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CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 1A. STRUCTURE OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 2. ADMINISTRATION - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 2B. AGRICULTURAL LAND PRESERVATION - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 3. AIR QUALITY CONTROL - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 3A. ALARMS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 5. ANIMAL CONTROL - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 8. BUILDINGS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 8A. CABLE COMMUNICATIONS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 10B. COMMON OWNERSHIP COMMUNITIES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 11. CONSUMER PROTECTION - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 11A. CONDOMINIUMS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 11B. CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 13. DETENTION CENTERS AND REHABILITATION FACILITIES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 15. EATING AND DRINKING ESTABLISHMENTS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 16. ELECTIONS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 17. ELECTRICITY - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 18A. ENERGY POLICY - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 19. EROSION, SEDIMENT CONTROL AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 19A. ETHICS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 20 FINANCE - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 21 FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 22. FIRE SAFETY CODE - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 22A. FOREST CONSERVATION - TREES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 23A. GROUP HOMES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 24. HEALTH AND SANITATION - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 24A. HISTORIC RESOURCES PRESERVATION - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 24B. HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATIONS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 25. HOSPITALS, SANITARIUMS, NURSING AND CARE HOMES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 25A. HOUSING, MODERATELY PRICED - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 25B. HOUSING POLICY - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 26. HOUSING AND BUILDING MAINTENANCE STANDARDS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 27. HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 27A. INDIVIDUAL WATER SUPPLY AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL FACILITIES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 29. LANDLORD-TENANT RELATIONS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 30. LICENSING AND REGULATIONS GENERALLY - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 30C. MOTOR VEHICLE TOWING AND IMMOBILIZATION ON PRIVATE PROPERTY - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 31. MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 31A. MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR AND TOWING REGISTRATION - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 31B. NOISE CONTROL - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 31C. NEW HOME WARRANTY AND BUILDER LICENSING - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 33. PERSONNEL AND HUMAN RESOURCES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 33B. PESTICIDES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 35. POLICE - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 36. POND SAFETY - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 38A. RADIO, TELEVISION AND ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE INSTALLATION AND REPAIRS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 40. REAL PROPERTY - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 41. RECREATION AND RECREATION FACILITIES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 41A. RENTAL ASSISTANCE - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 42A. RIDESHARING AND TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 44. SCHOOLS AND CAMPS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 44A. SECONDHAND PERSONAL PROPERTY - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 45. SEWERS, SEWAGE DISPOSAL AND DRAINAGE - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 47. VENDORS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 48. SOLID WASTES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 49. STREETS AND ROADS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 50. SUBDIVISION OF LAND - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 51 SWIMMING POOLS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 51A. TANNING FACILITIES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 52. TAXATION - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 53. TAXICABS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 53A. TENANT DISPLACEMENT - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 54. TRANSIENT LODGING FACILITIES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 55. TREE CANOPY - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 56. URBAN RENEWAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 56A. VIDEO GAMES - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 57. WEAPONS - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 59. ZONING - REGULATIONS
CHAPTER 60. SILVER SPRING, BETHESDA, WHEATON AND MONTGOMERY HILLS PARKING LOT DISTRICTS - REGULATIONS
MISCELLANEOUS MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGULATIONS
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Sec. 25A-1. Legislative findings.
   (a)   The County enacted the Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit (MPDU) law in 1973 to:
      (1)   help meet the goal of providing a full range of housing choices for all incomes, ages and household sizes;
      (2)   meet the existing and anticipated need for low and moderate-income housing;
      (3)   ensure that moderately priced housing is dispersed throughout the County consistent with the General Plan and area master plans; and
      (4)   encourage the construction of moderately priced housing by allowing optional increases in density including the MPDU density bonus to offset the cost of construction.
   (b)   In 2004, the County Council amended the MPDU program to:
      (1)   Reduce the loss of MPDUs by extending the control period for for-sale MPDUs from 10 years to 30 years and for rental MPDUs from 20 years to 99 years;
      (2)   Allow different income eligibility standards in recognition of the higher cost of construction of certain types of housing;
      (3)   Increase the number of developments required to provide MPDUs by lowering the base requirement from any development with 35 or more units to 20 or more units; and
      (4)   Place additional requirements and structure on the approval of an alternative payment made to the Housing Initiative Fund in place of providing MPDUs.
   (c)   In 2018, the County Council finds that:
      (1)   The availability of affordable housing continues to be a problem for low and moderate-income households.
      (2)   The 2015 report “The Greater Washington Region’s Housing Needs 2023” projects that Montgomery County will need 14,960 new housing units for households earning less than 80% of area median income.
      (3)   The 2017 Montgomery County Rental Housing Study reports that 68% of households with incomes between 50% and 80% of area median income report paying more than 30% of income for rent and 15% report being extremely rent burdened, paying more than 50% of income for rent.
      (4)   The creation of income-restricted affordable housing through construction and preservation is critical as market rents continue to increase.  The American Community Survey reports that there were 9,189 fewer rental units with rents between $750 and $1,499 from 2010 to 2014.
      (5)   MPDUs are one important element for providing income-restricted affordable housing.  There were 664 new MPDUs offered for sale or rent in 2015 and 2016.  As of 2017 there are about 5,300 MPDUs county-wide.
      (6)   Additional density can offset the cost of constructing MPDUs.  It is appropriate to consider different base requirements for MPDUs in conjunction with the approval of different densities and heights in master plans and sector plans.
      (7)   There is unmet demand for MPDUs with two, three, and four bedrooms.  Providing flexibility that allows MPDU agreements based on floor area or square footage, rather than requirements based on the number of bedrooms in market rate units, can help to address this need.
      (8)   Appropriate alternative payments to the Housing Initiative Fund can, in certain circumstances, be used to create more MPDUs in the same Planning Area than providing the MPDUs on site.
      (9)   Montgomery County is committed to its policy of providing affordable housing in all areas of the County to provide opportunity to households of all incomes in each Planning Area.
      (10)   MPDUs can be used in partnership with other housing supports to provide affordable housing to households with very low incomes such as those with incomes below 50% or 30% of area median income.  (1974 L.M.C., ch. 17, § 1; 1979 L.M.C., ch. 21, § 1; 1989 L.M.C., ch. 27, § 1; 2018 L.M.C., ch. 20, § 1.)