Montgomery County Council Enacts Sweeping Changes to Subdivision Staging Policy

November 29, 2012

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the Montgomery County Council enacted comprehensive changes to the County's Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP), the regulations that govern the Planning Board's application of the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) to new subdivision applications. These regulations control how quickly (or slowly) development will be allowed to proceed in the County regardless of what the zoning may permit.

The Most Sweeping Changes Include:

  1. A new policy area transportation test (TPAR) that measures both road and transit adequacy;      
  1. A new TPAR fee that most subdivision applicants will now have to pay; and   
  1. An additional and potentially costly test for local traffic impact that subdivision applicants will have to "pass" when their subdivision traffic impacts already congested intersections.

If you would like more detailed information about how the new SSP will impact your subdivision plan, please contact the attorneys in our Bethesda Land Use Practice Group:

Todd Brown at 301-961-5218 or

Yum Yu Cheng at 301-961-5219 or

Bob Dalrymple at 301-961-5208 or

Stephen Elmendorf at 301-961-5110 or

Erin Girard at 301-961-5153 or

Nathan Greenbaum at 301-961-5196 or

Stephen Kaufman at 301-961-5156 or

Anne Mead at 301-961-5127 or

Barbara Sears at 301-961-5157 or

Emily Vaias at 301-961-5174 or

Scott Wallace at 301-961-5124 or

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