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Apr 6 16

White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee Will Hold Monthly Meeting in North Bethesda on April 11

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Group will discuss progress of developments, road improvements, bikeway projects and related White Flint 2 Sector Plan issues 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is convening the monthly meeting of the White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Wall Local Park/Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center (5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda, MD 20852). The meeting is open to the public.

The session’s agenda includes a progress report on development activity, updates on road and bikeway projects, and the County’s current Capital Improvements Program budgetary process as it relates to the White Flint Sector Plan area of North Bethesda.

Participants will learn more about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan, launched in 2015 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). The plan’s 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 a proposed network of bike lanes and public open spaces.

Update on Urban Land Institute Review Panels

Another topic of discussion at the meeting will be the Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) review held by the Planning Department and Washington, DC chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in December 2015 to focus on revitalization strategies for the Executive Boulevard and Rock Spring areas of North Bethesda. This two-day event included site visits, roundtable discussions and a presentation of findings from a multi-disciplinary team of real estate and land use experts.

The panelists suggested ways of making the two office parks in North Bethesda more economically competitive and their findings are documented in a recent report entitled “What’s Next for Office Parks in Montgomery County.” The report recommendations for the Executive Boulevard area are being considered by planners for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.

Meeting participants will also learn about a more recent ULI TAP review, held by the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee on March 29, 2016 at the Strathmore Music Center.  The purpose of this study is to look at ways of re-branding the White Flint area as the Pike District. Panelists offered ideas for signage and streetscape designs to clearly define a new identity for the neighborhood.

About the White Flint Sector Plan Advisory Committee

In 2010, the Planning Department appointed a group of property owners, residents, County officials and interest groups to oversee the implementation and staging of redevelopment in the Sector Plan areas. The 24-member committee monitors the progress of Plan recommendations, including improvements to traffic congestion, transit use and parking; the County’s Capital Improvements Program and Subdivision Staging Policy. Members recommend action by the Planning Board and County Council to address issues that may arise.

Feb 4 16

Civic Groups, Homeowner Associations and Property Owners Share Perspectives for White Flint 2 Area at Public Forum on February 1

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Speakers addressed schools, transportation, parks and new developments within White Flint 2 Sector Plan boundaries at evening meeting

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held a public forum on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD) for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.

This event allowed civic and homeowner associations, including representatives from the Luxmanor, Garrett Park, Cherington and Randolph Hills neighborhoods, to share ideas with planners and the approximately 40 meeting participants. The discussion focused on public schools within the Walter Johnson cluster, transportation and new parks and open spaces.

In addition, developers from Federal Realty Investment Trust explained their initial concepts for redeveloping the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center and the owner of Randolph Hills Shopping Center also presented his suggested renovation plans.

Local representatives of the Sierra Club presented the benefits of such development, including the provision of more affordable housing in proximity to transit, as well as ways to improve the energy efficiencies of buildings and sites.

View the video recap of the 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.

Issues confronting the White Flint 2 planners

  • How should the City of Rockville and County officials coordinate their efforts in redesigning Rockville Pike?
  • What transportation policies should be introduced or amended?
  • Should the White Flint Special Taxing District extend to White Flint 2?
  • How can uses on both sides of the MARC station and CSX tracks be integrated?
  • What is the role of the proposed MARC station?
  • How should properties outside of the 2010 White Flint Plan be developed?
  • Should light-industrial-zoned properties be retained?
  • What would the school capacity impacts be if significant numbers of new residential developments are approved?
  • What are the impacts associated with bus rapid transit (BRT)?
  • What is the potential for infill to create a mix of uses and promote walkability?

For more information about the White Flint 2 Plan and February 1 public forum, contact:

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

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Jan 27 16

Planning Department Announces Calendar of February 2016 Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

Calendar of Events

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its February 2016 calendar of community meetings, work session and public events. These events offer opportunities for the Planning Board and Planning Department staff to discuss policies and engage with the public. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.

For any meetings that were postponed in January due to the weather, they will be rescheduled and information will be posted to www.montgomeryplanning.org with updates.

