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2006-2007 Legislative Agenda

Approved by the Board of Directors, August 1, 2006

A.  Support key transportation projects such as the Bi-County Transitway (Purple Line) along the Georgetown Branch alignment, the Montrose Parkway and the Inter-County Connector.

B. Support alternate modes of transportation in the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase region.

A. Support and promote programs to highlight and attract businesses, consumers, residents and investment in the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase region, including the support of the creation of urban business district services for Friendship Heights, Rock Spring Park and White Flint.

B. Continue to support maximization of economic and housing potential in transit areas.

C. Improve communication and coordination with the County Department of Economic Development with respect to attraction and retention of businesses in the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase area.

A. Secure adequate funding for quality public safety, health and wellness, educational and recreational programs and facilities, parking facilities, and arts and humanities programs in the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase area.

A. Continue support and advocacy for implementation of the Bi-County Transitway (Purple Line), particularly the Bethesda-Silver Spring portion along the Georgetown Branch alignment.

B. Continue support for accelerated construction of the State portion of the Montrose Parkway to coordinate with County construction.

C. Support construction of south entrance to Bethesda Metro Station to be completed by spring of 2008.

D. Support dedicated regional funding for WMATA.

E. Assist in promoting programs of Transportation Management Districts in the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase area, such as transit ridership incentives, expansion of Bethesda Circulator service, use and improvements of bikeways and pedestrian paths, and enhancements to shuttle service operations in North Bethesda.

F. Continue to support programs of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, including improved downtown street lighting and equitable reimbursement from the County for baseline services.

G. Support State and County small business legislation and programs such as health insurance assistance, procurement reserves, redevelopment impact funds, recycling initiatives, street vendor regulations and panhandling legislation.

H. Support Suburban Hospital’s campus enhancement project to ensure the continuation of quality health care in the region.

I. Participate in the White Flint sector plan amendment process, including support for the creation of a parking lot district.

J. Monitor and urge the smooth transition of Walter Reed Hospital’s BRAC-mandated move to Bethesda.

K. Promote the repeal of H.B.1232 “M-NCPPC–Municipal Corporations PG/MC 106-06” to maintain the comprehensive and exclusive zoning and land use authority with the County Council (except in Rockville & Gaithersburg).

L. Advocate for increased funding for needed improvements to police and fire facilities in the area.

M. Support on-going County funding for qualified arts and humanities organizations by increasing annual operating support.

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