Were your ears buzzing yesterday?

At yesterday’s County Council PHED committee meeting, the many emails Friends of White Flint members sent to committee members were mentioned more than a few times during the discussion about White Flint 2. Thank you to all the many, many people who advocated for a walkable White Flint 2.

While only the Guardian and Willco properties will be considered to be part of White Flint 1’s metro station priority area, it was decided that all traffic mitigating infrastructure projects in the western and northern parts of White Flint 2 will prioritize walkability and bikeability, ensuring a more urban design. This is a big win for walkability!

Also at the meeting:

The committee decided that zoning for the Morgan Apartments will include increased numbers of MPDUs and workforce housing.

The Verizon property will have a zoning of CRT 3.0, C-3, R-3, H-120.

The Randolph Hills and Pickford Properties will have an overlay zone that provides an option that permits fifty percent residential and fifty percent light industrial. The goal was to preserve light industrial space and give the community the revamped, upgraded town center-like project it wants.

As we said above, Guardian and Willco properties will be come part of White Flint 1. Sufficient room will be added to the White Flint 1 plan to allow for the additional residential and commercial space. They will also become part of the White Flint 1 taxing district.

The rest of the area will use the North Bethesda congestion delay standard of 71 seconds/vehicle for intersections.

A 42% blended NADMS standard will apply to all of White Flint 2 area except for Willco and Guardian properties.

LATR will be use for White Flint 2, except for the Guardian and Willco properties.

 

 

What the PHED Committee Discussed and Decided This Week for White Flint 2

During Monday’s County Council PHED Committee, staff and PHED Committee members discussed and decided the following:

Cherrington/Wilgus

Council staff recommended keeping the Planning Board’s zoning for the land behind Cherrington townhomes, stating that townhomes would be an appropriate use of that land.  After some discussion, including comments by the Planning Board Chair and Planning Department Director, it was decided to include language that ensured that any residential development is compatible with existing development. Also, the committee agreed with staff’s suggestion to include this language: “During the development review process, explore options for preserving all or a portion of the wooded area along Montrose Parkway for passive use and for including open space/green space in the Wilgus property.

Parklawn South

After a long discussion about light industrial space, the Twinbrook overlay zone (and how that might be modified), the Pickford Property, and the Randolph Hills Shopping Center, it was agreed to bring this topic back to the PHED committee on Monday, November 6 for additional discussion.  There was broad agreement that the shopping center portion of Randolph Hills should be zoned CRT.  Gwen Wright thought the Pickford property should also be given a CRT zone. Casey Anderson made a plea for a usable overlay zone. Council staff suggested a 60/40 overlay zone to preserve light industrial space.

NADMS/Metro Station Priority Area (MSPA)/UMP/Taxing District/Staging

There was a spirited debate about whether the western and northern portions of White Flint 2 should be part of the White Flint 1 taxing district, how big the MSPA should be, what NADMS goals should be, etc. There wasn’t, however, much agreement, so this issue was tabled until Monday, November 6. That said, I think it’s fair to say that council staff believes WF2 should not be an MSPA (except perhaps the Guardian and Wilco properties) and the Planning Board believes they should so that walkability and bikeability becomes the priority for traffic mitigation measures. Many expressed the desire for simplicity.

Friends of White Flint believes this part of White Flint 2 should be an MSPA, should have the same NADMS goals as White Flint 1, and should be part of the White Flint 1 taxing district. White Flint 2 should also have the same staging requirements as White Flint 1 so that mobility and transit projects will be built regardless of NADMS goals.

MARC Station

This was also discussed and tabled until the next PHED Committee worksession.

The next PHED Committee Worksession on White Flint 2 is Monday, November 6.

 

White Flint 2 Sector Plan is Focus of PHED Committee Meeting, Monday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m.

The Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will meet in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 23 to review the White Flint 2 Sector Plan. A public hearing on White Flint 2 was held on September 19, and the PHED Committee reviewed the public school and transportation adequacy of the plan in an October 9 meeting. This meeting will focus on land use and housing, particularly on affordable housing.

The PHED Committee is chaired by Councilmember Floreen and includes Councilmember Leventhal and Council Vice President Riemer.

The White Flint 2 Sector Plan complements the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, whose goal is to create a thriving, diverse mixed-use center close to Metro and along Rockville Pike in the White Flint area, as well as adding community parks and improving conditions for cycling and pedestrians. The 460-acre, bowtie-shaped White Flint 2 Sector Plan recommends opportunities for infill and transitional development at key locations, transforming commercial properties along the Pike into mixed-use urban spaces.

The staff report can be viewed at:
http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7446&meta_id=144731

The Committee meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. The meetings also will be available live via streaming through the Council website at http://tinyurl.com/z9982v8 .

Today at 2pm — County Council PHED Committee Hearing on White Flint 2

Today, the PHED Committee (Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee) of the County Council meets to discuss the White Flint 2 Plan. The meeting will take place in the 7th Floor Hearing Room of the County Council Building in Rockville.

Here are the packets for the Council’s PHED meeting on White Flint 2. In the packets, you’ll find discussions of school capacity and staging as well as other issues related to the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.

http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7429&meta_id=143948

http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=169&event_id=7429&meta_id=143950

The members of the PHED committee include: Nancy Floreen, Chair, George Leventhal, and Hans Riemer.

Please attend today’s Council PHED Hearing

Help create a Park Paradise in the Pike District by turning Wall Park into an eight-acre, full-fledged park. Please attend the County Council Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee hearing 2 pm on today, February 8, at the 7th Floor Hearing Room,100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850.

We’ll give you an awesome Wall Park t-shirt to wear (and keep) at the hearing to show the PHED committee that the community wants Wall Park now and asking them to support full funding of the Wall Park garage in the CIP.

For more info, contact Amy Ginsburg at info@whiteflint.org or 301-980-3768.