Stacy Silber to Moderate NAIOP Webinar on MoCo Planning’s 30-year Vision

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Land use attorney Stacy Silber will moderate NAIOP DC|MD’s “A Seat at the Table” webinar talking about the Planning Commission’s Vision for the next 30 years, and its recommended Thrive Montgomery 2050 Outcomes of promoting Economic Health, Equitable Communities and Environmental Resilience.

The webinar takes place from 8:30 AM-9:30 AM on Wednesday, May 5. Stacy will be joined by Montgomery County Planning Director Gwen Wright and Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. You can register here: https://www.naiopdcmd.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1509818.

Stacy Silber is a … Continue Reading

Update: Thrive Montgomery 2050

Stacy SilberStacy Silber, Principal

The Montgomery County Planning Board continues to consider changes to the County’s General Plan – or what they are calling Thrive Montgomery 2050.  The Plan’s goal is to shift from the former Wedges and Corridors Plan to one that “recognizes the County’s assets. . . [and] focuses on remedying our shortcomings and harnessing growth to create economically competitive, environmentally resilient and socially equitable communities.”  See Staff Report.  

The Plan is ambitious, but also includes guidance regarding implementation, including … Continue Reading

ALERT: Proposed Housing Related Legislation in Montgomery County

Bob HarrisBob Harris

County Councilmember Will Jawando has introduced two pieces of legislation relating to affordable housing.  One is aimed at expanding housing development potential in certain areas, while the other would impose rent control measures for various properties.  Both were the subject of a County Council hearing on February 11.

Zoning Text Amendment 20–07 would allow owners of R-60 zoned property, located within 1 mile of a Metro Station, to build duplexes, townhomes and multifamily structures provided the construction remains within the … Continue Reading

Montgomery County Council to Expand in 2022

Councilmanic Districts to be Revised to Add New Members

Chris RuhlenChris Ruhlen, Principal

In the 2020 General Election, Montgomery County voters approved a fundamental change to the structure of the Montgomery County Council, the legislative branch of the County’s government.  By approving “Question C,” voters have initiated a process whereby the County will create two new councilmanic districts, adding two new members to the Council’s legislative body.  Significantly, this will represent the first change to the Council’s composition in more than 30 years, affecting the disposition of certain land use matters that come … Continue Reading

Thrive Montgomery 2050

Stacy SilberStacy Silber, Principal

The Planning Board held its first worksession, on December 17th, on the “Thrive Montgomery 2050” Plan (i.e. the update to the County’s General Plan). An overview of the Plan can be found here, in our prior blog post.  The Board supported Staff’s recommendations to significantly reorganize the Plan to emphasize (1) Economic Performance and Competitiveness, (2) Racial and Social Equity and Inclusion, and (3) Environmental Resilience and Sustainability.   The Plan will also be updated to … Continue Reading

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

More Key Decisions Coming Up for Montgomery County Council on Subdivision Staging Policy

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Over the past several weeks, the Montgomery County Council has been holding work sessions on the 2020-2024 Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP).

The next work session will occur on Thursday, November 5. At its work sessions to date, the Council has taken straw votes on various key policies for schools, transportation, and impact taxes. Through these straw votes, the Council largely has accepted – with some crucial refinements – the Montgomery County Planning Board’s recommended framework for the SSP set forth … Continue Reading

Proposed Expansion of Solar Facilities in Agricultural Reserve

AvatarElizabeth Rogers, Attorney

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