A proposed legislation that would make changes to the operation, composition and dispute resolution process of the Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) is under review by the Montgomery County Council.
These changes include:
- Required mediation of certain disputes regarding common ownership communities instead of being voluntary.
- All members of a dispute resolution hearing panel will be members of the CCOC. Currently, an attorney volunteer who is not a part of the CCOC is on the hearing panel.
- The CCOC membership would include 5 members of the public who are not owners or residents in a common ownership community or affiliated with professions associated with these communities.
- The Department of Housing and Human Affairs would be responsible for providing staff and support. Currently, it's the Office of Consumer Protection.
However, the CCOC opposes the legislation. They instead propose that a work group comprised of CCOC members convenes to provide the proper recommendations to the County Executive and Council before any statutory changes are finalized. We will update this post as we receive more information.