|Westbard sector plan getting|
rammed through like this truck
Friday, February 26, 2016
Montgomery County Council staff buys into wildly-optimistic Westbard plan projections
“Council staff concludes that there are sufficient opportunities for adding school capacity in the Whitman and B-CC Clusters to accommodate the public school students generated by the housing proposed by the Planning Board in the Westbard Sector Plan-and in the Bethesda CBD and Lyttonsville Sector Plans-even assuming the unlikely occurrence that all the proposed housing would actually materialize. This does not mean that the Council must approve as much density as the Plan proposes; it only means that school capacity is not a reason to approve less.”
To resident complaints that planners and MCPS never got specific enough about how they will address the higher rate of students generated by multifamily housing in the Whitman cluster, Council staff retorts:
"The draft text prepared for the Westbard Sector Plan is as specific as it should be."
Come on. That is completely sweeping under the rug the Whitman PTA's clear request in their letter:
"In conclusion, we ask that the County Council not adopt a sector plan that doesn't include a detailed, geographically specific analysis of the impact of the plan on schools and specific potential solutions to mitigate that impact."
Analysis of transportation capacity is equally in the realm of fantasy:
“Council staff concludes that there can be adequate transportation capacity to accommodate the land use types and densities proposed by the Planning Board in the Westbard Sector Plan.”
How about this baloney:
"Most of the rush hour traffic on River Road is through traffic, so most of those who are negatively affected by congestion on the road are not those who are residing, working, shopping, or otherwise visiting Westbard."
So you are just imagining you're stuck in traffic trying to get to the Beltway or downtown Bethesda, according to Council staff. They're even floating the idea of dropping a potential third through lane on River Road at Little Falls Parkway that's already in the master plan.
The fix is in. The game's afoot.
P.S.: The report does endorse the idea of closing Westbard Avenue at River Road, making it Westbard Court between River and Ridgefield, as has been suggested by several residents of that block.