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The Council realizes that a great deal of excellent work has been done on both issues, but often in separate groups. The goal, now, is to pull all this effort on each issue together, to ensure coordination, sharing of information and ideas, and speed of action. Because of the considerable work that is expected on each of these two issues, the Council decided that two members of the Council will be involved with each committee, and additionally, the Mayor is available to attend meetings of either committee.
The Special Committee on the Bethesda Downtown Plan was formed to develop a coordinated approach to addressing and reducing the impacts of the proposed rezoning, and also to seek improvements in our quality of life, such as additional green spaces. The two council members working with this special committee will be Fred Cecere and Barney Rush.
The Special Committee on Purple Line Mitigation was formed to develop a coordinated approach to ensure that the mitigation measures already agreed are in fact implemented; that additional mitigation measures are proposed if necessary; and to address other issues which must be resolved, such as underpass access. The two council members working with this special committee will be John Bickerman and Mary Flynn.
Members of both committees will research and monitor their respective issues and will advise the Council on recommended positions and actions. The Council will continue to represent the Town at outside public forums, with elected officials, or members of the press. It is anticipated that both committees will meet as and when necessary – and this could be more frequently than once per month for certain periods of time.
The work of the existing Ad Hoc Purple Line Committee will be folded into the Special Committee on Purple Line Mitigation, and its members should let the Town know if they would like to serve on this Special Committee. The Town’s five standing committees will remain in place with their respective missions. While the principal work related to the Bethesda plan will shift from the Long Range Planning Committee to the Special Committee on the Bethesda Downtown Plan, the Long Range Planning Committee will continue to identify, monitor and analyze emerging trends and local, county and state activities that could affect the Town's quality of life and recommend appropriate Council actions. Members of the Long Range Planning Committee should also let the Town know if they would like to serve on the Special Committee on the Bethesda Downtown Plan.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve on one of these special committees, please submit a brief note expressing your interest to the Town Office by Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Your correspondence may be submitted in person, by mail or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] and should include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and a few sentences about why you would like to serve on either committee.
We look forward to hearing from you.