T&EITEM 8
February 26, 2014
Worksession
MEMORANDUM
TO:
FROM:
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Attorney~
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
SUBJECT:
Worksession:
Bill 11-14, Buildings - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permits
- Expedited Review
Bill 11-14, Buildings - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permits - Expedited Review,
sponsored by Councilmembers Berliner, Floreen, and Riemer, Council Vice President Leventhal,
and Councilmembers EIrich, Andrews, Navarro, and Council President Craig Rice, was
introduced on January 28, 2014. A public hearing was held by the Committee on February 11.
Bill 11-14 would require the Department of Permitting Services to implement an expedited
review process for permits to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and require the
Department to charge reduced fees for those permits. Electric vehicle charging stations will be
more common and necessary as EV usage increases.
Councilmember Berliner explained the purpose of this Bill in his January 14
memorandum describing his proposed energy/environmental package. See ©5 of Bill 4-14, T&E
Item 1.
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statement for this Bill will be transmitted after March
17 (see ©4).
Issues for Committee Discussion
Should these permits be treated as expedited permits?
The Maryland National Capital
Building Industry Association (BIA) noted that these permits may be part of a larger permit
application and not easily separated for expedited review and urged the County to instead
continue to improve the overall permit review and approval process. While Council staff agrees
that continued improvements to the overall process are beneficial, enacting this bill could
provide an incentive for residents to install these environment-friendly devices.
Are reduced/ees appropriate/or these permits?
As noted above, this bill would require
the Department to reduce permit fees for this type of permit by 50%. Enacting this bill could
provide an incentive for residents to install these devices, but Councilmembers should be aware
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that because the Department is an enterprise fund, enacting reduced fees could require a transfer
of funds from the General Fund.
This packet contains:
Bill 11-14
Legislative Request Report
OMB and Finance Memo
Written Correspondence
County Executive
BIA
Circle #
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Bill No.
11-14
Concerning: Buildings - Electric Vehicle
Charging Station Permits - Expedited
Review
Draft No. 1
Revised:
11n12013
Introduced:
January 28, 2014
Expires:
July 28, 2015
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective:
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Ch. _ _• Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers Berliner, Floreen, and Riemer, Council Vice President Leventhal, and
Councilmembers EIrich, Andrews, and Navarro
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
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require the Department of Permitting Services to implement an expedited review
process for permits to install electric vehicle charging stations;
require the Department to charge reduced fees for permits to install electric vehicle
charging stations; and
generally amend County law regarding building permits.
By adding
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 8, Buildings
Section 8-24C
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Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by hill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act;
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Bill No. 11-14
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Sec.
1.
Section 8-24C is added as follows:
8-24C. Expedited review process for
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electric vehicle charging station.
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The Department must adopt an expedited review process for each permit to
install an electric vehicle charging station. The application fee for each permit to
install an electric vehicle charging station must not exceed half the amount the
Department charges for
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similar permit.
Approved:
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Craig
L.
Rice, President, County Council
Date
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Approved:
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Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy o/Council action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
Date
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 11-14
Buildings
-
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permits
-
Expedite Review
DESCRIPTION:
Would require the Department of Pennitting Services to implement an
expedited review process for pennits
to
install electric vehicle (EV)
charging stations, and
to
charge reduced fees for those pennits.
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EV charging stations will be more common and necessary as EV
usage increases, but obtaining a building pennit can be subject to a
long and costly pennitting process.
To create an expedited and less costly pennitting process for EV
charging stations.
Department of Pennitting Services
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Amanda Mihill, 240-777-7815
To be researched.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Not applicable.
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ROCKVHLE,MARYLAND
MEMORAND1JfVl
Febntary 5, 2014
TO:
FROM:
