Category: County Council

Legislation proposed to increase affordable housing units

Photo from Flickr user woodleywonderworks. Montgomery County could see the construction of more affordable housing units if two recent legislative proposals are passed. This week, Council Vice President Hans Riemer (D-At Large) introduced Bill 38-17, Housing – Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) – Requirement to Build. The bill would increase the minimum percentage MPDUs that are required to be built in new residential developments from 12.5 to 15 percent in a MCPS High School Service Area with an eligibility rate for free and reduced meals of 15 percent or less, according to a press release. The bill targets developments...

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County Council votes to approve $15 per hour minimum wage

There is a national movement advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The County Council voted unanimously to require all county employers to pay employees a minimum wage of $15 an hour by July 1, 2024. In addition, the bill requires that the minimum wage be adjusted annually for inflation according to the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, starting July 1, 2022. The county is one of the first jurisdictions in the country to require a $15 minimum wage, the fight for which has become a national movement. This...

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Readers, friends celebrate at Source anniversary party

Council member Tom Hucker (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Source cofounders Mike Mowery and Mike Diegel. Photo by Trish Rimo. About 40 readers and friends joined the Source of the Spring staff at All Set Restaurant & Bar last night for a party celebrating the one-year anniversary of the online publication. During the event, Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5) presented a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the County Council and provided written comments. “Since [Mike Diegel and Mike Mowery] launched Source of the Spring one year ago, the online publication has been an informative, go-to source...

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Council approves measures to regulate short-term rentals

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons. Short-term rentals including bed and breakfast uses will be licensed and regulated under the terms of two unanimous actions taken by the County Council this week. Zoning Text Amendment 17-03, Accessory Residential Uses–Short-term Rentals, will permit short-term rentals in most residential and mixed-use zones under services such as Airbnb, Home Away and others. under these conditions: Limits the total number of adult overnight guests in a short-term rental to six Limits the total number of adult overnight guests per bedroom to two Requires one off-street parking space for each rental contract Requires that the dwelling...

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Pilot program in Silver Spring to offer dockless bike sharing

Montgomery County will be the first suburban jurisdiction in the country to offer residents dockless bike sharing under a new agreement with Mobike, the largest such company in the world. County Executive Ike Leggett (D) said the agreement would be a pilot project that would bring 400-500 bikes to Silver Spring for riders to test the concept. The trial is expected to start later this month. [In the photo above is Matt Johnson, Department of Transportation project manager for the protected bike lanes; Jillian Irvin, Mobike’s head of U.S. government affairs; Council Vice President Hans Riemer; Washington Area Bicyclist...

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