AGENDA ITEM 3B
June 21, 2016
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
June 17,2016
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Attomey~hLU
Introduction:
Bill 25-16, Housing and Building Maintenance Standards -
Neighborhood Action Team
Expedited Bill 25-16, Housing and Building Maintenance Standards - Neighborhood Action
Team, sponsored by Lead Sponsors Councilmembers Leventhal and Navarro and Co-Sponsor
Councilmember Berliner, is scheduled to be introduced on June 21, 2016. A public hearing is
tentatively scheduled for July 12,2016 at 1:30 p.m.
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.
This packet contains:
Bill 25-16
Legislative Request Report
Sponsor memorandum
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Bill No.
25 -16
Concerning: Housing
and
Building
Maintenance
Standards
Neighborhood Action Team
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Revised:
5/31/2016
Draft No.
Introduced:
June 21, 2016
Expires:
December 21,2017
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date:
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsors: Councilmember Leventhal and Navarro
Co-Sponsor: Councilmember Berliner
AN
ACT to:
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(2)
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require the Executive to create a Neighborhood Action Team;
specify the duties and membership of the Neighborhood Action Team; and
generally amend County laws related to housing and building maintenance
standards.
By adding
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 26, Housing and Building Maintenance Standards
Section 26-19
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Addedto existing law by original bill.
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL
No. 25-16
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Section 26-19 is added as follows:
26-19. Neighborhood Action Team
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Creation.
The Executive must create
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Neighborhood Action Team to
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address visual blight and other quality of life issues in the County.
Membership.
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The Neighborhood Action Team must include representatives
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the Department of Transportation;
the Department of Housing and Community Affairs;
the Department ofPermitling SerVices;
the Department ofEnvironmental Protection;
the Police Department; and
any other representative the Regional Services Center
Director or the Executive fmds necessary.
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September
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of each year, the Executive must submit the
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names and position titles of the members of the Neighborhood
Action Team to the CounciL
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Duties.
The Neighborhood Action Team must convene at the request of
any
Regional Services Center Director or other individual designated
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the Executive. After convening, the Neighborhood Action Team must
create
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plan with recommended actions to address blight and quality of
life issues in any affected community. Recommendations may include
increasing enforcement of violations of County laws related to housing
maintenance standards, parking, and solid waste disposaL
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report to the Council that includes activities,
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BILL
No. 25-16
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accomplishments, plans, and objectives of the Neighborhood Action
Team.
Approved:
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Nancy Floreen, President, County Council
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Approved:
Date
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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Date
This is a correct copy o/Council action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 25-16
Housing and Building Maintenance Standards
-
Neighborhood Action Team
DESCRIPTION:
Bill 25-16 would require the Executive to create a Neighborhood
Action Team and specify the duties and membership of the
Neighborhood Action Team.
There
has
been an informal team meeting regarding these issues, but
County residents would benefit from a team more formally
- established.
To address blight and quality of life issues.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
Departments of Transportation, Housing and Community Affairs,
Permitting Services, and Environmental Protection; the Police
Department; Regional Services Centers
FISCAL IMPACT:
To be requested
ECONOMIC
IMP ACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
To be requested
To be researched.
To be researched.
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney, 240-777-7815
APPLICATION
To be researched.
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
MEMORANDUM
TO:
Councilmembers
FROM:
George Leventhal,
Councilmember~
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Nancy Navarro, Councilmember
June 15,2016
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SUBJECT:
Creating an interdepartmental Neighborhood Action
Team
to address blight and
quality of life issues
in
Montgomery County.
In
dual memoranda dated June 30,201'4 and July 9,2014, we detailed important
steps the county could take to begin to address issues of blight in and around the
community of Connecticut Avenue Estates in Wheaton. Both memoranda called
for an increased effort
in
county agencr coordination to address issues oftargeted
code enforcement, overnight parking and illegal dumping enforcement and
penalties. We sought participation from the Department ofHousing and
Community Affairs (DHCA), the Department of Permitting Services (DPS), the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Montgomery County Police
Department (MCPD) and the Department of Transportation (DOT).
