AGENDA ITEM 9
July 12,2016
Public Hearing
MEMORANDUM
July 8, 2016
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Attomeydn'~~w.-lD
Public Hearing:
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-Sponsors
Councilmembers Berliner and EIrich, was introduced on June 21, 2016. A Planning, Housing and
Economic Development Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled for August 1 at 2:00 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: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
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COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsors: Councilmember Leventhal and Navarro
Co-Sponsors: Councilmembers Berliner and Navarro
AN
ACT to:
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require the Executive to create a Neighborhood Action Team;
specify the duties and membership of the NeighbOlTIood 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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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves thefollowing Act:
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BILL
No. 25-16
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Sec. 1. 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
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 of Permitting Services;
the Department of Environmental Protection;
the Police pepartment; and
any other representative the Regional Services Center
Director or the Executive finds necessary.
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By September
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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 by
the Executive. After convening, the Neighborhood Action Team must
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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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By December
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BILL No. 25-16
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Approved:
accomplishments, plans, and objectives of the Neighborhood Action
Team.
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Nancy Floreen, President, County Council
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Date
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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Date
This is a correct copy o/Council action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bil125-16
Housing and Building Maintenance Standards
DESCRIPTION:
Neighborhood Action Team
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 infonnal team meeting regarding these issues, but
County residents would benefit from a team more fonnally
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
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To be requested
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researched.
To be researched.
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attomey, 240-777-7815
APPLICATION
To be researched.
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MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
N/A
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
'ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
,MEMORANDUM
TO:
Councilmembers
FROM:
George Leventhal,
Councilmember~
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Nancy Navarro, Councilmember
DATE:
SUBJECT:
June 15,2016
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Creating an interdepartmental Neighborhood Action Team to address blight and
quality of life issues in Montgomery County.
In
dual memoranda dated June 30,2014 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 A venue Estates in Wheaton. Both memoranda called
for an increased effort in county agency 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 ofPermitling Services (DPS), the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the MontgoI;I1ery 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 pra,ctices 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 support for the attached legislation, which we
will
introduce on Tuesday, to create an official, permanent Neighborhood Action
Team. We believe this is 'an important first step in providing residents
with
a
~ed
and uniformed response on
issu~
of blight. 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:
SUBJECT:
Councilmembers
Isiah
Leggett, County Executive
Nancy
Councilmember
~istlict
4)
Community Solutions: Neighborhood Revitalization Enhancement Initiative
NavaItr:J;1~
On April
25, 2014,
I sent a memo (attached) to the Plannfug, Housing and Economic
Development Committee (PHED) requesting targeted ftmding 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
(MHP)
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 April
25, 2014,
in support ofthls 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 ofthe phenomenal track record MHP and Impact Silver Spring
have in neighborhood building and community development activities throughout the COUI).ty. I
chose these areas because of the 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 Bluebill 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 concemed residents in three
neighborhoods have expressed opposition to these DHCA contracts to nonproflts. I have met
with these individuals
and
they expressed a desire that the County Government focus resources
exclusively on enforcement of housing, permitting, 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
beca~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 comrimnity issues I have observed firsthand.
There is no doubt that the Mid- and East-County· has the vast majority of housing and code
, enforcement complaillts 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 thai 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 comerstone in solving
all
ofthe 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. Thatjs why our
departments (Health and Human Services (HHS), DHCA, and others) contract with nonprofit
organizations to do much ofthis 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 of residents 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 FYI 6 Operating Budget process, I encourage DHCA to create an
inventory ofcommumty-based nonprofits doing this type of work in the County. DHCA should
also .develop a quantitative assessment to measure the results ofthese organizations and
objective criteria for detennining what areas ofthe County would benefit most from these
initiatives.
Targeted Code Enforcement
Residents often use the term "code enforcement" as a blanket phrase when descnoing 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 of the complaint
itself.
Whether the request for service is directed to the
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MQntgQmery CQunty PQlice Department (MCPD), DHCA; Department QfPennitting Services
(DPS), Department QfEnvirQnmental PrQtectiQn (DEP), Department QfTransportatiQn (DOl),
Qr an Qutside agency, such as the Washington Suburban Sanitary CQmmission (WSSC) Qr
Maryland-NatiQnal Capital Park and Planning CQmmission (M-NCPPC),
the
constituent's gQal
is getting the prQblem resQlved.
I prQPQse creating an interdepartmental unit comprised Qf Qfficials frQm acrQSS CQunty
Government to. fQCUS Qn quality Qf life issues in targeted neighbo.rhQods. This unit WQuld have
at least Qne
staff
member from the CQde Enforcement SectiQn QfDHCA., DPS, DEP, MCPD,
and DOT: They WQuld wQrk as a team to. increase prQactive enfQrcemen.t QfhQusing code;
parking, permitting, illegal dumping and Qther quality-Qf-life viQlatiQns in areas identified by
the CQunty Executive as having the greatest need..
