Expedited Bill No.
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Concerning: Stormwater Management -
Water Quality Protection Charge-
Grants-Credits
Revised:
6/28/2016
Draft No. 3
Introduced:
April 5.
2016
Enacted:
June
28. 2016
Executive:
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
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Ch. _ _ , Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Council President at the request of the County Executive
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
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authorize establishment of a watershed restoration grant program for certain
owners of improved aircraft landing areas to offset the cost of the Water Quality
Protection Charge;
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clarify the eligibility criteria for a property owner to receive a Water Quality
Protection Charge credit;
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expand the timeframe for a property owner to appeal the denial of a request for a
credit or adjustment of the amount of the Water Quality Protection Charge billed
to the property owner; and
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generally amend County law regarding the Water Quality Protection Charge.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 19, Erosion, Sediment Control and Storm Water Management
Sections 19-21.
19-29A~
and 19-35
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec. 1. Sections 19-21.
19-29A~
and 19-35 are amended as follows:
19-21. Definitions.
In this Article, the following words and phrases have the following
meanings unless the context indicates otherwise:
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A capital improvement
Stormwater management particivation project:
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proiect in which both the County and the property owner iointly fund the
construction of a regional stormwater management facility intended to
benefit properties in addition to those belonging to the property owner.
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supplemental
grant
program
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to
offset the
cost
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eligible
19-29A. Watershed restoration grants program.
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The Director of Environmental Protection may also establish a
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homeowners' associations] of paying the Charge assessed under
Section 19-35 [for those private roads which are:
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open to the public without restriction;
not parking lots; and
eligible to receive State highway user revenue] to an owner of
an improved aircraft landing area that is exempt from County
property taxes under Maryland Code, Tax-Property Art.
§8-302.
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19-35.
Water Quality Protection Charge.
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A property owner may apply for, and the Director of
Environmental Protection must grant, a credit equal ·to a
percentage, set by regulation, of the Charge if:
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[(A) the property contains a storm.water management system
that is not maintained by the County;
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the owner participates in a County-approved water
quality management practice or initiative;]
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the property contains
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storm.water management system
for which the County does not perform structural
maintenance that either treats on-site drainage only or
both on-site drainage and off-site drainage from other
properties located within the same drainage area; [[or]]
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the property does not contain a storm.water management
system, but is located in the same drainage area as
another that contains a storm.water management system
for which the County does not perform structural
maintenance and both properties have the same
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the property contains a storm.water management system
built
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part
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storm.water
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management participation proiect: or
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the property does not contain a storm.water management
system. but is located in the same drainage area as a
property containing a storm.water management system
built
as
part
of a
County-approved
storm.water
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management participation proiect and both properties
have the same owner.
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To receive the credit, the property owner must apply to the
Director of Environmental Protection in a form prescribed by
the Director not later than September 3 0 of the year that
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payment of the Charge is due. Any credit granted under this
subsection is valid for 3 years.
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The Director of Environmental Protection may revoke
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credit
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if the property owner does not
continue to take the measures needed to assure that the
stormwater management system remams m proper working
condition
by
correcting any deficiencies discovered
by
the
Director during
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maintenance inspection. The Director must
not reinstate
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revoked credit until the property owner has
sufficiently corrected the deficiencies to fully satisfy the
property owner's maintenance obligations under Section 19-28.
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The owner of an owner-occupied residential property, or any
non-profit organization that can demonstrate substantial
financial hardship may apply for an exemption from all or part
of the Charge for that property, based on criteria set by
regulation. The owner or organization may apply for the
exemption to the Director of Finance not later than September
30 of the year that payment of the Charge is due.
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A person that believes that the Director of Environmental Protection
has mistakenly assigned a Charge to the person's property or
computed the Charge incorrectly may apply to the Director of
Environmental Protection in writing for a review of the Charge, and
request an adjustment to correct any error, not later than September 30
of the year that payment of the Charge is due. An aggrieved property
owner may appeal the DirectJcr's decision to the County Board of
Appeals within [10] 30 days after the Director issues the decision.
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A person that believes that the Director of Environmental Protection
has incorrectly denied the person's application for a credit or
exemption under subsection (e) may appeal the Director's decision to
the County Board of Appeals within
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issues the decision.
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The Council declares that this
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legislation is necessary for the immediate protection of the public interest. This
Act takes effect on the date on which it becomes law.
Approved:
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy of Council action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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