ROCKVILLE, Md., November 26, 2012—The Montgomery County Council at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, will hold a worksession on the proposed Burtonsville Crossing Neighborhood Plan. The plan addresses significant changes to the 191-acre area of the eastern portion of the County that surrounds Route 29 and would transform the area into a complete community.
The Council’s regular general session will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Third Floor Council Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The Council’s morning and afternoon sessions 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 sessions will be rebroadcast on Friday, Nov. 30, starting at 9 p.m.
The morning session will begin with presentation of several proclamations. One will recognize Angie Fuentes, blind cross-country runner from Seneca Valley High School who has competed in meets this year with great support from the school and her teammates.
Another proclamation will recognize the achievements of the Japanese-Americans who served in World War II as members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion and with the Military Intelligence Service. The 442nd team, in which 93 percent of all its members were either wounded or killed in action, went on to become the most decorated unit in U.S. military history, but it was not until 70 years later—in November of 2011--that the unit was formally recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal. That is the highest honor given to U.S. civilians. Over the past seven decades, many of those recognized chose to call Montgomery County their home.
The Council on Tuesday will appoint members of the County’s Food Recovery Work Group that over the next few months will develop a strategic action plan for implementation. In October, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution to establish the Montgomery Food Recovery Work Group, an initiative spearheaded by Councilmember Valerie Ervin, to collect food that would otherwise be wasted because it was unused by food services in cafeterias, from sporting events and special events. The Food Recovery program would then redistribute it to those in need.
During the morning session, Bill 37-12 will be introduced that would require the Office of Management and Budget to submit an affordable housing assessment with certain capital projects proposed in the County’s Capital Improvements Program. The purpose of the assessment would be to advise the Council whether a project should include an affordable housing element. Council President Roger Berliner is the chief sponsor of the bill.
Also to be introduced is Bill 33-12 that would ban smoking on property owned or leased by Montgomery County. The ban would include all County properties except public rights of way. Councilmember Nancy Floreen is the chief sponsor of the bill.
At 12 noon, the Council will receive a report on disposition of the land near Great Seneca Highway and Darnestown Road that has been home to the County’s Public Safety Training Academy. A new academy is being constructed at another location.
The discussion will include an update on selection of a master planner for the project, which would include a residential-based community that includes retail uses, open space and community facilities. The plan will assist the transformation of the Life Sciences Center area into a dynamic live/work community.
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