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Growth Policy Biennial Review

On odd-numbered years, the Montgomery County Council reviews issues related to growth and the adequate public facilities ordinance. In the past, this was referred to as the Annual Growth Policy "Policy Element" process. Beginning in 2005, the entire growth policy will be reviewed on a biennial basis.

The issues addressed in each review are those identified by the County Council in a variety of ways: by listing them in the most recent adopted growth policy resolution, by letter to the Montgomery County Planning Board, or during worksessions with Board members or staff.

On October 28, 2003, the Montgomery County Council approved revisions to the Annual Growth Policy that took effect on July 1, 2004. In addition, the County Council approved bill 31-03 amending the transportation impact tax and bill 9-03 creating a school impact tax. Both impact tax bills were effective March 1, 2004.

2003-2005 AGP Policy Element: "Top-to-Bottom" Review of the AGP

The 2003-2005 AGP Policy Element process was completed on October 28 when the County Council adopted a new AGP resolution to go into effect on July 1, 2004. Montgomery County Planning Board materials supporting the County Council deliberations are below.

Montgomery County Planning Board AGP Recommendations (released August 6, 2003)
Staff Reports for 2003 Planning Board Worksessions
Staff Draft 2003-2005 AGP Policy Element (posted May 5, 2003)

Reports for the Montgomery County Planning Board's worksession (02/20/03) and the Montgomery County Council's (02/25/03) worksession (posted February 19, 2003)
Report: "Assessing the Effectiveness of Montgomery County's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance" (posted July 2, 2002)

The County Council's review of the 2001-2003 Final Draft AGP Policy Element was completed in October 2001. Check the summary of the actions taken by the Council.

Many questions about the AGP are answered in the About the AGP section. If you have additional questions, please contact:

Pamela Dunn, Planner Coordinator