While we are well aware that a working group, with members from these various
departments,
has
been meeting on an informal basis about these issues, we believe
it is vitally important that there be an accurate record of potential findings, new
public education initiatives, and best praptices moving forward. We believe this
working group
will
be able to provide valuable community resources to residents,
not just in the neighborhood of Connecticut Avenue Estates, but county-wide.
Directors of each of the Regional Services Centers
(RSC)
would be able to
call
upon the newly established Neighborhood Action Team
to
evaluate problem areas
in
communities and to quickly establish a workable, time limited plan to address
issues of blight that negatively affect,residents' quality of life.,
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To that end, we are soliciting your
~upport
for the attached legislation, which we
will introduce on T,uesday, to
creat~
an official, permanent Neighborhood Action
Team. We believe this is' an important first step in providing residents
with
a
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and uniformed response on issue ofblight. We look forward to working
with
you on this issue.
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
RoCKVILLE, MARYLAND
NANCY NAVARRO
COUNCILMEMBER, DISTRICT 4
MEMORANDUM
June 30,2014
TO:
FROM:
Councllmembers
Isiah Leggett, County Executive
Nancy
Counci1memb~
Ol)istAct 4)
Navarro11~
SUBJECT: Community Solutions: Neighborhood Revitalization Enhancement Initiative
On
Apri125, 2014, I sent a memo (attached) to the Planning, Housing and Economic
Development Committee (PRED) requesting targeted funding through a grant administered by
the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) for community building activities
in District 4. Specifically, I requested $120,000 for Montgomery Housing Partnership
(1v.tH.P)
to
continue their excellent work in Glenmont ($100,000) and for them
to
begin working in
Connecticut Avenue Estates ($20,000). The Connecticut Avenue Estates Civic Association sent
a letter (attached), also dated Apri125, 2014, in support ofthis funding. I also requested
$127,350 for Impact Silver Spring for work in the following areas:
• $32,350 for Bel Pre;
• $60,000 for Wheaton; and
• $35,000 for Connecticut Avenue Estates in partnership with MHP.
I requested this funding because of the phenomenal track record MHP and Impact Silver Spring
have in neighborhood building and community development activities throughout the County. I
chose these areas because ofthe outreach activities my office
has
been doing with a broad range
of residents who had requested these initiatives. These organizations have a history of engaging
community members who do not traditionally attend civic association meetings or participate
in
community events. I have attached a letter from the Bluehill Neighborhood Opportunity Circle,
a group representing close
to
30 residents who live
in
the Connecticut Avenue Estates
neighborhood who are interested in continuing their work with Impact Silver Spring.
It
has
recently come to my attention that a small group of concerned residents in three
neighborhoods have expressed opposition to these DHCA contracts to nonproilts. I have met
with these individuals
and
they expressed a desire that the County Government focus resources
exclusively on enforcement of housing, peIIDitting, parking,
and
solid waste code violations.
After meeting with these individuals, touring their neighborhoods with them,
and
revieWing the
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materials they provided to me, I am sympathetic to their desire for enhanced enforcement.
However, I do not believe
this
is an "either/or" proposition. I strongly oppose any redirection of
allocated funds
becau~e
this sells the community short. Instead, I am in: favor of an "andlboth"
approach that emphasizes positive community building and education activities, enhancing
existing code enforcement, and developing new policy initiatives that will provide lasting
solutions to the community isSUes I have observed firsthand.
There
is
no doubt that the Mid- and East-County has the vast majority ofhousing
and
code
. enforcement complaints in the County. MC311 data, compiled by the Office of Legislative
Oversight (OLO) (attached), show
that
over the past two years, District 4 and District 5 have
received 2,311 and 2,339 housing complaints, respectively. The next highest number ofhousing
complaints is District 2 at 1,772. For code enforcement requests, District 4 and District 5 have
received 4,224 and 4,256, respectively. over the past two years. District 2 comes in third, at
3,151 requests. I have attached the complete analysis by OLO. My view is that these numbers
reflect symptoms of a larger societal issue that cannot be addressed through enforcement alone.
An "enforcement only" approach would only.serve to ostracize residents who are not aware of
County laws and negatively divide neighborhoods. My belief is that government's role should
be to bring people together by being welcoming to
all
people and educating those who are not
aware of what is expected.
