CBAR requests specific actions related to schools, traffic, parks, and edge communities
BETHESDA, Maryland—February 4, 2016
The Coalition of Bethesda Area Residents (CBAR) today commented on four areas of the Bethesda Downtown Plan: schools, transportation, parks, and edge communities. CBAR also announced availability of new tools to support and encourage citizen participation in the planning process.
The CBAR website makes specific recommendations intended to better understand and predict the area’s future carrying capacity and population needs. “Our analysis is that the recommendations set forth in the May 2015 Staff Draft inadequately address the requirements for schools, transportation, parks, and edge communities,” said Mary Flynn, CBAR’s founder. “Instead of helping address these concerns, Planning Board members proceeded to lift the mixed-use requirement for many properties and granted an additional 2.9 million square feet of density above Staff recommendations. The process by which the Board is reviewing the Staff Draft dismisses the importance and difficulty of good urban planning.”
The approved density tally is currently at 35.3 million square feet of allowable development and represents a 50% density increase over what’s now on the ground. “This isn’t smart growth at all,” continued Flynn. “It’s an endorsement of aggressive development.”
For more information on each area of concern, visit:
- Edge communities:http://cbar.info/issues/edges/
Publicly available tools include the website at http://cbar.info, a Twitter feed @cbar_moco, and a Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/Coalition-of-Bethesda-Area-Residents-Meetup/. The website includes the following Resources:
- The most accessible compilation of Bethesda Downtown Plan Worksession resources: http://cbar.info/worksessions/
- A library of News articles related to the Bethesda Downtown Plan going back to 2013: http://cbar.info/resources/in-the-news/
- A directory of public officials and decision-makers: http://cbar.info/resources/whos-who/
ABOUT CBAR: The Coalition of Bethesda Area Residents (CBAR) is a grassroots organization that advocates for a beautiful and economically vibrant downtown area that is supported by livable communities. CBAR encourages citizen participation in the planning process through enhanced access to public information and community support.