Nancy Floreen's Montgomery In Focus, November, 2017

Legislation to Create More Affordable Homes

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I just introduced Bill 34-17, Housing - Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDU) - Amendments, which is the first major revision to the MPDU law in 13 years. It would add flexibility to the MPDU program. For example, it would allow certain developments to make a payment into the Housing Initiative Fund instead of creating on-site MPDUs if condominium fees are unaffordable. For the first time it also would require developments with less than 20 homes to make a payment.  Additionally, proceeds from these payments will add to the County’s ability to create affordable homes, large enough for families and located where we want them.  Another change would authorize the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) to calculate the MPDU obligation by square feet if the result is more homes, or homes better sized to meet the needs of our low and moderate-income residents. 

This bill contains many other provisions designed to update the MPDU program, make it more responsive to the needs of today’s residents, and, most importantly, produce more homes for families. Our County’s future depends on a robust economy. This bill will set the stage for many new housing opportunities and support a growing workforce. To learn more, here's the complete press release.

The public hearing for Bill 34-17 is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. You can sign up online to testify beginning Thursday, November 2, or send your comments to 

Council Approves Short-Term Rental Services (Airbnb) Bill

Last month, we voted unanimously to enact two pieces of legislation, Zoning Text Amendment 17-03, and Bill 2-16, which address the legal and regulatory status of short-term rentals in the County. Effective July 1, 2018, these two measures allow County residents to legally offer short-term residential services like Airbnb and HomeAway, with some restrictions.

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 120 days a year. Also, online ads must include the County license number. Here’s the full press release.

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 (T&E) Committee meeting in September. We asked officials from the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) a lot of questions regarding the construction schedule and other aspects of the Purple Line Project. You can read the detailed responses to our many questions. For up-to-date Purple Line information, MTA and PLTP officials emphasized visiting their website at Register online  to receive construction alerts by text, email or phone.

Secretary Pete Rahn to Discuss the Governor's Traffic Relief Plan


Pete K. Rahn, Maryland's Secretary of Transportation will update the T&E Committee on Thursday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m. regarding Governor Hogan's proposed Traffic Relief Plan for I-270 and I-495.  We hope to learn more details regarding the Governor's plan and how it will mitigate traffic within the County. You can watch live or on demand on County Cable Montgomery.

Thanksgiving Parade Celebrates 20 Years

Start the holiday season at Montgomery County's 20th Thanksgiving Parade on Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Silver Spring. Watch over 140 marching units, including marching bands, musical groups, floats, and inflatables.The parade route is on Georgia Avenue from Ellsworth Drive to Silver Spring Avenue. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. For more information visit

Fast Fact

Are you familiar with the Maryland 529 ABLE (Achieving A Better Life Experience) Program? Maryland ABLE accounts provide individuals with disabilities a way to save money and pay for qualified disability-related expenses.  Maryland 529 implements this program. Benefits include a state income tax deduction up to $2,500 for contributors, per tax year. Learn more about this new program and how to sign up for an ABLE account.

Green Tip of the Month

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The full Council sent a letter to Benjamin H. Grumbles, Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, asking him to reduce toxic coal waste from the Dickerson Power Plant and other coal-fired plants in the State. It’s imperative the State abide by current standards adopted by the federal EPA in 2015, to protect our water from the pollutants that coal plant waste produces. Here's the full press release.

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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