June 21, 2016 - Councilmember Leventhal speaks at the introduction of new legislation, Bill 25-16, which would create Neighborhood Action Teams to comprehensively respond to quality of life issues in certain neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Action Teams would bring together representatives from a variety of county agencies to create a plan to respond to the issues facing distressed communities before blight occurs.
On June 21, Councilmember Leventhal introduced Zoning Text Amendment 16-06 which would prohibit all non-permanent signs in public rights-of-way in Montgomery County. It is already illegal to place temporary signs in the county's public rights-of-ways, but the current law lacks the enforcement provisions that are necessary to keep our roads clutter and distraction-free.
“Everyone is aware of the proliferation of signs around roadways all over our County,” said Councilmember Leventhal. “In addition to being eyesores, the simple fact is, when people are reading signs, they are not watching the road and for other vehicles, they are not watching for people riding bicycles, they are not watching for pedestrians. The money of taxpayers goes for mowing and maintaining rights-of-way, and the intent of those tax dollars is not to have cleared areas for commercial businesses or candidates for office use those spaces. This legislation will provide the enforcement power needed to keep our rights-of-way open and make our roads safer.” For more information on this legislation, click here