Craig Rice,
f~;>Side~t,
County Council
Jennifer A
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Joseph
F. Beac].
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and Budget
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SUBJECTS:
Bi1l2-14,Environn1ciltal Sustainability - Buildings·· Benchmarking
Bill 3-
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4, Buildings ..... Energy Efncicncy ·····Encrgy Standards
Bill 4-14, Street and Roads .... County Street Lights
Bill 5-l4, Environmental Sllstainability···· Social Cost
of
Carbon Assessments
Bill 6-
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4, Environmental Sllstainability - Office
of
Sustainability - Established
Bill 7-14, Contracts and Procurement - Certified Green Business Program
Bill
8-14,
Buildings- County Buildings-
Clean
Energy Renevdible
Technology
Bill 9-
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4, Environmental Sustainability -- Renewable Energy - County Purchase
Bill 10-
j
4, Buildings - Solar Permits-·· r:xpedited Revic\v
Bill 11-14,
Buildings . . Electric Vehicle
Charging Station Permits
~,~
Expedited
Review
As required by Section 2-811\ of the County Code, we are inf(JrJning you that transmittal of
the fiscal and economic impact statements for the above referenced legislation will be delayed
because more time is needed to coordinate with the
affected
departments,
colkct
information, and
complete our analysis of the fiscal and economic impacts. While
\VC
arc not able to
conduct
the
required detailed analyses at this time,
it
is clear that a number
of
these bills could have significant
fiscal impacts.
Due to this year's heavy workload on Executive branch staff in developing both a full capital
budget and an operating bucig(,t, the fiscnl and economic statements
will
be transmitted after March
17,2014.
JAH:fz
cc; Bonnie Kirkland, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa
Austin,
Offices of the
County Executive
Joy Nurmi. Special Assistant to the County
Exccutive
Patrick Lacetidd, Director, Public Information Oflice
Marc P. Hansen, Office of the County Attorney
Robert HageJoorn,
Department of Finance
David
Platt.
Dcpartment
of
Finance
Alex
Espinosa,
Office of
1'v1anagement and Budget
Mary
Beck, Office of j\/lanagcrnent and Budget
Naeem Mia.
Office of
Management and Budget
Felicia Zhang, Office of l'vlanagcment and Budget
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TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE ISIAH LEGGETT
ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAlNABILITY PACKAGE
Bills 2-14,3-14,4-14,5-14,6-14,7-14,8-14,9-14,10-14, 11-14, 12-14
February 11, 2014
Good evening Council President Rice and members of the County Council. My name is Bonnie
Kirkland and I am pleased to be here on behalf of County Executive Isiah Leggett to testify on
the package of environmental and sustainability measures introduced on February 4, 2014 by
Councilmember Berliner and others.
Mr.
Leggett supports Councilmember Berliner's initiative
and the Council's efforts to address the need for more sustainable development in Montgomery
County. Following up on recommendations from the Sustainability Workgroup, this package of
renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability measures will take the County to the next
level of environmental excellence.
Sustainable development has been defined as meeting the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
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The path forward
requires understanding and planning: understanding how existing buildings perform and how
planned buildings are expected to perfoim; and designing buildings and other infrastructure that
reduce materials consumption, reuse materials, reduce energy consumption and maximize the
use of renewable resources.
County Executive Leggett recognizes that the path forward will involve substantial change and
commitment on the part of both the public sector and the private sector. He is committed to
working with the Council on this package during the coming weeks to develop the most
progressive and reasonable legislation achievable that will balance both the compelling need to
achieve sustainable development and the budgetary realities faced by the County and our local
businesses to fully implement the approved changes the legislative package requires.
Stewardship for future generations has been a cornerstone of
Mr.
Leggett's Smart Growth
Initiative in terms of planning for future growth at appropriate transit oriented locations. The
County Executive applauds Councilmember Berliner's and the sponsoring council members'
vision and recognition of the need for stewardship of our precious resources for future
generations.
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International Institute for Sustainable Development quoting from the World Commission on Environment and
Development (WCED).
Our common future.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987 p. 43.
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Mihill. Amanda
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject:
Faden, Michael
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:24 PM
Mihill, Amanda
FW: Energy Bills Testimony
From: Robert Kaufman [mailto:rkaufman@mncbia.org]
Sent:
Tuesday, February 11,
2014 12:44
PM
To: Berliner's Office, Councilmember; Riemer's Office, Councilmember; Floreen's Office, Councilmember; Leventhal's
Office, Councilmember; Rice's Office, Councilmember; Eirich's Office, Councilmember; Andrews's Office, Councilmember;
Navarro's Office, Councilmember; Branson's Office, Councilmember; Hoyt, Bob
Cc: Goldstein! Steven; Gibson, Cindy; Faust, Josh; Healy! Sonya; Jones! Diane; Wright! Gwen; Zyontz! Jeffrey; Orlin!
