What we accomplished in 2019

Dear resident,

Following is a detailed report about my work this past year as your Councilmember. This list is progress that we made together.

Progressive leadership requires making tough decisions and getting the basics right. You can’t reach high from a wobbly foundation.

That’s why I focus every day on making the kinds of forward thinking changes that we need to position Montgomery County for future success and prosperity.

I’m eager to hear from you! Please share your thoughts by email to councilmember.riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Thank you!

Councilmember Hans Riemer
2019 Accomplishments Report

Affordable housing for young and old

1 Authored and passed Accessory Dwelling Unit legislation to allow backyard cottages and basement apartments. Read more »
2 Passed zoning plan for Veirs Mill corridor that would increase rent-protected affordable housing from fewer than 100 units to over 1,000. Read more »
3 With Councilmember Navarro, supported new regional housing goals, seeking to prevent San Francisco style housing crunch. Read more »
4 With Councilmember Friedson, added $5 million to affordable housing fund, offsetting the County Executive’s cuts. Read more »

Public Safety and Community / Police Relations

5 Overcame County Executive’s opposition to siting new Public Safety Radio Towers, so our fire and rescue and police officers can have a state of the art radio network. Read more »
6 Authored and passed landmark legislation creating a Police Department Policy Advisory Commission, with the support of Councilmember Jawando, NAACP, Identity, Casa, Jews United for Justice, and the ACLU. Read more »

Education and Workforce

7 Proposed new STEM high schools located on Montgomery College campuses. Read more »
8 With Councilmember Albornoz, established new “Skills for the Future” program for nonprofits developing creative youth skills in technology. Read more »
9 Led the charge to add new County after-school programs at Weller Road ES, New Hampshire Estates ES, Roscoe Nix ES, Whetstone ES, Briggs Chaney MS, Earl B. Wood MS, and Redland MS. Read more »
10 Established an afterschool pilot program to teach kids to ride bikes safely. Read more »

Economic Development

11 Authored “5 Point Plan to Power Up Montgomery County’s Economy,” providing framework for policy initiatives. Read more »
12 Introduced new legislation to support the next generation of wireless infrastructure, 5G. Read more »
13 Initiated a fresh thinking of zoning and transportation strategy for biohealth industry hub in Gaithersburg / Rockville area. Read more »
14 Proposed new economic development strategies for commercialization of technology in federal labs. Read more »
15 With Councilmember Friedson, passed funding for new economic development initiative to better position North Bethesda for business growth. Read more »
16 Proposed/passed new fiscal policy framework to promote financial discipline and hold down taxes. Read more »
17 Voted against excessive compensation increase of 9% proposed by the County Executive. Read more »
18 With Councilmember Katz, exposed operating losses of county liquor stores and called for the County Executive to address the problem. Read more »
19 Celebrated new breweries in downtown Silver Spring, new wineries in the Ag Reserve and a new distillery location in Rockville, all allowed by zoning changes I proposed. Read more »
20 Held three Business Advisory Roundtables with County business leaders focused on business climate, Opportunity Zones, and Technology Transfer from Federal agencies. Read more »

Transportation and Climate Change

21 Reversed a proposed $5 million cut by the County Executive to bicycle and pedestrian safety programs and instead added a new $1.5 million to accelerate projects in Wheaton, Grosvenor, Silver Spring, Long Branch, and Piney Branch/University. Read more »
22 Following our successful push with WMATA to end the Red Line turnbacks at Grosvenor, joined Councilmember Hucker to push to end turnbacks on the Glenmont side. Read more »
23 Reinstated RideOn service from Clarksburg to the Germantown MARC Station. Read more »
24 With Councilmember Glass, restored RideOn bus routes proposed for cuts in County Executive budget and expanded Kids Ride Free. Read more »
25 With Councilmembers Hucker and Friedson, restored funding proposed to be cut by the County Executive for Metro station improvements at Forest Glen and White Flint. Read more »
26 Proposed and secured funding to analyze carbon reduction strategies Read more »
27 Authored/passed innovative transportation management legislation to help residents and employees choose non-auto alternatives. Read more »

And finally, an initiative that means a lot to me personally as both the husband of an African American woman and a descendent of a family with a history of abolitionist activism: creating the Montgomery County Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation, to explore our history of racial violence, including lynching, and bring the community together in dialogue about change. I first proposed this when I was Council President in 2018, and brought it to fruition working with my colleagues Councilmembers Rice and Jawando. I am eager to see the dialogue move ahead.

There is much work to be done, but we have all the tools we need to address our greatest challenges. Here’s to a greater and more prosperous 2020!

Onward,

Hans Riemer Signature

Hans Riemer
Chair, Planning, Housing, & Economic Development Committee

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