The Montgomery County (Maryland) Council's Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee recently held its first work session on District Map Amendment G-956. The Map Amendment originally accompanied the County’s new Zoning Ordinance, but was delayed. The new Zoning Ordinance, adopted in March, creates new zones for almost every nonresidential property in Montgomery County; the accompanying Map Amendment imposes new zoning on those nonresidential properties.

During PHED's work session on June 9, PHED Chair Nancy Floreen advised all property owners to evaluate the impact of the new zones on their property, and to submit comments immediately if the new zoning does not recognize the existing use, and/or if the Planning Staff's interpretation of the existing zone is not adequately reflected in the new zone. The impact on individual properties will vary based on size and proximity to transit.

The Committee has scheduled a second work session on July 3, and anticipates that it will finalize its review by mid-July, perhaps as soon as July 10. The Council is expected to review and vote on the Map Amendment before its summer break in August.

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