I feel compelled to respond to the blatant misinformation and outright falsehoods that are being circulated about the West End.
First, West End Citizen's Association operates strictly in accordance with its charter and by-laws. All residents of the West End are automatically included as members of WECA. WECA meetings are conducted in an open and transparent manner where everyone has a chance to make their opinions known.
WECA does not take any positions or make any representations that do not receive the full support of the Executive Board, which is comprised of a large and diverse group of neighborhood block captains and officers. All official minutes and notices are available to on the Web site, www.weca.us. Assertions to the contrary are unfounded and can easily be disproved.
Assertions that WECA is hostile to development is also categorically false. WECA believes that the best land use decisions are based on an open process of collaboration among all stakeholders, including residents of the neighborhood. WECA has historically supported residential developments, such as Rose Hill, Rose Hill Falls, Chestnut Lodge and Thirty Oaks, as well as business and commercial developments in the Town Center, and charitable efforts such as the Rainbow Place shelter and the Kaseman Health Center, to name only a few. WECA seeks to partner with developers who are interested in projects that will enhance the neighborhood and will maintain the quality of life that Rockville residents enjoy.
The idea of a neighborhood conservation district for the West End came from a discussion among City Council members about historic preservation. A former city staff member who worked closely with the Lincoln Park neighborhood on such a project came to WECA and introduced the topic to the Executive Board recently. Such projects require the written agreement of 85 percent (that’s right, 85 percent) of property owners, so it is both laughable and sad that others would engage in fear-mongering about any unwelcome imposition of such a plan.
A small group is engaging in an outrageous attempt to hijack a neighborhood association in the service of commercial special interests and their narrow political agenda.
Residents should repudiate their disingenuous tactics and come out and support the WECA officers who have been properly and transparently nominated by the WECA governing body.