The Westbard Sector plan review process began in the summer of 2014. The plan had not been updated since 1982 and was the one of the oldest Sector Plans in Montgomery County.
The Westbard Sector Plan was unanimously approved by the County Council May 2, 2016. (Press Release on County Council Unanimous Approval of Westbard Sector Plan)
CCCFH & Westbard
The CCCFH drafted guiding principles from resident suggestions, prior surveys and the 2008 Catholic University Study. CCCFH members represented these principles in meetings with the planning board and planning department.
CCCFH Written Communications
Gate at Landy Ln Intersection and Requested Traffic Signal
In addition to general advocacy for less density in the Sector, the CCCFH has pursued the requirement that the Washington Episcopal School (WES) gate be open during school operational hours to allow another access point to the school and decrease cut-through traffic in the surrounding neighborhoods. In the 2008 zoning change process for the WES site, WES agreed to open the gate during operational hours, but has not done so. Opening the gate is also needed to a justify a traffic signal at the the intersection of Landy Ln and River Rd, particularly relevant given the coming plans to develop senior housing on that site as well.
After a great deal of work, spanning many years, the CCCFH was successful in having the Planning Board require the opening of the gates during at least the peak morning and afternoon school drop-off and pick-up times.
Equity One Sketch Plan
Equity One had their community pre-submission meeting on June 1, 2016. This meeting is a pre-requisite to submitting their Sketch Plan to the Planning Department. The sketch plan is intended to show that the developer intends to develop within the boundaries of the permitted zoning, but does not go into detail around how the blocks of space will be used (i.e., info like how many floors or retail, how many 2 bedrooms residential units, how many rentals vs. condos available is not available at this stage).
Equity One Sketch Plan (presentation from June 2016 pre-submission meeting)
Equity One Pre-Submission Meeting
The Willett Branch has been split into a number of different parcels. Some portions of Willett Branch will not be improved for quite some time as they are not expected to be redeveloped – i.e., the parcels north of River Rd., and the sections underneath American Plant and the Roofing Center. Funding for the improvements will be a combination of public and private.