Redevelopment issues have occupied much of the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee's time and energy during its last term. During the controversial debate over which redevelopment plan the Montgomery County Council would approve in May, WUDAC struggled to make its voice heard.
Ultimately, . But after a period of frustration and disappointment, the committee has renewed its optimism. It has also welcomed new members and new leadership.
Henriot St. Gerard, presiding over his first meeting as WUDAC chair on September 11, outlined these priorities for the upcoming term:
- Bringing Wheaton to the limelight by building upon its designation as an Arts and Entertainment District in Montgomery County.
- Engaging the community as WUDAC raises its profile and makes itself more accessible for community concerns.
- Energizing business ties, so that local businesses can use WUDAC as a resource for promoting their services.
WUDAC members represent residents, businesses, the Wheaton and Kensington Chamber of Commerce and the Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board. They are selected by the county executive and confirmed by the county council. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month in the from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.