The comprehensive approach outlined below can serve as a" roadmap for how I believe we can
address community issues, not only in District 4, but throughout Montgomery County.
Community Development and Education
Developing an engaged community and educating residents about their rights and
responsibilities as good neighbors is the cornerstone in solving
all
of
the
issues I have observed
in many District 4 neighborhoods. County Government alone cannot facilitate the community
building exercises that are needed to solve neighborhood problems. Thatis why our
departments (Health and Human Services (HHS), DHCA, and "others) contract with nonprofit
organizations to do much of
this
important work. Working with and strengthening existing civic
associations
and
neighborhood structures are the core work of organizations such as MHP and
Impact Silver Spring. They also serve as a liaison between neighborhoods and government
entities. These groups listen to the concerns ofresidents and structure their activities based on
those needs. For example, in neighborhoods where persistent crime is an issue, these groups can
help organize "neighborhood watch" programs. Where there are housing code issues, they can "
help educate residents about how to be better neighbors. This work is critical to addressing the
underlying issues in many neighborhoods.
Before the Council
begins
the FY16 Operating Budget process, I encourage DHCA to create an
inventory of community-based nonprofits doing this type of work in the County. DHCA should
also .develop a quantitative assessment to measure the results of these organizations
and
objective criteria for detennjnjng what areas ofthe County would benefit most from these
initiatives.
Targeted Code Enforcement
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Residents often use the
term.
"code enforcemenf' as a blanket phrase when describing quality of
life issues in a neighborhood. Residents are sometimes frustrated when reporting these issues to
MC311 or Council offices because the County department responding to a cOmplaint depends
on the nature ofthe complaint itself. Whether the request for service is directed to the
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Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), DHCA, Department of Permitting Services
(DPS), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Transportation (DOn,
or an outside agency, such as the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) or
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), the constituent's goal
is getting the problem resolved.
I propose creating an interdepartmental unit comprised of officials from across County
Government to focus on quality of life issues in targeted neighborhoods. This unit would have
at least one
staff
member from the Code Enforcement Section ofDHCA, DPS, DEP, MCPD,
and DOT. They would work as a team to increase proactive enforcement ofhousing code,
parking, permitting, illegal dumping and other quality-of-life violations in areas identified by
the County Executive as having the greatest need. This unit would help mitigate the "stove
piping" or "silo" mentality that frustrates residents about government. The unit
will
be nimble
enough to work
in
one or more high need area at a time and will complement-not replace­
existing enforcement activities. I encourage the County Executive to recommend adequate
funding in the FY16 Operating Budget, or sooner through a supplemental appropriation, to
implement this proposal.
Overnight Parking
One of the most pervasive issues in several neighborhoods around Wheaton
is
the lack of
overiright parking for residents in front of their homes. I observed orange construction cones
in
front of several homes in an effort to "reserve" street parking spaces. Under the County's
current residential parking program, streets can "opt-in"
to
the program requiring permits during
daytime hours. The purpose of this program is to prevent commuters taking public transit from
parking on residential streets during the day.
In
neighborhoods where most homes do not have
driveways and are not near transit, parking shortages are most prevalent in the evening and
overnight hours.
In
the coming weeks, I plan on working closely with Montgomery County Department of
Transportation (DO'!) to explore ways of expanding the County's residential parking permit
program. I believe the program should include an evening/overnight component in
neighborhoods with single-family homes that do not have driveways.
In
the fall, I plan to
introduce legislation that reflects these discussions with DOT and provides some relief for
residents who cannot find parking near their homes
in
the evening.
.
Illegal Dumping Enforcement arid Penalties
illegal dumping is a serious quality of life issue for residents. The Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) does a very good job dealing with illegal dumping on a complaint-driven
basis. However, the County needs to employ strategies that prevents and deters illegal dumping
.,
in the first place.
