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For Lack of Schools: Building Moratorium Set to Take Effect

The Montgomery County Council made a few last minute changes to a residential building moratorium that will take effect next week, halting construction in areas around the county's schools.
June 27, 2019, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday gave unanimous approval to an amendment to the county’s moratorium policy that allows certain developments to move forward despite a residential building freeze," reports Caitlynn Peetz.

The residential building moratorium is set to take effect next week, affecting 12 percent of the county, in areas surrounding schools. Montgomery County's actions to freeze residential development in response to overcrowding in schools first made news in when the moratorium was proposed in March 2018. The county finally enacted the moratorium in April 2019, as reported by both Ally Schweitzer and Alex Baca.

The council decided to relax the moratorium to allow projects "projected to yield fewer than 10 new students," projects that replace a condemned structure in or adjacent to a state-designated Opportunity Zone, or projects that include affordable housing in more than half of the planned residences.

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Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Bethesda Magazine
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