The Council Connection — zoning changes to incentivize large employers + budget hearings
April 9, 2018
Council President’s Message
Introduced to the Council this week, at the request of the County Executive, will be a zoning change that addresses the potential for Montgomery County to host a major corporate headquarters (for example, Amazon HQ2). The proposal does not add density to existing master plans, but does provide for streamlining to reflect the unique needs of a project at that scale. Read more about it here.
This week the Council will hear in-person testimony from residents about priorities for the County’s FY19 operating budget at 5 public hearings. There are waiting lists for the hearings; nevertheless, if you haven’t yet signed up to and want to, use the Council’s website to choose a time slot. The Council will accommodate as many voices as possible.
At Tuesday’s Council session, Councilmembers will have an important discussion about access to pre-k and early education in the County, reviewing studies and hearing from experts. Research demonstrates that quality care in the early years pays of with better educational and social outcomes and more efficient use of school resources. Last year the Council funded a significant expansion of Head Start as well as more child care subsidies; this year the Council will consider new and different approaches.
Also at Tuesday’s Council Session, a zoning text amendment will be introduced that supports breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries locating in agricultural areas by creating a new “Farm Alcohol Production” use.
The Council will conduct a number of public hearings on environmental, pre-k and broadband legislation.
Council Committees start their work on the FY19 Operating with the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) reviewing Park and Planning’s budget request.
- The Council reviewed the Capital Improvements Program for Montgomery College and MCPS.
- The Council hosted a discussion on employee harassment policies and procedures with County departments and agencies.
- See last week’s proclamations celebrating National Service Recognition Day, raising awareness of the needs of adults with autism, and recognizing Wednesday, April 11, 2018 as Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
How do I…
…watch a Council committee session online.
Often, big issues are “worked out” at committee before coming to the full Council. If you want to see how that happens, you can watch committee sessions live or on demand. Simply navigate to the Council Meeting Portal. You can view live committee sessions, browse the archives, and search by keyword.