So another, and probably the final Planning Board worksession is complete. Observers after the session were buzzing about what appeared to be mistakes, both simple and fundamental, in the presentations and discussions on staging and implementation. And some of the Commissioners’ statements were internally contradictory, as well as inconsistent with the principles which have guided this process for years. Perhaps everyone was just punchy after several hours of intense deliberation on complex issues, but the questions remain.
Is anyone really thinking that having an express library, or even fire and rescue, is crucial to the success of Phase One, let alone Phase Two? As opposed to getting reconstruction of Rockville Pike underway?
Are we really talking about waiting ten years to get any improvements in roads and the street network?
Will necessary improvements in transportation, now scheduled for Phase Two, be forced to wait until some agency, somewhere, decides that the streetscaping is adequately funded?
And why would private interests agree to tax themselves if the infrastructure they were counting on to support those taxes could be held up for aesthetic reasons?
The whole discussion was very odd.