Monday, August 17, 2015
Sign up now for Westbard Sector Plan public hearings September 24
sign up quickly if you wish to be heard on the Public Hearing Draft of the Westbard Sector Plan on Thursday, September 24, 2015.
Who needs to sign up right away? Nearby residents and small business owners.
Issues in the plan that really need to be addressed by the Planning Board include the out-of-character urban heights, massing and density recommended and illustrated in the plan. The image shown prominently on the upper right of the draft plan's cover is a great example of a purely urban character being shown for a purely suburban residential area nowhere near a Metro station.
Other flaws include the severe lack of public amenities and facilities in the plan, an equally severe lack of proposals (actually, no proposals at all) to address the addition of 4087 cars onto an already congested commuter route (River Road), school overcrowding, and the absence of office space in the plan.
Here's an in-depth analysis of the plan, and aspects of it that have been kept quiet so far by the County and the media - such as the fact that building heights will be even taller than those cited in the plan. Shh...