Montgomery County Council Meeting on January 24 at 9am

More detail on each agenda item is provided below.
Director, Department of Permitting Services: Rabbiah Sabbakhan

Interview: The Council will conduct an interview with Rabbiah Sabbakhan, the County Executive’s appointee for the position of director within the Department of Permitting Services.

Planning Department Briefing on the Demographic Profile
Briefing: The Council will receive a briefing from the Planning Department on the demographic profile of Montgomery County. Planning staff will present information on key demographic trends, countywide and by district, based on the U.S. Census American Community Survey data.

Consent Calendar
Each item on the Council’s Consent Calendar can be found on the Council agenda for Tuesday, Jan. 24, which is available on the Council website.

Confirmation of the County Executive’s Appointment for Chief of Public Health Services in the Department of Health and Human Services: James Bridgers
Vote expected: The Council is expected to vote to confirm the appointment of Dr. James Bridgers for the position of chief of public health services in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Council interviewed Dr. Bridgers on Jan. 17, 2023. Dr. Bridgers was appointed as acting chief health officer of DHHS on Sept. 8, 2021. The Montgomery County Code requires Council approval for an acting official to serve in this capacity for more than six months. On May 3, 2022, the County Executive requested that the Council approve the extension of this appointment until Sept. 8, 2022, due to the upcoming election. On July 6, 2022, the County Executive requested that the Council approve an additional extension of this appointment until March 8, 2023. Dr. Bridgers’ appointment as chief of public health services will become effective upon confirmation by the Council.

Public Hearings

The Council will hold the following public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Residents can visit the Council website to learn about the multiple ways to provide testimony.

State Transportation Priority Letter

Public hearing: The Council is expected to hold a public hearing on the state transportation priority letter, which the Council and Council Executive transmit jointly to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) conveying the County’s funding priorities for MDOT’s Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), its six-year capital budget. The last comprehensive letter was sent on May 14, 2020, with a minor update on June 8, 2022.

District Council Session

Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 22-12, Overlay Zones Clarksburg East & West Environmental Overlay – Exemptions – Motion to Withdraw

Motion to withdraw and vote expected: Council President Glass is expected to introduce a motion to withdraw ZTA 22-12. The motion, which is supported by the Planning Board, is expected to be followed by a Council vote to approve the motion. ZTA 22-12 would have clarified that any master-planned bikeway located in the Clarksburg East or West Environmental Overlay Zone is exempt from the impervious surface restrictions. 

Resolution to Amend Council Rules of Procedure

Introduction and review: Council President Glass is expected to introduce and review a resolution to amend the Council Rules of Procedure. The prior Council amended these rules on Nov. 15, 2022, and the amendments took effect on Dec. 5, 2022. During the first 90 days of the term of the current Council, the Council may amend the Rules with an affirmative vote from a majority of Councilmembers.

The Council’s vote on the resolution is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 31, 2023.

The Council 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:

The Council recommends that residents, who choose to attend in-person Council meetings, get fully vaccinated to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. If this is not possible, virtual participation is encouraged.

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: 23-014
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926, Genevieve Kurtz 240-777-7805

Recent Stories

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich released his weekly update to the community. It’s available via video above or written below:

A site plan was submitted earlier this month by Rosenfeld Investments for the redevelopment of Loehmann’s Plaza at 5200 Randolph Rd. in Rockville. Renderings available below, courtesy of Montgomery Planning.

Catherine Ladd, a 1st grade teacher at Wood Acres Elementary in Bethesda (MCPS), is a semi-finalist for “America’s Favorite Teacher.”

The Montgomery County Council has announced it will commemorate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month on Tuesday, May 21 at 1 pm.

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Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you’re an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

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