Council passes bill to fine certain owners of foreclosure properties

County owners of foreclosed properties must register the purchase or face a fine. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Property owners who fail to register a foreclosure purchase as required under Maryland law will face a $1,000 fine under legislation the County Council passed unanimously last week. “We have hundreds of vacant properties that were foreclosed all over Montgomery County, many, many … Read More

Summer programs extended due to later school start date

The county’s summer programs will be extended. Photo from CERDEC via Flickr. In a move likely to please a number of parents of school-age children, the county’s Department of Recreation and the school system announced they are extending their summer programs. The extension will accommodate parents without childcare options and is driven by the executive order signed last fall by … Read More

Bus Rapid Transit to be branded “Flash,” public hearing set

Residents along the Route 29 corridor view BRT plans at a recent open house. Photo by Mike Diegel. The county’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit system will be branded with the name “Flash” following a two-month long contest during which residents could vote on three suggested names, or offer one of their own. The first BRT line is expected to open … Read More

County extends public outreach on Bus Rapid Transit system

Staff members from the county’s Department of Transportation explained the plans for a Bus Rapid Transit system during an open house last night. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation last night held the second in a series of three open houses on the work that’s been done so far to study a bus rapid transit system along … Read More

Storm information available via county portal

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The county government maintains a winter storm information portal where residents can find a variety of information relevant to the storm expected to hit the area tonight. About 200 employees and 175 pieces of equipment are available for snow removal. In addition, the county can call on nearly 200 contractors and their equipment if necessary. Snow … Read More

Council passes tax credit for urban farms

The Koiner property in east Silver Spring, shown in this photo taken last fall, will be eligible for a substantial tax credit under a new program. Photo by Mike Mowery. The County Council unanimously passed a bill March 7 that would grant a tax credit to certain properties that qualify as urban farms. The new law was driven by what … Read More

Local high-density areas now eligible for free trees

Graphic from Montgomery County Planning Department website. Property owners in three high-density areas within the Silver Spring Regional Center boundaries are eligible for free trees under the Shades of Green project, according to a recent announcement from the Montgomery County Planning Department. The project was launched as a pilot program four years ago and has expanded to 19 areas around … Read More