On November 16, 2020, the Montgomery County Council approved the 2020-2024 Growth and Infrastructure Policy (formerly known as the Subdivision Staging Policy). The Council’s approval follows 18 work sessions, a public hearing and 17 months of work by Montgomery Planning and the Planning Board to work with stakeholders to update one of the most important policies in the county. Key revisions in the 2020-2024 update include:
Eliminating residential development moratoria.
Requiring developers of new housing to make Utilization Premium Payments (UPP) in areas with overcrowded schools.
Modifying the calculation and applicability of development impact taxes.
Changing the name of the policy to “Growth and Infrastructure Policy.”
Designating neighborhoods by School Impact Areas, which are characterized by the amount and type of residential development they experience and its impact on school enrollment.
Incorporating Vision Zero concepts in transportation adequacy reviews.
Eliminating the motor vehicle adequacy test in areas around Metro rail stations and future Purple Line stations.