Highlights from the Feb. 23 WF2 Work Session

Highlights from the Feb. 23 WF2 Work Session

Last Thursday, the Planning Board took up the Rockville Pike-Montrose North section of the White Flint 2 Plan, and they also reviewed a few properties on Executive Boulevard.

Some highlights:

While the staff recommended a floating zone for 6100, 6110,6116, 6120, and 6130 Executive Boulevard, some of the property owners argued for CR or CRT zoning. The property owners cited proximity to transit, the need for flexibility, ability to build more residential space in response to market conditions, and the provision of enhanced community amenities, including bike paths, pedestrian paths, and additional grid roads as reasons for the change in zoning.

The Hebrew Home/JCC/Charles E. Smith complex reiterated their view that no roads should be built through their property.

Cherrington Townhouses reiterated their desire to retain a wooded area behind their townhome community on Montrose Road. ┬áMontgomery Parks also argued for retaining the wooded area as a linear park, but Chair Casey Anderson said he didn’t see how an isolated strip of woods could add value and be successful as a park. Other Planning Board members said they’d have to think about how best balance to environmental and development needs.

Here are some of the more interesting slides from the Planning Staff’s presentation.

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One comment

othersideoftracks

Way too ambitious for areas outside of the metro. I am concerned that plans such as these are not really aimed at improving and building the community—they are aimed at encouraging transient residents. The more development, the more traffic. The more traffic, the less people are inclined to settle down to establish their place in the community. I also don’t want to see anything happen to the Randolph Hills shopping center—It is a strip mall that has a lot going for it and the surrounding neighborhoods. We do not need more fast casual eating establishments. We need businesses that provide much more. We have already seen many places leave this area only to be replaced by the boring and mundane. Keep all that on the Pike. the money that is going into these “mixed use” areas could be better spent actually improving on what we already have. But of course that never happens.

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