Skip to content

Board

Jun 30 15

Montgomery County Planning Department Issues Call for Entries to its First Annual Design Excellence Award Program

by Bridget Schwiesow

Design Award
Developers, architects, landscape architects, designers and property owners are invited to submit built projects to new Design Excellence Award competition through August 21

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, seeks to recognize exceptional work in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design through its first annual Design Excellence Award. Developers, property owners and their design teams are invited to submit built projects that contribute to improving the quality of physical environments throughout the County.

The deadline for submission is Friday, August 21, 2015. The selection of a winner will be made by an outside jury of accomplished professionals, including architects, urbanists and a landscape architect, invited by the Planning Department. Learn more about the awards jury.

Submit to the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Design Excellence Award.

The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 22, 2015 during an awards celebration at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The event will also include the annual awards ceremony of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter.

Project Eligibility for Award

Projects eligible for the award include public and private buildings, landscapes, urban designs and developments located within Montgomery County that were built within the past 10 years and are currently occupied and in use. The submitted projects should express the essential qualities of outstanding walkable, sustainable places at the scale of the neighborhood, block and building. They should illustrate how great design contributes to the community in terms of character, identity and economic value.

Purpose of Design Excellence Award

The Planning Department launched its Design Excellence initiative in 2014 to inspire the highest quality of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in changing areas within the County. In January 2015 as part of this program, the Department invited nationally recognized urban design and planning expert Noré Winter to discuss community design guidelines with the staff, Planning Board and public.

In June 2015, the Department launched its Design Excellence Award program to achieve the following goals:

-To recognize the best examples of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the County, and increase public awareness of this world-class design excellence.

-To promote built work that contributes to the creation of pedestrian-oriented, walkable neighborhoods that enrich and contribute to the greater community.

-To show how physical design can lead to greater health, economic opportunity and environmental sustainability.

October Awards Ceremony

The winner of the first annual Design Excellence Award will be announced at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Chapter annual awards ceremony on October 22, 2015. One of the highlights of the evening will be a presentation on the business case for design excellence by land use strategist Christopher Leinberger, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The winning project will be celebrated by the Montgomery Planning Department as a premier example of Design Excellence in Montgomery County through a promotional campaign launched in spring 2016.

The jury of accomplished and highly regarded practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design are:

Amy Weinstein, FAIA | Principal, Esocoff & Associates/Weinstein Studio, Washington, D.C.
Ed Feiner, FAIA | Design Leadership Council Director, Perkins+Will, Washington, D.C.
Michael Vergason, FASLA | Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Alexandria, Virginia
Dhiru Thadani, FCNU | Architect and urbanist, Washington, D.C.

Review the bios of the jury.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Design Excellence initiative.

Jun 30 15

Westbard Sector Plan Will Be Presented to Planning Board on July 16

by Bridget Schwiesow

Westbard Logo

Board will review Working Draft’s recommendations for retail, housing and environmental upgrades in Westbard before public hearing in September

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will review the Working Draft of the Westbard Sector Plan at its meeting on Thursday, July 16. This Plan aims to encourage more parks and open spaces, housing and community retail options, and environmental sustainability within a community located in close proximity to Washington, DC and Downtown Bethesda.

The new Plan updates the 1982 Westbard Sector Plan to keep pace with the times and changes in the area. Some of the earlier Plan’s recommendations were never realized, including design concepts aimed at improving the public realm. Recommendations for improving the Westbard area in the Working Draft include the following:

-Providing gateway features into Westbard.

– Improving streetscapes on River Road, Westbard Avenue and side streets.

-Restoring the Willett Branch stream that runs through the Sector Plan area.

-Providing more connections to the popular Capital Crescent Trail for cyclists and pedestrians.

-Creating an urban park at the corner of Westbard Avenue and Ridgefield Road.

-Creating a community-serving commercial/retail development on Westbard Avenue.

-Improving the environmental sustainability of the Westwood Shopping Center.

