Montgomery County Council Committees to Hold Meetings Today, April 4

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 1, 2022

Council will review and approve a list of federal priorities; Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee will review the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan

The Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will meet on Monday, April 4, at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan.

The members of the PHED Committee include Chair Hans Riemer and Councilmembers Andrew Friedson (Lead for Parks) and Will Jawando.

The Council will meet virtually at 12:30 p.m. to review and approve a list of Montgomery County’s federal priorities for 2022 and federal earmark requests by County departments for FY23.

More detail on each agenda item is provided below.

Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan

Review: The PHED Committee will continue to review the Planning Board Draft of the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan. The plan makes recommendations within the Silver Spring Downtown and Adjacent Communities Plan area for land use and zoning, housing, economic development, urban design, transportation, parks and public spaces, environmental resiliency, community facilities and historic resources.

At the meeting held on March 7, the Committee discussed the introduction to the plan, the eight districts that make up the plan area and  recommendations on housing. At the meeting held on March 28, the PHED Committee discussed recommendations for parks, trails and public spaces, transportation, school infrastructure and the Executive’s Fiscal Impact Statement. At this meeting, the Committee will discuss recommendations for land use and zoning, economic growth and urban design. An additional future meeting will address any remaining recommendations, implementation elements and follow-up items.

Federal Priorities 2022 and Federal Earmarks FY2023

Review: The Council will meet virtually to review and approve a list of Montgomery County’s federal priorities for 2022 and federal earmark requests by County departments for FY23. The deadline to provide the 2022 priorities to the Congressional Delegation is April 6, 2022.

The federal priorities under consideration include legislation on transportation, the biotech and life sciences economy, health and human services, the environment, telecommunications technology, the LOCAL Infrastructure Act, the Coronavirus state and local fiscal recovery fund, Title I and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), school-based mental health supports and services, WSSC Water and affordable housing.

The Council and Committee meeting schedule may change from time to time. The current Council and Committee agendas, Council staff reports and additional information on items scheduled for Council review can be viewed at:

Council committee meetings are currently being held on Zoom. 

Council and committee meetings are streamed live on the Council’s web page via YouTube and on Facebook Live and can be watched on County Cable Montgomery on Xfinity/RCN 6 HD 996/1056, Fios 30, and on the CCM live stream.

Release ID: 22-146
Media Contact: Sonya Healy, 240-777-7926 , Benjamin Sky Brandt 240-777-7884

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