Thursday, February 7, 2013
Notable outcomes include eased regulations for accessory apartments, passing of the disabled hiring bill and evaluation of potential affordable housing locations.
The Montgomery County Council met Tuesday, Feb. 5. Notable outcomes from the meeting include: County Eases Rules for Accessory Apartments The Montgomery County Council passed a zoning amendment and bill Tuesday that will make it easier for homeowners to add an accessory apartment to a single-family home, The Washington Examiner reported. After almost 10 years of policy discussion, homeowners who want to add a small apartment for an aging parent, a caretaker or a renter can now do so in 90 to 110 days, versus a process that previously took a minimum of five to six months, The Washington Post reported. Residents opposed to the change were concerned it might lead to overcrowding of neighborhood schools, according to The Washington Post, but "…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Ervin: ‘We’re turning on a faucet and only letting some drops drip out of the faucet, and then we’re pretending like that’s good enough.’
Officials, advocates and the community at large need to shed outdated ideas about the long-hailed strength of Montgomery’s affordable housing programs, councilmembers say, and come up with concrete plans that work effectively. More than a year in the making, the Department of Housing and Community Affairs has drafted a 100-page housing policy—the first update since 2001—that puts a priority on: Councilmembers want to make sure the county does not rest on the laurels of decades past, when initiatives like the MPDU program LINK made Montgomery a pioneer in affordable housing. “Before we start patting ourselves on the back and congratulating ourselves for all the wonderful things we’ve done, we still have to recognize that Montgomery County…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The commission seeks to nearly double the number of apartment units at its Chevy Chase Lake property.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Buildings, trails and roads circle the 68 garden-style units of the Chevy Chase Lake Apartments. A proposed Purple Line station—and a steady increase in the area's population—is projected to increase the area's housing demand. The only way for the complex—which offers one-quarter of its units as affordable housing—to significantly increase its density is to build up, according to the executive director of the Housing Opportunities Commission. The commission has requested that the property of the Chevy Chase Lake Apartments be re-zoned as part of the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan. The commission wants to increase density because, according to the Maryland State Data Center, the population of Montgomery County is projected to increase by more…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A plan to raze four Battery Lane apartment buildings and replace them with new residential developments could mean a loss of affordable rental units in Bethesda, according to one county councilman.
The Montgomery County Council has approved a re-zoning application that paves the way for a plan to raze four Battery Lane apartment buildings and replace them with three residential developments, The Gazette reports. But County Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) said the plan takes apartments renting at a lower market rate and replaces them with apartments that could command higher rates, according to The Gazette. The council on Sept. 25 approved a re-zoning of 4857, 4858, 4890 and 4900 Battery Lane, allowing for more density on the sites. The lots house four apartment buildings with 260 units, and a re-development plan envisions three new buildings at the site with 700 units, including two high-rises. The buildings are owned and …
Monday, May 7, 2012
At a housing summit Monday, local and federal officials recognized the need for more affordable housing in Montgomery County.
Nearly 26,500 people in Montgomery County are waiting for assistance to receive a housing voucher or placement in public housing, according to officials who spoke Monday at the Affordable Housing Summit of Montgomery County. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also reported that there are more than 700 homeless veterans living in the DC metro region. The numbers are only expected to grow as nearly a million veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, according to officials. The Housing Choice Vouchers, formerly known as Section 8, allow for low-income residents to find affordable housing in the private sector, while public housing is run by the Housing Opportunities Commission and funded by taxpayer dollars. Montgomery …