RESIDENTS – Per the agenda for the March 17 Village Council meeting, the Village Council provisionally approved updates to the Village’s Code of Ordinances (formerly known as Rules & Regulations) as well as an updated Permit Application, including new permit fees. Per the Village’s Charter – Article VI, Section 6.03 Village Ordinances:
(a)The Village Council shall provide not less than fourteen days’ prior Written Notice of a Village Council meeting scheduled for final consideration of any proposed Village ordinance. The public shall be provided an opportunity to express its views concerning any proposed ordinance at a public hearing to be held at the Village Council meeting scheduled for a vote on any proposed ordinance prior to the actual vote thereon.
(b) All ordinances shall become effective thirty (30) days following adoption by the Village Council, unless otherwise expressly provided by the Village Council upon such adoption.
The Village Council plans final consideration of the revised Code of Ordinances and Permit Application at the April 21 Council meeting. In order to provide residents with maximum time to review the material, a pdf version of the two documents is included here as well as on the Village website. Changes to the text of the ordinances have been highlighted in yellow (formatting changes are not shown in tracked changes) and a summary of the key updates is presented on the first page of the Code of Ordinances document.
Residents are requested to provide any written feedback/comments by Wednesday, April 15. Thank you.
On Thursday, March 12th, the State and County announced actions to protect public health and limit the spread of coronavirus in Maryland. Many activities will cease over the period March 16-March 27, and MCPS will be closed. Consistent with these recommendations, the Village Council and Manager will be conducting the Village Council meeting tomorrow, March 17, virtually starting at 8 PM. Residents who would like to participate are requested to send an email to [email protected] or text the Village mobile at 301-654-7084 by 2 PM — instructions will be provided to join.
Please note that the agenda has been modified. Agenda items which were requested by residents are being postponed for when face-to-face Council meetings will resume.
The agenda will be:
8:00 PM Approval of February Meeting Minutes – Council members
8:05 PM Treasurer’s Report for February – Stuart
8:10 PM Items
1)Village Code of Ordinances revisions (provisional approval)
Please find a lettersent by the Village Council on December 16, 2019 to the Maryland Public Works Board as well as the County, State, and federal elected officials for the Village vehemently opposing any effort to move proposals for Montgomery County Beltway Expansion from Phase II to Phase I of the I-495 & I-270 P3 Program. The letter also expresses grave concerns about the lack of transparency by State Highway Administration (SHA) throughout the process and the deleterious health, environmental and quality of life impacts of beltway expansion.
Also, here is an article published on December 16 in Maryland Matterhighlighting elements of the Village’s letter and Maryland Department of Transportation’s refusal to share information. Delegate Al Carr and other officials are looking at ways in which they can obtain a list of all residences who received the letter from SHA related to conducting surveys/assessments on their property.
Please note that the December 18 meeting of the Board of Public Works – at which the expansion vote was included – was cancelled by Governor Hogan over the weekend. There is speculation that the meeting and vote will be rescheduled for January 8.