Nancy Floreen's Montgomery In Focus, October, 2017

Amazon Rumors Are True

Nancy Floreen torso shot

I am delighted Montgomery County is responding to Amazon's Request for Proposal (RFP) for a location for their second North American headquarters. Amazon plans to invest over $5 billion in construction and will include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. I believe we are perfect for them, and I am optimistic about this opportunity and what it means for our County. Here's the Amazon RFP.

Purple Line Update

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I joined my colleagues, Council President Roger Berliner and Councilmember Tom Hucker at the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee meeting on September 28. Officials from the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), the Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP), and the County's DOT, updated us on the construction schedule and other aspects of the Purple Line project. You can read more information and watch what was discussed at the meeting on demand.  

Air BnB Progress

Did you know short term rentals for less than 30 days are illegal in the county? The Council is considering legislation to change that. The Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee (PHED), which I chair, recently recommended legislation to allow short term rentals under certain circumstances. For example, each short term rental must have a license, and that location must be the primary home of the person applying for the license. Furthermore, if the owner of the property, or the authorized representative of the owner, isn’t on the premises during the rental, then rentals are limited to 90 days a year. Also, online ads must include both the county license number and the state tax number.

Look here for detailed information about ZTA 17-03 and Bill 2-16. The Council is scheduled to make a decision on this legislation on Tuesday, October 10. Stay tuned! I’ll let you know the outcome on my blog.

Ride the Reserve - Poolesville Bike Ride

Nancy Floreen biking in the countryside

Join me and other cyclists on Sunday, October 8, for the 10th annual Montgomery County Farm Tour featuring the family farms and orchards in the agricultural reserve.You’ll enjoy picturesque bike routes along quiet roads with rural landscapes and views of Sugarloaf Mountain. Check out the various route options and registration information.  

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Nancy Floreen presenting a proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Council Session

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year, the National Cancer Institute estimates about 252,710 new cases of  breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.  I will again present a County Council Proclamation in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Stop by the Council's 3rd Floor Hearing Room or watch on County Cable Montgomery on Tuesday, October 17 to help us honor breast cancer support groups in Montgomery County.

Upcoming PHED Committee Meetings

The Council recently received two master plans from the Planning Board, and I've scheduled several (PHED) Committee meetings to review and discuss these plans. Here's a list of our upcoming meetings:

White Flint 2 Sector Plan:

Monday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. 

Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Area Minor Master Plan:

Monday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.

All meetings are located at the Council Office Building in the 7th Floor Hearing Room. Check here for updates to the Committee Agenda. You can watch these meetings live or on demand 24 hours later.

Meet Dr. Travis Gayles

Dr. Travis Gayles seated at a Council session

I am very pleased to announce that we appointed Dr. Travis Gayles as Chief of Public Health and Health Officer for Montgomery County. He comes to us from the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH), where he was Chief Medical Officer for the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration, and Division Chief for STD-TB Control. We are fortunate to have such a talented and experienced individual working to keep our residents safe and Montgomery County a healthy place to live.

Fast Fact

Saturday, October 28 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) and their local allied law enforcement agencies will offer locations throughout the county, where residents can safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs.This is a great opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of unneeded  prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. Once all the location sites are finalized, you can find information on the Montgomery County website and the MCPD's website. I will also provide updated information on my blog site.

Green Tip of the Month

IgCC logo with Montgomery County listed

The Council unanimously approved Executive Regulation 21-15 AMII, which adopts the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). These green building code requirements significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Montgomery County. 

I commend the Department of Permitting Services (DPS) and all the stakeholders for an extensive, collaborative process that lead to this positive outcome for the environment and all of us. Read the full press release here.

Let's Talk

Is your community organization hosting a public meeting? Please let me know how I can help. I am happy to assist residents in understanding pending bills or in finding ways to get involved in the political process. Even more important, I want to hear about what matters to you. Send your meeting notices to or call 240-777-7959 if you would like me to address a particular topic with your group.

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