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Protecting Montgomery County Burial Sites

Protecting Montgomery County Burial Sites

Burial grounds in Montgomery County are in the news these days, after too many years of attracting little interest and concern. Today these precious historic resources have moved onto the radar of neighbors, developers, planners, and public officials, all of whom have vital roles in determining their survival and futures.

New legislation has been proposed to protect historic Montgomery County burial sites. Two bills introduced on June 27, 2017 by Councilmembers Berliner, Leventhal, and Rice were the subject of public hearings on September 12, 2017, and will be discussed and voted upon in the coming months. MPI encourages you to participate in this process. One bill requires the Planning Board to establish and maintain an inventory of burial sites in the county. The second bill addresses the need for burial sites to be considered by staff and public officials in the subdivision approval process.

Links to more information on these proposals, how their coverage should be expanded and improved, and how you can get involved:

Read more about Historic Cemeteries

Links to 2 proposed laws:

Approval Procedures – Burial sites

Land Use Information – Burial sites

MPI Testimony

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