At the meeting, the Board received a presentation from Mr. Khalid Afzal, Team Leader for East County of the Maryland Park and Planning Commission, regarding the East County Science Center Master Plan. The plan will create a vision for an expanded Cherry Hill Employment Area with the goal of creating a mixed-use life sciences center that builds upon the presence of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) campus in White Oak. It is intended to address the land use, urban design and environmental issues. It also will address the need for mobility options in the area. For more information on the ECSC Master Plan, click here. There will also be an open house on Wednesday, June 30 at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center from 4:30pm to 8:00pm. Residents can drop in at anytime to learn more about this new Master Plan.
The Board also received a presentation from Council President Nancy Floreen regarding the recently passed $4.3 billion Fiscal 2011 Operating Budget. The budget is 4.5 percent less than the approved budget for FY10, marking the first decrease in a total budget since the adoption of the current County Charter in 1968. For more information on the budget, click here.
Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg attended last April’s ECCAB meeting where she learned how important the East County Police Satellite Substation is for East County residents. Knowing that, she worked hard with the fellow Councilmembers to keep the Substation open. Wil Gutierrez from the office of Councilmember Trachtenberg attended the meeting and shared the good news with the group.