished explaining the Planning Board’s expectations for the new Steering Committee it appointed, a very loud “THUD” reverberated throughout the hearing room. It was the sound of seventeen jaws collectively hitting the floor.
As you can see from the previous notes, members of the Steering Committee (myself included) had envisioned the Steering Committee as an active entity, with lively discussions about structure and ethics, and behind-the-scenes maneuvering for support.… Read More
Comments Off on JOIN the Friends of White Flint
We would like to invite you to join the Friends of White Flint.
There are no requirements or pre-conditions for membership, and membership is open to all persons interested in the White Flint Sector Plan. It’s free. You don’t even have to agree with our Goal or Vision; our purpose is to encourage debate and discussion, leading to a better White Flint plan.… Read More
Comments Off on Board of Directors of Friends of White Flint
The Board of Directors of Friends of White Flint are:
Evan Goldman EGoldman@federalrealty.com
Suzanne Hudson email@example.com
Barnaby Zall firstname.lastname@example.org
These are the three representatives of the former Advisory Group who presented the Group’s views to the Planning Board last September. They represent the residents, developers and business communities interested in the Sector Plan.… Read More
Comments Off on Preparations for tomorrow’s First Steering Committee Meeting
The first meeting of the White Flint Sector Plan Steering Committee is set for 7PM tomorrow night (January 6) at the Silver Spring MNCPPC auditorium.
No one knows quite what to expect. There are various proposals for structure, role and operations circulating among members. A major question is the expectations of the Planning Board.… Read More
Comments Off on Further Discussion on Berman Proposal for Steering Committee
Steering Committee member Natalie Goldberg has responded to Perry Berman’s proposal (quoted in the prior message). Natalie has a number of points, including:
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The Steering Committe needs to see what role the Planning Board intends before taking actions.
The individual Steering Committee members’ responsibility is to be a voice for the community represented.
Comments Off on Proposal for Steering Committee Operations
Perry Berman, a member of the Steering Committee, has proposed, for discussion, some points to govern the work of the new Steering Committee:
Roles of the White Flint Master Plan Steering Committee
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Prepared by Perry Berman for discussion purposes
My suggested responsibilities for the Steering Committee:
1. Work as a group collaboratively with Planning Staff and Planning Board to craft a plan, to work to insure the Plan’s vision, and to improve the chances for desired development in the Sector Plan.