While you are voting, the Council will be voting against the wishes of over 90% of its constituents, who have loudly, clearly and vehemently opposed the Westbard sector plan from its controversial inception in late 2014. The Council is expected to unanimously approve the SMA today, which is required to legally put the sector plan zoning into effect.
The Council will also break the promise to not rezone existing residences outside of the Westbard sector plan area. Existing townhomes at Ridgefield Road and Westbard Avenue, and at Brookside Drive and River Road, and at Westbard Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, all have been illegally brought into the plan area, and will be rezoned to a new zoning category with today's vote. "Existing homes will not be rezoned," and "the residential neighborhoods outside the plan area will be left as-is," earn Four Pinocchio and Pants on Fire ratings from our real-time Fact Checkers.
|Contrary to promises|
existing residences would
not be rezoned in the plan,
existing townhomes on sites 1, 10
and 14 above are indeed
being brought into the
plan area and rezoned
Passage of term limits would begin the process of reform by booting five members off the Council in 2018. Voters could then finish the job by voting out the remaining offenders in the November 2018 election, including Councilmember Hans Riemer, who lied to residents in a rambling, incoherent speech, claiming Westbard was "a mile from two Metros." In fact, it is nearly two miles or more from the Friendship Heights (almost two miles) and Bethesda Metro (over two miles away) stations to Westbard, and nowhere near the quarter-mile to half-mile-from Metro range universally considered to be transit-oriented development. Four Pinocchios! Pants on Fire! Throw the bums out!