After reviewing the Working Draft, the Planning Board will set a public hearing date for the Westbard Sector Plan, when the community is invited to comment on its recommendations.  That hearing is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 24.

Click on the Westbard Sector Plan for more information.

Jun 29 15

Montgomery County Planning Department Announces Calendar of July Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

Calendar of Events
Residents and property owners invited to get involved with special events and community meetings to discuss plans for the County’s future

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its calendar for July 2015. These events offer ways to engage with planners and Planning Board members, and help shape the future of communities within Montgomery County. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.

Stay connected to us online by following Montgomery Planning Department news and information on Twitter: @montgomeryplans and like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/montgomeryplanning.

Montgomery Planning July 2015 Events:

July (ongoing through August 21) – Enter a development or building project that you admire in the Montgomery Planning Department’s First Annual Design Excellence Award competition. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org/designxawards for more information.

July 7 – Attend the last of the MV Matters community meetings to learn about the staff recommendations for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Montgomery Village Middle School at 19300 Watkins Mill Road, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. (Please note the change in the meeting location from the Watkins Mill High School, which is currently being renovated.) Residents and property owners are invited to offer input about the Master Plan’s recommendations for land use and zoning, transportation networks, parks and open spaces. Past PowerPoint presentations and other materials from previous MV Matters meetings are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.

July 16 – Attend the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting to learn about the Westbard Sector Plan. The Working Draft of the Sector Plan will be presented and reviewed for approval to set a public hearing date. A full agenda for the meeting is posted on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.

July 20 – The Planning Board’s first worksession on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan will be held to refine its planning concepts based on the public hearing held on June 24. Learn more about the Bethesda Downtown Plan.

July 23 – The Planning Board will review the Working Draft of the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Learn more about the planning process for Montgomery Village.  In addition, a number of other important issues will tentatively be on the Planning Board agenda for July 23, including the mandatory referral of the new M-NCPPC headquarters in Wheaton and amendments to the Clarksburg Town Center.

July 30 – Attend the last Planning Board meeting of the summer to learn about the scope of work for the new White Flint 2 Sector Plan, which was launched in June at a community open house in North Bethesda. Please note that the July 30 meeting

Jun 25 15

Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan Updates

by Bridget Schwiesow

Bethesda Public Hearing Draft Cover
Public record remains open for one more week, community invited to continue to give feedback on plan

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission would like to remind Bethesda residents and business owners that the public record will remain open until Thursday, July 2 for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. Written or emailed testimony can be sent to bethesdadowntownplan@montgomeryplanning.org. These comments will become part of the public testimony and public record for the Plan.

View the Bethesda Downtown Plan Public Hearing Draft.

View the May 21 Bethesda Downtown Plan Board presentation.

The Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan Public Hearing was held on Wednesday, June 24 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. The Planning Board was pleased to offer the public hearing in a community setting. During the session, 120 residents, business owners and developers presented their testimony to Board. The event was streamed live on the Planning Department’s live streaming channel, a first for the organization and part of the effort to provide more accessibility to the master and sector planning process.

The new Plan builds on the success of Downtown Bethesda by offering ways to strengthen its centers of activity – Bethesda Row, Wisconsin Avenue corridor, Woodmont Triangle and other established and emerging districts – over the next 20 years. Among its recommendations are a high performance area that incentivizes more energy-efficient buildings, new parks, tree-lined streets and innovative storm water management. The priority of the plan is to make Bethesda into a truly sustainable downtown – economically, socially and environmentally.

Other goals of the plan focus on:

-A mix of housing options, including preservation of market-rate affordable apartments and new moderately priced dwelling units in exchange for development incentives.

-New and/or expanded civic greens at Veteran’s Park, Bethesda Farm Women’s Cooperative Market and Capital Crescent Trail.

-Economic competitiveness within the region based on new development, public amenities and proximity to transit, including Metrorail and proposed Purple Line light rail.

-Density averaging (a planning tool that allows square footage to be sent from one mixed-use site to another mixed-use site) to create or enlarge parks, protect significant community landmarks and retain affordable housing.

