Just released – Planning Board Draft White Flint 2 Plan

The Planning Board has just released the approved draft of the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.  The next stage of review takes place at the County Council. The Council’s Public Hearing is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 19
 
Click the image below to read the full plan. 
 
Friends of White Flint will be gathering community input and testifying about both the changes we’d like to see in the plan as well as the parts of the plan we particularly like. Stay tuned for the methods we’ll use to gather that input.

White Flint 2 Worksession, Thursday, February 9

The Planning Board will hold a second worksession on the White Flint 2 plan on noon Thursday, February 9th at their headquarters on 878 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring.  This worksession will focus on the Executive Boulevard part of the proposed White Flint 2 plan.

You can read the staff documents that were prepared for this worksession here.

The worksession will be streamed live, so on Thursday, grab your lunch and your laptop or tablet and watch at noon on Thursday.

The next worksessions will be held:

February 23 Worksession No. 3: Montrose North-Rockville Pike
March 9 Worksession No. 4: Parklawn South and Randolph Hills
March 23 Worksession No. 5: Public Facilities

In case you’re interested in hearing the Planning Board present their White Flint 2 recommendations …

Planners will present their draft recommendations for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan to the City of Rockville Mayor and Council at Rockville City Hall (111 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850). The Council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. on January 9 and is open to the public.

For more information regarding the Montgomery County Planning Board please visit www.montgomeryplanningboard.org.

Preliminary Ideas for White Flint 2 from the Planning Department

At the May 16th White Flint 2 Sector Plan Meeting, the planning department presented alternative scenarios for the White Flint 2 area and their potential impacts on traffic and schools. Please note that these are preliminary scenarios from the planning department, but they are important first drafts that you should take a look at, ponder, and comment on.

Some of the Planning Department’s assumptions include:

Keeping the industrial space in the White Flint 2 area since it is 10% of the county’s industrial property

36% increase in jobs by 2040

24% increase in population by 2040

White Flint 1 transportation projects are completed, including the Western Workaround and Montrose Parkway East

No BRT or non-auto mode share goals

They offered three different alternatives.

Alternative 1  (based on existing zoning)

Most of the new residential and non-residential development comes from CR (Commercial Residential) and CFT (Commercial Residential Town) zoned properties such as Montrose Crossing, Pike Center, and Federal Plaza.

Some additional residential development on Executive Boulevard from current office properties

Retention of all existing multi-family residential, single-family, and industrial zones.

Alternative 2

Changes Executive Boulevard from an EOF (employer/office) zone to a CR (Commercial Residential) mixed-use zone

Increases density on the Federal Plaza site,  changes Flor Area Ratio (FAR) along Rockville Pike, and changes JCC property to CRT (Commercial Residential) zone

Includes the rezoning of Montrose Baptist site

Retains existing multi-family residential, single-family residential, and some industrial zones.

Alternative 3

Includes higher Floor Area Ratios (FARs) for properties in different sections of White Flint 2

Retains existing multi-family residential, single-family residential, and less industrial zones.

Includes the rezoning of Montrose Baptist site

Currently, there are 1,900 residential units and over 6 million square feet of retail and office space in the White Flint 2 area. In addition to the current residential and non-residential space, the planning department’s three preliminary scenarios would create the following:

Alternative 1:  3,200 new residential units and 2.7 million square feet of new retail and office development

Alternative 2: 4,800 new residential units and 3.2 million square feet of new retail and office development

Alternative 3: 5,700 new residential units and 4.8 million square feet of new retail and office development

They projected there will be additional MCPS students:

Alternative 1:  201 elementary, 84 middle, and 107 high school

Alternative 2:  295 elementary, 123 middle, and 156 high school

Alternative 3:  359 elementary, 150 middle, and 191 high school

Future meetings and opportunity for public comment include:

May 26 — Planning Board Meeting

Early June — Public Meeting with Property Owners and Stakeholder Presentations

Late June — Public Meeting with MCPS

Early July — Public Meeting Preliminary Recommendations

July 28 — Planning Board Preliminary Board Recommendations Presentation

Here are some of the more important slides from Monday’s presentation. (Click here to see the entire slideshow presentation.)

