Category: County Council

Council to hold hearing tonight on short-term rentals

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons. The County Council will hold a public hearing tonight on changes to the zoning code affecting short-term rentals under services such as Airbnb, Home Away and others. The hearing on Zoning Text Amendment 17-03, Accessory Residential Uses–Short-term Rentals, will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. According to the council’s staff report, ZTA 17-03 would permit short-term rentals under these conditions: Allowed only on sites without either a farm tenant dwelling or an accessory apartment Allowed only if the site...

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County launches “Renters Have Rights” campaign to assist tenants

Image taken from Montgomery County graphic. County Executive Ike Leggett (D), joined by councilmembers and representatives of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the Housing Opportunities Commission, yesterday announced a new “Renters Have Rights” campaign of increased housing inspections and tenant outreach. “Due to our recently updated housing law [Bill 19-15], the Department of Housing and Community Affairs now has expanded responsibilities and resources to step up their housing inspections and tenant advocacy,” said Leggett in a press release. “I urge tenants to call 3-1-1 if they have any concerns so that our housing department can inspect...

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County Council seeks applicants for Board of Appeals

Stella B. Werner Council Office Building. Montgomery County photo. The County Council announced today that it is looking for applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Board of Appeals. The five-member board holds hearings and makes decision on variances from the zoning code, hears appeals from some decisions made by county agencies, decides appeals for decisions rendered by the hearing examiner on certain uses, and decides requests for modifications of special exceptions. The board, which is part of the legislative branch, typically meets all day on Wednesday and on an as-needed basis, and holds work sessions every other...

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Security screening at Council Office Building to begin

This is one of two entrances that visitors will use. Montgomery County photo. Visitors to the county’s Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville will have to enter through a new security screening system at one of two entrances beginning on or about July 5, according to a press release. Visitors will pass through a metal detector. Items such as bags, briefcases, mobile phones, containers, laptop computers and purses, will pass through an X-ray machine. Security personnel using a hand-held electronic wand will screen anyone who can’t go through the metal detector. Security will ask visitors to...

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Council to hold hearing on proposed Silver Spring recreation center

The plan includes a competition pool. Photo from Max Pixel for illustrative purposes only. The County Council will hold a hearing next week on Expedited Bill 18-17 that would authorize the planning, design and construction of the South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center in downtown Silver Spring. The center is part of a proposal to redevelop and expand Elizabeth Square into a mixed-use development with retail and residential units including workforce, affordable and senior housing, along with the recreational facilities. The complex is planned for the area bordered by Fenwick Lane, Second Avenue, Apple Avenue and the Metro...

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