Work began in January 2014 on the Working Draft of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. Community participation was encouraged through public meetings and workshops, online surveys and happy hour events, which were intended to reach residents who don’t typically participate in the planning process.

The Plan serves as an amendment to the approved and adopted 1994 Bethesda Central Business District Sector Plan and the 2006 Woodmont Triangle Amendment to that Sector Plan.

Next steps for the plan include the Planning Board’s review of staff’s recommendations during the work sessions throughout the summer and early fall 2015 before being sent to the Council for additional work sessions and approval. Final Council action is anticipated in spring 2016.

Learn more about the planning process for the Bethesda Downtown Plan.

For questions or comments about the Working Draft, please email bethesdadownplan@montgomeryplanning.org

Jun 25 15

Casey Anderson and Norman Dreyfuss Begin New Four-Year Terms on Montgomery Planning Board

by Bridget Schwiesow

swearing-in6.25

Anderson and Dreyfuss sworn in by Clerk of the Circuit Court to serve on the five-member Planning Board

SILVER SPRING, MD  The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), reinstated Casey Anderson (D) as Planning Board Chair and Norman Dreyfuss (R) as a member of the Board. Both will serve four year terms.

Anderson and Dreyfuss were sworn in by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Barbara Meiklejohn, at the start of the Planning Board meeting on June 25. The other members of the five-person Planning Board are Amy Presley (R), Natali Fani-González (D) and Marye Wells-Harley (D).

The County Council originally appointed Anderson to the Planning Board in June 2011 and designated him as Chair in July 2014. Dreyfuss was first appointed to a partial term in February 2010 and will now begin his second full term. Both members applied for reappointment.

“I am honored to be reappointed by the County Council as Planning Board Chair,” said Anderson. “I look forward to reorienting our agency by aligning transportation rules more closely with economic development goals. We will facilitate a wider variety of housing types to meet the needs of our changing population and workforce, and streamline regulatory processes to speed up the review of new development while protecting the public interest.”

The Montgomery Planning Board oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and Montgomery Parks. Several of the board’s priorities related to parks include activating urban parks; increasing ball field capacity and facilities for active recreation; and enhancing and expanding the parks’ world class trail network, according to Anderson.

“Thank you to Council President George Leventhal and the Council for their approval of my reappointment,” said Dreyfuss. “I am pleased to continue the work of the Planning Board and provide a thoughtful and realistic approach to the most pressing land use projects and issues facing our region.”

About the Montgomery County Planning Board

The Planning Board oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and Department of Parks, and advises the County Council on land use and community planning. The Chair serves a full time position on the Montgomery County Planning Board and receives a salary of $200,000. The part-time Board Members receive an annual salary of $30,000. They also serve as Commissioners of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a bicounty agency established in 1927 to protect public land.

As part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Montgomery County Planning Board works to:

-Manage physical growth.
-Plan communities.
-Protect and steward natural, cultural and historical resources.
-Provide leisure and recreational experiences.

Jun 24 15

Montgomery County Planning Board provides online live streaming of Bethesda Downtown Plan public hearing

by Bridget Schwiesow

Board_bethesdaremote
Board stressed the importance of providing public hearing in community

The Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan Public Hearing is being streamed live online today from 2 to 5:30 p.m.  and from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The video can be accessed by clicking on the live stream link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/montgomery-planning-live

The public is invited to submit online comments about the Bethesda Downtown Plan via email to bethesdadowntownplan@montgomeryplanning.org. These comments will become part of the public testimony and public record for the Plan.

View the Bethesda Downtown Plan Public Hearing Draft.

View the May 21 Bethesda Downtown Plan Board presentation.

The new Plan builds on the success of Downtown Bethesda by offering ways to strengthen its centers of activity – Bethesda Row, Wisconsin Avenue corridor, Woodmont Triangle and other established and emerging districts – over the next 20 years. Among its recommendations are a high performance area that incentivizes more energy-efficient buildings, new parks, tree-lined streets and innovative storm water management. The priority of the plan is to make Bethesda into a truly sustainable downtown – economically, socially, and environmentally.

