Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 7, will continue its review of the Draft White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan. The worksession will concentrate on land use issues, particularly the future of three key centers within the plan area on the east side of the County at White Oak, Hillandale and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Life Sciences Village.
The PHED Committee, which is chaired by Nancy Floreen and includes Councilmembers Marc Elrich and George Leventhal, has future worksessions on the White Oak plan tentatively scheduled for July 14 and 16. The full Council is tentatively scheduled to meet on the plan on July 22 and to take action on it on July 29.
Monday’s worksession is scheduled for the Third Floor Hearing Room in the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. It will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast will be streamed at:
The PHED Committee worksession will address the recommendations on the White Oak plan made by the County Planning Board. The Planning Board’s presentation to the Council is available on the Council’s web site via video on demand at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council .
The White Oak Plan provides the County Council with the opportunity to shape the long-term goals and objectives for the area that spans Hillandale, the White Oak/Food and Drug Administration (FDA) community and Cherry Hill. When the federal government consolidated the FDA at the White Oak Federal Research Center, it created the catalyst for business opportunities related to the federal agency. The County will re-examine the master plan as a first step toward realizing those opportunities.
The Planning Board’s Draft Master Plan envisions the reorientation of the area’s shopping centers from the existing auto-dependent suburban model to a mixed-use area served by transit. Residents there have expressed a desire for expanded dining and shopping opportunities and more jobs closer to home.
The PHED Committee schedule regarding the White Oak Master Plan:
July 7 – Discussion of land use issues
July 14 – Land use issues, continued
July 16 – Land use issues, continued
The full Council’s schedule regarding the White Oak Master Plan:
July 22 – Full Council worksession
July 29 – Final vote
The complete version of the plan, which was updated in December 2013, can be found at:
The Planning Board's proposed amendments to the 2012-2016 Subdivision Staging Policy (approved by the County Council on Nov. 13, 2012) that support recommendations in the Draft Master Plan can be viewed at:
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