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Council Public Hearings on County’s Capital Budget Begin on Feb. 6

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Council Public Hearings on County’s Capital Budget Begin on Feb. 6
Also on Feb. 6: Ethics bill on lobbying, development impact tax changes, and White Flint 2 Parklawn Overlay Zone

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 5, 2018—The Montgomery County Council will hold public hearings on the County’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 Capital Budget and FY19-24 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) on February 6 at 7:30 p.m. and on February 7 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All public hearings will be held at the Council Office Building in the third floor Council Hearing Room.
The County Executive’s Recommended Capital Budget and CIP is submitted to the Council every two years and provides a comprehensive picture of the Executive’s recommendations for the capital budget, including new and existing projects such as school construction and transportation improvements.

The staff report can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/ycmqf8x4

If you would like to testify at any one of the public hearings please visit https://tinyurl.com/y9wxmmd5 or call 240-777-7803.

At the request of the County’s Ethics Commission, the Council will introduce Bill 2-18, Ethics – Conflict of Interest – Financial Disclosure – Lobbying – Amendments, which would prohibit a person serving as County Executive or Councilmember from certain lobbying for one year after leaving office. This bill also would limit the participation of a public employee in any matter affecting a party who the employee was hired to lobby for in the prior year. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 6.

The staff report can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/yart8lwo 

The Council also will vote on Expedited Bill 36-17, Taxation - Development Impact Tax - Exemptions – Amendments and Expedited Bill 32-17, Taxation – Development Impact Tax for Transportation and Public School Improvements – Definitions – Senior Residentials; and Companion Resolution.

Expedited Bill 36-17 would reduce the tax burden on development projects that provide at least 25% affordable housing. Councilmember Nancy Floreen is the lead sponsor.

The staff report can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/y865obr6

Expedited Bill 32-17 would replace the multi-family-senior residential category used to impose the development impact tax for transportation and public school improvements with a senior residential category. Councilmember Nancy Floreen is the lead sponsor. Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Sidney Katz, and Craig Rice are cosponsors.

The staff report can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/y7ymhqdy

Other votes happening on February 6 include:

Zoning Text Amendment 17-13, Exemptions – Public Taking, would address structures located on a lot whose total area has been reduced by public acquisition. It would make such structures legal and allow them to be repaired, altered, or reconstructed under certain circumstances. Councilmember Nancy Floreen is the lead sponsor.

The staff report can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/yc3pat8x

Zoning Text Amendment 17-10, White Flint 2 Parklawn – Overlay Zone, which would establish the White Flint 2-Parklawn Overlay Zone with development and land use standards and procedures for development approvals. Staff revised ZTA 17-10 to implement the Council’s Sector Plan objectives. Council President Hans Riemer is the lead sponsor at the request of the County Executive.

The staff report can be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/ybbkvp2j

The Council meeting and public hearings will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon.

The Council meeting also will be available live via streaming through the Council web site at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html .

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Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926