Other goals of the plan focus on:

-A mix of housing options, including preservation of market-rate affordable apartments and new moderately priced dwelling units in exchange for development incentives.

-New and/or expanded civic greens at Veteran’s Park, Bethesda Farm Women’s Cooperative Market and Capital Crescent Trail.

-Economic competitiveness within the region based on new development, public amenities and proximity to transit, including Metrorail and proposed Purple Line light rail.

-Density averaging (a planning tool that allows square footage to be sent from one mixed-use site to another mixed-use site) to create or enlarge parks, protect significant community landmarks and retain affordable housing.

Work on the Working Draft of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan began in January 2014. Community participation was encouraged through public meetings and workshops, online surveys and happy hour events, which were intended to reach residents who don’t typically participate in the planning process.

The Plan serves as an amendment to the approved and adopted 1994 Bethesda Central Business District Sector Plan and the 2006 Woodmont Triangle Amendment to that Sector Plan.

After the Board’s public hearing on June 24, the plan will be revised through work sessions with the Planning Board during the summer and early fall 2015 before being sent to the Council for additional work sessions and approval. Final Council action is anticipated in spring 2016.

Learn more about the planning process for the Bethesda Downtown Plan.

For questions or comments about the Working Draft, please email bethesdadownplan@montgomeryplanning.org

 

Jun 22 15

Planning Department Releases Office Market Assessment Report

by Bridget Schwiesow

office market graphic
Study recommendations include revitalizing office parks as amenity-rich, mixed-use development and converting vacant buildings to new uses

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has completed an in-depth assessment of regional office market conditions and the implications for Montgomery County. Staff will present this study to the Planning Board at its public meeting on Thursday, June 25.

Prepared by Washington, DC-based Partners for Economic Solutions (PES), the 106-page study examines an array of economic forces changing the Washington, DC region’s office market and best practices for next-generation office development.

View the Office Market Assessment Report.

The research highlights unprecedented challenges confronting the regional office market, including high and rising vacancies, declining rents, slow absorption and minimal new construction. These trends are evident nationwide as signs of a still recovering economy, but the region also has been hard hit by federal government’s cuts in spending and leasing.

Regional Overview of Office Vacancies:

-Currently, 71.5 million square feet of office space is vacant throughout the Washington, DC region.

-With 20 million square feet of vacant office space, Fairfax County accounts for the largest share (28 percent) of vacancies region-wide.

-The District of Columbia has the second highest share (22 percent), with 15.6 million square feet.

-Montgomery County has nearly 11 million square feet of vacant office space, accounting for 15 percent of regional vacancies.

-Arlington County and Prince George’s County have 9 million and 5 million square feet of vacant office, respectively.

Key Findings:

-In Montgomery County, 12 office buildings totaling 2.1 million square feet of space are completely vacant. Eight more buildings totaling 1.2 million square feet will become vacant this year.

-Seven office buildings totaling 400,000 square feet are now under construction in the County. Region-wide, 33 office buildings totaling 7.3 million square feet are under construction.

-Most jobs created during the economic recovery have been in retailing, restaurants, and medical facilities instead of in office-based sectors such as professional and technical services.

-Telecommuting, technological advances, more efficient work spaces and practices such as hoteling have enabled office tenants to reduce their square footage even as they expand their workforce.

-The data show that Montgomery County office centers located in mixed-use developments with a strong sense of place, a quality environment and good transit connectivity are best positioned to compete. This trend is consistent with recommended land use strategies in recent County plans for White Flint, Bethesda, White Oak and other communities.

-Single-use office developments without convenient transit or highway access are having difficulty in attracting tenants.

-Future office development is likely to occur at a slower pace and concentrate in prime locations. Not every location will be able to attract new office development or maintain former occupancy levels.

Study Recommendations:

-Create or retrofit office environments that are attractive to today’s tenants by adding amenities, mixed-uses and improved transit or highway connections. Incentives to renovate existing offices could be effective for buildings near transit or in mixed-use areas.