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Montgomery County Planning Department Events in February 2016

February 1 – Attend the property owners forum for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan. Speakers who wish to address specific properties and improvements at the meeting must submit presentation proposals to the Planning Department by January 28, 2016 to be considered. The public forum will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD). Learn more about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.

February 2 – The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing for the Westbard Sector Plan on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD, Council Hearing Room). This meeting was originally scheduled for January 26, but was rescheduled due to the inclement weather. The meeting will be televised live on County Cable Montgomery Channels Comcast 6, RCN 6 and Verizon 30 and streamed live online. View the County Council Agenda webpage.

February 4 – Attend the next Planning Board meeting work session for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. Zoning and building heights in the Arlington North, Arlington South, Battery Lane and South Bethesda Districts will be discussed as time permits. Consult the Planning Board Agenda for the staff report for this item.

February 4 – The Subdivision Staging Policy team will continue its discussion of new ideas for transportation testing with the Planning Board. View the Planning Board Agenda for details about this item.

February 4 – The Montgomery County Council will hold a second public hearing for the Westbard Sector Plan on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD, Council Hearing Room). This meeting was originally scheduled for January 26, but was rescheduled due to the inclement weather. The meeting will be televised live on County Cable Montgomery Channels Comcast 6, RCN 6 and Verizon 30 and streamed live online. View the County Council Agenda webpage.

February 6 – Architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly of the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office will talk about the Montgomery Modern initiative and her new book about midcentury design. The event will be held at the B&O train station in Silver Spring and hosted by Montgomery Preservation, Inc. and the Silver Spring Historical Society. Learn more.

February 11 – Attend, watch or listen live to this Planning Board meeting. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on agenda items.

February 11 – Participate in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan public hearing at 6:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). Participants will have up to three minutes to testify on the Public Hearing Draft of the plan. Time slots to testify are limited, so in advance of the hearing date, the public is encouraged to go online to sign up to testify:   http://www.montgomeryapps.org/planning_board/testify.asp.

February 16 – Attend the second session of the three-part Winter Speakers Series, which is focused on transportation, at 6 p.m. in the MRO Auditorium at 8787 Georgia Avenue. Jennifer Toole, president of the Silver Spring-based Toole Design Group, will discuss local examples of suburban bike lanes as well as case studies from other countries, including the Netherlands. The session is free and members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) attending the series can earn credit. Learn more about the session and the #smartmoves series.

February 18 – Attend, watch or listen live to this Planning Board meeting. View the Planning Board Agenda for details on agenda items.

February 18 – The Subdivision Staging Policy team will engage in its third discussion of new ideas for transportation testing with the Planning Board. View the Planning Board Agenda for details about this item.

February 18 – Participate in a community meeting on school facilities related to the Subdivision Staging Policy. This discussion starts at 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD). It will focus on the current school tests and school facility funding as they relate to the staging of subdivision development. Feedback from this event will help planners revise the current Subdivision Staging Policy.

February 25 – Participate in a work session for the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy at the regular Planning Board meeting. This session will focus on draft recommendations related to the work of the Transportation Impact Study Technical Working Group. Feedback from this event will help planners revise the current Subdivision Staging Policy.

February 25 – The Planning Board will have another work session on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. View the Planning Board Agenda page for details about this item two weeks prior to this date.

Dec 16 15

Potential for Additional Parks and Open Spaces in White Flint 2 Area Discussed at December 9 Community Meeting in Rockville

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Staff from Planning and Parks Departments gained the public’s feedback about ideas for additional green areas and gathering places

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held a community meeting to discuss the White Flint 2 Sector Plan on Wednesday, December 9 at Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville) from 7 to 9 p.m. The event focused on existing parks and open spaces in the North Bethesda area, and where additional facilities may be needed.

Approximately 50 people attended the meeting to learn more about open spaces, including plans for a future park at Wall Local Park in White Flint. During the introductory presentation, staff explained the different types of parks that could be considered, including civic greens, urban parks, neighborhood greens and privately provided public-use spaces.

View the presentation from the December 9 White Flint 2 meeting.

