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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Montgomery County Council Considers Re-Zoning in Communities Near Metro Stations

Original Rezoning Bill Could Have Limited Municipal Zoning Authority and Allowed Multi-Family Dwellings and Increased Density in the Village

The County Council held a Public Hearing on February 11, 2021 to consider Zoning Text Amendment 20-07 (ZTA), which would allow owners of R-60-zoned properties located within 1-mile of a Metrorail station to build “Missing Middle” housing types, including duplexes, townhouses, and multi-family structures within the current R-60 lot coverage, building height, setbacks, minimum lot size and minimum parking requirements. The ZTA would also have provided additional zoning flexibility for R-60 zoned properties located within one-half mile of a Metrorail station, including exclusion from infill lot coverage limits and decreased minimum onsite parking requirements.  

On March 4, Council President Tom Hucker and Councilmember Hans Riemer—who chairs the Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee—issued a joint letter referring the matter of zoning reforms to address missing middle housing to the county’s Planning Board for further analysis and consideration, and a further opportunity for public input.  

In their joint letter, Council President Hucker and Councilmember Riemer asked the Planning Board to consider the concepts contained in ZTA 20-07, along with those contained in a ZTA drafted by Councilmember Riemer, as the Planning Board reviews potential zoning reforms.  The letter further requests that the Planning Board transmit its recommendations shortly after transmitting the proposed amended general plan, referred to as “Thrive Montgomery 2050”. 

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