Montgomery Planning Will Hold Open Houses on March 26 and 28 to Present Design Guidelines for the Rock Spring and White Flint 2 Plans
March 8, 2019
Planners will present draft recommendations for the design of buildings, streets and public spaces at two meeting locations for community feedback
SILVER SPRING, MD â€“The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites the community to provide feedback on the draft design guidelines for the Rock Spring Master Plan and White Flint 2 Sector Plan.
Planners will hold the White Flint 2 Sector Plan Design Guidelines open house on Tuesday, March 26 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center (5900 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD). They will follow that event with the Rock Spring Master Plan Design Guidelines open house on Thursday, March 28 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Davis Library (6400 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD).
The Rock Spring and White Flint 2 Sector Plan Design Guidelines aim to ensure that new building projects fit into the character of each area and provide stakeholders with a consistent starting point for reviewing proposed developments. They allow for flexibility in interpreting the standards and proposing creative alternatives to the guidelines that still meet their intent.
One set of design guidelines was developed for both Rock Spring and White Flint 2 since these planning areas are about 1.5 miles apart and share similar challenges and opportunities. At the open houses, planners will discuss how the guidelines affect each area with specific examples drawn from the separate communities.
The design guidelines for these areas aim to:
- Promote the conversion of single-use areas into mixed-use places.
- Integrate mobility alternatives with a focus on pedestrian and bike connections to amenities and destinations.
- Design buildings, public spaces and streets for pedestrian interest and comfort.
- Encourage the use of new school prototypes that employ adaptive reuse, colocation and multi-level designs.
- Complement urban development with easily accessible, high quality public and private parks and open spaces.
- Apply sustainable design practices to protect natural resources and improve the health of residents in the plan areas.
The Rock Spring Master Plan envisions 535 acres, now mostly used as an office park, as an employment center that could offer new housing and retail. New development is envisioned along a proposed central circulation spine, which could provide a future transitway for buses and safe routes for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars. The Montgomery County Council approved the plan in November 2017.
The White Flint 2 Sector Plan promotes the transformation of parking lots into places and single-use shopping centers into mixed-use communities along Rockville Pike (MD 355). It recommends integrating new residential and non-residential uses into the Executive Boulevard office park and promoting mixed-use neighborhood centers at the Loehmannâ€™s Plaza and Randolph Hills Shopping Centers. The County Council approved the plan in December 2017.