County Council Votes Unanimously for Required Climate Assessments

The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday for the adoption of Bill 3-22. Sponsored and introduced by Councilmember Tom Hucker and Council President Gabe Albornoz, Bill 3-22 would require climate assessments for new legislation going forward. This would include assessments by the Director of the Office of Legislative Oversight and Planning Board for each bill, zoning text amendment, master plan, and master plan amendment. The bill would also specify the required contents of a climate assessment, require the publication of climate assessment templates, and generally amend the law governing the enactment of legislation.

During the session, Albornoz said, “This falls in line with helping to ensure that this and future councils have their eyes wide open and consider all of the various ramifications of these critical bills that we work on every day and I know all of us feel unanimously about the importance of addressing the existential threat that is climate change and acknowledging steps that we have to take here at the local level.”

This recent adoption furthers the Council’s commitment to fighting climate change which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035. For more information about Montgomery County’s Climate Plan, click here.

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