Per Montgomery County:
For Immediate Release: Sept. 16, 2022
The County Council will hold public hearings to receive testimony on new items introduced to the Council as follows:
Sept. 20, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
Deadline to sign up to speak is Sept. 19 at 5 p.m.
- Special Appropriation to the Montgomery County Public Schools’ FY23 Operating Budget – $8,631,072 for the Maryland Leads Grant Program (Source of Funds: State Funds)
Oct. 4, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
Deadline to sign up to speak is Oct. 3 at 5 p.m.
- Amendment to the FY23-28 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and Supplemental Appropriation #23-12 to the FY23 Capital Budget, Montgomery County Public Schools – Planned Life Cycle Asset Replacement: MCPS (No.896586), $602,651 (Source of Funds: Aging School Program).
- Amendment to the FY23-28 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and Special Appropriation to the County Government’s FY23 Capital Budget, Montgomery County Department of Transportation – Bowie Mill Road Bikeway (No. 502108), $2,245,000 (Source of Funds: State Aid and General Obligation Bonds).
- Bill 25-22, Forest Conservation – Trees, would exclude activities in the Commercial Residential (CR) zone from qualifying for certain Forest Conservation Plan (FCP) exemptions, exclude any development that occurs within an environmental buffer from qualifying for a FCP exemption, change the timeline for approval of a Natural Resources Inventory/Forest Stand Delineation (NRI/FSD), increase the amount of forest required to be preserved in lower density land use categories, increase forest planting requirements in higher density land use categories, increase reforestation ratios, require planting of forest in all unforested stream valley buffers, amend the requirements where forest retention required by the Forest Conservation Law is not possible, broaden the terms of maintenance and management agreements to include required maintenance for areas of existing forest retained to meet forest mitigation requirements, expand mitigation requirements for variance trees to include mitigation for variance trees located within a forest, allow landscaping to meet both reforestation or afforestation requirements in equity focus areas, update the allowable types of forest mitigation banks allowed in the County per recent amendment to the state’s Forest Conservation Act, and generally amend Chapter 22A.
A full list of upcoming public hearings is available at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/calendar.html.
Additional documents are available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council.
Residents have the opportunity to testify remotely for public hearings or provide in-person testimony at the Council Office Building in Rockville.
Residents can register to speak in person or virtually at a public hearing, provide written testimony, prerecorded audio or video testimony using the online form at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/PHSignUp.html; or sent by mail to County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850; or residents may sign up to testify remotely by phone (call 240-777-7803 for information). To express an opinion call 240-777-7900.
The Council is recommending 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.
Residents who would like to call in or testify at a Council public hearing need to preregister on the Council’s web page at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/calendar.html. Once the public hearing sign up request form is submitted and the public hearing list is created, individuals will receive separate confirmation notifications that include the appropriate link to use or phone number to call for the public hearing.
Comments and suggestions are welcome online at http://tinyurl.com/zrbwh5v or by sending regular mail to County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. For information or to express an opinion call 240-777-7900. Councilmembers continue to hold meetings in their offices by appointment.
The meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM) on Xfinity channels 6 and 996, RCN channels 6 and 1056; and FiOS channel 30. Also available live via streaming through the Council website at http://tinyurl.com/z9982v8, Facebook Live (@MontgomeryCountyMdCouncil or @ConcejodelCondadodeMontgomery), or YouTube (@MoCoCouncilMD).
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: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html.