County Council Meets on Tuesday, Feb. 27 to Vote on Zoning Measure to Promote Housing Near Transit Hubs and Supplemental Funds for Patrol Officers in the Cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville

The Montgomery County Council will meet on Tuesday, February 27 at 1:15pm. Full agenda below courtesy Montgomery County:

Public Hearings

Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 24-01, Household Living – Civic and Institutional Uses

Public hearing: The Council is expected to hold a public hearing on Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 24-01, Household Living – Civic and Institutional Uses. The zoning measure, which is also known as the Facilitating Affordable Inclusive Transformational Housing (FAITH) ZTA, would remove barriers to the creation of affordable housing and provide reasonable flexibility in the development standards for multi-unit and townhouse living on properties associated with faith and educational institutions. The ZTA would allow religious assembly use and the educational institution (private) use to build affordable townhouses and apartments in residential detached zones.

The lead sponsors of ZTA 24-01 are Council Vice President Kate Stewart and Council President Andrew Friedson. Councilmembers Fani-González, Evan Glass, Laurie-Anne Sayles, Kristin Mink, Dawn Luedtke, Marilyn Balcombe, Gabe Albornoz, Sidney Katz and Will Jawando are cosponsors of ZTA 24-01.

Police Statistical Data as required by Bill 45-20

Public hearing: The Council is expected to hold a public hearing on police statistical data, as required by Bill 45-20, Police – Community Policing – Data. The legislation, which was enacted in 2021, requires the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) to make certain reports and post certain datasets on Data Montgomery related to police-community interactions. The legislation expanded upon Bill 33-19, Police – Community Policing, which was enacted in 2020 and requires MCPD to provide an annual data report to the Council by Feb. 1 of each year.

Bill 2-24, Police – Traffic Stops – Consent Search of Motor Vehicle and Data Collection (Freedom to Leave Act)

Public hearing: At 7 p.m., the Council will conduct an evening public hearing on Bill 2-24, Police – Traffic Stops – Consent Search of Motor Vehicle and Data Collection, also known as the “Freedom to Leave Act.” Bill 2-24 would prohibit consent search of a motor vehicle or person by a police officer during a traffic stop, require the collection of certain data and information related to traffic stops, require annual reporting of traffic stop data in the County and exclude the limitations on traffic stops from collective bargaining. The lead sponsor of Bill 2-24 is Councilmember Will Jawando.

 

District Council Session

 

Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 23-10, Parking, Queuing, and Loading – Calculation of Required Parking

Vote expected: The Council is expected to vote on ZTA 23-10, Parking, Queuing, and Loading – Calculation of Required Parking, which would exempt residential uses from the minimum parking requirements if located near transit. To qualify as near transit, the use would need to be within one half mile of a Metro station, within one half mile of a Purple Line station or within one quarter mile of an existing Bus Rapid Transit station or a Bus Rapid Transit station that has been funded for construction in the six-year CIP at the time of application. This zoning measure would promote car-free living and more housing near transit hubs by reducing parking requirements.

The lead sponsors of ZTA 23-10 are Council President Friedson and Councilmembers Mink and Glass. All Councilmembers are cosponsors of ZTA 23-10. The Planning, Housing and Parks (PHP) Committee recommends enactment with amendments.

Supplemental Appropriation #24-50 to the FY24 Operating Budget, Montgomery County Government, Non-Departmental Account, Payment to Municipalities Gaithersburg and Rockville, Patrol Officer Costs, $1,076,584

Vote expected: The Council is expected to vote on a more than $1 million supplemental appropriation for patrol officer costs in the cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville. On Nov. 1, 2023, MCPD implemented a staffing change that impacted the cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville’s police departments. Since then, MCPD has shifted full and primary responsibility for police calls for service to the respective city police departments. The supplemental funding is needed due to cost increases for required payments to the cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville because of these changes in MCPD staff allocations.

Currently, the Rockville City Police Department and the Gaithersburg Police Department assume full and primary response duties for calls for service within their respective municipality limits. MCPD will continue to assist both municipal police departments on priority calls for service and provide backup assistance to ensure that public and officer safety is not jeopardized. The joint Public Safety (PS) and Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee recommends approval.

Special Appropriation #24-22 to the FY24 Operating Budget, Montgomery County Government, Department of Health and Human Services, Opioid Abatement Funds, $3,088,862 (Source of Funds: Opioid Abatement Funds); and Amendment to FY24 Operating Budget Resolution 20-184, Section G, FY24 Designation of Entities for Non-Competitive Contract Award Status: Identity, Inc. ($280,000)

Vote expected: The Council is expected to vote on a more than $3 million special appropriation for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) opioid abatement funds. In Maryland, the number of opioid-related deaths has steadily increased starting in 2008. In 2023, the state announced they received funding in a legal settlement with opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies. The state indicated that Montgomery County would receive an initial amount of $5 million and this special appropriation represents the initial allocation of these funds. Montgomery County is a participant in the settlement, and the latest estimates project that the County will receive approximately $43.3 million over the 18-year distribution period. The joint GO and Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee recommends approval.

Special Appropriation #24-45 Amendment to the FY24 Operating Budget Montgomery County Government, Department of Health and Human Services Youth Safety Initiative Contractor, $96,000 (Source of Funds: General Fund: Undesignated Reserves); and Amendment to FY24 Operating Budget Resolution 20-184, Section G, FY24 Designation of Entities for Non-Competitive Contract Award Status: Umana Public Health Solutions, LLC (UMPHS, LLC)

Vote expected: The Council is expected to vote on a $96,000 special appropriation for the DHHS Youth Safety Initiative to add a new contract with Umana Public Health Solutions, LLC. The funds are needed to help facilitate the coordination of a comprehensive public-private public health response. The Youth Safety initiative is a prevention and response strategy that aims to comprehensively address the diverse challenges impacting youth safety, encompassing various aspects related to the well-being of young individuals. The joint GO and HHS Committee recommends approval.

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