First Nine Energy Bills Pass Unanimously & Signed On April 22, Earth Day, the first 9 bills in Councilmember Berliner's Environmental Package passed with the unaminous support of his Council colleagues. They were signed by County Executive Leggett (in the ceremony seen above) on May 1st.
Roger's Statement on Naming of Casey Anderson as Planning Board Chair
The selection of the Chair of the Planning Board is an important responsibility of the County Council—and of mine. One I take very, very seriously. The Planning Board is one of the most important institutions in our County government. Its guidance on the future of our County and the manner in which it performs its responsibilities play a key role in shaping our quality of life.
The next Chair arrives at a critical juncture for our County. Our capacity to meet the challenges of the future—and we have them—is inextricably linked to our capacity to achieve sustainability in its fullest sense—environmentally, economically and socially. Our goal should be nothing less than being a true national model for being a green, prosperous and culturally and economically integrated community.
And we can. We have terrific assets—among the finest residential neighborhoods anywhere; a nationally recognized school system and community college; a great park system; a vibrant cultural life; great urban "nodes"; an extraordinary agricultural reserve; a smart, educated workforce; home to NIH, FDA, NIST, DOE; and on the nation's doorstep. All assets of an extraordinarily diverse County—itself one of our great strengths.
Bethesda Downtown Plan
After 20 years, the Bethesda Master Plan is getting a fresh new look. With the help of residents, businesses, and community groups, the Montgomery County Planning Department is looking to create a more modern Downtown Bethesda, while enhancing what has made this part of of our community such a success. The work on the Plan will be organized around three themes: social sustainability, economic sustainability and environmental sustainability.
To begin this undertaking, the Planning Department and Parks Department collected information on the existing conditions found in Downtown Bethesda, including the environmental conditions, the historic resources, demographics and market/economic data (Which can be found in the Bethesda Briefing Book). With all of this information, the Planning Department will create a work plan and determine the scope of the work needed to properly meet the needs of all parties involved. Throughout the Spring of 2014 the Planning Department held public workshops & community meetings in order to take the current pulse of Bethesda residents, business owners, & stakeholders
Coming in June 2014, the Planning Department will release its initial staff recommendations. After the initial set of recommendations are completed, the staff will create a draft for the Downtown Plan. After both of these documents are released, public comment will be solicited to help shape the collective vision of Downtown Bethesda. A helpful schedule of these proceedings can be found here.
Once the Planning Board reviews and approves a Draft Plan, it will go to the County Council for review. In its review process, the Council will hold another set of Public Hearings in order to hear your thoughts on the plan before the Council. After the public hearings and the review processes of the Executive & Council, the Council will vote on adopting the Master Plan.
For more information on the Bethesda Master Plan visit BethesdaDowntownPlan.org.