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First PHED Committee – Cautious Optimism

By: Mary Flynn

On Monday, January 23, twenty five CBAR supporters attended the first discussion of the Bethesda Downtown Plan by the Montgomery County Council Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) committee. Chaired by Councilmember Nancy Floreen, PHED committee members George Leventhal and


Comments as the public record closes

By: Mary Flynn

This is it. The public record closes Tuesday, November 1. I will submit the following written comments to the Montgomery County Council and Board of Education. To stand with residents throughout the area who all want adequate schools, transportation, parks, and compatibility plans


Bethesda Downtown Plan Public Hearing Testimony

By: Mary Flynn

Below is the testimony I will deliver at Tuesday’s public hearing regarding the Bethesda Downtown Plan. Please show your support for all community speakers: attend one, two or even three nights. This is a big deal — I hope to


Letter to the County Council and Board of Education: Lyttonsville

By: Mary Flynn

I submitted the following letter today to members of the Montgomery County Council and Board of Education. The Lyttonsville Sector Plan hearing is tonight (September 27) at 7:30 in the County Council auditorium. The Lyttonsville Sector Plan is relevant to current


SSP Public Hearing Testimony

By: Mary Flynn

I will deliver the following testimony at the Montgomery County Council’s public hearing regarding the Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP). The SSP is an important document: Its purpose is to evaluate individual proposals for development, determining if our transportation network and


Developers: Asked to do too much, or too little?

By: Mary Flynn

Are developers being asked to do too much in return for bonus density and height? Too little? Are the developer requirements and incentives in balance with the increased stress on our public schools, roads, transit, parks, and other infrastructure? I put together a chart


CBAR comments on PIP and Open Space PSS Proposals

By: Mary Flynn

I submitted the following letter on Tuesday, June 28 to Mr. Casey Anderson, Chairman of the Planning Board, and the Planning Board Commissioners. The issue of the Parks Impact Payment will be revisited by the Planning Board at Worksession #16 on Thursday,


Prepare Now

By: Mary Flynn

Today’s post includes: Community Meeting: Tuesday, July 12 Worksession #13 — The Good and the What?! Want More? What to do Now Community Meeting: Tuesday, July 12 Mark your calendars! Gwen Wright, Planning Director at the Montgomery County Planning Department,


Clarifications requested regarding Option #3

By: Mary Flynn

The Planning Board made several decisions at Worksession #12 regarding a density cap, density allocation, heights, and building design guidelines. There was a long discussion regarding density allocations. The Board agreed to an allocation system they referred to as “Option 3,” which


Worksession #9 Testimony

By: Mary Flynn

I delivered the following testimony at Worksession #9. Full audio and video recordings, plus supporting documents for Worksession #9 can be accessed from various Montgomery County websites, or here. -Mary Flynn Chairman Anderson and members of the Board, thank you


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