First, I propose a targeted illegal dumping public education campaign in high-incident
neighborhoods. This campaign should be administered by DEP in conjunction with the
County's Public Information Office (PIO). I encourage the County Executive to recommend
funds in the FY16 Operating Budget to fund a broad-based, multilingual outreach effort
utilizing various forms of media--including print advertising, radio, television and the internet
Second, the County should aggressively pursue individuals who are dumping illegally in
neighborhoods. Civic Associations, along with nonprofit organizations working
in
the
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community, should fonn neighborhood watch groups to monitor dumping and report incidents
tq
the Police in real time. MCPD should also dedicate resources
to
monitoring areas where
illegal dumping is a chronic problem and actively engage
in
"sting" activities
to
identify
individuals engaged in
this
behavior.
Finally. this fall
I
will
i:¢roduce legislation that increases the
minimum
fine for illegal dumping­
in Montgomery County. Cummtly, the
minimum
fine
for first-time offenders
is
$500
and
the
maximum
is $1,000. My legislation
will
increase the minimum to $750: Currently. the County
is
prohibited by State
Law
to increase the maximum fine. However,
I
will request that our
State
Delegation introduce legislation giving Montgomery County the authority
to
adopt laws that are
consistent with the hlgher penalties for illegal dumping found in the Maryland
Criminal
Code.
Currently, only Prince George's County and Calvert County have this authority under State
Law.
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
ROCKVILLE. MARYLAND
GEORGE LEVENTHAL
COUNCILMEMBER
AT-LARGE
MEMORANDUM
July 9,2014 .
TO:
Nancy Navarro
FROM:
George Leventhal
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SUBJECT:
RE: Community Solution - Neighborhood Revitalization Enhancement
Initiative
Thank you for your June 30 memorandum outlining proposals for dealing
\\-1th parking, blight and other issues affecting Connecticut Avenue Estates
and the surrounding Wheaton neighborhood. Your leadership on these
. issues is helping to improve the quality of life for these residents. You
have engaged members of the community who had not had the
opportunity to have their views presented. As you know. residents have
soueht assistance from
at-Iar~e
councilmembers in addition to their district
.
member. While I largely agree with most of the points in your
memorandum. I wanted to share some thoughts of my own..
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With regard to community development and education. I understand that
non-profit service providers may sometimes
be
better equipped than
county. government to work vvith diverse communities in a culturally
competent way. As you will recall, during our budget discussions. I
supported funding for Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) and
Impact Silver Spring, but I also expressed a desire to see countywide
criteria '\vhereby contracts \'yith these or other organizations for community
development
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be executed in the future.
In
addition, it is very
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Regardi ng targeted code enforcement. I believe
it
is not necessary to
reinvent the wheeL
The
county already seeks a strong presence in
communities through our Regional Services Centers (RSC). As you well
know, these offices suffered tremendous cuts to personnel during the
recession. turning them into one man/woman shops staffed om
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by the
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directors. Instead of creating a new position or office, I suggest
that
we
work in the FY2016 bU9get to address staffing at our Regional Services
Centers, realizing
that
the directors of these centers currently possess the
knowledge of how to navigate multiple county departments. In the
meantime, the county should launch.a coordinated effort
with
existing
staff from the appropriate departments to address and remediate the issues
now.
. I wholeheartedly agree with your points regarding overnight parking, and I
look forward to working closely With you on the implementation of any
changes to the county Department of Transportation's (DOT) policy
regarding evening residential parting.
.
The issue of illegal dumping and enforcement will be one ofthe most
important issues we face moving forward. While I agree the county can
and should do more multilingual outreach, I also believe
that
the county
needs to take a firm hand with individuals who violate county law. While
an increase to the minimum fme amount would seem to be a deterrent, any
fine amount is useless until an actual fine is issued. To that end,l would
suggest a mandatory fine for repeat offenders.
Please understand that I recognize your role as the district councilmember
and am eager to work coUaboratively with you, other council colJeagues
and executive branch officials to show a united front and yield positive
results for our residents.
CC:
Craig Rice, President Montgomery County Council
Nancy Floreen. Councllmember
Hans Riemer, Councilmember
Marc EIrich. Councilmember
Roger Berliner, Councilmember
Cheri Branson, Councilmember
Phil Andrews, Councilmember
Diane Schwartz-Jones, Department of Pennitting Services·
Richard Nelson, Department ofRousing and Community Affairs
Ana Lopez van Balen. Mid-County Regional Services Center