AGENDA ITEM 7C
February 7, 2017
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
Bill 25-16, Housing and Building Maintenance Standards - Neighborhood
Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee recommendation (3-0):
Bill 25-16 with an amendment to remove the requirement to establish the Neighborhood Action
Team, and replace it with an amendment to require the Executive to submit quarterly reports
to the Council regarding blight and quality of life issues and require the Executive to hold
semiannual meetings with County residents to discuss blight and quality of life issues.
Expedited Bill 25-16, Housing and Building Maintenance Standards - Neighborhood Action
Team, sponsored by Lead Sponsors Councilmembers Leventhal and Navarro and Co-Sponsors
Councilmembers Berliner and EIrich, was introduced on June 21,2016. A public hearing was held
on July 12 and a Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee worksession was held
on August 1.
Bill 25-16 would require the Executive to create a Neighborhood Action Team and specify the
duties and membership of the Neighborhood Action Team. A memorandum from the Lead
Sponsors with additional background material is on ©5.
At the July 12 public hearing, the Council heard from 3 speakers supporting Bill 25-16 (©13-17).
The Council has also heard from residents questioning the effectiveness of the Neighborhood
Action Team as it was used in Connecticut Avenue Estates (©18-21).
Committee Discussion and Recommendation:
At the Committee worksession on August 1, the Committee discussed Executive branch concerns
with Bill 25-16. Executive staff noted that there can be sensitive issues surrounding discussions of
blight issues that may not be appropriate for discussion as part of the open meetings that could be
required under the formal creation of a Neighborhood Action Team. Committee members