Glenn; Faden, Michael; Michaelson,I"1arlene; McMillan, Linda; Kelly Grudziecki; Bruce H. Lee; Bryant F. Foulger; Bob
Harris; William Kominers; selmendorf@linowes-Iaw.com; tdugan@shulmanrogers.com; Montenegror@ballardspahr.com;
Pharr! Shaun; Clark Wagner; JRussel@rodgers.com; Paul Chod; Steve Robins; Steve Orens; IIaya Hopkins; Ilana Branda;
lisetracey@yahoo.com; gitaliano@bccchamber.org; Jane Redicker; Annette Rosenblum; mjackson@mncbia.org;
dswenson@mncbia.org
Subject:
Energy Bills Testimony
Please accept the following as Testimony on behalf of the MNCBIA concerning the various Energy related bills
introduced by Councilmember Berliner and others.
Bills
11-14
and
10-14
Expedited Review
We understand and appreciate the desire to provide an expedited review as an incentive to promote use of energy
saving technology, the facts however suggest that all new buildings and remodeling meet substantially higher standards
of energy efficiency and all deserve efficient review and approval. Especially since passage ofthe 2012 Building and
Energy Code changes, all new and remodeled buildings today provide substantial energy savings and efficiencies.
Additionally, identifying specific permits to expedite may not be as simple as it seems given the complexities oftoday's
permits and construction techniques. The Solar permits or charging permits may be part of a much larger permit
application and may net be easily separated for expedited review. The MNCBIA recently established a Solar Energy
Program with ASTRUM Solar to encourage use of Solar installations on new homes and would in fact benefit from an
expedited process.
Instead, however, we urge the County to continue to improve the overall permit review and approval process so that
an expedited review becomes moot. We draw attention to and gratefully acknowledge the recent announcement by
DPS to institute an electronic plan submission for new construction and right-of-way permits and look forward to other
improvements.
Bill
6-14
Environmental Sustainability Office
Given the real world changes to our land use regulations and building codes, an office of sustainability best serves the
County as a comprehensive planning approach that encourages coordination and balance to maximize use and
maintenance of our complex systems that tie together smart growth planning, land use planning, building use, land use
and transportation. We support encouraging MNCPPC to create a position of a sustainability planner in MNCPPC
where we do our forward thinking. The Department of Environmental Protection provides guidance and support for
land use related issues and environmental stewardship of our land. Sustainability implies economics, construction,
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government policy, business management, coordination, building technology as well as land use most of which remain
outside the purview of DEP.
Bill 3-14 Building Standards - LEED Silver
New buildings today increasing meet a minimum of LEED or other similar certification such as IgCC and Green Globes.
The lEED Silver level continues to evolve and relies on land use based issues as well and energy efficiencies that cannot
be easily achieved. We prefer continuing to allow the market place to work toward green options particularly in light
of the new energy and building codes and prefer capitalizing on the current market trend toward green certification at
the lEED certified, IgCC and Green Globes levels.
Bill 2-14 Benchmarking
Currently we operate on a whole new set of energy saving requirements for all new and remodeled buildings based on
the 2012 Building and Energy Codes. In addition, nearly all new buildings today meet lEED certified or similar standard.
Benchmarking becomes excessive under these circumstances. Additionally, we need to agree on what purpose the
benchmarking serves. As currently developed by EPA, the benchmarking relates largely to greenhouse gas emissions
and not costs or energy use. This promotes use of natural gas and renewable energy sources over use of coal, oil, or
other carbon based fuel. Today the cost of gas remains comparatively low, this results often in cost savings, however,
most users have little say over the source of fuel used to generate electricity and cannot easily switch to gas or
renewable sources. Should gas prices rise, than any cost savings may evaporate. Nonetheless, we support the concept
of encouraging and supporting efforts to benchmark the energy use of buildings if only to set goals for energy savings
over time. We urge the Council to set up a working group to identify ways to best create, support, encourage and
measure building energy use that can be cost effective and manageable. Especially problematic concerns the
requirement to set up benchmarking apparatuses for residential and commercial tenants, or owners of condo space
within buildings.
The use of benchmarking can result in the highest energy savings with existing buildings. This unfortunately places the
greatest cost burden on the most affordable buildings with the lowest rents, both residential and commercial. Clearly if
the investment in energy savings saves money, the owners, tenants and the County have a natural incentive to set up
benchmarking. We urge the County to form a working groups of existing building owners and tenants to consider the
most effective way to encourage, support and afford energy re-commissioning •
.S. Robert Kaufman
Vice President, Government Affairs
Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association
1738 Elton Road
Suite 200
Silver Spring, Maryland 20903
bkaufman@,mncbia.org
(301) 445-5408 Office
(301) 768-0346 Cell
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