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It’s not too late to talk about the Subdivision Staging Policy

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Montgomery Planning Board Adds Work Session for 2020 Update to the Subdivision Staging Policy

The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold an additional work session for the 2020 Update to the Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP) on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 7 to 9 p.m. to give Montgomery County Planning Department staff final decisions on the draft policy. The meeting will be conducted virtually and can be watched live or listened to by dialing 301-495-4708 and using the password 87871111 when the meeting starts.

Following the final work session, Montgomery Planning staff will take the Planning Board’s guidance and make edits to the draft policy, renamed as the County Growth Policy, before going back to the Planning Board for approval on July 30, 2020. Once the Planning Board approves the policy, it will be transmitted to the Montgomery County Council for its review and approval.

View past SSP 2020 Update work sessions:
Thursday, June 18, 2020 – Planning Board Work Session – Schools Element

Thursday, June 25, 2020 – Planning Board Work Session – Transportation Element

Thursday, July 2, 2020 – Planning Board Work Session – Schools Element and Taxes

Thursday, July 9, 2020 – Planning Board Work Session – Transportation Element and Taxes

Thursday, July 16, 2020 – Planning Board Work Session

The update includes recommendations that focus on school and transportation capacities as the county’s population grows and its development needs evolve. In its ongoing efforts to balance expected county growth and development needs with school and transportation capacities, Montgomery Planning recommends a series of policy changes updating calculations and tools to measure and address school overcrowding, traffic congestion, transportation safety, and ways to fund needed infrastructure.

After the Planning Board work sessions, the Planning Board Draft of the policy and related County Code amendments will be sent to the County Council and County Executive for review. By law, the Council must approve the growth policy by November 15, 2020. Community members are encouraged to continue to submit comments to inform the Planning Board draft via email until July 16. The Planning Board voted to keep the public record open through July 16. Any comments received before then will become part of the public testimony and public record for the policy. View the SSP At-a-Glance explainer in English and Español to learn more about the recommendations.

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