Comments Off on A Picture is worth a thousand . . .
There were some tense moments at last night’s Montgomery County Planning Board hearing on the White Flint Public Hearing Draft plan. Explosive photos, misbehaving technology and tightly-enforced time limits combined to worsen already-sour relations between the biggest landowners and the biggest and most active neighborhood association in southern White Flint.
Carol Alderson, a resident of White Flint Park-Garrett Park Estates, was the fourth speaker after the government agencies, and she popped up a series of pictures on the gigantic wall screens.… Read More
Comments Off on Metro’s Position on the Public Hearing Draft
Since the video is not yet available from last night’s hearing, here are some notes and commentary on the position of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (“Metro”):
Metro didn’t have a lot to say about the Public Hearing Draft, which envisions a new White Flint centered around the White Flint Metro Station, with Rapid Bus Transit lanes, and other transit-oriented features.… Read More
Comments Off on County Executive’s Position on the Public Hearing Draft
Since the video is not yet available of the County Executive’s testimony on the Public Hearing Draft, here are some notes and commentary:
The testimony was given by Diane Schwartz-Jacobs. She called the plan “a significant effort” and a “bold vision” with a “responsible approach.” She applauded the “key theme of taming Rockville Pike.”
Then she threw the cold water: “departures from the growth policy .… Read More
Comments Off on Planning Board Public Hearing on White Flint Plan
Last night, January 12, 2009, the Montgomery County Planning Board held a public hearing on the Public Hearing Draft of the White Flint Sector Plan. More than 40 people spoke, including representatives of County Executive Ike Leggett (“don’t duplicate my authority”), WMATA/Metro (“don’t take our bus facility, but increase the value of the land”) and the Housing Opportunities Council (“add more affordable housing”).… Read More
Comments Off on Interesting Study on the Energy Benefits of Urban Infill
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Comments Off on Interesting ULI commentary on recent smart growth developments
Transit’s Up, Driving’s Down: Have We Reached the Tipping Point? by Robert Dunphy(This is an excerpt from commentary on ULI’s blog, The Ground Floor.) Read More
Transit use is up, and driving is down—have we reached a tipping point where Americans finally renounce their love affair with the car and adopt more sustainable transportation?…
Comments Off on Gazette Article on White Flint data
Today’s revamped Gazette has an article about the White Flint Steering Committee, and its desire for more data:
see the article here
Barnaby Zall… Read More
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