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Public Comments on County ZTA 20-07 Due Tuesday, February 9

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Public Comments on County ZTA-20-07 Due Tuesday, February 9
 

On February 11, 2021, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the County Council will hold a public hearing on Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-07, a proposal that would allow duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, and small apartment buildings to be built by right on R-60 residential properties within the Town and other communities within a mile of Metro.  Mayor Cecily Baskir will testify on behalf of the Town.  A copy of Mayor Baskir’s testimony is available here.  The deadline for submitting written comments to the County Council on the ZTA is February 9, 2021The email address for the Council is county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov.

On February 4, to prepare for the County Council’s hearing, the Montgomery County Planning Board held a public hearing on ZTA 20-07.  Mayor Baskir testified on behalf of the Town, and the Town was a signatory to a letter submitted to the Planning Board by a coalition of 20 communities.  After the hearing, the Planning Board recommended that the County Council:

  • Consider the ZTA in the context of Thrive Montgomery 2050;
  • Expand the scope of the ZTA to include lots zoned R-40 and R-90 (as well as R-60 lots) and lots within 1 mile of Purple Line, Bus Rapid Transit, and MARC stations (as well as lots within 1 mile of Metrorail stations);
  • Consider eliminating off-street parking requirements for new multi-family housing;
  • Consider allowing less restrictive lot coverage, setback, and height requirements for multi-family housing than currently used for single-family houses; and
  • Incorporate some design controls on the multi-family housing.
Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson challenged opponents of the ZTA to tell him what housing changes they would be willing to see in their neighborhoods to help address the County's shortages of housing types and "affordable" housing.

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Public Comments on County ZTA-20-07 Due Tuesday, February 9

On February 11, 2021, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the County Council will hold a public hearing on Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 20-07, a proposal that would allow duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, and small apartment buildings to be built by right on R-60 residential properties within the Town and other communities within a mile of Metro. Mayor Cecily Baskir will testify on behalf of the Town. A copy of Mayor Baskir’s testimony is available here [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3217/TOCC-Testimony-on-ZTA-20-07-and-Bill-52-20-2-11-21] . The deadline for submitting written comments to the County Council on the ZTA is February 9, 2021. The email address for the Council is county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov [mailto:county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov] .

On February 4, to prepare for the County Council’s hearing, the Montgomery County Planning Board held a public hearing on ZTA 20-07. Mayor Baskir testified [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3209/TOCC-Testimony-on-ZTA-20-07-2-4-2021] on behalf of the Town, and the Town was a signatory to a letter [https://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3206/Thrive-Montgomery-Coalition_ZTA-20-07_final] submitted to the Planning Board by a coalition of 20 communities. After the hearing, the Planning Board recommended that the County Council:

-- Consider the ZTA in the context of Thrive Montgomery 2050;

-- Expand the scope of the ZTA to include lots zoned R-40 and R-90 (as well as R-60 lots) and lots within 1 mile of Purple Line, Bus Rapid Transit, and MARC stations (as well as lots within 1 mile of Metrorail stations);

-- Consider eliminating off-street parking requirements for new multi-family housing;

-- Consider allowing less restrictive lot coverage, setback, and height requirements for multi-family housing than currently used for single-family houses; and

-- Incorporate some design controls on the multi-family housing.

Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson challenged opponents of the ZTA to tell him what housing changes they would be willing to see in their neighborhoods to help address the County's shortages of housing types and "affordable" housing.

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Public Comments on County ZTA-20-07 Due Tuesday, February 9 -- Contact the Town Office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org for more info.