County Council to hold public hearing on Amazon-related zoning change, continue work on budget

The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on a zoning change that would enable the county’s planning department to more quickly respond to the needs of a large corporation looking for planning approval—namely Amazon if it were to select the county for its second headquarters. The change would enable a company planning to bring 25,000 or more jobs to the county to go through an expedited zoning process that would take about 60 days rather than the typical 120. It would also allow taller buildings in certain zones. The public hearing starts at 7 p.m. at the County Council Office Building in Rockville.

The council this week will also continue its work on the capital and operating budgets. On Monday morning, council members will review operating budget proposals for Montgomery County Public Schools and the capital budget for transportation-related projects as well as stormwater management.

Bethesda Summer Concert Series kicks off Thursday

Free summer concerts will return to Veterans Park in downtown Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle on Thursday. The concerts run from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday through July and are coordinated by the Bethesda Urban Partnership. Beer, wine and food items will be sold at the concerts each week by downtown Bethesda restaurants. This Thursday, Hanaro Sushi is the restaurant vendor and the reggae band Oasis Island Sounds is scheduled to perform.

County executive candidate forum Thursday in Silver Spring

The East County Citizens Coalition is scheduled to host a forum Thursday night for candidates running for Montgomery County executive. The forum takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East County Community Recreation Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring. The Democrats running for the office are Marc Elrich, George Leventhal, Roger Berliner, Bill Frick, Rose Krasnow and David Blair. Republican Robin Ficker is also pursuing the post.

Opportunity to reserve county buildings begins Tuesday

Montgomery County will begin taking requests to reserve rooms at public buildings such as the council office building, executive office building, District 3 police station meeting room and other locations beginning Tuesday. Community members can request to reserve a room for dates from July 1 to Dec. 31 through the Active Montgomery website. The county handles the requests through its Community Use of Public Facilities program.

Showers predicted throughout the week

Get an umbrella or rain jacket out for this week. There’s a chance of showers every weekday, according to the National Weather Service. Monday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high near 85 degrees and a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. There’s a 60 percent chance of showers Tuesday evening, when a partly sunny high near 91 is predicted. More afternoon showers are likely Wednesday, Thursday and Friday when highs are expected to be in the low-80s. Nighttime lows all week are expected to drop into the upper-60s.