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Council to receive semi-annual report of the Montgomery Planning Board on Oct. 22

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Also on Oct. 22: Introduction of zoning measure intended to implement the recommendations of the 2018 Bicycle Master Plan and interview with County Executive’s appointee for Department of Transportation director 

The Council will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. Individuals interested in attending a Council meeting should confirm the information on the day of the meeting by visiting the Council’s web page or by calling the Council’s Legislative Information Office at 240-777-7832. All meetings are held in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md) in the third floor hearing room, unless otherwise noted.

Semi-Annual Report of the Montgomery County Planning Board
The Council will receive the semi-annual report of the Montgomery County Planning Board. Twice a year the Planning Board produces a report that provides highlights from the work programs of the Montgomery County Planning Department and Montgomery Parks. In the past, these reports have been published as booklets, but the Fall 2019 report will be a presentation to the Council.

The Planning Department will discuss their ongoing work, both master plan and regulatory, with respect to the General Plan, which was created in 1964 and has since been periodically updated.

The topics covered in the report include a focus on trails, athletic fields, activating urban parks, park projects and Parks’ volunteer program. Casey Anderson, chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board; Natali Fani-Gonzalez, vice chair of the Planning Board; Gwen Wright, director of the Planning Department; and Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks; are among those expected to attend the meeting.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

Zoning Text Amendment 19-08, Bicycle Parking - Requirements and Design Standards
The Council will introduce ZTA 19-08. This zoning measure would implement the recommendations of the 2018 Bicycle Master Plan, which was approved by the Council in November 2018. Council President Nancy Navarro is the lead sponsor, at the request of the Montgomery County Planning Board. The amendment would do the following:

  • require smaller developments to provide bicycle parking facilities;
  • define terms;
  • provide dimensional and design standards;
  • add provisions concerning location, access and security; and
  • add requirements for repair stations and electric bicycles.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

The Council is scheduled to conduct the following interview:

County Executive’s Appointee as Director of the Department of Transportation: Christopher Conklin

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

The Council meeting 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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Release ID: 19-340
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931