Week Ahead: Montgomery County Council To Introduce Racial Equity Bill

Week Ahead: Montgomery County Council To Introduce Racial Equity Bill

Plus: Gaithersburg to discuss mall redevelopment; Planning Board to discuss capital improvement projects

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Legislation would make racial equity part of county government

On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council will introduce the Racial Equity and Social Justice Act, a bill sponsored by Councilwoman Nancy Navarro requiring elected officials to implement a racial equity plan for county government. The bill defines “racial equity” as changes in the policy, practice, and allocation of county resources so that race does not predict success and opportunities can be improved for all people.

The bill would also require all legislative and budget requests to be accompanied by a racial equity and social justice impact statement. Bills would need to include a report on how the legislation would affect or redress differing outcomes on the basis of race.

Navarro will hold a press conference on the bill at 11 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The bill will be introduced during the morning portion of the council meeting, which starts at 9:30.

Gaithersburg to discuss Lakeforest Mall redevelopment

The city of Gaithersburg will discuss Lakeforest redevelopment at a Monday night meeting.

The mayor and council will introduce two resolutions relating to the Lakeforest Mall property. One would authorize the city manager to execute an agreement with a private developer to rehabilitate the property. The other would authorize a study on the Lakeforest parcels to develop planning strategies.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of Gaithersburg City Hall at 31 S. Summit Ave.

Planning Board to discuss bike lanes, capital improvements

The Montgomery County Planning Board will meet Thursday to discuss a list of capital improvement priorities for fiscal years 2021-2026.

Almost half of the board’s top 100 priorities involve bikeways, the result of the county’s recently implemented 2018 Bicycle Master Plan. The board will also discuss a current proposal to construct separated bike lanes along the south side of Montgomery Lane and Montgomery Avenue in Bethesda between Woodmont Avenue and Pearl Street.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in MRO Auditorium at 8787 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring.

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