Glenmont, Long Branch, Aging Schools on Council’s Agenda

Long Branch Center signThe Montgomery County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee will meet at 2 p.m. on Sept. 16 to continue its discussions on the Long Branch Sector Plan and to hold a worksession regarding transportation issues for the Glenmont Sector Plan.

The PHED Committee, which is chaired by Nancy Floreen and includes Councilmembers Marc Elrich and George Leventhal, will meet in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast also will be streamed through the County Web site at

The PHED meeting will be broadcast with closed captioning in English and Spanish.

The PHED Committee will be holding its third worksession on the Long Branch plan. Previously, the committee supported a recommendation to delay rezoning most of the existing multi-family housing until the Council has the opportunity to consider a range of policy options to preserve and increase affordable housing on a County-wide basis.

The committee also addressed maximum height limits for future buildings in Long Branch. Councilmember Elrich recommends that the area designated for 120 feet be limited to 85 feet and the area recommended for 100 feet. The committee asked for graphic illustrations that would help its visual alternative heights.

The worksesson on Glenmont will focus on County Executive Isiah Leggett’s fiscal and economic impact analyses and the transportation elements in the plan.

The Office of Management and Budget has identified two categories of capital projects for Glenmont that would cost about $83 million. Transportation construction and improvements account for about $72 million of that cost, most of which is associated with the portions of the planned George Avenue Busway and the proposed Randolph Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line.

At 9:30 a.m. in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room, the Education Committee, which is chaired by Valerie Ervin and includes Councilmembers Phil Andrews and Craig Rice, will discuss proposed supplemental appropriations to the Montgomery County Public Schools Fiscal Years 2014-18 Capital Improvements Program. The appropriations would be for the Planned Lifecycle Asset Replacement State Aging School Program. The Board of Education requested appropriations of $603,000 and $625,000 earlier this year for capital improvements.

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