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Council Committee Meetings on Jan. 28

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 25, 2019

PHED Committee review of Executive Regulation 05-17 has been postponed

The following committee meetings are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28. Individuals interested in attending a committee meeting should confirm the information on the day of the meeting by visiting the Council’s web page at https://tinyurl.com/CountyCouncilMeetings or by calling the Council’s Legislative Information Office at 240-777-7931. All meetings are held in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md.), unless otherwise noted.

Meeting: Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee
Time: 9:30 a.m. 
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
PHED Committee: Councilmembers Hans Riemer (chair), Andrew Friedson (lead for parks) and Will Jawando
Topics: 

ZTA 18-12, Setback Exemptions – Fences
The PHED Committee will review ZTA 18-12, Setback Exemptions – Fences. Councilmember Hans Riemer is the lead sponsor. ZTA 18-12 would allow a fence up to eight feet, if it is abutting a master planned right of way for a rail line or abutting any service roads that provides access to a master plan right of way for a rail line. The goal of this zoning proposal is to protect residents’ privacy to shield their properties from rail line facilities including the Purple Line. Those expected to attend the meeting include the following: Jason Sartori, acting chief, Functional Planning and Policy, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC); Greg Russ, planner coordinator, M-NCPPC; and Ehsan Motazedi, chief, Zoning and Enforcement, Department of Permitting Services.

Key search terms for ZTA 18-12 on the Council’s website include: light rail, Purple Line and right of way. #Fences is being used for this item on social media.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

ZTA 18-13, Regional Shopping Center Overlay Zone – Standards
The PHED Committee will close out its meeting with a review of ZTA 18-13, Regional Shopping Center Overlay Zone – Standards. Councilmember Hans Riemer is the lead sponsor. ZTA 18-13 would amend the Regional Shopping Center Overlay Zone. It would allow for free standing buildings used for retail sales and service, structured parking, or health clubs at a maximum height of 90 feet. The Regional Shopping Center Overlay Zone applies to Westfield Montgomery and Westfield Wheaton Malls. The general building height limit in the zone is 45 feet. The overlay zone has exceptions to that height limit for a building that includes a theater complex (90 feet), a hotel or motel (150 feet), and an apartment building or a multi-use building with residential use (150 feet). This ZTA would add to those exceptions. The goal of this zoning proposal is to allow more flexibility to use allowable density in different configurations.

Key search terms for ZTA 18-13 on the Council’s website include: height limits, regional shopping center, Montgomery Mall and Wheaton Mall. #WestfieldMallHeight is being used for this item on social media.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Meeting: Public Safety (PS) Committees
Time: 9:30 a.m. 
Location: Third floor conference room
PS Committee: Council Vice President Sidney Katz (chair) and Councilmembers Gabe Albornoz and Tom Hucker
Topics: 
Repeal of ER 66-89, Cave-In Team Response
The PS Committee will review the repeal of ER 66-89, Cave-In Team Response. The regulation is being repealed because it no longer meets the criteria for modem day cave-in rescue incidents. A new cave-in response incident policy was created and became effective on January 2, 2019.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Repeal of ER 9-18, First Response for Trench Rescue Incidents
The PS Committee will review the repeal of ER 9-18, First Response for Trench Rescue Incidents. The regulation is being repealed because it no longer meets the criteria for modem day trench rescue incidents. A new cave-in response incident policy was created and became effective on January 2, 2019.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Bill 40-18, Secondhand Personal Property - Dealers – License
The PS Committee will close out its meeting with a review of Bill 40-18, Secondhand Personal Property - Dealers – License. Councilmembers Andrew Friedson and Sidney Katz are the lead sponsors. Councilmember Gabe Albornoz, Council President Nancy Navarro and Councilmember Hans Riemer are cosponsors. Bill 40-18 would exclude certain personal property from the definition of secondhand personal property and provide that a secondhand personal property dealer license expires one year from the date of issuance. The goal of this bill is to provide that individuals and businesses that assist in coordination and marketing of estate sales are not considered secondhand personal property dealers. Its other goal is to avoid a high volume of license renewal applications at the same time each year, by providing that licenses issued under the law are valid for a period of one year. Captain Michael Ward of the Montgomery County Police Department, Eric Friedman, director of the Office of Consumer Protection and others are expected to attend.

Key search terms for Bill 40-18 on the Council’s website include: estate sales, secondhand property and Office of Consumer Protection. #EstateSales is being used for this item on social media.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

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Release ID: 19-033
Media Contact: Sonya Healy, 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931