ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 31, 2012—The Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T and E) Committee at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, will receive an update on transportation improvements that are being undertaken in the Bethesda area to support the expansion of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The committee also will hold a worksession on a consultant’s study to re-evaluate parking space requirements regarding commercial and mixed-use developments—especially those in the Metro Station Policy Areas.
The T and E Committee, which is chaired by Roger Berliner and includes Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Hans Riemer, will meet in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The meeting 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
The committee has requested updates about projects around the Walter Reed Medical Center, which is located near the intersections of Wisconsin Avenue and Cedar Lane. The hospital, on the campus of the former Bethesda Naval Hospital, was expanded in recent years under the Department of Defense’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program.
The study on parking space requirements addresses how being close to a Metro station impacts the need for parking spaces—a key feature in planning that is addressed in the County’s Zoning Ordinance. Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates conducted the study.
At 2 p.m., the T and E Committee will meet jointly with the Public Safety Committee, which is chaired by Phil Andrews and includes Councilmembers Berliner and Marc Elrich, to get an update on the success of pedestrian and bicycle safety programs. Statistics will show that collisions involving pedestrians in 2011 (the latest full year in which statistics are available) are the lowest in the seven-year study span—down significantly from the previous three years. Collisions involving bicycles, however, were much higher in the 2010 and 2011 than they were in any of the previous four years.
At 10:30 a.m. in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee, which is chaired by George Leventhal and includes Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Craig Rice, will hold a worksession with the County’s Commission on Aging. The worksession will focus on the commission’s “Senior Agenda,” which makes recommendations on what steps the County should take to address its growing senior population.
The HHS Committee meeting also will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery.
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