White Flint is in North Bethesda, an urbanized area in Montgomery County, Maryland. The White Flint Sector Plan covers 430 acres within a 4-mile radius of the White Flint Metrorail station, part of the rapid transit system operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. To support significant new residential and commercial development, the sector plan identified $313.4 million worth of infrastructure and public facility needs.
This case study focuses on the provisions in the plan related to implementation and financing of the proposed infrastructure and public facility projects, and describes how implementation has actually progressed since the plan was adopted in early 2010. The White Flint Sector Plan is an excellent example of a comprehensive plan for transit-oriented development with a strong focus on implementation. Montgomery County’s experience also illustrates the challenges that can be involved in financing complex infrastructure and public facility projects, even with a well-thought-out plan.