T&E Item 1
June 22, 2017
June 20, 2017
Transportation, Infrastructure, Ene
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attome
Expedited Bill 15- 7, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Wheaton and
Montgomery Hills Parking Lot Districts - Areas Defined - Tax Exemption
Expedited Bill 15-17, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Wheaton and Montgomery Hills Parking Lot
Districts - Areas Defined - Tax Exemption, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council President Berliner
at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on May 2, 2017. A public hearing was held
on June 13.
Bill 15-17 would:
replace descriptions of the parking lot district boundaries with URL links
to GIS maps;
merge Montgomery Hills Parking Lot District and Silver Spring Parking
clarify application requirement for tax exemptions;
delete duplicative provisions; and
generally amend the law governing parking lot districts.
Chapter 60 of the County Code establishes four Parking Lot Districts (PLDs): Silver
Spring, Bethesda, Wheaton, and Montgomery Hills. The area of each of the PLDs is defined by
metes and bounds descriptions in Section 60-1. Expedited Bill 15-17 would delete the metes and
bounds descriptions, and replace them with references to GIS maps maintained on the County
website. The Bill would also merge the Montgomery Hills PLD into the Silver Spring PLD.
According to the Fiscal and Economic Impact statements (©31-33), the merging of the PLDs is
expected to streamline work flow processes, and improve customer service by expanding flexible
parking options for the increasing downtown population.
The Bill would also amend Section 60-6, which provides for a tax exemption for certain
property owners in PLDs that provide off-street parking facilities, to expressly reference the
longstanding application process set forth in Section 60-14. Finally, the Bill would delete certain
provisions in Chapter 60 that are duplicative of provisions in Chapter 31.