The Committee for Ethnic Affairs advises the Montgomery County, MD County Executive and County Council on public policy that relates to ethnic affairs; promotes maximum involvement of all ethnic groups in the County in government, business and community affairs.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

County Launches Website to Educate Residents about New Code Enforcement Laws

Montgomery County has launched a new website to educate residents about new zoning laws recently enacted that are designed to help protect and maintain the residential character of neighborhoods.  The new website, found at, is available in both English and Spanish. 
The new laws, which go into effect on April 24, deal with home-based businesses, off-street parking and paving of front yards.  A law, which went into effect in July 2009, prohibits on-street parking of heavy commercial and recreational vehicles in residential neighborhoods.  The new laws were proposed by County Executive Ike Leggett two years ago based on recommendations from a Code Enforcement Work Group that he appointed.  The Work Group reviewed a number of housing and zoning code issues that were causing adverse impacts and public safety issues in residential neighborhoods.  The County Council approved zoning text amendment 09-03 last October.
The website is part of a comprehensive public education campaign by County officials.  A series of community meetings were held in early March around the County to present the changes in the law and answer questions from County residents.  Brochures and posters – in English and Spanish – are being distributed.  Other advertising includes posters in Ride On buses and at bus shelters.       
For more information, call 240-777-6507 or visit

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