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Montgomery Council Begins Review of White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan Today’s Overview From Planning Board Will Be Followed by Worksessions Starting July 1 By Council’s PHED Committee
  • Release ID: 14-180
  • Release Date: 6/17/2014
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will begin its review of the Draft White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan on Tuesday, July 1, with the first of five scheduled worksessions on the plan. Today, representatives of the County Planning Board presented an overview of the plan to the full County Council.

The PHED Committee, which is chaired by Nancy Floreen and includes Councilmembers Marc Elrich and George Leventhal, has scheduled its other worksessions for July 3, 7, 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.

The Planning Board’s presentation to the Council will be available on the Council’s web site via video on demand, starting Wednesday, June 18, at

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, White Oak/Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 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.

“There is tremendous economic development potential in the White Oak area. I am hopeful that we can start bringing good jobs to that part of the County sooner rather than later,” said Councilmember Floreen.

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 1 – Discussion of transportation issues

July 3 – Transportation issues, continued

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 meetings will be held the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. They will be televised live on television or online by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast will be streamed at:

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 November 13, 2012) that support recommendations in the Draft Master Plan can be viewed at:

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