Monday, June 22, 2009

what's up the pike: bet it'll rain today

Sad Rainy Traffic Jam, 29 at Industrial
The new Growth Policy proposes approving development based on transit capacity, not just highway capacity.

- It's a big week for public meetings: Tonight, the Planning Board holds a hearing for the Annual Growth Policy, which seeks to create incentives for more compact, transit-oriented growth rather than linking growth to traffic counts and school capacity, as has been the case previously. The hearing's at 7:30pm at the Park and Planning Commission's headquarters at Georgia Avenue and Spring Street.

- Tuesday, Councilmember Valerie Ervin and representatives from several county agencies meet with Wheaton residents to discuss the fate of the former Maryland College of Art and Design on Georgia Avenue. A local developer has proposed building twenty-seven townhomes at the site of the old school, which was folded into Montgomery College's Takoma Park-Silver Spring campus, but neighbors argue it would violate their subdivision's covenants and increase traffic. That meeting will be at 8pm at the Capital View-Homewood Recreation Center in Kensington.

- Also, the Department of Parks is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss future uses for the Sligo Creek Golf Course, which may cease operations this October. That meeting's from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, at 1000 Forest Glen Road.

- And Wednesday, the Police Department unveils their plans for the new 3rd District station to be built on Milestone Drive in White Oak. They'll also talk about proposals to build mixed-income housing on the twelve-acre site, which haven't been finalized yet. That meeting is at 7pm at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center on Briggs Chaney Road.

- The town of Somerset (motto: "too good for Bethesda, not good enough to be Chevy Chase") is asking Pepco to install LED lights in their street lamps, saying their higher cost is offset by their low energy use. Can't think about LED lights now without remembering former County Council candidate Andrew Padula's plan to bring jobs to East County by building a factory to manufacture them, so I figured I'd mention it.

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