The Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T and E) Committee on Monday, July 28, will discuss proposed Executive Regulation 12-13 that would change certain aspects of the County’s residential permit parking guidelines.
The T and E Committee, which is chaired by Roger Berliner and includes Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Hans Riemer, will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Conference 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:
The residential permit parking program seeks to protect residents of certain neighborhoods when there are factors—such as being nearby Metro stations--that would cause people from outside the community to take up residential parking spaces. The guidelines do not address a situation when parkers from a neighboring county would lead to the parking issues on the Montgomery side of a border.
Councilmembers George Leventhal and Cherri Branson have asked that the guidelines be changed to include provisions for residential permit parking when parking problems are related to an adjacent or neighboring residential properties that is not in Montgomery County. One situation of note has residents of a single-family Montgomery neighborhood east of New Hampshire Avenue in Adelphi finding their streets occupied to a large degree by vehicles belonging to residents of an apartment house just over the line in Prince George’s County.
The Councilmembers have requested that the Executive regulation be changed to allow for a community in this type of situation to be eligible under the Montgomery residential parking program.
Prior to the parking discussion, the committee will be given a presentation by the County’s Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Safety Committee, a 17-member group appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Council. It meets bi-monthly to review transportation safety issues. Newly selected chair Darrel Drobnich will lead the briefing.
The safety committee will ask that the Council authorize a formal review process of the Countywide Bikeways Functional Master Plan, which has not been updated since 2005. The plan should be updated in order to account for County growth, new engineering best practices and to promote interconnectivity of bicycle trails and bicycle roadway accommodations.
The committee also will recommend that the County develop a Pedestrian Master Plan to establish overarching goals for the County regarding pedestrian mode share, crash rates and facilities.
At 9:30 a.m. in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room, the Education Committee, which is chaired by Craig Rice and includes Councilmembers Branson and Phil Andrews, will hold a worksession to review a proposal to construct an artificial turf stadium field at Churchill High School in Potomac. The total cost of the project would be approximately $1.3 million.
The source of the funds for the project would be from private contributions from two entities. The Churchill High School Booster Club has committed to raise and contribute $250,000. The Bethesda Lacrosse/Potomac Soccer Association proposes to contribute the remainder of the project amount ($1,050,000) in return for a preferred use schedule agreement for the field. The school system has entered into similar public/private partnerships to facilitate the construction of artificial turf stadium fields at other schools. In 2013, the Council approved a similar funding arrangement to construct an artificial turf field at Wootton School in Rockville.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) used an open competitive process to select partners for funding support for the Churchill field through an advertised Request for Proposals. In public testimony, however, Councilmembers heard that an entity that did not receive the award for the Churchill partnership is protesting that outcome through an appeal to the State Board of Education and in a separate lawsuit in the Circuit Court. MCPS is defending its decision in both of these pending cases.
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