After the presentation, participants were asked to choose their preferred amenities for new parks in the White Flint 2 area. They selected grass, trees and a place to run or bike as the most important features, followed by places to gather and attend concerts or movies, and areas for bouncing or throwing a ball. These suggestions will help planners determine open space recommendations for the new White Flint 2 Sector Plan as it is developed.

Learn more about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.

Background on the White Flint 2 Sector Plan

The White Flint 2 Plan aims to close the gaps between the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, the 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 the 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 the transportation network, including the redesign of Rockville Pike into a more pedestrian-friendly tree-lined boulevard; integrating land uses on both sides of the CSX tracks and the proposed MARC station; and encouraging mixed-use, walkable developments.

For more information about the White Flint 2 Plan, contact the lead planner:

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

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Dec 3 15

ULI Washington Panel Recommends Strategies to Revitalize Rock Spring and White Flint 2 Office Parks at December 2 Workshop

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel helped ongoing planning efforts for Rock Spring and White Flint 2 areas by suggesting land uses, amenities, multi-modal access

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, partnered with the Washington, DC District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to conduct a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) review from Tuesday, December 1 through Wednesday, December 2, 2015. The event, titled “What’s Next for the Rock Spring Office Park and the Executive Boulevard area in White Flint,” was held at 6110 Executive Boulevard in Rockville.

“These areas are so important to Montgomery County from the standpoint of economic development and jobs,” says Planning Director Gwen Wright. “That’s why we wanted to draw on the expertise of a ULI Washington technical assistance panel to provide recommendations as we continue the planning process for Rock Spring and White Flint 2.”

The workshop included site visits, roundtable discussions and a presentation of findings from a multi-disciplinary team of real estate and land use experts who are members of ULI Washington. The panelists suggested ways of making the two office parks in North Bethesda more economically competitive and vibrant. These office districts, located less than two miles apart in the Rock Spring and Executive Boulevard areas, are now being studied by the County Planning Department as part of its ongoing planning efforts. The Rock Spring Master Plan and White Flint 2 Sector Plan will consider new land uses and zoning, along with potential enhancements to public facilities, open spaces and transportation.

View the powerpoint of the ULI Washington Technical Assistance Panel presentation from December 2.

View the video of the ULI Washington Technical Assistance Panel presentation from December 2.

Challenges of Rock Spring and Executive Boulevard Areas

The primary challenge in both locations is the high office vacancy rate. The Rock Spring office park has a vacancy rate of 21.2 percent and the Executive Boulevard office park within the White Flint 2 area has a vacancy rate of 29.2 percent, compared to Montgomery County’s overall office vacancy rate of 14.8 percent (according to CoStar statistics).

Each office park contains three completely empty buildings. A major tenant in Rock Spring, Marriott International, has announced tentative plans to relocate to a more walkable, transit-served and mixed-use setting. Experts on the panel pointed out that high office vacancy rates are not unique to Montgomery County; they are evident all over the country. In response, many communities are successfully developing strategies to deal with the changing office market.

The ULI panelists also focused on challenges related to the lack of community identity in both locations. They emphasized the absence of amenities, such as coffee shops, lunch venues, gyms, and drug stores, within the office parks; the lack of pedestrian access and connectivity to offsite amenities; and the need to diversify land uses, since currently there is only a single land use – office – in the two areas.

TAP Recommendations for Executive Boulevard Area

During the report-out on December 2, the ULI experts presented strategies for transforming the office parks. Their recommendations for the Executive Boulevard area of White Flint are:

-Accelerate implementation of the north/west Pike & Rose Metrorail station entrance.

-Implement the planned Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard realignment (called the Western Workaround).

-Improve pedestrian connections to amenities, such as those at Pike & Rose, and the existing White Flint Metrorail station.

-Leverage and link to the White Flint recreation loop for walking and biking.

-Introduce Bikeshare as a multimodal connector.

-Introduce convenience retail for office workers and future residents, including coffee shops, cafes, drug stores, dry cleaners.

-Decrease perceived distances between office building entrances and the street by encouraging small retail spaces, pop-up amenities (food trucks, parklets) and outdoor seating.

-Embrace and enhance the ample green spaces, including mature trees and landscaping, already present.

