I wanted to give you an update on ZTA 9-11, legislation to preserve farmers markets that contribute so much to our quality of life. This legislation was written because under current zoning laws, it is illegal to operate a farmers market in a residential zone.
One of our farmers markets, Twin Springs, was asked to cease operations at the St. Andrews Church in Bethesda. Recognizing the importance of this neighborhood market and their quality, fresh produce, I took action. Much thought was given to this legislation resulting in a piece that allows farmers markets to operate in residential zones while considering the character of our neighborhoods.
This zoning text amendment was introduced on November 17th, 2009, a public hearing was held on January 12th, and on January 21st the legislation went to committee for discussion. Montgomery County Councilmembers, the Planning Board and staff were all extremely supportive of farmers markets and everyone agreed that this was important legislation for Montgomery County. While modest modifications are contemplated, I remain confident that at the end of the day, we will be successful in keeping our farmers markets an important part of our life in District 1 and throughout the County.