 

 

Two Upcoming White Flint Meetings

The January meeting of the White Flint Implementation Committee will take place on Monday, January 11, 2016, 7 p.m., at Auditorium of the Montgomery County Planning Department, 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.  . On the agenda:

I. Introductions

II. Updates

a. New members

b. Development Activity

c. White Flint Downtown Committee

d. White Flint 2

III. White Flint Implementation Coordinator Report (Dee Metz)

IV. Presentations

a. Nebel Street Bikeway (Patricia Shepherd-MCDOT)

b. Conference Center parking garage (Tina Benjamin)

The next White Flint 2 Sector Plan public meeting will take place on February 1, 2016, 7-9 p.m. at Luxmanor Elementary School, 6201 Tilden Lane.

This meeting will feature a public forum will allow property owners, who may or may not have redevelopment plans, to discuss their near or long-term thoughts or plans for a specific property. Each property owner representative will receive 5-10 minutes to present. Also, civic association representatives will have the opportunity to discuss a topic or topics within the same timeframe.

Be an active part of crafting the plan — attend the White Flint 2 Meeting November 18

Please join the Montgomery County Planning Department staff on Wednesday, November 18 for the fourth community meeting for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.  The focus of the meeting will be on transportation and connectivity.  Staff will present an overview of connectivity suggestions that were made by attendees at the last meeting on Oct. 14.  Staff will also provide an update on transportation projects underway and/or proposed within the area, an overview of land use transportation modeling, and discuss the possible strategies for White Flint 2 that were used in the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan.  There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

 

Location:              Rocking Horse Road Center, All Purpose Room, 4910 Macon Rd, Rockville

Date:                     Wednesday, November 18

Time:                     6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Updates and past meeting information can be found at the project webpage.

 

Many meaningful meetings (well, two meaningful meetings, but I like alliteration)

There are two important upcoming meetings in which you might want to participate. If you want to have input into the creation of the White Flint 2 Sector Plan and learn more about the many upcoming transportation projects in the White Flint 1 sector, these are the meetings to attend. (Friends of White Flint will be there, of course, and we’ll advocate at the meetings and report via our blog what transpired at the meetings.)

  • A public meeting on the White Flint 2 Sector Plan will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 7 9 p.m. at Luxmanor Elementary School.

The meeting will begin with a staff presentation from Montgomery Planning and then break into small group work tables, where we will examine and discuss various plan elements including:  land use and density; connectivity; public facilities; and open spaces within the WF2 Sector Plan area.
Please visit the WF2 project webpage for additional information, including their excellent September 17 presentation on how to address school facility concerns in the Walter Johnson High School cluster.

  • Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will host a White Flint Transportation Open House, Monday, October 19, 2015, 7 – 9 p.m at Walter Johnson High School Cafeteria.

The meeting will begin with a presentation on the ongoing White Flint Transportation Demand Management Study.  After the presentation, there will be staff available at tables around the room to collect comments and answer questions on various White Flint Infrastructure projects, including White Flint road projects, the parking garage under design for the Conference Center, the separated bike lanes being designed for Nebel Street, as well as information on several Commuter Services and programs like the ability to sign up for Smart Cards, Senior Smart Cards, Parking Apps, etc.

October 14 White Flint 2 Sector Plan Meeting

White Flint 2

You are invited to the next White Flint 2 (WF2) Sector Plan community meeting, scheduled for Wednesday October 14, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Luxmanor Elementary School, 6201 Tilden Lane, Bethesda.

The meeting will begin with a staff presentation from Montgomery Planning and then break into small group work tables, where we will examine and discuss various plan elements including:  land use and density; connectivity; public facilities; and open spaces within theWF2 Sector Plan area.

Please visit the WF2 project webpage for additional information, including their excellent September 17 presentation on how to address school facility concerns in the Walter Johnson High School cluster

Friends of White Flint will attend the October 14th meeting as an advocate for green space, transit-oriented development, walkability, and all the other things that made the White Flint 1 sector plan so great.  We’ll also publish an overview of the meeting for those of you who can’t make it.

AND DON’T FORGET — IF YOU VISIT THE PIKE DISTRICT/WHITE FLINT AREA THIS WEEKEND, BE SURE TO POST YOUR PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE HASHTAG #PICKTHEPIKE.