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I couldn't agree more. I was one of those that helped organize the discussion, which generated a lot of heat as usual. The point that Dan alludes to and I wish would be implemented whole sale is the idea of 20% open space requirements in a central city like SS's CBD, ought to be eliminated in favor of putting money towards a central park of functional proportions and usable location. Right now, this out-dated suburban type zoning forced developers to create little unused pocket parks instead of creating strong street walls and providing for a public space like Veteran's Plaza, which is a huge hit. Right now, developers have an option for more density to put money into a fund, but it ought to be mandatory in downtowns.

If you want to learn more about this great study done by the Montgomery County Planning Staff, here it is.
http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/ssgreenspace/index.shtm

by Thayer-D on Nov 27, 2012 1:03 pm • linkreport

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