Montgomery County Council

Montgomery County Council Meets on March 5

During the morning session, the Montgomery County Council will receive an overview on the proposed Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan and at 7:30 p.m., the Council will hold a public hearing on the plan that could significantly change the neighborhood along Connecticut Avenue near the Beltway.

The Council’s regular weekly session begins at 9:30 a.m. in the third floor Council Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. The regular meeting, three afternoon public hearings scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. and the evening public hearing will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast will be available via streaming through the county’s website at

During the morning session, the Council will receive a report from the Legislative Branch’s Office of Legislative Oversight on work hours, leave and overtime for Montgomery County Government employees.

The Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan includes creation of a new “town center” that fits with the community’s character, replacing commercial zoning with new mixed-use zones that encourage more housing to help bolster local businesses. The proposed plan would add new public open spaces with gathering areas and playgrounds. Changes would be allowed to occur in stages tied to the construction of the planned Purple Line east-west transportation line that would connect the Bethesda and New Carrollton Metrorail stations—and would run very close to the Chevy Chase Lake community.

During the morning session, Bill 38-12 will be introduced. It would require the County’s Office of Management and Budget to submit child care facilities impact statements with certain future projects in the County’s long-term Capital Improvements Program. The impact statement must analyze the feasibility of including a child care facility in the project. The lead sponsor of the bill is Councilmember Hans Riemer.

The morning session will begin with a proclamation recognizing Grammy-winning musicians from Kensington. Recently, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer and Barbara Lamb took their music to other nations as part of the U.S. Department of State’s American Music Abroad program. The 14-time nominated and two-time Grammy Award-winning Fink and Marxer, along with friend Lamb, were chosen as the Folk/American Roots ensemble from nearly 300 applicants.

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