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reducing our footprint

reducing our footprint

Ensuring adequate school capacity
more community
Planning Board Draft
2009-2011 Growth Policy Summary
The Growth Policy monitors capacity and enrollment in Montgomery County schools to help
evaluate residential subdivision applications
§ annual school capacity test predicts school enrollment and forewarns of capacity shortfalls
Montgomery County Planning Department
§ predicted enrollment in excess of capacity triggers a school facility payment from
residential developers or moratorium walking

Protecting agricultural land

Montgomery County protects more than one-third of the county's
land for agricultural uses in the 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve
§ ensures a local farming industry
§ wards off sprawl
§ reduces our carbon output

Montgomery County - Smart Growth Criteria

Affordable housing*
Projects must devote additional resources to providing affordable housing
§ provides diversite housing types
§ allows essential service providers like teachers and police officers to All projects must meet the following criteria to be considered for an Alternative
live close to work
§ builds on MPDU and workforce housing goals by lowering
PAMR Review and 100% PAMR offset:
transportation – and thus, household costs
Project must be located within ½ mile of an existing or planned major transit
Coordinating with master plans and zoning stop or high-quality transit corridor. Project must be mixed use with a minimum
Coordinating the Growth Policy with master plans and zoning creates a unified approach 50% residential use.
toward achieving smart growth goals.
§ Community master plans provide a long-range vision for quality of life, land use,
zoning, environment, historic preservation and transportation issues Project must seek to achieve the maximum density of the site using 75% or more
§ the zoning ordinance specifies how development can take place in each location of the maximum density allowed in the zone (including all applicable bonuses)
in the county
§ the growth policy coordinates delivery of public facilities to support growth subject to the limits specified in the master/sector plan.

Building(s) exceeds energy efficiency standards by 17.5% for new buildings or by

10.5% for existing building renovation. Or, building(s) has on-site energy
production such that 2.5% of the annual building energy cost is off-set by the
renewable production system (LEED New Construction/Major Renovation.

The project must provide additional affordable housing, either workforce

housing or moderately priced dwelling units, above and beyond that required
for plan approval such that 25% of the PAMR mitigation resource being
offset is applied to this obligation.

The PAMR offset will be directed as follows:

Fifty % of the PAMR mitigation resource being offset must be directed to

transit infrastructure.

Twenty-five % of the PAMR mitigation resource being offset must be

applied to the provision of additional affordable housing, either workforce
housing or moderately priced dwelling units, above and beyond that required
for plan approval.

And, the remaining twenty-five % of the PAMR mitigation resource will be

retained by the developer.

Strategic growth areas)

Development directed to locations where infrastructure, such as
transit, is in place Greener growth*
§ builds on a strategic concentration of industry, such as life sciences Buildings must seek to achieve high energy efficiency
§ encourages redevelopment of surface parking lots § exceeding energy efficiency standards for new buildings LEGEND
§ redevelops where public transportation and other services are not (by 17.5%) or existing buildings (by 10.5%) in exchange
fully used for transportation mitigation incentive parkland
§ consumes less energy and reduces the county's carbon
agricultural and rural open space

Compact development* Encouraging mixed uses*

Development projects must be mixed-use (minimum 50% residential)
Projects must seek to achieve maximum allowable density (75% or more)
§ generates fewer trips than uniform commercial development
§ increases walking and cycling, leading to healthier lifestyles, less obesity
§ balances the jobs-housing ratio
§ encourages community through increased interaction
§ creates 24/7 communities
§ reduces our carbon footprint by using less land and fewer resources

Building near transit*

Projects must be located within one-half mile of existing or planned transit stops
§ reduces travel demand and greenhouse gas emissions
§ increases transit ridership
§ reduces impervious parking

*Smart Growth Criteria provide incentives for more efficient growth. Developers can reduce implementation costs by meeting some or all of these criteria.