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Montgomery Council PHED Committee to Discuss District Map Amendment Worksession on Thursday, July 3, Follows Council’s Approval of a New Montgomery Zoning Code; Worksession on White Oak Gateway Plan Cancelled
  • Release ID: 14-193
  • Release Date: 7/2/2014
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
The Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, will continue its review of zoning map issues that resulted after the Council approved a revised zoning code.

The PHED Committee, which is chaired by Nancy Floreen and includes Councilmembers Marc Elrich and George Leventhal, will meet in the Third 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:

A worksession on the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan scheduled for July 3 was postponed. The next committee worksession on the White Oak plan is scheduled for Monday, July 7.

On March 4, the Council approved a new zoning code with an effective date of Oct. 30, 2014. Although virtually all residential zones will not change in name or development standards, the new code creates some new zones and deletes some current zones. The zoning map must now change to conform to the new code.

Except for R-150, RMH-200, RMH, and the name of the Rural Density Transfer zone, there are no changes to mapping residential zones. With regard to all other zones, the Planning Board recommended zones in the District Map Amendment (DMA) with essentially the same development standards (building height and density) as current zoning. The PHED Committee refined that approach to recommend zoning be consistent with master plan recommendations and binding elements in rezoning cases.

The proposed web-based zoning map (available at follows published conversion "rules." Since the introduction, planning staff has made changes to the map to correct translation errors (properties mapped in a manner inconsistent with the rules). Documentation of all of those changes to individual properties also is available on the same web site.

The PHED Committee will ultimately make recommendations on broad zoning conversion rule changes. Those will change the proposed zoning on multiple properties.

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