Planning Board MSPA Decision Stands

Planning Board MSPA Decision Stands

The PHED Committee meeting on White Flint transportation issues continues. Live blogging from the worksession.

Next issue is the Metro Station Policy Area boundary question. The White Flint Plan contemplates a larger area than the traditional MSPA. Being within a MSPA means that you can use different transportation measurements, tax rates are different, and more urban road construction standards are used instead of suburban ones. All of the MSPAs currently designated are more than 1/2 mile from their respective Metro stations. The question in White Flint is whether the wider area or the narrower existing┬áMSPA should be used. Glenn Orlin, PHED committee staffer, the White Flint MSPA is undersized, and the council in 2007 agreed to expand it, but just didn’t get to it. So Planning Board, and Orlin, recommend to make the White Flint MSPA consistent with the others, and with the Sector Planning area.

Councilmember Marc Elrich: the MSPA captures what we’re trying to capture. If you’re not going to get the transit ridership, why are you going it? Orlin: square off the corners on the 2007 MSPA at the northeast and southeast. Natalie Goldberg: our real concern is raising the congestion standard at Edson Lane and Rockville Pike, because a lot more cars will go southbound on the Pike. That intersection’s going to be in trouble. Dan Hardy, transportation Planner for the Planning Board, that intersection is part of the circulation pattern.

Floreen: I don’t want a pedestrian unfriendly intersection. I don’t want cars just to drive fast. I want to protect the communities. I want clear rules. I think this is a distraction from the fundamental issue, which is how we are going to handle the growth policy. Let’s just pick. Robbie Breuer: why exclude part of White Flint Mall? Why would you change so that one property is divided, especially when it would affect the value of a property you want for an elementary school? There’s no magic on the 1/2 mile. Lots of variation throughout the County. Why divide this unified property that you’re counting on as part of the Plan? Perry Berman: this time representing Nicholson Court which is within the 1/2 mile. Floreen: I think it’s just too broad an area. Natalie Goldberg: Hillery Way and Flanders should be out. Orlin: they are out.

Agreed to Planning Board proposal for MSPA same as Sector boundaries.

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