The Planning Board will hold a second worksession on the White Flint 2 plan on noon Thursday, February 9th at their headquarters on 878 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. This worksession will focus on the Executive Boulevard part of the proposed White Flint 2 plan.
You can read the staff documents that were prepared for this worksession here.
The worksession will be streamed live, so on Thursday, grab your lunch and your laptop or tablet and watch at noon on Thursday.
The next worksessions will be held:
February 23 Worksession No. 3: Montrose North-Rockville Pike
March 9 Worksession No. 4: Parklawn South and Randolph Hills
March 23 Worksession No. 5: Public Facilities
For more information regarding the Montgomery County Planning Board please visit www.montgomeryplanningboard.org.
At the May 16th White Flint 2 Sector Plan Meeting, the planning department presented alternative scenarios for the White Flint 2 area and their potential impacts on traffic and schools. Please note that these are preliminary scenarios from the planning department, but they are important first drafts that you should take a look at, ponder, and comment on.
Some of the Planning Department’s assumptions include:
Keeping the industrial space in the White Flint 2 area since it is 10% of the county’s industrial property
36% increase in jobs by 2040
24% increase in population by 2040
White Flint 1 transportation projects are completed, including the Western Workaround and Montrose Parkway East
No BRT or non-auto mode share goals
They offered three different alternatives.
Alternative 1 (based on existing zoning)
Most of the new residential and non-residential development comes from CR (Commercial Residential) and CFT (Commercial Residential Town) zoned properties such as Montrose Crossing, Pike Center, and Federal Plaza.
Some additional residential development on Executive Boulevard from current office properties
Retention of all existing multi-family residential, single-family, and industrial zones.
Changes Executive Boulevard from an EOF (employer/office) zone to a CR (Commercial Residential) mixed-use zone
Increases density on the Federal Plaza site, changes Flor Area Ratio (FAR) along Rockville Pike, and changes JCC property to CRT (Commercial Residential) zone
Includes the rezoning of Montrose Baptist site
Retains existing multi-family residential, single-family residential, and some industrial zones.
Includes higher Floor Area Ratios (FARs) for properties in different sections of White Flint 2
Retains existing multi-family residential, single-family residential, and less industrial zones.
Includes the rezoning of Montrose Baptist site
Currently, there are 1,900 residential units and over 6 million square feet of retail and office space in the White Flint 2 area. In addition to the current residential and non-residential space, the planning department’s three preliminary scenarios would create the following:
Alternative 1: 3,200 new residential units and 2.7 million square feet of new retail and office development
Alternative 2: 4,800 new residential units and 3.2 million square feet of new retail and office development
Alternative 3: 5,700 new residential units and 4.8 million square feet of new retail and office development
They projected there will be additional MCPS students:
Alternative 1: 201 elementary, 84 middle, and 107 high school
Alternative 2: 295 elementary, 123 middle, and 156 high school
Alternative 3: 359 elementary, 150 middle, and 191 high school
Future meetings and opportunity for public comment include:
May 26 — Planning Board Meeting
Early June — Public Meeting with Property Owners and Stakeholder Presentations
Late June — Public Meeting with MCPS
Early July — Public Meeting Preliminary Recommendations
July 28 — Planning Board Preliminary Board Recommendations Presentation
Here are some of the more important slides from Monday’s presentation. (Click here to see the entire slideshow presentation.)
The January meeting of the White Flint Implementation Committee will take place on Monday, January 11, 2016, 7 p.m., at Auditorium of the Montgomery County Planning Department, 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. . On the agenda:
a. New members
b. Development Activity
c. White Flint Downtown Committee
d. White Flint 2
III. White Flint Implementation Coordinator Report (Dee Metz)
a. Nebel Street Bikeway (Patricia Shepherd-MCDOT)
b. Conference Center parking garage (Tina Benjamin)
The next White Flint 2 Sector Plan public meeting will take place on February 1, 2016, 7-9 p.m. at Luxmanor Elementary School, 6201 Tilden Lane.
This meeting will feature a public forum will allow property owners, who may or may not have redevelopment plans, to discuss their near or long-term thoughts or plans for a specific property. Each property owner representative will receive 5-10 minutes to present. Also, civic association representatives will have the opportunity to discuss a topic or topics within the same timeframe.
Please join the Montgomery County Planning Department staff on Wednesday, November 18 for the fourth community meeting for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan. The focus of the meeting will be on transportation and connectivity. Staff will present an overview of connectivity suggestions that were made by attendees at the last meeting on Oct. 14. Staff will also provide an update on transportation projects underway and/or proposed within the area, an overview of land use transportation modeling, and discuss the possible strategies for White Flint 2 that were used in the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.
Location: Rocking Horse Road Center, All Purpose Room, 4910 Macon Rd, Rockville
Date: Wednesday, November 18
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Updates and past meeting information can be found at the project webpage.
You are invited to the next White Flint 2 (WF2) Sector Plan community meeting, scheduled for Wednesday October 14, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Luxmanor Elementary School, 6201 Tilden Lane, Bethesda.
The meeting will begin with a staff presentation from Montgomery Planning and then break into small group work tables, where we will examine and discuss various plan elements including: land use and density; connectivity; public facilities; and open spaces within theWF2 Sector Plan area.
Please visit the WF2 project webpage for additional information, including their excellent September 17 presentation on how to address school facility concerns in the Walter Johnson High School cluster
Friends of White Flint will attend the October 14th meeting as an advocate for green space, transit-oriented development, walkability, and all the other things that made the White Flint 1 sector plan so great. We’ll also publish an overview of the meeting for those of you who can’t make it.
AND DON’T FORGET — IF YOU VISIT THE PIKE DISTRICT/WHITE FLINT AREA THIS WEEKEND, BE SURE TO POST YOUR PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE HASHTAG #PICKTHEPIKE.