-Reduce the supply of non-competitive office space by converting vacant office buildings to housing, hotels or other uses. Policies that facilitate site assembly could help owners of older, small office buildings to redevelop.

-Plans for approved but unbuilt suburban office parks may need to be revisited. Some projects already have converted planned office space to residential or other uses, but redirecting development capacity to more competitive locations should be considered. Zoning impediments to redevelopment and diversification should be removed.

-Increase demand by competing for office tenants more effectively. County economic development initiatives, including business attraction and retention, workforce development, technical assistance and support for local entrepreneurs should be intensified.

Application of Market Research:

These findings and recommendations will guide upcoming Master Plans, especially the newly launched plan for the 247-acre Rock Spring Park area east of Montgomery Mall. Currently, Rock Spring is a single-use office center that is home to headquarters for Lockheed Martin and Marriott. A new street network, public amenities, residential uses and environmental upgrades will be examined for the area.

View the Montgomery Planning Department Office Market Assessment Report web page.

Jun 19 15

County Planning Board Visits Nine Park Sites to View Newest Features

by Bridget Schwiesow

DSC_0019DSC_0053DSC_0037DSC_0081

June 11 tour reveals diversity of urban park and recreational facilities, including cricket field, artificial turf, tree farm and historic barn renovation

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board joined staff from Montgomery Parks and Planning Departments on a tour of nine County park sites on Thursday, June 11, 2015. These sites represent a small fraction of the 420 parks managed by the Department of Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, but represent some of the newest designs and practices in urban and recreational settings. They serve as models for the 34 future parks recommended as part of master plans for communities such as Downtown Bethesda, Westbard, White Oak, White Flint and others throughout the county.

The daylong bus and walking tour included visits to:

Germantown Town Center Urban Park – This nearly nine-acre parcel next to the new Germantown Regional Library is a creative solution to a constrained site. Raised walkways around an existing wetland lead to a green space filled with sculptural seating and a plaza with public artworks shaped like trees. Parks like this one will become more common as the County urbanizes and implements master-planned open spaces within dense communities.

Ridge Road Recreational Park – With its multiple ball fields, tennis and volleyball courts and in-line hockey rink, these 56 acres in Germantown reflect the multi-purpose nature of County recreational parks. The Parks and Planning Board’s visit highlighted a successful field renovation, now planted with Bermuda grass to withstand heavy use and achieve regrowth more quickly. Artificial turf on playing fields is also being tried out, as evident in the visit to Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Park in Silver Spring.

Strawberry Knoll Local Park – The Planning Board seized the opportunity to try out the new cricket pitch in this park with balls pitched by members of the local cricket league. Increasing interest in this sport led M-NCPPC to create three cricket fields in the County.

Laytonia Recreational Park – The Planning Board visited a new recreational park on 51 acres of land located on Airpark Road, just north of Muncaster Mill Road. The site plan includes four fields (two adult baseball and two youth baseball), with a central plaza containing a building to house a press box, restrooms and vending area. The plan also includes a playground, lighted basketball court, two picnic shelters, in-line skating rink, and trailhead parking to access an existing natural surface trail located just north of park property.

Pope Farm Nursery – The Planning Board toured the grounds to see the wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowers grown at this Gaithersburg facility for hundreds of County parks. About 700 tons of leaves and branches are composted here each year to create mulch for the parks.

Rock Creek Regional Park – Montgomery Parks staff presented plans for a new maintenance facility at the five-acre construction site in the park. This facility will be the first LEED Gold-certified maintenance facility in the system.

Solar Farm – The tour also passed the site of a future solar farm, due to be constructed off Needwood Road near the Intercounty Connector (ICC), as part of the Parks Department’s sustainability program. Consistent with Montgomery County’s energy initiatives, the solar panels will create power that can be sold into the utility grid and offset the cost of the parks’ energy usage, when installed at the end of 2015.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park -The visit to this Sandy Spring-area park with its Federal-style home highlighted the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of a stone barn and carriage house on the property. These structures will become part of a future visitor center, scheduled to open in 2016. Traditional and multi-media exhibits will present the history of the Quakers, Underground Railroad, enslaved and free black populations in the area.

