What Do You Think About the Kensington Sector Plan?

Share your opinion as the County Council prepares to vote.

After more than three years of debate and revision, the Kensington Sector Plan is likely to go before the County Council later this month.

This week, the county's Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee , which has revised zoning that limits height and densities in areas near neighborhoods.

However, both the committee and town have split on the idea of "exploring" allowing Konterra to build up to 75 feet, instead of 60, in exchange for public amenities. The proposal passed the committee 2-1 and the town 3-1.

What do you think about the plan as it stands? Should Konterra be able to construct a 75-foot building? Share your opinion in the comments.

Steven Cohen February 15, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Part 2 So to follow your own logic, the likely result is that developers will build the most profitable buildings…and, to my point, that’s likely to be rental apartments and maybe not the business we would like to envision. I often wonder if our parking and traffic problems have been Kensington’s greatest impediments to growth. Not density and building height. If so, how ironic (ugh, tragic), if the Sector Plan makes both worse, Of course, you could buy into the Planning Board’s social engineering, behavioral modification, “we-know-what’s-best-for-you” battle plan- - adequate parking is bad and residents need to walk or take a bus to the grocery store. (Not to worry, the Aspen Hill Home Depot has lots of parking) Maybe Jobverse27.4 has a point when he says we are being taken for chumps. Yes I am a skeptic but, I think the County Council and the Planning Board has spent about as much “thinking” time (as opposed to calendar time) on our Sector Plan as you’ve spent thinking about declining fish stocks in the Northern Baltic. If you wonder why I harp on the need for some simple economic analysis and impacts estimates, this is why. I think some simple facts and figures - that even I can understand - will shed light on the difference between the pretty pictures, our imaginings and the developer’s economic realities of how our Town may be transformed. I hope to read some counter discussion. Steve Cohen
B. Williamson, Hardware City February 15, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I'm sorry, I did not intend to stir everone up. I just wanted to thank you all for being concerned for us and our future here. We will do our best to stick around and will have to wait and see what happens.
Dataslave February 16, 2012 at 12:52 AM
You better! Hardware city is one of my favorite stores and a huge part of my childhood! You can't leave!
Doctor RosenRosen February 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I may be late to the party but I am not understanding this? How is adding apartments improving Kensington? Am I missing something here? Please help me understand. This will be built on a vacant lot but for some reason the builder needs an additional 15 feet to make it viable? I'm sure there is a line of builders willing to take Kontarra's place and build what the community wants, not just 4 people on the TOK board. The building costs are close to the same in Laurel as they are in Kensington, yet for some reason the devloper can't find a way to make the numbers work at 60 feet? If I was the developer I'm sure I would fight for the extra 15 feet. Why not, it's more revenue. Yet what do the communities of Kensington Heights, Rock Creek Hills, Kensington Estates, Chevy Chase View, Parkwood stand to gain by adding these residents? A bridge over the MARC tracks? A clock? A frisbee golf course? Please help me on this - I'm an easy sell. Make your case. DRR
MrsKensington February 18, 2012 at 04:15 AM
We own property in Kensington, but got the bleep out to the countryside and have renters. I worry we may not come back to live in it again after this mess. I was sick of getting my car broken into. The elementary school and poolside bitchery (there are other public schools besides lily-white and snobby "KP" - try Garrett Park, Rock View, and Oakland Terrace, many of those students live in KENSINGTON.) (Parkwood is not in the town of Kensington, either, btw, it's just priced like it!) The property prices and taxes. Rock Creek Park is its saving grace along with the small businesses and some lovely longtime neighbors on my street, otherwise, I'd have gone nuts living there looooong ago.


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