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What Do You Think About the Proposed Sector Plan Changes?

The PHED is considering scaling back building heights for certain properties.

On Monday, the County Council's Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee heard a presentation on allowed by the Kensington Sector Plan.

Under a proposal from council staff, developers could only build to maximum capacity if they could demonstrate that their project would be an asset to the town.

Projects that can't demonstrate their utility would be given smaller maximum heights and densities, which are yet to be explained. 

The PHED Committee didn't take action on the plan but will take it up again when they reconvene in the new year.

What do you think about the proposal? Should the county add the rule to the plan? Vote in our poll and chime in in the comments.

Steven Cohen December 07, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Ms MocoLoco, You bet, at least triple, maybe more Try it.! Every time you go to the site you can vote again and again and again. I posted what I found when I saw - what I believed to be - a highly skewed vote on the last survey . The post was a few weeks ago if you want to check. But, your time would be better spent looking at the PHED video and finding out what the decision makers are saying first hand. Thank you for asking
MocoLoco December 07, 2011 at 06:02 PM
I was there! I saw the County Council asking questions--nothing wrong with that. However, I do disagree with your assessment that their tone was skeptical and questioning of the soundness. That said--I will hold them responsible if they ignore the work of the Planning Department and listen to the recommendations of amateurs. It's a huge waste of county resources if you have a planning department and ignore their advice.
Steven Cohen December 07, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Okay, I understand. People hear what they want to hear. That's why it was good for you to be there Not to be argumentative, but I think I pretty much quoted Nancy Florreen, Let's hope folks take the time to decide for themselves There are two sides to wasting resources. It would be a huge waste of resource if the Planning Department got it wrong. Getting the plan right is cheap compared to the cost of getting it wrong. We would be paying that price. So why not take the time to get this right.? Lets ask the tough questions now and lets get the biggest bang for the town and surrounding communities. As George Leventhal said there is not going to be a great rush to development. So why not get it right.? If we got it wrong, I'd like to have an answer to that question that would make sense twenty years from now. Steve
Aldo Morri December 07, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Sincere thanks Steve. I do mean that, and thank you for the video. I was not at the meeting, but heard a lot about it. The reason I was not at the meeting was that nobody on the supporting KSP went to the trouble to organize as the anti group did. It was similar to online ballot stuffing and I do not think represented the broader community feeling. We have conducted another informal poll in CVPCA that came to about the same outcome as this one... about 80% for the KSP as stated (because at least it has the traction needed, and starting all over would put things back again for years... as it has done over and over again).
Steven Cohen December 07, 2011 at 09:12 PM
Thank you . I'm off for the evening but I want to remind you there is no anti group. We are all pulling to make Kensington and the surrounding communities better. As many other folks have said the "devil is in the details" This complicated stuff. As Ms Michelson (sp?) so aptly said this is about judgement. If it were all black and white it might not be so hard. Steve

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