Category Change Processes
To qualify for the administrative process, a category change request must satisfy the requirements of one of several individual service policies in the County's Water and Sewer Plan.
Requests must be:
To complete the administrative process review, DEP staff make recommendations on the case and must get the concurrence of the Montgomery County Planning Board and the individual members of the County Council.
Application requests that go through the administrative process are reviewed as follows:
How to Prepare for Your Public Hearing
Review the DEP staff recommendation and staff report sent to you for your case. Contact DEP staff if you have any questions. You may submit written testimony about your application to the Director of the Department of Environmental Protection, 255 Rockville Pike, Suite 120, Rockville, MD 20850. All testimony must be submitted before the hearing record closing date. Contact DEP at firstname.lastname@example.org to find the Hearing Record Closing date.
Hearings held at the DEP facility (255 Rockville Pike #120, Rockville, MD) are accessible to handicapped individuals. Interpreter services for hearing impaired citizens may be guaranteed subject to at least five business days notice.
Administrative Review Process Schedule
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For further assistance, contact:
Department of Environmental Protection
Review the County Executive's recommendation and executive staff report sent to you for your case. Contact DEP staff if you have any questions.
Category changes requests for the County Council process review typically include applications that are:
Application requests that go through the County Council are reviewed as follows:
How to Prepare for Your Public Heariing
Council hearings are held at The Council Office Building (COB), located at 100 Maryland Ave., between Fleet St. and E. Jefferson St. (Route 28), in Rockville. Parking in the adjacent COB Garage is free after 6:00 p.m.
To testify at the public hearing, please call the Council Office at 240 777-7931 in advance of the hearing. Do not call DEP to sign up to testify. Council office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If time permits, those who have not already reserved a spot on the speakers' list may be heard at the end of the hearing; give your name to the Council Secretary when you arrive. You may cede your time to another speaker; however, you must be present at the hearing to do so.
The Council's Transportation and Environment Committee usually conducts Water and Sewer Plan hearings. An individual's time is usually limited to three (3) minutes; Council members may ask subsequent questions of the speakers. When testifying, please state your name and address for the hearing record. To present written copies of your testimony at the hearing, please bring at least three (3) but preferably 12 copies, and provide them to the Council secretary before the hearing begins.
Because of limitations both on the number of speakers and their speaking time, the Council also accepts written testimony, which becomes part of the official hearing record, and is given the same consideration as oral testimony. Call the Council Office to confirm the closing date for the hearing record. Address written testimony as follows:Montgomery County Council 100 Maryland Avenue Rockville, Maryland 20850 Phone: 240 777-7910 Fax: 240 777 7888 Email: email@example.com
County Council Process Review Schedule
Current public hearing dates are posted on the Service Area Category Changes page.
Council Review packets are reviewed and acted upon twice a year by County Council with public hearings. You can view the dates of category change request hearings, set by Council staff, on the County Council website (check the Council Agenda and the Committee Agenda). The packet of information for upcoming and past meetings are available under Packets and Meeting Summaries.
The Public Participation section of the County Council web site provides detailed information about the application process and how to participate. For additional information, call the Council Office at 240-777-7900; staff there will send you the appropriate information. DEP staff can also help with background material and information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the Council make a decision at the hearing? What happens after the hearing?
The hearing provides the Council members an opportunity to hear testimony from the public and the applicants. They will not act on the amendments at that time. Following the hearing, the T&E Committee will hold a work session to consider the testimony provided and the agency recommendations on each amendment. They will develop a draft resolution for the full Council to consider. The Council will subsequently hold a worksession to consider the Committee's draft resolution. The Council may choose to approve, conditionally approve, deny, or defer an individual request as part of their action. A week or two after the work session, the full Council will take a final vote on the resolution to amend the Plan.
How is the Park and Planning Commission involved in the process?
The Planning Board considers recommendations from Maryland - National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M NCPPC) staff and testimony on the proposed amendments. The Board will send its recommendations to the Council as part of the hearing record. For a copy of the Board's agenda or additional information, visit the Planning Board's website or contact Katherine Nelson in the M NCPPC Environmental Planning Unit at 301-495-4622 or by email at Katherine.Nelson@mncppc-mc.org.