-Leverage and link the Executive Boulevard office park to Pike & Rose’s identity.

-Create a consistent signage and streetscape package to reinforce new identify for office parks.

TAP Recommendations for Rock Spring Area

The experts organized their comments according to the major challenges of identity, connectivity, amenities and land use as follows:

-Draw on the theme of “live well” by building on existing medical tenants and green environment of Rock Spring.

-Create an anchor for wellness/central community uses and a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented environment.

-Improve entry points by creating gateways through artwork, signage and archways.

-Provide a shuttle to the Metrorail station and enhance pedestrian and bike connections to Westfield Montgomery Mall – which the panel viewed as a major amenity for the area.

-Enhance transit rider knowledge through technology tools.

-Introduce Bikeshare stations.

-Break up superblocks of office buildings with mid-block crossings for pedestrians.

-Concentrate communal amenities (community center, library, civic functions) in a central location.

-Create a centrally located mixed-use village center, possibly including a library and arts facilities.

-Leverage existing green spaces by building a trail network, seating, and open spaces.

-Catalyze development of the approved, mixed-use Rock Spring Center project.

-Change zoning to eliminate constraints, allow maximum land-use flexibility and make the area market-responsive.

-Explore creative approaches to school overcrowding in the area, such as adding another school on or adjacent to the Walter Johnson High School site, reusing an office building for a school and/or building a new school within the Rock Spring office park, possibly on an existing surface parking lot.

-Use financial tools to achieve goals, such as tax abatement and tax-increment financing; special assessment taxing districts to accelerate infrastructure improvements; County acquisition of vacant and underperforming offices buildings to spur changes in use; and public-private partnerships.

-Create buy-in for real estate changes through community education.

Many of these recommendations will be considered by County planners in developing the new Rock Spring Master Plan and White Flint 2 Sector Plan. The Plans will guide and encourage the transformation of the office parks, and recommend facilities and policies needed to support new uses.

For more information about the Rock Spring Master Plan, go to www.montgomeryplanning.org/rockspring

For more information about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan, go to www.montgomeryplanning.org/wf2

About the ULI Technical Assistance Panel

The objective of ULI Washington’s Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) program is to provide expert, multidisciplinary advice on land use and real estate issues facing public agencies and nonprofit organizations in the Metropolitan Washington Region. Drawing from its extensive membership base, ULI Washington conducts one and one-half day panels offering objective and responsible advice to local decision-makers on a wide variety of land use and real estate issues, ranging from site-specific projects to public policy questions. The TAP program is intentionally flexible to provide a customized approach to specific land use and real estate issues. Learn more at http://washington.uli.org/TAPs.

The panelists for the Rock Spring and Executive Boulevard areas were:

Bob Eisenberg, Chair, Clark Enterprises

Robert Atkinson, Davis Carter Scott

Dean Bellas, Urban Analytics

Brigg Bunker, Foulger Pratt Development

Barbara Byron, Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization

Matt Klein, Akridge

Alex Rixey, Fehr and Peers

Rebecca Snyder, Insight Property Group

Stan Wall, HR&A Advisors

About The Montgomery County Planning Department
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, aims to improve quality of life by conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for current and future generations. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for Montgomery County’s future. The Department comprises 140 staff members and provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, other government agencies and the general public. Visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.

About ULI Washington
ULI Washington is a district council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit education and research organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, the Institute today has more than 30,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use planning and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better communities.

ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Washington carries out the ULI mission locally by sharing best practices, building consensus, and advancing solutions through educational programs and community outreach initiatives.

 

 

Dec 1 15

December 9 Community Meeting for White Flint 2 Sector Plan Will Focus on Parks and Open Spaces in Area

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Staff from Planning and Parks Departments will discuss existing open spaces and opportunities to introduce additional green areas and gathering places

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a community meeting to discuss the White Flint 2 Sector Plan on Wednesday, December 9 at Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville) from 7 to 9 p.m.

RSVP for the December 9 meeting.

Staff from the Planning and Parks Departments will make a presentation about existing parks and open spaces in the area, and where additional facilities may be needed. Following that discussion, attendees will be invited to provide feedback on ideas about parks and amenities in the White Flint 2 area to help steer the planning process.

