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  • County Council Approved Shady Grove Master Plan Minor AmendmentAugust 03, 2021

    On April 6, 2021, the Montgomery County Council approved the Fall 2020 Shady Grove Minor Master Plan Amendment.  The Shady Grove Master Plan was originally approved in 2006 (the “2006 Master Plan”) and has not been updated since that time. Over the past 15 years, Montgomery County has undergone significant changes in their land use planning policies and practices, particularly with the approval of the comprehensive Zoning Ordinance re-write and County-wide re-zoning in 2014, the approval of the 2020-2024 Growth … Continue Reading

  • UPDATE: The Maryland General Assembly Passes the Forest Mitigation Bank Bill With Significant Environmental Protections AttachedAugust 03, 2021

    In a 100 to 38 favorable vote, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 991 in both chambers with amendments aimed at addressing environmental concerns raised by environmental advocacy groups. HB 991, now renamed the “Tree Solutions Now Act of 2021”, appropriated government funding to a series of programs designed to preserve tree canopies and other forest protections. The amendments made significant technical changes to the bill, particularly modifying any use of the term “preservation” to be replaced with the … Continue Reading

  • Stacy Silber to Moderate NAIOP Webinar on MoCo Planning’s 30-year VisionMay 03, 2021

    Land use attorney Stacy Silber will moderate NAIOP DC|MD’s “A Seat at the Table” webinar talking about the Planning Commission’s Vision for the next 30 years, and its recommended Thrive Montgomery 2050 Outcomes of promoting Economic Health, Equitable Communities and Environmental Resilience.

    The webinar takes place from 8:30 AM-9:30 AM on Wednesday, May 5. Stacy will be joined by Montgomery County Planning Director Gwen Wright and Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. You can register here:

    Stacy Silber is a … Continue Reading

  • ALERT: Proposed Forest Conservation LegislationApril 02, 2021

    Forest mitigation banks are an off-site method commonly used to meet certain environmental requirements under the Maryland Forest Conservation Act (the “Act”).  A recent Office of the Attorney General opinion established that off-site existing forests encumbered with a protective easement do not qualify as forest mitigation banks.  This strict interpretation of forest mitigation banks has the potential to have significant effect on development moving forward, particularly for developers in heavily urbanized jurisdictions.  House Bill 991 was recently introduced in an … Continue Reading

  • Update: Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Sector PlanMarch 10, 2021

    On February 18, Park & Planning Staff briefed the Planning Board on its existing conditions analysis regarding the Silver Spring Downtown Plan Area.   Staff reported that there currently is approximately 24 million square feet of development in downtown Silver Spring and 40 million square feet of currently mapped density through the existing zoning, leaving approximately 16 million square feet of unbuilt capacity.   Staff is beginning to grapple with why there remains such a wide range of unused density, and how … Continue Reading

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