Bill to protect county’s trees heads for council approval

Members of a county committee working on a tree canopy conservation bill are hoping the fifth time is the charm in crafting a bill that both protects the environment and homeowners’ rights. Montgomery County is one step closer to passing the tree canopy conservation bill after a county committee OK’d a revised version. (Gazette)

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Police settle suit claiming racially motivated stop 

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $55,000 settlement with a Philadelphia man who claimed state troopers stopped him three times in two months because he is black and then pursued trumped-up charges that cost him 20 days in jail after he filed a Public Information Act request for details of the traffic stops. (Daily Record)

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Running Dirty in Frederick 

Despite reports of injuries and even a recent fatality at an out-of-state “Tough Mudder” competition, a Howard County firm is betting that mud runs and obstacle races will continue to grow in popularity among those who want a serious challenge. (Daily Record)

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Change proposed for Chevy Chase Lake redevelopment

A high-rise planned for the proposed Chevy Chase Lake redevelopment should be no more than 90 feet, not the 120 feet currently recommended, Montgomery Council member Roger Berliner told colleagues in a letter. County planning staff originally recommended a maximum height of 90 feet — about nine stories — for a high-rise on the shopping center site, adjacent to a station on the planned Purple Line. (Wash. Post)

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Zoning code rewrite is more than just simplification

Montgomery County’s rewrite of its zoning code not only simplifies the tome, it also alters zoning policies.Montgomery is overhauling the code, primarily to make a document that many have called cumbersome more user-friendly. But while the county’s main objective might be to modernize the law by eliminating redundancies, cutting clutter and incorporating footnotes, it also is using the rewrite to fix parts of the law that are not working. (Gazette)

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Lab oversight report to state delayed until August

Recommendations expected from a Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene working group tasked with identifying weaknesses in state oversight of laboratories that handle hazardous materials are delayed until at least August. Beth Willis, a member of the group and chairwoman of the Containment Lab Community Advisory Committee, said Tuesday that those recommendations are delayed as a draft is still being compiled. (News-Post)

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Sandy Spring property owners await fate from county

Property owners along a decades-old gravel path in Sandy Spring known as “Farm Road” should have an answer from the county planning department by the end of the week on whether the department can provide addresses for their property. Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus, made up of African-American legislators in the General Assembly, tasked planners last month with determining if a collection of affidavits was enough to end years of struggle for the property owners and assign addresses to their land. (Gazette)

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Myersville council ponders solar energy farm

Myersville officials are considering a solar energy farm that would provide electricity for the town’s public buildings. The officials are talking to a consultant to determine if the project would be feasible on any of three sites being considered for the undertaking. (News-Post)

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