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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 10:53am

A New Life for the Willett Branch; A New Park for the Westbard Sector

New development is coming to the Westbard sector and it will increase the density of the area three-fold.  New residential and mixed use building will be where small shops once operated.  With this change, we MUST have green space.  The Draft Master Plan proposes a new Stream Valley Park and a naturalized Willett Branch creek which would run through the sector like "a green ribbon" providing residents with walking trails, seating and a way to enjoy the outdoors.

Email the Planning Board HERE to tell them that you support this vision for the sector and that no changes should be made or exceptions granted in the new master plan. If the email doesn't work for you, you can download a sample letter HERE.

Email NOW!  The Planning Board meets on December 3 to discuss the environment elements of the Proposed plan.  More information about the Westbard Sector Plan rewrite is HERE.


Willett Branch as it could be.



Sample Letter Supporting the Naturalization of the Willett Branch in the Westbard Sector.

Download a copy HERE.
I support a Westbard Sector Plan that includes a naturalized Willett Branch.  The environmental planners have come up with an innovated design that makes the creek an amenity for the area – a place where people can walk, enjoy nature and congregate.  The current state of this creek is shameful.  The walls are covered in graffiti and the banks are lined with trash.  It winds behind the building where it is out of sight and out of mind. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Instead of turning their backs to the creek, new development would embrace the creek as part of their open space making the Westbard Sector a show place for the County.
Moving forward, we need open space for the new residents of the Westbard sector to stretch their legs and enjoy the beautiful natural area that the Little Falls watershed has to offer.  Please vote to support a Master Plan with strong environmental component and a naturalized Willett Branch with no exemptions or waiver for any development or developer. 
Contact Information
Planning Board
Casey Anderson, Chair
8787 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
County Council
Council Office Building
100 Maryland Avenue, 5th Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
County Executive Ike Leggett
Office of County Executive
Executive Office Building, 2nd floor
101 Monroe St., Rockville, MD 20850