Montgomery County Executive Proposes Development Ombudsman

In an effort to help major commercial and residential projects navigate Montgomery County’s regulatory process, County Executive Ike Leggett is proposing the creation of a development ombudsman within the executive office.  As reported in The Baltimore Business Journal:

The Montgomery County Council will consider legislation pitched by Leggett to create the ombudsman position in his executive office. The hire, to be paid an estimated $198,600 annually, will act as a problem-solving liaison between developers and county and state agencies, bring “systemic concerns to the attention of the county leadership for resolution,” recommend improvements and work to implement them.

“The purpose of this bill is to create a position to more efficiently facilitate the approval process of commercial and residential development projects and to help resolve conflicts that arise related to the entitlement process, permitting, and general regulatory procedures,” Leggett wrote in a memo to Council President Craig Rice.

The bill is scheduled for a public hearing on January 13, 2015.

For more information read the full article in The Baltimore Business Journal.

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