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


Steering Committee Meeting – Jan 13

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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).…

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Upcoming Planning Board Work Sessions

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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.…

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More than 50 people to testify at Jan 12 hearing

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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.…

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Timing of the White Flint Plan

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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.…

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Bombshell at Steering Committee meeting

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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.…

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JOIN the Friends of White Flint

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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.…

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Board of Directors of Friends of White Flint

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The Board of Directors of Friends of White Flint are:

Evan Goldman              EGoldman@federalrealty.com

Suzanne Hudson           suzannehudson@verizon.net

Barnaby Zall                   bzall@aol.com

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.…

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Preparations for tomorrow’s First Steering Committee Meeting

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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.…

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Further Discussion on Berman Proposal for Steering Committee

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Steering Committee member Natalie Goldberg has responded to Perry Berman’s proposal (quoted in the prior message). Natalie has a number of points, including:

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.

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Proposal for Steering Committee Operations

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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

             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.

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