Montgomery County Council Adopts 2020-2024 Subdivision Staging Policy

AvatarElizabeth Rogers, Attorney

On November 16, 2020, the Montgomery County adopted the new, four-year Subdivision Staging Policy, to be renamed the Growth and Infrastructure Policy, controlling growth and development for the next four years. Lerch, Early & Brewer was pleased to have had a significant role in working with Park and Planning Staff, the Planning Board, County Council Staff and the County Council itself on a policy that will better accommodate new development.

Most significantly, the new SSP eliminates the school moratorium policy, county-wide. … Continue Reading

Montgomery County General Plan Update

"Thrive Montgomery 2050"

AvatarElizabeth Rogers, Attorney

The Montgomery County Planning Department is in the process of updating the County’s General Plan – titled “Thrive Montgomery 2050.”  The General Plan serves as a foundation for all planning, land use policies, and development in the County.  The General Plan was initially drafted in 1964 (with updates in 1969 and 1993).  Given the substantial evolution in the County’s demographics, employment base, and development characteristics in the last 50 years, an update is certainly in order.   While the Plan seeks … Continue Reading

Update on COVID-19 Pandemic Procedures – Traffic Counts Allowed

AvatarElizabeth Rogers, Attorney

The Montgomery County Planning Department has adopted a new Traffic Count Data Collection Policy that will allow certain projects that have been stalled, as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, to move forward.

Traffic counts are typically not allowed to be taken during periods of school closure. As such, when the State of Maryland entered a State of Emergency on March 14, 2020, the Montgomery County Planning Department stopped accepting any transportation impact studies using traffic counts taken on or … Continue Reading

Proposed Expansion of Solar Facilities in Agricultural Reserve

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On January 21, 2020, a Zoning Text Amendment (No. 20-01) was introduced by the Montgomery County Council to amend the use standards for Solar Collection Systems.  The ZTA is primarily intended to allow larger solar facilities in the Agricultural Reserve (AR) Zone. 

Currently, a freestanding Solar Collection System is only permitted as an accessory use in the AR Zone.  The proposed ZTA seeks to expand this use allowance, by permitting larger Solar Collection Systems, subject to Site Plan approval by … Continue Reading

Just Announced: Lerch Early’s Regional Housing Update (online event)

AvatarElizabeth Rogers, Attorney

Last year’s Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments report was clear: The DC Metro Area is facing a housing shortage, needing 320,000 more housing units by 2030 to keep up with growth.

This, of course, was pre-COVID. Now that we’ve settled in, at least a little bit, to our new normal, it’s time to take a look ahead at the single family, multifamily, and senior housing segments in the Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and DC markets: What impact, if any, … Continue Reading

Automatic Two-Year Extension for Preliminary Plan and APF Validity Periods Approved by Montgomery County Council

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting economic consequences and project delays, the Montgomery County Council has approved an Amendment to the Subdivision Regulations that will automatically extend the Preliminary Plan and Adequate Public Facilities validity periods by two years.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on development projects in Montgomery County, vary depending on the project’s proposed use, design, stage of development etc.  Some projects, especially those currently under construction, have kept moving forward with limited to … Continue Reading