Learn more about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.

Background on the White Flint 2 Sector Plan

The White Flint 2 Plan aims to close the gaps between the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, the 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 the 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 the transportation network, including the redesign of Rockville Pike into a more pedestrian-friendly tree-lined boulevard; integrating land uses on both sides of the CSX tracks and the proposed MARC station; and encouraging mixed-use, walkable developments.

For more information about the White Flint 2 Plan, contact the lead planners:

Nkosi Yearwood, tel. 301-495-1332, email Nkosi.Yearwood@montgomeryplanning.org
Andrea Gilles, tel. 301-495-4541, email Andrea.Gilles@montgomeryplanning.org

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Oct 30 15

Montgomery County Planning Department Announces Calendar of November Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

Calendar of Events

Master plans move ahead with public meetings and Planning Board work sessions.

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its calendar for November 2015. These events offer opportunities for the Board and Planning Department staff to engage with 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.

The agenda of upcoming Planning Board meetings being held this fall is posted on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.

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Montgomery County and Planning Department Events in November 2015:

November 3 – Attend a community meeting about the new M-NCPPC Wheaton Headquarters building in downtown Wheaton. Hosted by Montgomery County Department of Transportation, the meeting will be held at Wheaton High School (12601 Dalewood Drive, Silver Spring, MD) at 6: 30 p.m. Find out about the progress of the design for the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission building and the public town square to be located on parking lot 13 in Wheaton, MD. No RSVP required. Learn more about this community meeting.

November 4 – The MARC Rail Communities Plan for Boyds and Germantown will be launched at a public open house meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Upcounty Regional Services Center (12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD). Learn more about the MARC Rail Communities plan.

November 5 – The Planning Board will be briefed on the goals for the update to the County’s Subdivision Staging Policy. The intent of these regulations (formerly known as the Growth Policy) is to ensure public facilities, particularly schools and roads, are adequate to meet the needs of new development and growth. Learn more about the update to the Subdivision Staging Policy. Check the Agendas & Staff Reports page two weeks prior to the meeting for details.

November 11 –The Planning Department will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.

November 18 – Attend the fourth community meeting of the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.  The meeting will be held at Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Rd, Rockville, MD, from 6:30-8:30 pm. County Planners will focus on transportation issues within White Flint 2 and the surrounding area.  No RSVP necessary.  Learn more about the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.

November 19 – The Planning Board will hold a second work session for the Westbard Sector Plan. Learn more about the Westbard Sector Plan at www.montgomeryplanning.org/planwestbard. Check the Agendas & Staff Reports page two weeks prior to the meeting for details.

November 26-27 –The Planning Department will be closed during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Oct 2 15

Community Invited to Attend White Flint 2 Community Meeting on October 14

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to meet with planners, discuss the challenges and opportunities of the plan area from 7 to 9 p.m. 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting residents, business owners and anyone with an interest in the White Flint 2 area to attend a community meeting hosted by the White Flint 2 Sector Plan team on Wednesday, October 14 at Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville, MD) from 7 to 9 p.m.

The October 14 community meeting follows the September 17 joint meeting with the Rock Spring Master Plan team which focused on MCPS facility concerns in the Walter Johnson High School cluster. The September 17 meeting, which drew about 100 residents, was held to begin the dialogue about how to address school facility issues in this cluster.

During the upcoming master planning process for White Flint 2, Planning Department staff and MCPS staff will collaborate with the community to ensure that land use and zoning recommendations are coordinated with the corresponding recommendations for educational facilities.

RSVP for the October 14 White Flint 2 community meeting.

View the draft of the White Flint 2 Scope of Work.

Background on the White Flint 2 Sector Plan

The White Flint 2 Plan aims to fill in the gaps between the areas covered by 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, 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

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Jun 8 15

Update: White Flint 2 Community Meeting Rescheduled

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Due to conflicting community meetings, the June 17 White Flint 2 Community Open House will be rescheduled for a date later in the month. The new date for the event will be announced shortly. Please go to www.montgomeryplanning.org/whiteflint2 to learn more about this plan.