Martin Luther King Recreational Park – The tour finished in the eastern part of the County with a tour of athletic fields and an opportunity to see different types of turf treatments.

Jun 17 15

Planners to Present County’s Office Study and Public Art Initiatives at American Planning Association Conference

by Bridget Schwiesow

Planning Department

APA National Capital Area Chapter’s June 20 event at Catholic University focuses on planning challenges in region

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is participating in a one-day conference being held by The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning.

Rick Liu, an economic and development specialist, will be one of three speakers to address the challenges confronting the office market in the greater Washington, DC area. The recent economic downturn, advances in technology, changes in the way people work and evolving tenant preferences have led to shrinking demand for office space across the region. For many communities, these trends have resulted in higher than average vacancy rates and underutilized office buildings, delayed new development and weakened revitalization efforts.

Liu will discuss how Montgomery County plans to adapt to these changes. The County recently completed a study on office space and found that enhancing such environments through mixed-use, transit-oriented developments can improve their competitiveness. This report also recommends reducing the supply of non-competitive office space by converting vacant office buildings to housing, hotels or other uses, and increasing office demand through aggressive economic development efforts.

At the APA conference, senior planner Molline Jackson will participate in a panel discussion focused on demystifying public art projects and programs. Jackson, a regulatory lead reviewer, acts as the public art liaison, coordinates the review of public art projects by the Art Review Panel and represents the Montgomery County Planning Department on the Public Arts Trust Steering Committee.

She will explain the potential benefits and challenges typically faced during collaboration between the community, developers, governmental entities and public artists. Her presentation will highlight a range of art installations that have enhanced communities throughout the County, and explain how they contribute to quality placemaking.

For more information about conference registration, go to: http://ncac-apa.org/events/chapter-conference/

Jun 17 15

White Flint 2 Sector Plan to be Discussed at June 25 Open House

by Bridget Schwiesow

White Flint 2 Boundary Map

Community invited to meet with planners, learn about the area’s challenges and opportunities, and provide feedback about neighborhood issues

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is launching the White Flint 2 Sector Plan on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at an open house being held at the Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, North Bethesda, MD) from 7 to 9 p.m.

Community residents and business owners are invited to hear about the goals of the Sector Plan and learn about existing conditions, opportunities and challenges. County planners will discuss the scope of the Plan and answer questions from participants. The community will be encouraged to provide initial ideas for the plan on a “feedback wall” at the event. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.

RSVP for the June 25 White Flint 2 Community Meeting.

Background on the White Flint 2 Sector Plan

The White Flint 2 Plan aims to close the gap between the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, Twinbrook Sector Plan and the pending City of Rockville plan for Rockville Pike (MD 355). Its land use, zoning and transportation recommendations will apply to properties in a bow-tie-shaped area between the boundaries of these already established Plans. White Flint 2 will link common elements between the Plan areas, including Rockville Pike and the proposed network of bike lanes and public open spaces.

Planners will be looking at parcels along Executive Boulevard, west of Old Georgetown Road; east of the CSX rail tracks, between Randolph Road and Nicholson Lane; and north of Montrose Parkway along Rockville Pike to the city limits of Rockville. Nicholson Court, which was a part of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, will also be included in the proposed plan area.

Challenges of the plan include improving transportation networks, including the redesign of Rockville Pike into a tree-lined boulevard; integrating land uses on both sides of the CSX tracks and proposed MARC station; and encouraging mixed-use, walkable developments.

For more information about the White Flint 2 Plan and June 25 open house, contact the planners:

Nkosi Yearwood, tel. 301-495-1332, email Nkosi.Yearwood@montgomeryplanning.org

Andrea Gilles, tel. 301-495-4541, email andrea.gilles@montgomeryplanning.org