The Montgomery County Council at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, is scheduled to hold its first worksession on the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. The main purpose of the plan is to establish the routes and possible station locations of the proposed countywide Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.
The Council’s weekly session will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The morning session, the afternoon worksession and three public hearings starting at 1:30 p.m., will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast also will be streamed through the County Web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov
It will be repeated starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.
Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Council will hold a second public hearing on proposed changes to the County's Zoning Law. The hearing will continue at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. More than 100 people have signed up to testify at the hearing, which will address proposed changes to the law recommended by the County’s Planning Board and by the Council's Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee. The hearing will give residents a further opportunity to comment on Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 13-04 and District Map Amendment (DMA) G-956.
The public hearing on zoning changes also will be televised live on CCM.
The Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, which is chaired by Roger Berliner and includes Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Hans Riemer, completed its series of worksessions on the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan on Nov. 5. The committee made recommendations for each of the 10 proposed BRT corridors in the Planning Board’s recommendations.
BRT is a plan for specially designed buses to travel over mostly dedicated lines throughout the County.
The Council received the Planning Board's draft of the Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan this summer. That draft primarily recommends a network of Bus Rapid Transit lines covering about 81 miles and 101 stations, not including the already master-planned Corridor Cities Transitway.
For each corridor, the recommendations are for the route, the station locations and, for each segment, the minimum right-of-way. The recommendations also state whether there would be dedicated lanes or not, and whether there would be up to 0, 1 or 2 lanes added in the road's cross-section dedicated to BRT.
At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, the Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) will present its interactive fiscal plan model to the Council.
The Council directed OLO to develop a tool to measure the effect of structural changes in the County operating budget. More specifically, the Council asked OLO to examine how recurring revenue and expenditure patterns influence the ability to achieve balanced budgets in future years.
The purpose of the interactive fiscal plan is to help the Council and the community better understand the relationship among different elements of the operating budget. The model shows the relationship among different budget elements and provides the user the opportunity to explore alternative approaches to balancing the budget.
Also during the morning session, the Council will present a proclamation to Robert Frost Middle School recognizing its selection at a Maryland Blue Ribbon School.
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