Category: County Council

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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Regulation for short-term rentals recommended by Planning Department

The County Council will consider recommendations for regulating short-term rentals. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Owners who rent out their homes on a short-term basis through services such as Airbnb, HomeAway and similar companies would face regulation under terms of a recommendation for a zoning text amendment from the Montgomery County Planning Department. The County Council introduced ZTA 16-03 in February of last year that would allow short-term residential rentals under certain parameters. Following a public hearing, the council asked the Planning Department to gather public input about this issue. Staff also studied regulations adopted by other jurisdictions, according to...

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Council to approve budget with BRT, Ride On funding

The new budget will include additional transportation funding. Graphic from the BRT website. The County Council is expected to formally approve the county’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget this Thursday. The budget includes $31.5 million for Fiscal Years 2018-2020 for the study, design and right-of-way purchases for the planned Bus Rapid Transit. Six million dollars of that amount is intended for the U.S. Route 29 line to the Silver Spring Transit Center. The details of the BRT station locations and other elements of that line will be identified during FY18, according to a council press release. In the last two...

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