The Planning Board discussed the 2019 Biennial Master Plan White Flint Monitoring Report yesterday, and I encourage you to at least give it a glance as it’s chock-full of info about the White Flint/Pike District area. Just in case you don’t have a half-hour to read this report, here are a few highlights. We’ll post more in the coming days.
Western Workaround The White Flint Western Workaround (Phase 1) is complete. This project includes the construction of realigned Executive Boulevard (future Grand Park Avenue) and Banneker Street (Main/Market Street) on the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center property.
Capital Bikeshare In 2018, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) installed several Capital Bikeshare stations in the plan area, including a bikeshare station at the White Flint Metro Station and another along the North Bethesda Trolley Trail at Woodglen Drive and Executive Boulevard.
Pedestrian and Bicyclist Improvements The MCDOT has continued to implement new bikeways in the plan area, including along Executive Boulevard, between Nicholson Lane and Woodglen Drive, and along Marinelli Road, between Rockville Pike (MD 355) and Nebel Street. These bikeways will be implemented in fall 2019. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will be addressing pedestrian and bicyclist safety issues along Rockville Pike (MD 355), including at Marinelli Road and Nicholson Lane with the installation of highly visible crosswalks. The MDOT SHA is also exploring the reconfiguration of the intersection of Old Georgetown Road (MD 187) and MD 355 to remove dedicated slip lanes.
White Flint Metro Station Northern Entrance In 2018, the County Council approved $3.5 million for preliminary planning and engineering for a new northern entrance to the White Flint Metro Station. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is currently conducting a feasibility study for the northern entrance.
White Flint 2 Sector Plan The Approved and Adopted 2018 White Flint 2 Sector Plan expanded the development capacities associated with the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan by adding 1,800 residential units and 750,000 square feet of non-residential development to the first two phases of the recommended staging plan in the 2010 Sector Plan.
Development Moratorium Based on the 2019 annual schools test, the Walter Johnson Cluster has been placed in a development moratorium since the cluster is at 129 percent. Any high school cluster that is above 120 percent of capacity is placed into a moratorium. The Planning Board cannot approve any new residential subdivisions in the Walter Johnson cluster.