Montgomery County Council To Hold Hearings on Proposed New Zoning Ordinance

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The Montgomery County Council will soon receive public comment on its long-awaited rewrite of the County’s zoning ordinance and the related zoning map amendment, both of which were introduced last month. The proposed new zoning ordinance would replace the County’s existing one, and the map amendment would change the zoning designations of almost every non-residential property in the County.

The proposed zoning ordinance would create mixed-use districts for most of the commercial areas of the County, amending allowable densities, parking, and amenities. The effect on individual properties would vary based upon size and proximity to transit.

The County Planning Board debated the proposed ordinance during the past year before passing it on to the County Council. The Council is expected to hold a series of public hearings and work sessions before formally adopting the proposed ordinance.

The first public hearing is scheduled for June 11, 2013, and work sessions will be held on Fridays throughout the summer, beginning June 14.

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