This
unit WQuid help mitigate the "stQve
piping" Qr "silo." mentality that frustrates residents abQut gQvernment. The unit
will
be nimble
enQugh to. wQrk in Qne Qr mQre high need area at a time and
will
complement-:-nQt replace­
existing enfQrcement activities. I enCQurage the CQunty Executive to. recQmmend adequate.
funding in the FY16 Operating Budget, Qr SQQner thrQugh. a supplemental apprQpriatiQn, to.
implement this prQposal.
Overnight Parking
One Qf the most pervasive issues in several neighbQrhQQds arQund WheatQn is the lack Qf
Qveriright parking fQr residents in frQnt Qftheir hQmes. I Qbserved Qrange cQnstructiQn CQnes in
front Qf several hQmes in an effQrt to. "reserve" street parking spaces. Under the CQunty's
current residential parking prQgram, streets can "Qpt-in" to. the prQgram requiring permits during
daytime hQurs. The purpQse Qf this prQgram is to. prevent CQmmuters taking public transit fro.m
parking o.n residential streets during the day.
In
neighbQrho.o.ds where mo.st ho.mes do. no.t have
driveways and are nQt near transit, parking sho.rtages are mQst prevalent in the even:ing and
o.vernight ho.urs.
In
the Co.ming weeks, I plan Qn wo.rking clQsely with MQntgQmery Co.unty Department Qf
TransPo.rtatio.n (DOl)
to
explo.re ways o.f expanding the CQunty's residential parking permit
prQgram. I believe the prQgram should include an evening/Qvernight compo.nent in
neighbo.rhQo.ds with single-family ho.mes that do. nQt have driveways.
In
the fall, I plan to.
intrQduce legislatio.n that reflects these discussio.ns with DOT and provides so.me relief fQr
residents who. cannot find parking near their hQmes
in
the evening.
.
Illegal Dumping Enforcement and Penalties.
illegal dumping is a seriQUS quality Qflife issue for residents. The Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) dQes a very gQo.d jQb dealing with illegal dumping Qn a complaint-driven
basis. HQwever, the CQunty needs to. emplQy strategies that prevents and deters illegal dumping
in the first place.
First, I prOPQse a targeted illegal dumping public educatiQn campaign in high-incident
neighborhoods. This campaign shQuld be administered by DEP in conjunctiQn with the
County's Public Info.nnanon Office (PIO). I encQurage the County Executive
to
recQmmend
funds in the FY16 Operating Budget to. fund a brQad-based, multilingual Qutreach effort
utiJizing vario.US forms Qf media--including print advertising, radio, television and the internet.
Second, the CQunty should aggressively pursue individuals who are dumping illegally in
neighborhoQds. Civic AssQciations, along with nonprQfit Qrganizations working in the
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community. should foDD. neighborhood watch groups to monitor dumping and report incidents
to 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
introduce legislation that increases the minimum fine for illegal dumping
in Montgomery County. Curiently, the minimum fine for firsHime offenders
is
$500 and the
maximum is $1,000. My legislatio;n
will
inc~ease
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 higher penalties for illegal dumping found in
the
Maryland
Criminal
Code.
Currently, only Prince George's County and Calvert Countybave 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
with 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 engagea members of the community who had not had the
opportunity to have their views presented. As you know, residents have
sought assistance from at-large 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..
With regard to community development and education. I understand tbat
non-profit service providers may sometimes
be
better equipped than
county. government to work
with
diverse conununities in a culturally
competent way. As you
will
reca11, during our budget discussions. I
supported funding for Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) and
Impact Silver Spring, but I also expressed a desire to see
coun~ywide
criteria whereby contracts
,"vith
these or other organizations for community
development \vill be executed in the future.
In
addition, it is very
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we identify- right awaythe deli verables-we:c-arrexpeet
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these contracts. and how they
will
be
monitored.
Regarding 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 only by the
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directors. Instead of creating a new position or office, I suggest
that
we
work in the FY2016 bup-get 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 parking.
.
The issue of illegal dumping and enforcement will be one of the 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 fine amount would seem
to
be
a deterrent. any
fine amount is useless until an actual fine is issued. To that end, I would
suggest a mandatory fine for repeat offenders. '.
Please understand that I recognize your role as the district councilmember
and am eager to work coLlaboratively with you. other council colleagues
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, Councilmember
Hans Riemer, Councilmember
Marc Eirich, Councilmember
Roger Berliner, Councilrnember
Cheri Branson, Councilmember
Phil Andrews', Councilmember
Diane Schwartz-Jones, Department ofPerrnitting Services'
Richard Nelson. Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Ana Lopez van Balen. Mid-County Regional Services Center
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