What you missed at last night’s White Flint 2 meeting

What you missed at last night’s White Flint 2 meeting

White Flint 2
It was standing room only at last night’s White Flint 2 Sector Plan meeting that was held at Luxmanor Elementary. It was great to see so many engaged residents asking questions and studying large drawings of White Flint 2’s transportation, zoning, and public spaces.
For those of you who were unable to be there, here’s a quick summary of what was discussed.
N’kosi Yearwood of M-NCPPC talked us through a short but informative PowerPoint presentation about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.  Here are some highlights:
  • The White Flint 2 is composed of 455 acres, including Randolph Hills, Loehmann’s Plaza, Montrose Crossing, Montrose Parkway Phase II, and Federal Plaza.
  • It is on the north end of the White Flint 1 Sector, shaped like a horseshoe.  It is adjacent to the Twinbrook Sector Plan and the City of Rockville.
  • The area includes 1,860 dwelling units and about 6.3 million sq feet of non-residential space.
  • A MARC station may be planned for Nicholson Court.
  • They hope to deliver a draft plan in March 2016 for the Planning Board to review. Work sessions would begin Spring 2016 with a review by the County Executive in the Summer 2016 and the County Council during Winter 2016.
  • There will be many future public meetings to obtain public input.
  • You can keep up-to-date with White Flint 2 news at http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/whiteflint2/. (We’ll also keep you informed about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan)
Many questions were asked. The most contentious issue concerned schools, including new schools, wrong school capacity projections, and current school capacity.
M-NCPPC promised to put their presentation and various maps on their website some time today.

Amy Ginsburg

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6 comments

Marjorie Geller

What about planning for mature adults, active seniors ?

    faye wolf

    where is nicholson court??? who needs a mark station, we will have enough traffic as is…

      Amy Ginsburg

      Hopefully a Marc Train Station will diminish traffic, encouraging more people to take transit rather than driving to downtown.

    Amy Ginsburg

    We’re doing exactly that! In the fall, we’re hosting a Seniors Forum to discuss planning for the more mature, older adults in the Pike District. If you’d like to be part of the planning process, we’d love to have you!

    KA

    I agree with the previous comment/question. Are you planning anything for seniors, e.g. Community Center including the fitness center? It was requested by some already at the previous meetings. North Bethesda is the only place in the area which has nothing like that available in its neighborhood. Chevy Chase has it, Rockville has it, Potomac has it, Bethesda has it, North Bethesda has none. Thank you.

      Amy Ginsburg

      A community center/fitness center is planned to be added to the Shriver Aquatic Center. Unfortunately, there’s no funding for it yet, but it is an important part of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan. Friends of White Flint will work hard to advocate for completion of the community center as quickly as possible, but frankly, it’s sadly years away from being built.

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